French "Bubble Hotel" lets you sleep with nature
May 29, 2012
Last year, designer Pierre Stephane Dumas unveiled his line of room-sized, transparent bubbles that allow people to sleep with almost nothing blocking their view of nature. His goal was to create a portable space that was both comfortable while giving the feeling of being out in the middle of any natural environment - and without disturbing the area very much. As enticing as those might be though, not many people are going to be able to afford the €7766 (US$10,987) price tag just to buy one for their weekend camping trip. Luckily for those keen on a see-through sleeping experience, the Attrap’Rêves hotel has recently opened in France to offer visitors a range of fully-furnished bubbles in different scenic locales to use in place of a typical hotel room.
The Attrap’Rêves has locations in Allauch and Puget Ville with a third coming soon to La Bouilladisse. The bubbles are all located within a short walking distance from the nearest village and a main building, which provides meals, telescopes with star charts, an outdoor jacuzzi, and other amenities. Each bubble is set up in a forested area on a flat, rigid floor near a wooden outhouse. The only way to get to any bubble is by walking down it's individual access road, which ensures guests aren't disturbed. Every bubble has been situated in an area with a particularly scenic viewpoint - some of the bubbles in Allauch overlook the nearby harbor, for example.
Each bubble has a diameter of 4 meters (13 feet) and a ceiling height of 3 meters (10 feet), along with an airlock. A silent blower keeps the space inflated, while constantly recycling the air inside. The bubbles are furnished with a king-sized bed, nightstands, reading lamps, and a set of table and chairs, all of which have been designed to fit different styles for guests to choose from. Guests can also choose between bubbles that are fully or partially transparent, depending on how much privacy they would like. And even though they're out in the woods, each bubble has electricity and a sink/shower area with running water.
More importantly though, staying in a bubble will cost about as much as any other hotel room. Prices start at €109 (US$137) and range up to €499 (US$625) depending on what location, season, and amenities you choose for your visit.