Just when you thought that glamping couldn’t get any more luxurious (and less like traditional camping), this happened: a bubble on a beach.
And when I say bubble, I mean a big bubble—perfectly transparent and perfectly magical—an adult-sized snow globe. Inside, a dreamy interior of luxury escape: a four-poster bed draped in white sheer panels with two tidy little bedside tables with glowing lamps flanking it. A modernist easy chair in turquoise and white. A brightly-colored throw rug and wood floors underfoot. And everywhere outside the bubble, the equally magical landscape of the Maldives: bone-white sands, glimmering turquoise sea, and at night, the arching theater of the Milky Way.
This is the aptly named Beach Bubble Tent, a single and captivating offering at Finolhu, a luxury resort on the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve in the Maldives. The “experience sphere” as it’s called by Finolhu sits on a secluded spit of sand and also has a non-transparent attached bubble alcove with a shower and WC. That, along with a private beach barbecue and a waterside breakfast, seriously puts the glam in glamping.
Built by Spanish bubble experts Eye In the Sky from a high-tech polyester fabric that’s UV-protective, the Bubble Tent joins 125 (non-bubble) villas that stretch along a narrow arc of coral and 1¼ miles of sands that comprise the four-island resort (along with four restaurants, a spa, tennis, swimming, and diving facilities, all designed in a winning blend of modernist and rustic architecture with lots of picturesque thatch roofs.)
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The Beach Bubble is the first clear sphere of its kind in this storied realm of luxury resorts scattered among the Maldives’ far-flung and captivating 26 atolls of more than 1,200 islands, which lie in the midst of the Indian Ocean to the south and southwest of India. A night in the Beach Bubble currently runs at around $700—epic sunset, stars, and sunrise included.