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19 best bubble hotels in the world

Born of glamping and the tiny house trend, these bubble hotels make for a romantic night sleeping under the stars.

Luxurious design, uninterrupted views and total immersion in the natural world are the hallmarks of ‘bubble’ hotels, the coolest living quarters to saturate our Instagram feeds. Bringing new meaning to the eco-retreat concept, bubbles blend of five-star hotels with glamping, allowing guests to sleep under the stars in some of the most beautiful places around the world. 

From sleeping beneath the Northern Lights, to the depths of magical forests, to cosy pocketed hideaways in snow-capped surroundings, here are some of the world’s best ‘bubble’ hotels. 

1. Finn Lough Forest Domes, Enniskillen, UK

The full hotel experience awaits guests within one of the transparent spheres at Finn Lough’s bubble domes, hidden within the verdant forest lands of Northern Ireland. Romance is in high supply, with intimate privacy well provided for by natural seclusion. Uninterrupted stargazing is offered from the comfort of a bespoke four-poster bed. Rise with the sun and be welcomed by daily breakfast provided, one of the privileges of still technically being located on the grounds of a resort. Other accommodation and services can be found beyond the trees. These include a spa offering a lake sauna and the resort’s own marina offering private boat hire. Venture out and explore woodland trails with cycling tours.

© Finn Lough

2. Beach Bubble, Finolhu, Maldives

The white sands of Finolhu, Maldives’ self-proclaimed “grooviest” island, have a secluded bubble of their own to boast. Its beachfront location makes for a sweet romantic beach getaway with a twist. Bespoke furnishings include a four-poster bed with soft, white drapes, and a separate adjoining bathroom that includes a shower. In the evening, enjoy a private beach barbecue for two on the 1.5-kilometre expanse of sand. Wake the following day to the blushed tones of sunrise over the sea at your doorstep and breakfast on the water’s edge.

Beach bubble finolhu maldives

3. Buubble South Coast, Reykjavik, Iceland

The transparent domes of Buubble, Iceland’s exact South Coast locations are only provided upon booking one of the exclusive overnight tours, but a stay here promises stargazers the opportunity to fall asleep to the alluring dance of the aurora borealis overhead, surrounded by dense pine forest. The Northern Lights experience is available only through two tours offered through the winter. One takes guests from Reykjavik (around one hour from Keflavik International Airport) by luxury SUV to its hidden route. Here, guests will trek directly behind the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall –an immense 65 metres high – to the enigmatic Black Sand Beach.

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4. JTHAVN, Joshua Tree, USA

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the best places to stargaze in the United States thanks to its clear and dark skies. Take advantage of this with an overnight sojourn at this off-grid bubble tent, just 20 kilometres from the vast, protected area. Sink into the queen-size memory foam mattress and soak in the surreal, arid landscape that surrounds. This Airbnb is replete with an outdoor shower, hot tub and barbecue island with a stove, grill and sink for the perfect desert escape. 

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5. Bubbletent Australia, New South Wales, Australia

Three unique locations offer unequalled overviews of Capertee Valley in New South Wales, around three hours from its bustling heart of Sydney. The bubbles are each hidden from the others, offering such welcome mod-cons as a telescope, fire pit and private deck. These bubble tents are named Leo, Virgo and Cancer, presumably inspired by their coveted views of the night sky. Virgo is the most opulent of the accommodation offerings. Recline on its ‘love swing’ to enjoy romantic vistas or, better yet, take a soak in the outdoor wood-fired bathtub as the sun sets. Then, sink into crisp white linen in the climate-controlled bubble.

© Bubbletent Australia

6. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

On the doorstep of Urho Kekkonen National Park – the largest in Finland – Kakslauttanen offers unique Glass Igloo accommodation amid one of the world’s most pristine natural environments; the crystal water running through the streams here is so clean, it can be drunk straight from its source.

Found along the road to the Arctic Sea, the four-person igloo accommodation includes a toilet and shower, with a sauna available in a separate building nearby. Larger groups can choose the Kelo-Glass igloos, which accommodate six in a unique hybrid of log chalet with an igloo-style dome on one end. Whichever suits, guests can expect a cosy, snow-dusted retreat complete with an art gallery and restaurants on grounds. Views of the Northern Lights are the centrepiece here, so keep your eyes peeled.

© Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

7. Ridgeback Lodge, New Brunswick, Canada

Nestled between the Saint John and Kennebascis rivers, the glamping domes are hidden deep within the Kingston Peninsula offer some of the most beautiful stargazing and wilderness sightings in Canada.

Rustic timber interiors are encased by pillow-like white walls, with forest views dotted throughout. Take in expansive bubble hotel views of the natural treasures beyond from a sumptuous queen- or king-size bed. A glass-walled shower, electrical outlets and a kitchenette are some of the creature comforts on offer here. Just outside, you’ll find a wood-fired tub with plenty of privacy from the surrounding forest.

Ridgeback Lodge
© Ridgeback Lodge

8. Levin Inglut, Kittilä, Finland

The spacious interiors and luxurious amenities at Levin Inglut are so indulgent that they are almost misleading, suggesting to guests that they may be in a boutique lodge rather than in a dome under the Arctic sky in Finland. Guests can spend an entire stay here without leaving their transparent, geometric surrounds. The white blankets of snow outside pose no threat here, with climate control inside and anti-fog glass promising perfect vistas. Premium igloos command prime location on the side of the fell, with unobstructed views of the sky and valley. Snuggle in fluffy robes on a motorised bed, which can be adjusted to the perfect position for stargazing or snoozing. In the morning, wake up to an abundant breakfast buffet.

