“It’s almost as if you step out of your hotel room straight into nature,” promises the glamping resort in the midst of the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve in the Saarland. Glamping is a combination of the words “glamour” and “camping” – and it describes feeling of a camping site connected with the comfort of a hotel room. Guests will be able to soak up the back-to-nature atmosphere of well-being when the Saarland Thermen Ressort thermal spa opens for overnight stays from spring 2018. Its 32 accommodation units makes it one of the largest glamping sites in Germany.
These little wooden “pods”, known as Armadillas, are made by the Scottish family-run company Armadilla Ltd., based near Edinburgh. They are equipped with all the features you’d expect in a modern hotel room: underfloor heating, sound insulation and double-glazed panoramic windows create a snug atmosphere and make camping possible all year round. The organic architecture, designed to save energy on lighting, heating and cooling, enables efficient use of the space and is devised to blend into the natural environment. The construction materials are FSC and PEFC certified and 100% recyclable.
Armadillas come in different versions with a large selection of colours and an extensive range of furnishing options. Depending on the model, the glamping pods can sleep up to eight in the comfort of a boutique hotel room – a level of comfort that extends to the integrated bathrooms. They are fitted with Villeroy & Boch bathroom furniture, which provides perfect solutions in even the smallest spaces. The modern Architectura washbasin is superbly pleasant to use despite its slimline width of just 36 centimetres. The same comfort is provided by the compact toilets in the series, too, which are installed pre-wall with flush plates. They are equipped with rimless DirectFlush technology and require only 3 or 4.5 litres per flush – with the same powerful flushing effect and absolutely splash-free. The toilets are also fully glazed, making them quick and easy to clean.