The hugely anticipated Ghostbusters
With the hype surrounding the release of Ghostbusters, Booking.com shares their spookiest stays
Aokigahara Forest, Japan
Situated in the woodlands and surrounding Mt Fuji, lays the haunted Aokigahara Forest, which is said to be home to a sea of ghosts and haunted skies. Tale be told, over 500 deaths have occurred in these dark woods and it has become one of the world’s creepiest destinations.
Where to stay: Fuji Osenji Yumedono
If you’re brave enough to visit the Aokigahara Forest, Booking.com suggest staying at the majestic Fuji Osenji Yumedono. Featuring traditional Japanese cuisine, suites with in-room hot springs and a garden with a Mount Fuji view, this is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a dark day in the Aokigahara Forest.
Island of Dolls, Mexico
Located just south of Mexico City between the canals of Xochimilco, sits a small island that never intended to be a tourist destination. After the discovery of a young girl who drowned mysteriously many years ago, the island became known as the Island of Dolls. Today, the island is covered in spooky dolls with severed limbs and decapitated heads and it has been said that at night, the dolls move, whisper and open their lifeless eyes.
Where to stay: St Regis, Mexico City
Once you have braved the Island of Dolls, retreat to a luxury getaway at the St Regis. Exchanging motionless dolls for the busy city, this sophisticated hotel sensation offers guests an on-site spa service, gourmet restaurants and stunning views of Mexico City.
Overtoun Bridge, Scotland
Known as the ‘bridge of death’, Overtoun Bridge haunts the streets of Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Tale be told, over 600 dogs have leaped to their deaths from this bridge – all from the very same spot. It has been reported that the few dogs who survive the fall have re-climbed the bridge, only to jump off again (spooky!). Whether the bridge is possessed or not, this can’t be a coincidence!
Where to stay: Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort
Escape the curse of the Overtoun Bridge and stay at Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort where you’ll get lost (in the best way possible) on the 240-acre estate. Encompassing a luxury golf course, spa and sumptuous rooms, this historical mansion features elegant décor and stylish bathrooms, scenic garden views and an award winning restaurant – and the best part, no ghosts!
China Town, Boston
The filming ground for Ghostbusters, China Town has put itself on the map as a seriously spooky hotspot. Take a trip to the corner of Harrison Avenue and Essex Street and see where the ghost busting happens! Once you’ve traced the steps of protagonist Abby Yates, dine at one of Boston’s most haunted restaurants – The Sun Tavern.
Where to stay: Global Luxury Suites at China Town
These self-contained apartments boast style and class, with stainless steel kitchen appliances, oak floors, open seating area and a stunning, secluded terrace. If that isn’t enough, the outdoor pool can be found on the buildings sky deck along with a fitness centre, sauna and billiards table.
Monte Cristo Homestead, New South Wales
A little closer to home, the Monte Cristo Homestead combines murder, torture and suicide making it one of the world’s most haunted houses. After a series of extremely mysterious events – the murder of a caretaker, the torture and imprisonment of a challenged young boy and the death of a maid who fell from the balcony – the walls of the homestead are filled with secrets and distressed spirits. Visitors have reported hearing screams, doors slam and the tugging of clothes. This is enough to un-nerve the hardest of mediums.
Where to stay: International Hotel Wagga Wagga
Escape from the haunted shadows of the homestead and stay at the International Hotel Wagga Wagga. The hotel features spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi and a beautiful outdoor area where guests can sip on champagne and discuss the paranormal world that lives just a short drive away.