Today, more travelers are craving nature and remote getaways, and the Anthénea – an eco-friendly, floating pod – aims to provide just that.
The Anthénea is a floating, mobile home for luxury travelers. Designed by architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle, the structures have officially opened for travelers off the coast of Brittany, France.
The 540-square-foot floating home runs off solar energy and has certified black and gray water stations, which means it releases clean water back into the ocean.
Architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle said he was influenced by the floating saucer in the 1977 Bond movie. The company has spent the last 15 years designing and developing the floating pod.
Pods are available for for $336 a night, or interested buyers can purchase a pod starting at $535,000.
The pod has 360-degree views of the ocean and opens to an outdoor seating area built for 12 people.
Inside, the retreat has fiberglass windows that peer into the ocean. Guests can watch friends swim or schools of fish bolting through the water.
The pod is composed of three living spaces: a living room area, bedroom, and an outdoor “relaxation area”.
The entire space features circular designs — from the enormous round bed to a circular tub and rounded couches. The company said the pod’s interior decor was inspired by coral reefs. The designers also envision creating pod hotels, where the floating structures function as spas, restaurants, night clubs, and more.
Anthénea was designed to sail, so owners can move the home from destination to destination.
Both individuals and companies can purchase Anthénea pods, with the hope that hotel brands will eventually implement the pods around the world. The pods’ interiors can be altered and buyers can purchase add-ons, like a desalination system or wooden stove.