This will either sound amazing or terrifying to you.
Thought that waterbed you had way back when was cool?
Well, that’s just been seriously one-upped by a Japanese amusement park that built spherical capsule hotel rooms that float in the sea, taking you on an overnight journey to a private island.
Nope, you’re not dreaming. (We’ll wait as you pinch yourself.)
Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture, developed the floating hotels that will drift through Omura Bay to a 10-acre island where there will be “adventure-type attractions.” The project was in testing as of summer 2018.
Take a look at the futuristic “hotel,” which is equipped with a bathroom and is about 118 to 124 feet in size.
Take a look at the futuristic pods in action in this video, shared on YouTube by Ruptly:
Surprisingly, the cost to stay in the hotel isn’t too outrageous, either. It will run youabout 30,000 to 40,000 yen, which translates to $264 to $352. (Plus, you can divvy that up among four people, as that’s how many the seaborn hotel room sleeps.)
Huis Ten Bosch, the Japanese park, is a mini-Netherlands, replicating Dutch-style buildings like hotels, theaters, shops and restaurants, along with signature windmills and lush gardens.
The park hosts a tulip festival and a water canal parade of boats. It’s also an amusement park, with carousels, skating rinks, Ferris wheels, mazes and more.
You may have heard of the company before. They’ve got a knack for developing buzz-worthy hotels. In 2015, Huis Ten Bosch opened up the first-ever “robot hotel,” where you’re greeted by a dinosaur robot at the reception desk.
The five-star robot hotel’s name, Henn-na Hotel, translates to “Strange Hotel.” It’s not just a gimmick: Robots carry out about 90 percent of the hotel’s functions. Plus, there are cool amenities like facial recognition software that gives you access to your room—a good thing for anybody who’s prone to constantly losing those hotel key cards.
This certainly isn’t the only floating hotel. If you want to get the ultimate view of the Northern Lights, you’ll definitely want to book a stay at Arctic Bath, a floating hotel on Sweden’s Lule River, once it opens (the project was delayed as of fall 2018).
The round hotel will float during warm months, and will be frozen in place during the winter. There will be an opening in the center of the building, where guests can take a dip in the river.
The six guest rooms will surround the watering hole. Each one will be about 270 square feet and feature large windows for optimal views of the Northern Lights.
Would you want to try this adventure out for a few nights?