Combine dark nights, bright stars with 15-foot-wide skylights and you’ve got the makings of an unforgettable stargazing experiences. The brand-new Oculis Lodge, is a stargazing resort set deep in the Cascade Mountains. It is designed to help travellers experience the wonders of nature — from star-studded skies to the remoteness of the mountains — in complete luxury. These igloo-like domes built for stargazing will open in Washington state, not far from the Canadian border, in spring 2023
Staying at stargazing domes – The Oculis Lodge
Each dome will have a private six-person Jacuzzi, four-person sauna and a heated deck for practising yoga or working out (gear will be provided). A private fire pit, hammock and telescope will be provided, designed to enhance the stargazing experience.
Those who don’t want to brave the mountain chill can cosy up inside and view the stars from the expansive, 15-foot-wide skylight on the roof of the dome. The modern, bright domes will provide up to six guests with 700-square-feet of space, including a bedroom, a four-person sleeping loft, a bathroom with bathtub, a washer, dryer and a full kitchen. The centrepiece of the dome — the round skylight — will provide nonstop views of the skies above.
Design and layout of the lodge
The structures are made using reclaimed and recycled materials which use 50 percent less energy to heat and cool (than a space of comparable size). Smart home technology is being used throughout the property.
“Domes are possibly the greenest way to build because of their efficient use of materials, structural integrity, and energy efficiency,” according to a press release from Oculis Lodge. “The interiors are appointed with special attention paid to keeping the ethos of sustainability present, without ever making our guests feel like they’re giving up their vacation to have it.”
Oculis Lodge is surrounded by seven acres of undeveloped land in the small town of Glacier. It’s less than 30 minutes by car to Mt. Baker Ski Area, a ski resort offering glacier covered peaks and heavy snowfall.
The Oculis Lodge project is being funded on Indiegogo. Currently, crowdfunders can guarantee a one-night stay for USD 359(INR 29,665), two nights for USD 610(INR 50,406), and three nights for USD 840(INR 69,412). The reservation does not expire. It can be redeemed through the website. According to the Indiegogo page, the first guests will be able to stay in the pods by April 2023.
This story first appeared on travelandleisure.com
Main and Feature Image Credit: Courtesy of The Oculis Lodge