Have you ever been in a dome? Picture this: you’re somewhere in the middle of nature, away from cities, traffic, noise and pollution and you’re lying on your back and admiring the sky, the infinity of stars and the dreamy clouds. It’s a wonderful and liberating feeling which reveals the beautiful harmony which surrounds you but which also makes you realize just how small you are in the universal scheme. Then you enter the dome and coziness surrounds you in the most comforting way.
A night of stargazing in a geodesic dome
Domes like this one are perfect for observing astronomical events. In 2017 Airbnb offered a prize which was an invitation for one lucky winner and a guest to see the total solar eclipse from August 21 from a geodesic dome situated in the middle of the Oregon wilderness. The event was a partnership with National Geographic and included dinner under the stars with an explorer and a night of stargazing in this dome.
The best part was the fact that the dome had an outdoor observation deck and telescopes. Everything was set up to offer the most amazing experience. What a cool way to observe the total eclipse and to explore the wonders of the universe!
A stylish dome for rental in Catskill Mountains
Although observing an eclipse from a dome in definitely a wonderful opportunity, there are a lot of other events which can be memorable and which you can plan in a large dome like this one from Catskill Mountains. It’s called Geo Dome and it can be rented by groups of up to 16 people. Although guests have to bring their own mattresses and sleeping bags, the dome offers a series of cool features such as high-speed internet, an outdoor fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, showers, a grill and access to hiking trails. The proximity to the lake means panoramic views can also be enjoyed.
The dome is large and spacious and has these transparent sections which let the outdoors in as well as a series of circular window sections which let natural light in. The dome sits on a wooden platform and has a front door and a small deck. Inside, it’s like a huge and glamorous tent, hence the concept of glamping. Even so, this is a whole new level.
The Whitepod – a collection of domes in the Swiss Alps
If you’re ever in the mood for a special vacation which takes you in the heart of nature, consider the Whitepod hotel from the Swiss Alps. This is not a conventional hotel by any means. The most notable detail would the fact that it’s not a single structure with multiple rooms inside but a set of 15 domes which can be rented separately. there are ten standard domes and five family ones. they each sit on wooden platforms with terraces.
The interior design of these pods is modern and simple. The standard ones have king-sized beds, bathrooms with toilet and shower, wood-burning stoves and a few other features with the possibility to add an extra single bed on the mezzanine level. The family domes can hold two extra beds which makes them suitable for two to four persons.
As you can see, this is not a hotel per se. It’s more of a retreat mixed with camping elements. The domes are not as simple and as casual as tents but they’re not as robust and as detailed as cabins either. It’s a very stylish compromise which makes it possible for guests to enjoy unique experiences.
An enchanting arctic resort in Lapland
So far none of the domes we showed you were truly designed to let you admire and enjoy the surroundings to their full extent but these ones are. These domes are fully transparent (except for the frame) and we wouldn’t want them to be any different given their extraordinary location. We’re talking about Kakslauttanen, an extraordinary arctic resort in Finnish Lapland.
These amazing glass igloos offer sensational views, letting guests enjoy the Northern lights in the best way possible. Between August and April the Northern lights can be observed and enjoyed along with all the other attractions of the arctic circle which are there all year long.
Cornwall domes with style
Sure, exploring the arctic circle or other exotic places is definitely intriguing but sometimes a more familiar setting can be a better-suited vacation destination. Cornwall, England is one of the options. Here you can find the Peswara pod which is this geometric dome-shaped structure with a really cozy interior. It has a wood-burning stove inside and a transparent section which lets guests enjoy a view of the surroundings. The kitchen bathroom are in a separate tent.
Two remote glamping pods in England
Buttercombe Gridshell is a property in England which consists of two domes and a stone barn. The domes have two skylights each and a common wooden deck. Inside they’re really warm and cozy. They have king-sized beds, sofas, cozy bean bag chairs and there’s also a kitchen equipped with everything guests might need. Once again, this is glamping at its best.
Sustainable resort domes in Chile
By now you’ve probably realized that domes are more popular than you initially thought. We have one more example which proves it: a luxury resort in Chile, near Torres del Paine National Park. It’s called EcoCamp Patagonia and it’s the first fully sustainable set of accommodations in this region. The domes feature wood-burning stoves and offer upscale accommodations for the ultimate glamping experience.
The inspiration for the idea of choosing domes instead of other structures came from a group of local nomads called Kaweskars who had semi-circular huts. The domes are green in order to blend in with the surroundings and to become one with the landscape. The main attraction here is obviously nature so guests are encouraged to explore and enjoy the surroundings. Most domes have a direct view toward the Park and for a more immersive experience regular wildlife expeditions are organized.