The solar-powered and self-sufficient capsules by Athenea float on water. It's the brainchild of naval architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle, who was inspired by the floating saucer in the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. These eco-luxe pods take hotel suites to a whole new level. They can be installed anywhere, as there is no need for an underwater foundation that would damage the natural habitat. Thanks to the solar panels on the top, it uses no fossil fuels either, while a high-tech system on-board treats the wastewater.
The top of the floating pod opens up as if you needed to change batteries in your flying saucer. That's where the sunshine terrace is located, with its comfy curved sofa and 360-degree panoramic view allowing up to 11 people to enjoy the high life. The motorized roof functions as a reclining sunshade, and it can follow the wind to give you a pleasant breeze when the sun it would be too hot out in the open waters. The interior is dominated by the huge rounded bed and the seethrough bottom. You can spend the day observing marine life through the submarine windows. Admirers of rounded shapes will be happy to know that there is an oval freshwater bathtub too.
The half-boat, half-UFO sounds too good to be true, so what's the catch? Well, Athenea cannot be booked just yet. We will update the article as soon as bookings open up.