With floating hotels and B & Bs, hospitality glides over the water

To “flow” into the future, you need a little patience. That Hyperecological liquid hotel designed by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio opens in 2025 off the coast of Qatar. The 35,000 m2 structure (with 152 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, spa, gym) is conceived with the philosophy of “minimum energy and zero waste”, and will generate much of the electricity needed to perform its functions , by rotating on its own for 24 hours based on local ocean currents. A number of wind turbines will provide additional clean energy using wind currents generated by the temperature differences between land and sea.

In the meantime, however, there is no shortage of available alternatives, always in the name of exclusivity (because availability is limited) and respect for the environment. In the port of Rijnhaven in Rotterdam, for example, it is possible to rent one of the four houseboats made of recycled corrugated cardboard, with surprising acoustic and thermal insulation. The interior spaces can accommodate up to eight people, and intelligent lighting systems avoid waste.

Even more exclusive because it is located in the middle of a private lake, access to Brindos, Lac & Château of the French commune of Anglet – between the elegant city of Biarritz and the Basque coast – where the five stars of the city “Floating cabins” they add to the attractiveness of a spa, sublime cuisine and even a delicious (it must be said) chocolate shop. The floating chambers are located in the middle of the Étang de Brindos: on the surface of the water, but well anchored on the ground.

The view from the “floating lodges” in Brindos, Lac & Château (Agence 14 September)

Still by a lake, but on the Swiss and public one of Neuchatel, there are the pavilions marked by the Japanese minimalism of the Palafitte hotel. They are up to 68 square meters wide and are equipped with designer furniture, whirlpools and surround sound systems for video and music. And in winter it is possible to quickly pass from the water to the ski slopes: an unusual feature of an aquatic accommodation.

Hôtel Palafitte, on Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Attention to local culture is at the heart of two less luxurious complexes than those mentioned above, but rather known for their respective uniqueness: the first is the Amazon Jungle Palace, which compensates for the comfort of an average hotel with the stunning location of Rio Negro in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, eight kilometers from Manaus. Designed in accordance with sustainable tourism standards, including an advanced water treatment plant and sophisticated waste management systems, the hotel organizes tours to discover some indigenous communities, such as Dessana and Tukano, which are part of the so-called social system of Uaupés / Pira-Paraná.

Located on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, the Float house River Kwai and its twins River Kwai Jungle Raft are “floatels”, which are only available for traditional long-tailed boats. The wooden villas, built on bamboo rafts, are spartan but air conditioned. Only in the latter resort do Mon dancers perform, which is part of a tribe from Burma whose village is located near the Jungle fleet.

Float house rivers Kwai

Even in the heart of the first world, however, it is possible to help the weakest sections of the population and at the same time enjoy an original experience. In this sense, a good compromise is the Good Hotel, located along London’s Royal Victoria Dock. However, it is not there that the structure was located before 2012. It was instead in Amsterdam, where its founder, Martin Dresden, found an old floating platform for several purposes, renovated it and then towed it on a cargo barge. the English capital. Today, Good Hotel London, where iron and concrete cover a post-industrial charm, devotes 100% of its revenue to the Ninos de Guatemala non-profit organization and in more form to the hospitality of the local unemployed.

The more luxurious alternative, also in London’s waters, is the Sunborn Hotel, permanently moored at the Royal Victoria Dock itself. It is a superyacht about 120 meters long converted into a luxury hotel that can also be rented in its entirety, as long as you have about 200,000 euros a week.

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