After years of ice hotels and ice bars, it's refreshing to see someone attempt the polar opposite. Last summer, the world's first Sand Hotel opened on the Esplanade, Weymouth beach in Dorset, southern England.
Basically, it was a giant sandcastle with rooms and built-in beds. Built by sand sculptor Mark Anderson, it was intended to be there until the sea washed it away. It's hard to know whether it is (or was) more than a gimmick – after all, it had no roof (in Britain – think about it), there was absolutely no security, and I imagine you'd have had to bring your own bedding.
On the plus side, guests could lie in bed and stargaze. And it was very inexpensive, at £10 a night, available through LateRooms.com. But is it still there? If you live in Weymouth, write and let us know. RM