Punta Caracol Acqua-Hotel would be a beautiful hotel if it was on dry land. But it isn't, which makes it even more exciting. Its nine cabins reside on stilts on a mile-long coral-reefed coast, over the Caribbean Sea, in Panama. The views are the crystal clear waters of the Bocas del Toro archipelago, and the odd dolphin.
The cabins are constructed using a traditional local style – native plants, clay, bamboo and wild cane, with a palm leaf roof.
By contrast, the hotel also boasts some very modern technology. Cabins are powered by solar energy, gas cooling is used in refrigerators, and a bio-digestor debugs sewage.