Remember when you were a kid, on the beach building the biggest sandcastle you could make? Have you ever thought of going back to those childhood memories? Or maybe you’re just a beach lover?
Well….ever thought of living in the castle that you built by the beach? Let me tell you, it is absolutely do-able.
The Sand Hotel located on the Weymouth Beach, Dorset (UK) is a hot topic when it comes to the summer season. It was built back in 2008 and it is the world’s first hotel built purely of sand from the beach. The approximate measurement of The Sand Hotel come to a total of 15 sqm by 4 meter high using 1,000 tons of sand and water from the sea.
The designer and sculptor of the hotel, Mark Anderson was commissioned by the website LateRooms.com to build this gigantic sand castle hotel. Along with the assistance of 6 other team members, The Sand Hotel took 14 hours per day for 7 days to be completed! According to tripadvisor, the beach is the number 1 place to visit when you’re in Weymouth and Mark Anderson quotes that he has been to over 200 beaches and it is the best sand to use to build your very own sandcastle.
What was supposed to be a publicity stunt turned out to be a very big hit. For roughly $20 (AUD) a night, you can stay in the man-made sandcastle – eat, sleep and watch the stars at night in the clear sky. Bear in mind with limited rooms available, you would surely have to book well in advance.
Unfortunately, the hotel has limited facilities since it’s made out of sand. Did I tell you there are no toilets/showers? I guess you can live without having a shower for a day but what do people do when they need to use the bathroom? Either hold it in or head down to the water.
Having no roof might be good on a nice day and you can gaze the stars at night but make sure you check the weather forecast cause if it rains, you will probably have to find another place to stay. As I said before, it is built purely with sand. Whether you’re sleeping or not you will get sand everywhere on you. There are three room types available – one double, two single beds or a family room.
Forget about setting your alarm because the bright sun and tidal waves will certainly wake you up. If not, don’t worry because the water at your feet due to low/high tide will surely do the trick. Does this place appeal to you?
I am afraid to say that The Sand Hotel only lasted as long as it rained, unfortunately……
But don’t get too disappointed, there’s also another place called the Sandworld located closely to the Weymouth Beach, where you will find man-made sculptures created from sand also done by Mark Anderson. The artworks are as outstanding as The Sand Hotel.
The Sand Hotel attracted media attentions by creating a positive publicity through Mark Anderson as he has had an established reputation in the industry already, it is assumed that the hotel can appeal to certain niche markets such as sustainable travelers who enjoy nature and and a long-term maintenance of well being.
“the roofless structure gives guests the chance to “star-gaze” at night, said hotel creator Mark Anderson. – The Sand Hotel