If you’ve been eager to take your adventures to the next level before the summer ends, now is your chance. While some travel companies have offered unique accommodations like igloos, tiny homes, or caves, you can now live out your childhood fantasy with a once-in-a-lifetime sleepover in a massive sandcastle. It may seem far-fetched, but dreams become reality today. In honor of National Sandcastle Day, Booking.com just added a super-sized, swanky sandcastle mansion, dubbed the “SAND-sion,” to its list of offerings for guests to stay in overnight.
According to the listing, the skillfully shaped sandcastle is located at Luna Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, and available for $29 per night in homage to the 29th Annual Coney Island Beach Sand Sculpture Competition. This seaside escape just outside Manhattan is the quintessential end of summer getaway — but you’ll need to act fast if you want in. You’ll be able to make your reservation starting Aug. 22 at 12 p.m. exclusively on Booking.com, and overnight stays for two people will occur for only two nights from Aug. 23 to 24.
“Booking.com has offered the world's widest choice of unique places to stay for years and our modern day sandcastle – the “SAND”-sion – represents that diverse inventory,” said a Booking.com spokesperson. “Booking.com makes it easy for our guests to seamlessly find and book epic trips and we felt that sleepovers in a sandcastle to celebrate National Sandcastle Day was a perfect summer travel experience to offer.”
Constructed from 100 tons of sand, this sandcastle isn’t the typical beachfront sculpture of sediment from childhood. An overnight stay in the sandcastle includes chic amenities, a dinner for two on the Coney Island Boardwalk, sunrise beach yoga, and Luna Park VIP passes.
The project was overseen by master sand sculptor Matt Long who has created large-scale structures all around the world, from the beaches of Southeast Asia to Times Square. He was also a cast member for two seasons of Travel Channel’s reality show “Sand Masters,” so Long’s expertise in crafting luxurious projects out of sand is known worldwide.
If you’re inspired to try out new travel experiences, you’re not alone. Booking.com’s recent survey found that 43% of travelers want to stay in an accommodation type they’ve never experienced before in 2019.
To book: booking.com