Ridiculously over-the-top ways to arrive at your hotel

Talk about a grand entrance! Sometimes arriving at your hotel can be as amazing as staying there - especially if you arrive at check-in by private jet, float down by paragliding over majestic mountains or are welcomed by local tribesmen singing to your arrival.

Getting to your hotel doesn't have to mean grabbing a hot and sweaty taxi from the airport. It can be unique, luxurious and totally over the top as you like. These days, hotels are pulling out all the stops to treat guests like VIPs, offering to collect you by helicopter, horse-drawn carriage and even on the back a Harley-Davidson.

If you're looking for the ultimate experience to add to a hotel stay, arriving in style makes for an unforgettable adventure.

At Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman you can arrive at the remote resort by air accompanied by a professional paraglider. For a magical arrival fit for a Maharaja at The Leela Palace in India, hop on the hotel's boat kitted out with plush cushions and offering unrivalled views of the Lake Palace and City Palace as you cross Lake Pichola. And as if visiting Antarctica wasn't enough of a treat, with White Desert you'll land on the ice in a private plane and be greeted by staff on the specially prepared runway before being taken to you luxury eco-pod.

Whether for a romantic surprise or to fulfil a life-long dream, these amazing hotel arrivals offer the perfect start to a holiday. Take a look at our favourites from around the world...

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