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Top 10 ice hotels and bars

December 2, 2010, 8:06 am TripAdvisor Yahoo!Xtra

Stay the night on a frozen bed or visit an ice bar in the desert where even the glasses are made of ice.

Top 10 ice hotels and bars
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Stay the night on a frozen bed or visit an ice bar in the desert where even the glasses are made of ice. Here's the Top 10 ice hotels and bars around the world, as selected by TripAdvisor:

1. Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden

Sleep in -5 degrees C in the world's largest ice hotel. This winter (2010/2011) is the 21st year this hotel has been created. It originally started as an igloo of just 60 sq m and today it is a massive hotel at 5,500 sq m. There is a sauna, warm dressing rooms and luggage storage and activities include dog sledding and killer views of the Northern Lights.


2. Ice Bar, Nha Trang, Vietnam

The first ice bar in Vietnam is being hailed by many. It's unique in Asia's sticky climate. Don the provided gloves and coats and head in for a cocktail in a room made of ice with ice sculptures and furniture.

3. Balea Lac Ice Hotel, Fagaras, Romania

Situated near Balea Lake in the Faragas mountains - the highest in Romania - this hotel was first built in 2006 and each year is recreated with ever more complex architecture. Expect snow up to one metre high near the lake.


4. Chillout, Dubai
Escape from the heat of the Arabian desert into the chill of this ice bar in the Times Square Mall. Don't worry about your strappy dresses and sandals, when you get here you will be kitted out in thermals to start with a mocktail or hot chocolate, then the choice is yours.

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5. Hotel de Glace, Sainte Catherine de la Jacques Cartier, Canada

Sleep in an ice bed or choose the comfort of the warm hotel. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub while the snow falls and go to bed warm. Drink shots from ice glasses in the bar - and a couple more in your room if required...


6. Bar Ice Samui

This tropical ice bar in Thailand is decorated with Thai statues, elephants and even a full size tuk tuk - all carved out of ice. It's minus 7 in here and designer capes are provided.

7. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway

This igloo hotel has just been rebuilt for the 11th time in 2010 and will open at the end of the January 2011. It has 30 bedrooms, a chapel, an ice bar and several lounges exquisitely decorated with ice sculptures and you'll sleep on reindeer hide with extra warm sleeping bags.


8. Lainio Snow Village, Yllasjarvi, Finland

This hotel, built every November, comes with an igloo disco and this year used 1.5 million kilos of snow and 300,000 kilos of ice covering an area of 20,000 sq m although the hotel itself is 3,000 sq m and 30 rooms, plus an ice chapel for a perfect white wedding.

9. Icebar Orlando

The largest ice bar in the world has state-of-the-art lighting, carvings and cool music. Sit on the ice throne in your thermal cape and gloves and take your 45-minute limit to slosh down a couple of icy cocktails.

10. Iglu Dorf Zermatt, Switzerland

Enjoy a mulled wine in this 3,000 tons of igloo in the Swiss Alps. Stay the night wrapped in your woollies and try sledding, hiking or soak in the whirlpool.