Happy Valentine's Day! Here's a fun look at all the eco-conscious ways one could drift off with that special someone. From a private lake boat sauna, to a glass-bottomed sea chapel, we've rounded up some of the most swoon-worthy floating love nests around the globe.
Dreaming of an off-grid adventure? The Floatwing by Portuguese design firm Friday is made for lovers to drift off into paradise. The self-sufficient floating oasis is capable of producing 100 percent of its annual energy over the course of six months. In the summer, its open windows allow for natural ventilation, and in winter, a pellet stove offers plenty of warmth, making this the perfect rendezvous for any time of year.
Now that Londoners are allowed to rent their homes, this delightful little Airbnb has been cast off on the Thames. The charming two-bedroom home includes a garden, an apple tree, and even a doghouse should you wish to bring your pup along. Guests may drift up and down the Thames for a whole week if they choose. There are even luxurious amenities to boot — care for a massage (courtesy of PRIV) and a private dinner from a Michelin-starred chef?
These charming X-Floats are prefabricated holiday homes set along the River Kwai. The lightweight residences situated within Thailand’s Project X2 River Kwai Resort are crafted with steel frames, fiber cement siding, and plywood. Guests can expect a truly eco-conscious escape with abundant aquatic plants that support natural water filtration right onboard. And the views? Well, they don’t get much better than this.
This glass-bottomed oasis in the Maldives has a very special purpose. The Four Seasons hideaway is a stunning and secluded wedding chapel standing in the Indian Ocean. Boasting picturesque views and a glass floor revealing crystal waters and colorful sea creatures, this wedding pavilion is unlike any other in the world.
The Saunalautta is a steamy, dreamy lake boat especially good for keeping its inhabitants extra toasty in winter. The Finnish-made multi-level raft features an onboard sauna, and even hammocks, a BBQ, and an observation tower for admiring sights on sunny days.
These adorable pods could be your home sweet home on any calm body of water. The 98 percent recyclable WaterNest is its own floating ecological habitat, so you can happily swoon in nature for the rest of time. This water-loving dwelling even sports a 60-square-meter photovoltaic array and skylights all around.
Lead image (modified) via Four Seasons