Top Ice Hotels Worldwide – How to Vacation Differently This Winter

The holidays may be behind us, but winter has just begun. If you’re looking for vacation ideas then be sure to consider these ice hotels and all of their offerings before booking your next vacation.

Most of these resorts made of ice are only open during the winter months and are re-sculpted each year. All but a few offer ice-sculpted suites that are more like works of art than a hotel room. Depending on where you stay, they may provide all of the accommodations of a resort, including bars, restaurants, spas, saunas and extracurricular activities. Skiing, snowboarding, northern lights and ice sculpting classes may be on the docket. Be sure to check into these hotels’ amenities before deciding on which one you might visit.

  1. Ice Hotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
  2. Hotel de Glace – Quebec, Canada
  3. Igloo Village Kakslauttanen – Saariselka, Finland
  4. Hotel of Ice – Balea Lac, Romania
  5. Snow Village Finland – Kittilä, Finland
  6. The Snowcastle of Kemi – Kemi, Finland
  7. Kirkenes Snowhotel – Kirkenes, Norway
  8. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel – Alta, Norway
  9. Eskimska Vas – Slovenia
  10. Iglu-Dorf Andorra – Grandvalira, Spain
  11. Schneedorf Snow Village – Oetz, Austria
  12. Aurora Ice Hotel – Chena Hot Springs, Fairbanks Alaska United States

From Alaska to Finland, these ice hotels offer a variety of unique activities that will quench any traveler’s desire to do something different this winter.

Whenever taking a trip, be sure to consider travel protection from a reputable provider such as CSA Travel Protection.

There are only a few more magical months left of winter, as the first day of spring (March 20, 2015) will be here before you know it. Embrace the season and find a winter wonderland to make your next vacation destination.

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection, a Europ Assistance Group company, is dedicated to providing valuable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers’ vacation investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. With over 20 years of experience, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through award-winning customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way.

Insurance is underwritten by Generali US Branch, New York, New York; NAIC #11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: In California: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (U.S. Branch) In Virginia: The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch. 

Kitchen is Key to Happy Guests

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Nine out of 10 vacationers say that having access to a kitchen improved their vacation*. Kitchens have long been a selling point for choosing a vacation rental over other lodging options, and this data just backs it up.

Tip: Keep recipe books or a folder of local recipes in the rental.

Respondents to the survey reported that having access to a kitchen on vacation was convenient for families, eating in is easier than going to a restaurant with kids, and it cuts vacation costs, because eating out isn’t cheap.

While a kitchen clearly attracts guests, it can also be one of the most common areas of the rental that attracts damage by guests. You can avoid the hassles of security deposits and the bad taste it can leave with guests by offering CSA’s Vacation Rental Damage Protection as part of your booking process.

Accidents happen. Your rentals can be covered when they do.

Vacation Rental Damage Protection offers you the chance to increase revenue while reducing paperwork.

  • Guests feel more confident reporting damage knowing accidents can be covered.
  • Receive greater protection with coverage limits up to $5,000.
  • Fast and easy claims processing.
  • Pet damage included for pet-friendly units.

For complete information about plan benefits, limits and exclusions click here.

This plan provides insurance that applies only during the covered trip. Your customers may have coverage from other sources that provides them with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon their other coverages. Customers may wish to compare the terms of this policy with their existing life, health, home and automobile policies. The purchase of this plan is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered by you by your travel retailers.Plans are available to residents of the United States. Benefits and services are described on a general basis. Certain terms and conditions may apply. Your travel retailer may not be licensed to sell insurance, and cannot answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of this insurance and cannot evaluate the adequacy of your existing insurance. For questions or complete information on policy benefits, limits and exclusions, please contact CSA at (800) 348-9505 or http://www.csatravelprotection.com/certpolicy.do for a sample Description of Coverage or Insurance Policy for this plan.These plans are administered by CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services. Services are provided through CSA’s designated providers. Travel Insurance is Underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, New York; NAIC # 11231 (all states except as otherwise noted) under Policy/Certificate Form series T001. California is Underwritten by Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch), Colorado is Underwritten by Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch, Oregon is Underwritten by Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice, and Virginia is Underwritten by The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch.

2015 Travel and Lodging Trends

Leisure trips and travel on the rise, demand for lodging at a high, and hotel rates going up.

2015 looks like it will be a great year for the travel industry, especially for vacation rentals. US travelers plan to take an average of 4.25 leisure trips this year, up from 3.97 last year, according to TripAdvisor. Data from that same release shows that 25 percent of travelers plan to stay in a vacation rental sometime this winter.

By the end of 2015, “demand for lodging accommodations will have increased 25.8 percent since the depths of the recession in 2009,” according to a recent report by PKF Hospitality Research.

Vacationers are also planning to spend more money on their travels in 2015. One-third plan to increase their spending and take more time for leisure travel compared to 2014. If travelers are spending more, they’ll likely be more interested in protecting their trip costs by purchasing travel insurance. Partnering with CSA Travel Protection can make that easy for you and your guests.

Hotel room rates in the US are forecast to rise 4.5 percent in 2015, according to the 2015 Global Travel Price Outlook. Vacation rentals only become more attractive as the cost of staying at a hotel continues to rise.

Vacation rentals are a huge sector of the lodging industry and continue to take more market share. One of the main points of EY’s Global Hospitality Insights 2014 report on the hotel industry is the growing competition from vacation rentals:

“Alternative lodging accommodations no longer cater solely to the cash-strapped traveler. Today, they have gained industry recognition as an alternative preferred by guests seeking greater flexibility, convenience and social interaction than is commonly found in a traditional hotel setting.”

CSA Travel Protection can help boost the convenience factor by offering your guests Vacation Rental Damage Protection, an easy option for avoiding a security deposit, and our travel insurance can help smooth out many unexpected inconveniences your guests could experience on vacation, such as travel delay, trip interruption, lost baggage, medical emergencies and more (see description of coverage for full details).

Contact us at clientservices@csatravelprotection.com or (800) 989-8684 to find out how we can build a valuable and profitable travel insurance program for you and your guests.

Learn more about partnering with CSA

This plan provides insurance that applies only during the covered trip. Your customers may have coverage from other sources that provides them with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon their other coverages. Customers may wish to compare the terms of this policy with their existing life, health, home and automobile policies. The purchase of this plan is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered by you by your travel retailers.

Plans are available to residents of the United States. Benefits and services are described on a general basis. Certain terms and conditions may apply. Your travel retailer may not be licensed to sell insurance, and cannot answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of this insurance and cannot evaluate the adequacy of your existing insurance. For questions or complete information on policy benefits, limits and exclusions, please contact CSA at (800) 348-9505 or http://www.csatravelprotection.com/certpolicy.do for a sample Description of Coverage or Insurance Policy for this plan.

These plans are administered by CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services. Services are provided through CSA’s designated providers. Travel Insurance is Underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, New York; NAIC # 11231 (all states except as otherwise noted) under Policy/Certificate Form series T001. California is Underwritten by Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch), Colorado is Underwritten by Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch, Oregon is Underwritten by Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice, and Virginia is Underwritten by The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch.