A futuristic aquatic escape: Theme park launches floating hotel rooms

NAGASAKI’S massive Netherlands-inspired theme park is about to get a futuristic touch.

Located on the northwest coast of Japan’s Kyushu island, the 26-year-old Huis Ten Bosch (which means “House in the Woods/Bush” in English) houses complete life-sized replicas of Dutch hotels, villas, streets, theatres, museums, shops and restaurants, windmills, along with boats and canals, and a park with seasonal flowers.

Huis Ten Bosch is named after Huis Ten Bosch in The Hague, one of the three official residences of the Dutch royal family.

The park is also home to Henn-na Hotel, the world’s first hotel staffed by robots.

But something even more exciting has arrived.

On March 6, 2018, theme park operator Huis Ten Bosch Co. unveiled a futuristic floating capsule hotel. Basically, a movable sphere-shaped hotel room. And the first in the world, according to the operator.

The beautiful spherical capsule measures about 6.4 meters in diameter and comes fully equipped with hotel room-like amenities such as a television, toilet and a bathroom. It also has a five-square-meter deck on the second level that serves as an observation dome.

Source: YouTube screenshot.

Currently, there are only two in existence and each capsule can accommodate two to three people.

One thing’s for sure, overnight guests would love the idea of a floating accommodation unit.

They would need to board the cabin at the Huis Ten Bosch resort in the evening and a ship will tow it to a nearby uninhabited island in Omura Bay. Interestingly, Hui Ten Bosch is planning to open a new facility on the island where visitors can fight dinosaurs a la Jurassic Park in an augmented-reality game. The facility is scheduled to open on April 28, 2018.

So really, guests are traveling back into the Mesozoic past and right into the Age of Reptiles in the floating pods.

Source: YouTube screenshot.

According to The Japan Times, Huis Ten Bosch Co. President Hideo Sawada told the press conference, “We can make more improvements. We will upgrade designs and functions from here on out.”

Hideo Sawada also said that it would be exciting if the business can be expanded in lakes and seas.

Huis Ten Bosch Co. will be trialing the capsules this month and the service is expected to start this summer.

Source: YouTube screenshot.

The experience is estimated to cost between JPY50,000 to JPY100,000 (approximately US$471 to US$943) each per night.

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