When it comes to unique aquatic escapes, the possibilities are endless thanks to an abundance of floating hotels around the world. The latest comes from Paris design firm Atelier Lavit, which has constructed a group of ten prefabricated hotel suites docked on a marine reserve near Avignon, a city in the southeastern region of France.
Guests use a wooden ramp that goes from the shore to each of the suites. The rooms are constructed in either a circular or square shape. The minimalist design is reflected in the pared-down interior, which features sleeping and lounging spaces made up of natural paneled wood, a bathroom, large sliding window doors, overhead skylights that fill the space with natural light and offer prime star gazing opportunities, and in some units, a hot tub. An external wraparound deck hemmed in by a timber screen helps the floating hotel blend in seamlessly with its natural surroundings, giving guests a feeling of security and privacy.
This sweet secluded spot is also sustainable by design. Architects designed each suite in such a way that allowed them to be constructed off-site, disassembled and reconstructed before they were transported to the site of the hotel. Additionally, the three-month process minimized installation costs as well as damage to the surrounding environment.
Atelier Lavit's sustainable getaway expands the world's growing list of luxurious floating hotels. In 2016, Paris opened the doors to its first floating hotel off the River Seine. And according to recent reports, Dubai has plans for a massive renovation project that will convert the Queen Elizabeth II into a floating hotel and museum, but additional details on when the new and updated QEII will open for business have yet to be released.