Forest domes take eco-hotels to new heights
Are they tents, igloos, cabins, or a little bit of everything?
If you were passing overhead, you probably wouldn’t even notice these three luxury accommodation pods in a heavily forested area of the Quebec mountains.
And that’s kind of the point.
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Designed to “blend harmoniously with the landscape”, the “Dômes Charlevoix” are touted as eco-luxury, and are intended to make guests feel as if they’re a part of their surroundings.
Created by Bourgeois/Lechasseur architects and built by Urbanext, the domes at Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, next to the Massif de Charlevoix, are the first phase of a larger tourist project.
Accessed only via a path through the trees, they’re deliberately remote, and yet have every creature comfort waiting within.
Each dome is set on a wooden patio and has a spa overlooking the forest, while the south-facing windowed area offers stunning views of the St. Lawrence River.
Concrete floors underscore each room, while the walls are made of grey canvas and a central internal cube houses a bed at ground level and above, as well as a kitchen and a bathroom with an Italian shower.
Staying in the domes’ picturesque surrounds won’t cost you the earth, either. Each dome costs around $310 per night.