December 18th marks the much anticipated release of The Force Awakens, the next installment in the epic Star Wars saga. As the first Star Wars film in over ten years, long time fans and newcomers alike are running temps with Star Wars fever. What better medicine than a Star Wars themed vacation to soothe your woes? Check out the compilation of these intergalactic inspired properties below.
Walt Disney World Resort
Much more accessible than a galaxy far, far away, Walt Disney World Resort will soon be hosting Star Wars Themed Weekends at their Hollywood Studio come Summer 2016. Enjoy the world class amenities Walt Disney Resort has to offer while getting the chance to have autographs signed and photos taken with your favorite Star Wars characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Feel the force is strong within your kids? Enroll them Jedi Training and prepare to watch them face off with a Sith. Check back in Spring of 2016 for details on the website.
Legoland California Resort Hotel
The conundrum of a Lego versus Star Wars themed vacation is too burdensome for any poor soul to have to bear, fortunately we’ve got you covered. Legoland California Resort offers a chronological look at the saga through models of seven of the most iconic Star Wars scenes, including one from the animated The Clone Wars series. Models are built on a 1:20 scale with some of the figures reaching over six feet. Enjoy life-size Lego R2-D2, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader among the 2,000 Lego models. The Legoland Hotel itself is located within the resort and boasts Kingdom, Pirate, or Adventure themed guests rooms, interactive Lego amenities throughout including a disco elevator and Castle Play Area, and nightly children’s entertainment. A guaranteed winner for all family members.
Ever wonder how Lord Vador relaxes in his personal abode? Transport yourself into the private quarters of Luke Skywalker’s Father with a stay at England’s Hotel Pelirocco, located in the seaside town of Brighton. Offering a private twin room with bunk beds styled in the spirit of Darth Vador’s home as one of their 19 original rooms, enjoy authentic Star Wars memorabilia while suited up in a complimentary Darth Vador Costume and lightsabre. While you’re there, check out the famous Brighton Pier, any one of the numerous parks and gardens, or charter a sail boat for the day. Grab your closest fellow Star Wars mate and head to England!
Landhotel Hof Neverland Ostbevrn
Star Wars-Germany fanatics rejoice! Münsterland’s Landhotel Hof Beverland Ostbevern features sixty-two individually themed rooms, including one ode to Star Wars. Star Wars collectables accent the walls, and original cinema seats take the place of traditional chairs in which guests can view the movies on a 32 inch flat screen television. Landhotel Hof Beverland Ostbevern is the perfect place to indulge your Star Wars craving while enjoying the picturesque Münsterland region. Known for it’s gorgeous cycling paths, horse-back riding, castles and palaces, Münsterland is the ideal locale for bike enthusiasts, equestrians, and historical buffs alike. Also home to a booming culinary scene, Müsterland offers a wide variety of gastronomical delights, including Landhotel Hof Beverland Ostbevern’s own Restaurant Kaseinwerk, a converted early 20th century industrial building.
Koh Tao Height Pool Villas
Yearning to incorporate your Star Wars obsession into your next exotic holiday? Look no further than Thailand’s Koh Tao. Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Tao is the smallest of three islands including Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Celebrated as a diver’s paradise, Koh Tao is home to some of the best (and cheapest) scuba diving on the planet. The Koh Tao Pool Heights Villas offers private villas complete with master bedroom, living room, a full kitchen, ceiling fan, and air-conditioning. The secluded infinity pool, accompanied by sundeck and gazebo, is guarded by a life-size Stormtrooper and provides stunning views of Koh Nuan Yuan and the turquoise waters of the gulf of Thailand. The stunning Sairee Beach is only a short, ten minute walk from the properties, with restaurants, shops, and markets in close proximity as well. The Koh Tao Pool Heights Villa staff are known for going above and beyond to ensure superior service: making arrangements for scuba diving, snorkeling, island tours, or Thai cooking classes.
Hôtel Sidi Driss
And finally, for the most hard core Star Wars fans out there, we proffer The Hôtel Sidi Driss. Easily recognizable as Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine, many of the most iconic Star Wars scenes were filmed here. A perfect embodiment of Berber architecture, the Hôtel Siri Driss is located in the southern village of Matmata, Tunisia and offers subterranean adobe caves as accommodation for its guests. The initial Star Wars decorations were taken down after the filming of A New Hope only to be entirely restored in 2000 for the filming of Attack of the Clones. Rooms are reasonably priced and continue to be, likely, the most authentic Star Wars experience out there, The Lars Dining Room and Beru’s Kitchen included. Unlike Tatooine, known for its legalized slavery, rampant criminality, and Podraces, Matmata is recognized for the friendliness of its people and stunning rural desert landscape. As a loyal Star Wars enthusiast, this is the place for you. “Do or do not, there is not try,” right?
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