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Playful Stays: Five Fun Hotels

Posted on May 15, 2014

Treasure hunts, life-sized chess, oversized LEGO stations? These aren’t your average all-inclusive amenities. Or are they? Over the past decade, hotels around the globe have been taking a turn to the playful side, offering more than just a place to settle in and go to sleep.

And we’ve collected five of the most fun!

Sea Island, Georgia

play chess

courtesy tripadvisor.com

From salt marsh exploration and kayaking to an after-dark survival course, this coastal Georgia resort is the nature-lover’s paradise. And if you’re up for a slightly more civilized sort of adventure, try out life-sized chess on the front lawn or some formal Bingo; it requires men over the age of 12 to don a jacket.

Hotel Zetta, San Francisco, California

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This Union Square property was meant to attract business travelers – of the work-hard-play-hard variety. Guests are greeted by a massive Plinko wall in the lobby, and a carefully curated Playroom featuring Wii consoles, ping pong and pool tables, a huge selection of board games, and oh, life-sized Jenga of course.

Martinhal Resort, Sagres, Portugal

play martinhal

courtesy martinhal.com

This family-friendly resort features all the favorites of the Portuguese fishing town in which it takes up residence. From paddle-boarding and kayaking to jeep safaris, Martinhal has something for everyone. For the adventurous soul, the resort offers lessons in the popular Latin/Iberian sport, Padel, a cross between tennis and racquetball.

Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, Virginia

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This Blue Ridge resort sits on a piece of land roughly the size of Bermuda, so obviously it’s all decked out with an overabundance of activities. The most unique (and most fun) is a spirited game of geocaching – a high-tech treasure hunt based on a GPS system, leading guests to hidden canisters revealing pieces of history and stories about the surroundings. Not to mention, they’ve got a pretty awesome treehouse.

Yotel, New York, New York

play lego

courtesy yotelnewyork.com

The pod-shaped hotel next door to the Lincoln Tunnel offers quite a few playful perks, not the least of which is a luggage robot, programmed to collect suitcases and backpacks. But Yotel’s ultimate claim-to-fame is the 30-foot-long LEGO wall in the lobby with thousands of pieces, ready for guests to build their next colorful masterpiece.