Aesthetic masterpiece accommodation Offering windows to the world

Aesthetic masterpieces, these accommodation establishments have raised the bar on visual appeal, where guests literally have a window to the world. Upscale Living magazine features the 9 best lodges, cabins, igloos and hotels where glass is the most striking design feature.

Arctic Fox Igloos, Finland

Arctic fox igloos offers a luxurious accommodation experience in well-equipped glass igloos. The igloos are located on the naturally beautiful and peaceful shores of Lake Ranuanjärvi in ​​Finland, far from the city’s light pollution. Each igloo offers a breathtaking view of the vast open lake and the northern sky, where the Northern Lights usually appear. The heating of the glass panels in the sleeping area and in the kitchenette prevents frost on the glass surfaces, while preventing snow from remaining on the igloos.

In addition to a glass room, each Igloo is also equipped with a kitchenette, a bathroom and even a private sauna. Arctic Fox Igloos opened in 2018 and guests can stay year round. There are 20 igloos in total, 10 family igloos (2 adults and 2 children) and 10 igloos that can accommodate two people. All igloos have glass-walled bedrooms, a kitchen, sauna, toilet and shower.

Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos

Arctic SnowHotel & Glass Igloos, Finland

Following the opening of Arctic snow hotel in 2008, with a new one built every year, the first 15 glass igloos were built next door in the village of Sinettä in Rovaniemi in 2014. The 360o Glass-roofed igloos offer guests the opportunity to sleep under the starry sky and the Northern Lights.

Each igloo is extremely well thermally insulated to ensure that guests are not disturbed by the cold even in the coldest times of the night – the temperature is the same as in normal hotel rooms. The roof of the igloo is electrically heated glass, which means that the glass will not cool the space; instead, it maintains evenly distributed heat while melting all the snow and ice off the roof to give you an excellent view of the sky. In addition, the igloo has underfloor heating. The igloo’s beds are motorized, making it easy for guests to adjust the optimal position for sleeping or looking at the sky.

Golden Crown Levin Iglut

Golden Crown Levin Iglut, Finland

Experience magical nights in a glass igloo under the arctic sky while staying in a Igloo Levin Iglut. In addition to the breathtaking view, the glass igloos are surprisingly spacious and have top-level equipment. You can fall asleep in a luxurious warm bed admiring the starry Arctic sky without leaving the comfort of your igloo. Each spacious (53 m²) and luxuriously equipped Igloo Suite has a private terrace with an outdoor Jacuzzi and northern lights illuminated from the ceiling of the living area.

The Igloos Suite have the best unobstructed view of the valley and the northern sky. They can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children (under 13). Additional beds for children are included in the price, as well as breakfast, welcome Moët & Chandon champagne, minibar and porterage service. A rich buffet breakfast is served in the atmospheric Aurora Sky Restaurant, which is included in the nightly rate.

Accommodation Iso-Syote Hotel & Safaris in Syote

Hotel IIso-Syöte & Safaris, Syöte

Rising above the amazing landscape, Eagle View Suite at Hotel Iso-Syöte is unique, exclusive and luxurious. With the glass roof and walls, the suite is located at the top of the southern corner of the hotel wing, ensuring a connection with nature and a fantastic view of the surrounding hills, forest and sky.

Even when you are lying in your bed or relaxing in your private jacuzzi, you will be in awe of what you see. The spacious suites are spread over two floors. On the ground floor, the living room has plenty of seating, a cozy fireplace where you can share special moments together and a luxurious bathroom with your own private sauna. There is a tree growing in the middle that goes up to the second floor with the branches holding the “nest” where the bed is placed and the jacuzzi is located. From the Eagle’s View Suite, you overlook the unspoiled nature all around you like an eagle, take in the scenery and almost touch the sky.

Manshausen Nordland Norway accommodation

Manshausen, Norway

Manshausen is a unique hotel made up of a cluster of buildings on an island off the coast of northern Norway. Set on 55 acres, there are 7 oceanfront cabins that have spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows that stretch out over the water, while the main house houses the kitchen, dining room, and library. Manshausen offers something for everyone – from rock climbing to just relaxing in nature.

