Finn Lough, Ireland
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You’d hardly be surprised if you spotted a leprechaun trying to peek into these magical bubbles in Northern Ireland. The domes are designed to withstand the stormy Irish winter and have a four-poster bed, ensuite bathroom with bath, Nespresso machine, telescope and large reading chair. Basically, all the ingredients for a cosy night in as you wait for the sun to set.
Bubble Hotel, Bali
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It’s just a 10-metre stroll to the sand from these secluded bubbles set among the greenery on Bali’s south coast. Inside your inflatable accommodation, you’ll find a low king-sized bed dressed in crisp white sheets and a small security box for valuables, though all you really need for a stay here is your swimmers. A privacy screen covers the outdoor bathroom and shower and the bubble is kept cool with air con lest you worry about the sticky tropical weather.
Camp Katur, England
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The see-through geodomes are just one of the quirky accommodation options at Camp Katur. They’re fully equipped with everything you need to make a delicious dinner on site, including hot running water, pots and an outside barbecue, as well as a log burner for keeping you toasty all night. During the day, immerse yourself into the eco wood-fired hot tub or enter the Siberian spruce sauna to ease a neck sore from looking upwards to the sky.
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Deep in Mexican wine country, this ecoresort offers 10 bubble rooms or suites on the edge of a lush vineyard. The suites feature indoor bathrooms stocked with bubbles of the soapy kind so if you don’t fancy breaking out of your bubble to shower, book the bigger room. A glass of wine made from the Docepiedras grapes that surround you as you watch the setting sun tops off a bubblicious stay.
Nellim Aurora Bubble, Finland
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Not strictly an inflatable bubble but still worthy of an inclusion on this list. In the Aurora Bubble, you can lie back and gaze through the glass dome above for a full view of the globe’s northern sky. When you’re not lost in the lights, give a snowmobile a whirl to the nearby reindeer farm.
Capertee Valley, Australia
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As you slip into sleep, look up through your transparent ceiling to see the dark sky surrounding you. These bubbles are set on a working farm in the Capertee Valley (between Lithgow and Mudgee), far enough apart to make it feel like you’re the only ones for miles – except for a few inquisitive sheep. The bubbles, each named for a different constellation, come with a telescope, an outdoor wood-fired bath and an enclosed bathroom. You’ll need to bring your own food – we’d recommend marshmallows for toasting on the campfire. Image: Saeed Sourati
5 Million Stars Hotel, Iceland
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The chance to watch the Northern Lights unfold without getting out of your pyjamas? Yes please. The name gives it all away – these three completely clear bubbles allow an incredible view of the aurora and the Nordic night sky. Make your stay even more magical by visiting in winter, when the snow blankets the surrounding forest – don’t worry, the heating system and free coffee will keep you warm.
Bubble Lodge Bois Cheri, Mauritius
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Chicly decorated with all the essential modern amenities (air con, coffee machine, proper shower) these three very cute bubbles are what good glamping should be. Amp up the romance with a private chef in the lodge restaurant or wander through the leaves of the nearby tea plantation. There are also another three bubbles at a separate hotel at the nearby golf course.
Hotel Aire de Bardenas, Spain
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Watch the wind whip through the vast wheat fields at this award-winning hotel from the comfort of your luxe bubble. The transparent globes are a fairly recent addition to this architect-lover’s dream, which also features “cubes with views”, several suites and a restaurant.
Bubble Hotel, Estonia
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There’s nothing to do inside this bubble but lose yourself for hours in the intricacies of the stars. You’ll find it on a field deep within Matsalu National Park, which ensures that no light pollution interferes with your view of the Milky Way.
Sleep in a Bubble, Belgium
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The Star of the Berger bubble is less a bubble tent and more an entire bubble suite. There’s one bubble for sleeping, one for dining as well as a separate bathroom with a camping toilet. Propped up on a platform in the Belgian countryside, the bubble is partially covered for privacy but much of the wall is left clear to so you can properly farewell the moon each night.
Full of Stars tent, Petra
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Though the lights in the cluster of Full of Stars tents brighten up the campsite considerably, they’re but tiny orbs of light compared to the show happening in the heavens. You’ll be impressed by the landscape at eye-level, too. The camp is set on the red dust and surrounded by rust-coloured mountains and intricate canyons so take time to explore on foot during the day.
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There are five clear spheres (and three non-bubble options) at this glamping resort near Marseilles, each with slightly different styling. The Zen bubble features Japanese-style furniture and tatami mats, while the Glamour bubble is all about romance with bright red furnishing and a scattering of rose petals. Whichever you choose, all of the bubbles have incredible views of the surrounding pine forest and sky above.