Luxury camping concept leaves travelers suspended: Photos

  • Dubai-based Ardh Architect has designed a glamping site with tents suspended between two mountains.
  • There is a “good chance” that this project will be built in the coming years pending resources and plans.
  • The two-person tents can start at an estimated $300 per pod.

Luxury campsites with Airstream trailers, canvas tents and yurts have become very popular in recent years. But Dubai-based Ardh Architects is taking glamping — a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping” — one step higher, literally.

Ardh’s concept is not for travelers with acrophobia. Instead of tents pitched in the ground, the architecture studio’s design has tents suspended nearly 330 feet above the ground and between two mountains.

The project is still in its conceptual phase and is being developed together with the Investment and Development Authority in Sharjah, the third largest city in the United Arab Emirates. But Omran Alowais, the lead architect, told Insider in an email that there’s a “good chance” it will be done in the coming years pending anticipated considerations such as funding, planning, resources and regulatory approval.

A rendering of a floating tent

Arqui9/Ardh Architect



If approved, the hanging campsite will have 10 two-man tents with the option of more or fewer pods. Using a system similar to a suspension bridge with cables, the tent line will be attached to a primary structure located between two mountains. These motorized pods can then be lowered and raised individually, hanging approximately 328 feet from the ground depending on wind conditions.

Like most glamping accommodations, the goal is to relax in nature while still having comfortable accommodations. The steel-framed tents will have typical facilities such as bed, bathroom, room service, WiFi and entertainment systems. But this interior can be reconfigured to accommodate groups as a psychedelic or business retreat.

For extra privacy, only the front of the tent will be lined with transparent material. The exact fabric used around the tent has not been revealed, but Alowais notes that it must be lightweight, fire and waterproof, breathable and UV stable.

A rendering of the walkway to the floating tent

Arqui9/Ardh Architect



To take advantage of its unique location, the property will have many nearby and on-site activities such as organized tours, climbing and of course a spa. And if a guest’s fear of heights suddenly kicks in, they can always head to the first floor concierge and restaurant.

If built, the floating hotel would be over an hour from Dubai and would start at an estimated $300 per pod per night, Alowais said. The campsite will only be in operation from November to May when the weather has cooled down. In summer, it will be open during the day for spa visits and sightseeing.

“The market for paid experiences has grown significantly in recent years, and the floating retreat offers something new and different that can appeal to a wide range of people,” Alowais said.

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