As summertime temperatures start to reach uncomfortable heights, urban environments begin to resemble ghost towns as residents escape to destinations near and far, looking to cool off and unwind. Summer vacations are officially in full swing and, if they’re not, we’re dreaming of beach vacation getaways and island resorts while we sit at our desks, staring at palm tree screensavers and drifting off into lavish daydreams. But perhaps you’re tired of the swanky beach getaway in Hawaii or that European cruise you take every year and you want to step up your solstice vacation game. Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante’s design for a futuristic solar powered floating resort may come in handy — because relaxing on the beach just isn’t enough these days.
Imagine a resort that is an upscale hideout on the water, a yacht, and a submarine all rolled into one. Plus, it runs on a generator that is powered by solar energy, so you can feel good about your so-called environmental footprint, even on vacation. This concept for a $125 million resort, Solar Floating Resort, can fit up to six people and is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, deck, Jacuzzi, and a glass-encased observation room, so that inhabitants can be fully submerged and surrounded by a 360-degree view of sea life. Each module uses artificial photosynthesis, utilizing molecules of chlorophyll to convert light into electricity and, even once the sun has gone down, resort guests can illuminate the space. The resorts are even chauffeured, so that you can spend quality time sipping cocktails and sunning on the upper deck while you cruise around the ocean.
Really, it’s a dream, but even though this two-year-old concept for a resort in the Maldives seems like such a pleasant hideout, we might prefer our drinks served on dry land, without the possibility of sharks and seasickness.
Sipping margaritas on a sandy beach in Mexico sounds just as lovely — especially when your only other option is sitting in an air conditioned high-rise pushing papers. Or, maybe not. Readers, what are some of your favorite summertime getaways?
All images via Business Insider, courtesy of Michele Puzzolante