Hotels or prisons? check out 10 of the most luxurious prisons in the world!

To many people, prisons bring about the terrible feeling with cruel punishments and harsh living conditions. However, you will change your mind after having a look at the following most luxurious prisons in the world. No fearful scenes, no intense scrimmages between criminals are seen there but a life of luxury and comfort is enjoyed by their prisoners Let’s travel around the world and discover those special hotels rightaway!

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Living condition in "special hotel"

Bastoy, Norway

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Great view of Bastoy Prison

The beautiful Bastoy island with majestic mountains is home to the world-famous Bastoy prison. Living up to its reputation as the world’s first ecological jail, Bastoy offers its inmates an environment-friendly life in wooden cottages surrounded by picturesque scenery.

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Pleasant time of a prisoner in Bastoy prison

Besides working hours on farms, the prisoners will take their free time to participate in a sort ofinteresting activities such as horse riding, fishing, skiing and so on.

Cereso Chetumal, Mexico

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Cereso Chetumal, Mexico

Ten years went by and there was no violence occuring in Cereso Chetumal – the unique prison to the south of Chetumal, Mexico. In case of disagreements among prisoners, they will be given gloves and get into boxing rings, which not only enables them to resolve their conflicts but also opens a particular sporting competition.

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Special boxing ring in Cereso Chetumal, Mexico

The prison is also a class of art where inmates are real artists and artisans making lovely crafts from recycled materials. In addition, Conjugal Hotel is founded for couples. A tour around Cereso will leave you with a gamut of emotions from surprise, admirability to friendliness. It is normal to see inmates attending language class, trying to practice English with others and selling goods to visitors without the wardens.

Cebu, Philippines

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A special dancing performance in Cebu, Philippines

Coming to Cebu prison at the time of the cultural or charitable events, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join with 1,500 inmates in extraordinary music festivals. Regardless of their offences, the prisoners turn out to be the excellent dancers in superb performances leaving great impression on audiences.

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Visit Cebu prison, Philippines

Like a real school, the prison is a hive of activity with dancing classes, sporting competitions, etc. Numerous inmates after being released become professional dancers.

Aranjuez, Spain

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A lovely family in Aranjuez prison, Spain

What makes Aranjuez in Spain different is the special cells for families. The children born in Aranjuez will be nurtured in the love of their parents until the age of three. Visiting the jail, you can easily catch sight of happy families in pretty rooms ornamented with Disney characters and adorable toys. The image of beloved babies with sunny smiles will brighten the life of their parents.

Halden, Norway

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Modern Halden prison, Norway

As the second largest prison in Norway, Halden is well-known for its humane conditions. With the aim to create the sense of community, sufficient facilities including TV, fridge, etc are provided and the staff here are unarmed.

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Inside the prison

Life in the cell here is also full of fun. The inmates can take part in healthy outdoor activities, exciting cooking courses and monthly broadcasts, which must become an unforgettable experience for all prisoners.

Sollentuna, Sweden

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Sollentuna prison from outside

If you suppose life in prison is always the miserable time, Sollentuna in Sweden will give you a totally different thought. Coming to the jail, you may be overwhelmed by its massive size and well-furnished rooms. The prison is even nicer than many hotels with full fitness equipments and individual kitchens. It can be said that no one refuses to live such a comfortable life.

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Inside Sollentuna prison, Sweden

Fuhlsbuettel, Germany

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Special architecture of Fuhlsbuettel prison, Germany

Considered as a “five-star” hotel, Fuhlsbuettel in Germany will never let its prisoners down. Having distinctive architectural style, the prison looks like a magnificent castle with large guest rooms and private bathrooms. For the first time visiting this place, you may mistake it for a deluxe hotel.

Bambu Pondok, Indonesia

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Comfortable life in Bambu Pondok prison

Located in the capital of Indonesia, Bambu Pondok is the prison for women who are related to drug offences. Understanding women’ preference for beauty treatment, the jail opens beauty salon, nightly karaoke bar and beading classes so that they can maintain their interest and get out of drug habit.

Justice Center Leoben, Austria

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"Five-star" prion

Equality is the focus of Justice Center Leoben where prisoners live a life of ordinary citizens. They are allowed to wear their own clothes, stay in private rooms and cook their meals in shared kitchens. Looking from outside, the jail is like a first-class hotel with elegant architecture.

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Inside Justice Center Leoben prison

Addiewell, Scotland

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Outside Addiewell prison in Scotland

Regarded as a “learning” prison, Addiewell in Scotland gives the prisoners chances to understand their offences. To help the prisoners integrate with the society after their leaving, Addiewell jail focuses on training necessary skills, holding sports activities and organizing communal programs, etc. They are also provided with good accommodation, modern facilities, private bathrooms, which helps to bring about the feeling of staying at home.

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Good living condition here

Prisons are not always as scary as you may think. They are created with a view to rehabilitating their inmates as soon as possible. The above luxurious prisons may help you to have a different look to the life of crime offenders.


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