Checking In: Edgy Pods That Bring You Closer To Nature

Camping upgrades in France, Peru, and Switzerland.  
Attrap Reves Bubble Hotel France
Attrap’Rêves Bubbles offer unhindered views of the night sky. Photo courtesy Attrap’Rêves

Attrap’Rêves Bubbles, France

Living in a bubble is not a bad thing if you’re staying in one of Attrap’Rêves’s 18 pods. Spread across five sites in southeast France (close to Marseilles), these transparent bubbles offer views ranging from craggy mountains and lavender fields to azure lakes and pine forests. Each pod has beds, furniture, and attached bubble-shaped bathrooms, ideal for couples or small families. Fall asleep with a view of the night sky, uninterrupted by urban light pollution.

France; +33-49-1721089;; doubles from €109/₹7,700, including breakfast; children under 6 years not allowed.

Natura Vive Skylodge, Peru

Skylodge Suite Pod Peru

The Skylodges hang from the side of a steep Peruvian cliff. Photo courtesy Natura Vive

Clinging to a cliff side in Cusco’s Sacred Valley, Natura Vive’s Skylodge Adventure Suites are transparent capsules—floors too—that offer dizzying views of the Urubamba Valley. To arrive at their rooms, guests hike up 400 metres or zip line across lines laid by Natura Vive. Each pod is made of polycarbonate and aerospace aluminium, powered by solar energy, and holds four people. Greetings from flying condors are complimentary.

Valle Sagrado, peru; +51-08-4793019,; 919PEN/₹18,500 per head, including meals and transportation from the city of Cusco.

Whitepod Eco Luxury Hotel, Switzerland

Switzerland Whitepod Eco Hotel

Pods at the Whitepod Hotel come in various sizes to accommodate larger groups. Photo courtesy Whitepod Eco Luxury Hotel

The exterior of Whitepod’s igloo-like pods in the village of Les Cerniers are colour coordinated with the seasons: White for the snowy winters and green to echo the summer foliage. Each suite is perched on a balcony, and promises the peace of living amidst nature with the comforts of a luxury hotel. Summers are for hiking and winter stays, for skiing—both end with a bottle of wine in the pod.

Les Cerniers, Switzerland; +41-24-4713838;; doubles from CHF296/₹19,700 in summer and from CHF690/₹45,972 in winter.

Appeared in the September 2015 issue as “Hot Pods”.


    Rumela Basu is Features Writer at National Geographic Traveller India and has an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University. She likes poetry, food, and books. One day she'd love to have a large library and enough time to travel and drink lots of tea.

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