Go to sea in a hotel

Go to sea in a hotel

From quarry hotels in China to space-age mountain lodges in Italy, this year has seen conceptual hotels with a difference being created across the globe.

The latest is the Solar Floating Resort. The concept, by Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante, is part submarine, part yacht, part hotel suite. The floating craft that requires no sailing – it is controlled by a pilot – but has the freedom of a boat, which is fitted out to the high standards of a five-star hotel. It is entirely sustainable and eco-friendly; energy comes from photovoltaic panels in the wood-and-fibreglass skin.

Puzzolante intends the SFR as an addition to a beachfront hotel or island resort, whereby guests could book the room and anchor at a central docking station or venture out into open sea.

The vessel sleeps up to six people in three en-suite bedrooms. There’s an open-plan kitchen and dining space, and a living room, with a spiral staircase that leads down to the most exciting feature of all: an underwater glass room for 360-degree views of marine life, furnished with armchairs for submarine viewing, Steve Zissou-style.

Up on deck, a teak platform wraps right around the vessel, with day beds, a Jacuzzi and a dining area.

For more information, visit www.mpd-designs.com

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