You’ll see why bubble hotels are so clearly impressive
Get 360-degree views from these unusual lodgings, the most fun and quirky accommodation in the world
Quirky hotel accommodation is having a moment. Treehouses have always been a playful place to spend the night, as have boatels and crane hotels. Igloos and ice hotels have soared in popularity, especially for keen Aurora-seeking wanderers. Pod hotels are often associated with solitude, whereas stacked capsule beds in Japanese hostels are quite the opposite. The latest trend to join the quirky hotel wagon is the bubble hotel. These funny-looking inflated domes have popped up from Mauritius to Mexico to the Maldives. These are some of the best:
Campara Hotel, Burbuja, Mexico
Surrounded by neat rows of grapevines, this 10-bubble hotel enjoys a bucolic setting in Valle de Guadalupe. It’s similar to glamping in that rooms are inflated plastic tents with simple furnishings, but each bubble comes with a large bed dressed in good quality linen, a minibar complete with local wine and refreshments, and a private bathroom with hot water. Changing the light to different colours at night is a cool effect.
Beach Bubble at Finolhu, Maldives
The Beach Bubble at Finolhu is reserved for loved-up couples looking for a quiet night under the stars with the Dream Eclipse experience. The pod is set a kilometre down the sand from the hotel, so it's nice and private, and guests are treated to dinner in the form of a Maldivian-style beach barbecue before settling down to sleep or stargaze.
The first thing to note about these three spherical lodgings is the vast expanse of countryside they overlook: the Capertree Valley, the largest canyon in the world. Their remote setting – between the wine region of Mudgee and Lithgow, 200km from the centre of Sydney – is fortified by outdoor shower facilities which entice an at-one-with-nature feel. All have fire pits and telescopes, and have either a floating bed, hammock or love swing for gazing at those incredible views.
Bubble Lodge Île aux Cerfs, Mauritius
Those seeking isolation will feel right at home in these three bubble lodges on Mauritius, which can only be accessed by boat. Exclusivity is matched by five-star service as each lodge is assigned a personal butler. Decor is simple yet beautifully in tune with the lodge’s surroundings: earthy tones for Bunyan tree lodge and pale blue for those located by the sea. The island is dominated by an 18-hole golf course, and dinner is served in its restaurant.
5 Million Star Hotel by Buubble, Iceland
When it comes to watching the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed, options are many: from ice hotels and glass igloos to log cabins and treehouses. But ever considered a plastic bubble? It might not seem like an obvious choice, but these nine pressurised palaces offer exceptional views of the sky on a clear night. The hotel is exclusive to seasonal tours that explore the Golden Circle and South Coast of Reykjavik.
Bubble Lodge Bali, Indonesia
Ocean views are best absorbed from these beach bubbles. The rooms, especially aimed at couples who may want to spend a romantic evening underneath the stars, come with amenities you’d expect but guests can also order bonfires to be made up, dinner to be brought over, photoshoots, games and a telescope for stargazing.
Bubble Lodge, Bois Cheri, Mauritius
These transparent eco-domes on a tea plantation in the southern part of Mauritius are spread around the edge of a crater lake. Each bubble sits away from prying eyes and surrounded by foliage and wildlife.
The interiors have been designed to reflect the outside with browns and beige dominating the colour scheme, wood furnishings and natural fabrics.
Hotel Aire de Bardenas, Spain
While many bubble lodges promote quiet nights in, Hotel Aire de Bardenas aligns itself more to groups and families as a base for an array of activities – from Thai yoga massages and wine tasting, to Segway tours and trips to olive groves.
Skyhouse with Bubble at Amilla Fushi, Maldives
At Amilla Fushi, new “sky houses” – treehouse-style lodgings surrounded by palms and lush greenery – sit 12m above the ground. To the side of the sky houses are the bubbles, which span 4m in diameter, complete with custom-fitted wooden floors, a rotating daybed, Bang & Olufsen sound system and telescopes.
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