Belgium: At this hotel guests camp on rafts floating on a lake

If you are looking for a unique hotel experience and you are adventurous, all you have to do is visit Vlotkamp. Inspired by Tobias Knockaert and Kika Merlin, Vlotkamp means “raft camping” in Dutch. This original hotel includes eight rafts equipped with large sleeping tents floating on a lake in Flanders (Flemish Region of Belgium). In order for guests to spend the night there, they need to reach their raft by canoe.

The design of each unit consists of five floating rafts. At the top of the raft, a durable Sibley tent is reinforced with an exoskeleton to ensure that the shelter remains stable in more extreme weather conditions. Recycled material is used to help the raft float and the tires act as guards to prevent damage to the rafts or canoes.

Although it is a camping experience, guests can stay comfortably in the king-size double circular mattress. However, if the company feels more comfortable on land or if someone is in a wheelchair, they can always rent the accessible raft located right next to the communal bar.

The design for Vlotkamp is inspired by a number of factors. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced designers to rethink travel and how people can safely enjoy new experiences. They also had some experience in unique pop-up hotels with their treehouse hotel called Boomkamp. It was a push from the International Committee of the Red Cross, also working in the area, that persuaded the couple to take on this task.

Availability is available from 1 June until 28 September 2021 on the Vlotkamp website. If the mainland is more your style, you can experience another interesting hotel experience with Boomkamp, ​​which is available from July to October 2021.


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