Levin Inglut
© Levin Inglut

9. Attrap’Rêves, Marseille, France

Tucked away in the Provençal pine forest in the countryside beyond Marseille, the Attrap’Rêves  bubbles were the first of their kind in France. In each, you’ll find a different theme covering all bases from earthy, down-to-earth designs to the trendy ‘Glamour Bubble’. A Japanese tatami-style bubble invites guests to house themselves between the earth and sky, with ‘Zen’ timber furnishings and a private deck. Drink in the countryside around you and perhaps enjoy dinner, served to you in-bubble. Despite each suite inciting a feeling of seclusion, they are each a short stroll from the hotel’s main building, home to an outdoor Jacuzzi and restaurant.

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10. Campera Hotel Burbuja, Baja California, Mexico

TEN spacious, well-appointed bubbles at Campera Hotel Burbuja are the only accommodation of their kind in North America, designed in France and boasting a stunning location amid the vineyards of Mexico. Sleeping two, each is equipped to handle even the harshest of the region’s climates, pressurised and climate-controlled within. In a Bubble Suite, wake to views of the vineyards from the comfort of a full-sized bed. The private bathroom adds indulgence with regional soaps and creams. Nearby, fall in love with Mexican wines at the multitude of excellent wineries that call Valle de Guadalupe home.

© Campera Hotel Burbuja

11. Petra Bubble Luxotel

Waking up to golden sunlight trickling over the red sandstone peaks of Wadi Rum is certainly an otherworldly experience. After a day spent exploring the protected desert wilderness of Jordan, a stay at the Petra Bubble Luxotel will have you quite literally seeing stars. Drift off in the village of bubble tents, complete with king-size beds, beanbag chairs, air-conditioning and a private deck. 

12. Igloos at sea

When Lindblad Expeditions founder, Sven Lindblad, saw see-through igloos in Finland, he immediately began to plan how to get them on his own ships. Today, two purpose-built polar ships in the Lindblad fleet have the only igloos you can find at sea. After days exploring the polar regions, curl up and gaze at a starry sky on a cosy bed with a hot water bottle tucked by your side. Come daylight, leave your private pod to slip into the adjacent infinity-edged hot tub and watch icebergs bob below.

© Lindblad Expeditions

13. Jungle Bubbles, Bangkok, Thailand

The first experience of its kind, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort has developed transparent Jungle Bubbles for guests desiring uninterrupted views of these gentle giants. Custom designed by Eye In The Sky, these high-tech polyester milieus are air-conditioned and equipped with their own bathroom, living space and a king-size bed. Guests can book the experience from dusk until dawn, enjoying a dinner hamper before returning to the main hotel the following morning.

Jungle bubbles at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

14. Les Bulles de Farino, Farino, New Caledonia

Sleep under the stars in the luxe bubble tents located in the middle of the forest in Farino. At Les Bulles de Farino, guests can hike to the waterfalls and natural pools nearby and explore the lush vegetation surrounding the glamping grounds. Due to the lack of light pollution in New Caledonia, travellers can fall asleep gazing at the Milky Way above.

Les Bulles de Farino, New Caledonia
© Les Bulles de Farino

15. Whitepod Eco-Luxury Resort, Monthey, Switzerland

Nestled at an altitude of 1400 metres in the Swiss Alps is Whitepod Eco-Luxury Resort. The eco-bubbles combine ecology and luxury, with sustainability at the forefront of their design. Launched in 2004, the resort features 18 geodesic domes that require 30 per cent less energy than a conventional building. The bubble shape also requires less materials than most structures. The isolated cocoons exude luxury with a welcome butler, outdoor nordic bath, private sauna and welcome champagne. Don’t just enjoy views of the breathtaking alpine landscape but get amongst it with outdoor activities. A hiking-cooking trail, mountain biking and paragliding are all on offer.

© @whitepodhotel

16. Mirumiru Bubbletent, Tenterfield, Australia

The transparent roof is the only thing that separates you from the soaring sky above at Mirumiru. Nestled in native bushland in New South Wales’ high country, this bubble tent is the perfect romantic getaway. Expect premium natural linens, complimentary organic toiletries and an internal composting toilet at this eco-friendly, off-grid escape. You’ll be loath to leave as you sit back on the spacious deck with a sundowner in hand, or relax in the vintage outdoor bath as kangaroos wander nearby. There’s even a tiny bubble tent elevated between trees for children to camp out in.

17. Bubble Lodge, Bois Cheri, Mauritius

Completely renewable, these eco-friendly bubbles seek to deliver a wellbeing experience that brings its guests in harmony with nature, without affecting the pristine environment it calls home. There are two locations in Mauritius, one of which can be found in the island’s famous Tea Estate. The bubbles offer sweeping vistas of the island’s South Coast with the comfort of air conditioning, a plush, queen-size bed and a private bathroom with a tropical outdoor shower. Enjoy a book in the lounge area or a romantic dinner in the bubble’s spacious dining area.

Bubble Lodge, Bois Cheri
© Bubble Lodge

18. North Star Valley, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Known for its lush mountainous landscapes, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for people looking to immersive themselves in nature. So why not go one step further by sleeping in a bubble tent? Offering picturesque views of the surroundings – while keeping you protected from the elements, of course – the 360-degree dome rooms at North Star Valley all come with private bathrooms, but only one has an outdoor tub (so be sure to book ahead for that Instagram shot). Come nightfall, dine under the stars at the open-air restaurant. North Star don’t have a website so to make bookings message them on Facebook or call. 

19. Trones Eye, Trøndelag, Norway

Spend the night glamping by the fjord in a glass igloo on the water’s edge in Trøndelag.

Trones Eye offers a fairytale glamping adventure in Norway’s Trøndelag. The glass domes, equipped with cozy beds and heating, sit right at the edge of a fjord. Explore nearby forests, the Viking battleground of Stiklestad, and endless activities such as hiking, biking and canoeing.

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