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Resorts That Are Completely Out of Control

List RulesVote up the most insane resorts on the planet.

Finding the craziest resorts on earth is not always easy. Anyone can go to a luxury hotel, or a high-end, all-inclusive resort, but most of those tend to offer the same sort of perks and experiences. There are times when a vacation calls for as much beer as you can drink and stuffing your face for days, but there are other times when you want something different. Like staying at one of the weirdest resorts in the world.

Maybe you want to stay in a room made completely out of ice. Maybe your thing is having wild animals poke their head in your window while you are eating dinner. Maybe you just want to relax in a giant champagne glass. Whatever your thing is, chances are, you'll be able to find a place that suits your adventurous needs on this list of crazy resorts. Vote up the most insane resorts you'd totally visit.

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    Photo: azedkae / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    • Most Insane Feature: Everything is made of ice!

    The original Icehotel has been operating for over 20 years in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. Every November, snow, ice, and near-frozen river water are combined to make unique rooms and create a hotel experience unmatched anywhere else in the world. Guests spend a night on ice in a frigid, 23-degree Fahrenheit room. Arctic explorer-worthy sleeping bags, thermals, and even reindeer pelts are provided for warmth. Just hope that nature doesn't call in the middle of the night...

    • Located In: Sweden
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    Jules' Undersea Lodge

    Photo: Photomatt28 / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    • Most Insane Feature: Guests scuba dive 21 feet below the surface of the Largo Sound just to enter!

    The name here is much more than just a marketing gimmick. Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, FL, is exactly what it sounds like. This former research lab has been converted into a hotel and guests must scuba dive down into the Largo Sound to even reach the door. Despite its location, this place isn't lacking in amenities: you can even get a pizza delivered from the surface! You must be a certified scuba diver to get into the lodge and the company offers a discover scuba certification for those not qualified upon arrival.

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      Ariau Amazon Towers

      Photo: Elementwrx/Public Domain / via Wikimedia Commons
      • Most Insane Feature: Treetop swimming pools!

      The Ariau Amazon Towers Resort is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Manaus, Brazil. This is an eco-tourism resort where guests can live among the monkeys, birds, and other native wildlife populations in the Amazon. The resort features over five miles of walkways through the treetops, along with various guided trips and activities in the local area.

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        Karosta Prison

        Photo: pegasoreise / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0
        • Most Insane Feature: Spend the night like a KGB prisoner.

        This one is certainly not for the faint of heart. In Liepoja, Latvia, guests can take on the role of a prisoner of the former Soviet Bloc country at Karosta Prison. This "event" is intended for groups of 10 or so and begins at 9 p.m. and runs for 12 hours. During this time, the prisoners are be treated to prison food, sleeping on old prison bunks, and "taking abuse from prison guards." Visitors must (obviously) sign a release before partaking in this... fun.

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