Want to stay in this lifeguard tower? Read on to find out how. Want to stay in this lifeguard tower? Read on to find out how. Want to stay here? Read on to find out how. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Lifeguard tower turned into luxury suite for travel contest

Pack your bags because you could be staying here next month – for free.

Over the years, we've seen some strange vacation locales – everything from Harry Potter-inspired Airbnbs to castles turned into hotels to farms and monasteries that you can rent out. But a place that we heard about today might just take the cake.

The city of Tel Aviv is building what’s being called the first lifeguard hotel on earth. Yes, you read that correctly.

You can squeeze a surprising amount of furniture into this lifeguard tower.You can squeeze a surprising amount of furniture into this lifeguard tower. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

When some people see an unused lifeguard tower, others see an opportunity. And that's exactly what happened here. The tower will be turned into a five-star beachfront suite complete with a personal butler, pampering shower, breakfast and even room service. Not to mention the best view of the beach you could ever ask for.

And here's the best part: You can actually stay here for free, thanks to a just-launched international online competition. The winners will be flown to Israel for a four-night vacation in Tel Aviv at the end of March.

Imagine waking up on this bed with this view.Imagine waking up on this bed with this view. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

So how can you be chosen? The rules are simple:

All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself on Instagram, against the background of your city, wearing a beach outfit. Tag the photo with the hashtag "#TakeMe2TelAviv" and you're done. The most creative submissions will be selected by the project committee. You've got to register on the contest's website by March 5, so the clock is ticking. What are you waiting for?

The side of the tower features a hammock if you want to hang outside.The side of the tower features a hammock if you want to hang outside. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Launched in partnership with Hotels.com, the contest is part of the "Two Cities One Break" campaign, promoting winter travel in the Mediterranean locales of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

"This project aims to encourage incoming tourism to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem," said Yariv Levin, who is helping organize the contest. "Each city has its own unique attributes, and in Tel Aviv, we are focusing on the nonstop nightlife, the growing culinary scene, and its famous beaches."

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