We talk about sandcastles, make some masterpieces of our own on the beach and enviously admire the ones that we see. The more imaginative ones among us have dreamed of living in one at some point of time. It is this wild imagination that found its realization in these sand hotels in Netherlands, first in the world to be constructed from sand.
In September 2015, as a part of the annual Sand Sculpture festivals, these sand hotels with fully furnished one room suites have popped up to the delight of the tourists and locals alike. The two hotels that were a part of this artistically charged up atmosphere were built to be hidden inside eight meters high sculptures, one of which was modeled on the famous cartoon characters Flintstones’ home in Bedrock while the other was decorated with dragons, the Great Wall of China, and the Terracotta Army. A transient form of art that was experienced, immersed in and lived in, these sand hotels were a work of art by themselves.
The total time taken to build up these hotels took four weeks and the event organizers Global PowWow are said to have drawn their inspiration from the ice hotels in Sweden and Finland. While these hotels exude beauty and an ethereal charm, there was certain doubt about them crumbling and crashing down. Certainly no one wanted to re-live the childhood ordeal of being buried underneath sand by friends or siblings.
The hotel’s basic structure was made of thin walls which was covered on the inside and outside with reinforced sand to ensure that the walls and the roof does not crumble down at the slightest gush of wind. Equipped with the best of amenities, luxuries and facilities like a shower, bath area, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, plush furnishing, and furniture, these rooms were sold out before most people even knew of their existence. To wake up in the majesty of a hotel that is a unique work of art and is surrounded by many more such massive, exquisite pieces is an experience that would definitely be remembered for a long time to come.
The transience of these hotels may have proven to be disheartening to those who did not get an opportunity to experience living this way, however there is still time for more as Zand Hotel plans to reopen them both in time for the festival in the coming year. They are also foreseeing the possibility and planning to open such wondrous marvels in Germany and UK. Definitely an opportunity many will grab and enjoy.