When one thinks of sandcastles the image that comes to mind is usually that of building a masterpiece not staying inside one. However, some lucky visitors to the Netherlands can experience both thanks to two new pop-up sand hotels in the cities of Oss and Sneek.
The hotels were built to coincide with the popular Brabant and Friesland sand sculpting festivals that the cities host annually from May to September. In keeping with this year’s theme “a journey through time,” the sand hotel in Oss depicts Bedrock, the hometown of everyone’s favorite Stone Age family, the Flintstones.
Those visiting the hotel in Sneek will be able to enjoy “a trip around the world (to Asia),” thanks to the 30 massive sand sculptures that include the Terracotta Army, the Great Wall of China, and several dragons.
The developer, Zand Hotel, says the inspiration to create the giant livable sand castles came from the temporary ice hotels that sprout up around the world each year. However, visitors to those are subjected to sleeping on ice beds in sub-zero temperatures and have no access to electricity or Wi-Fi. The guests at the two sand hotels do not have to suffer such hardships.
Netherlands Is Home To The World’s First Pop-Up Sandcastle Hotels [DOGOnews]