Situated on the water’s edge and overlooking the spectacular scenery of the Norwegian archipelago of Steigen, this impressive collection of award-winning Architizer cabins was commissioned by renowned Norwegian polar explorer Børge Ousland in partnership with architect Snorre Stinessen. Inspired by the design of a unique exploration and adventure resort, Ousland purchased the 55-acre island of Manshausen in 2010, creating a vacation destination and concept that combines wild Arctic adventure and the striking art of modern design. Built and assembled on site, the prefabricated structures have been designed to limit the impact on the pristine environment and enhance the beauty of the landscape.

Skylodge Adventure Suites

Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Have you ever wanted to sleep in a condor nest? Here is the next best thing! Located in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Peru, the exclusive Skylodge Adventure Suites offers you the possibility of sleeping in a completely transparent suspended room, which allows you to appreciate the impressive view of this magical and mystical valley.

To sleep at the Skylodge, guests must climb 400 meters of via ferrata or hike an intrepid path through ziplines. A night in this place will make your dreams come true. Packages include gourmet breakfast and dinner with wine, transport from Cuzco and assistance from professional bilingual guides. The Natura Vive Skylodge is made up of three exclusive capsule suites with a total capacity of 12 people. The vertically suspended transparent capsule suites offer a 300-degree view of the majestic Sacred Valley. Handcrafted from aerospace aluminum and weather-resistant polycarbonate, each suite is equipped with a toilet, dining area, and four beds.

Panorama Glass Lodge accommodation in Hella

Panorama Glass Lodge, Hella

When Sabrina and Andreas Dedler left Europe for Reykjavik, they came up with the idea of ​​creating an absolutely unique and romantic getaway to Iceland together, where it is possible to watch the Northern Lights and the midnight sun from the comfort of your own. bed or our private hot tub.

They designed the first houses in Iceland where it is possible to sleep under a glass ceiling. With Panoramic glass pavilions, the most important factor for them was that their guests had an incredible, comfortable and unforgettable experience, while having enough privacy in the spectacular Icelandic landscape. They decided to only build a few houses on a huge lot instead of many houses on a very small lot to avoid the feeling of staying in a complex. Panorama Glass Lodges is inspired by Scandinavian homes and the combination of wooden elements with steel and glass makes the lodges unique while maintaining high quality standards and extraordinary design.

Purepods Manakau
photo credit: Paul Wilson

Purepods, New Zealand

A PurePod the stay is unlike any other experience. It’s an intensely deep immersion in pure New Zealand and a beautifully romantic getaway. Imagine being all alone in a stunning natural location in a luxury glass cabin, featuring a glass roof and three all-glass walls with large sliding doors and a terrace.

Your first glimpse of the PurePod is simply magical. All the glass and large wide sliding doors allow you to truly immerse yourself in the beautiful natural surroundings that surround the PurePod. And, for astronomers, the glass roof and lack of light pollution ensure that on clear nights there are plenty of stars to see. As each PurePod is located completely away from all other human activity, there is no need to worry about your privacy, but if you’re feeling a little shy, each pod has blinds and a shower curtain. – although we recommend that you leave the blinds so you can watch the sunrise from the comfort of bed.

Accommodation at Silo Hotel South Africa

The Silo Hotel, South Africa

The ultra-luxury of 28 rooms Silo hotel of The Royal Portfolio occupies the top six floors of the historic Grain Silo building at Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The hotel is known for its spectacular glass structure designed by famous architect Thomas Heatherwick, which was designed to conform to the grid-like geometry of the building. The high-ceilinged rooms feature stunning floor-to-ceiling ‘pillow glass’ windows that offer incredible views of the city.

Heatherwick’s initial vision for the elevator portion of the building had no windows that opened – a nice aesthetic but impractical for a luxury hotel. A compromise was reached where every room in the hotel would have access to fresh air by incorporating sliding doors and balconies in the center of each of the four exterior walls. Each bedroom is fitted with blackout blinds that automatically deploy from the ceiling while each bathroom is fitted with sheer blinds allowing guests to enjoy the incredible views in complete privacy.

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