Summer’s officially gone, so we’re a little sad that we just found out about Chilli Island. It sounds like a cool place to visit but it’s actually a thing that could take your warm weather vacation to the next level of awesome. Chilli Island is the fusion of a floating lounge chair and an electric watercraft, put together in such a way to make all your summertime dreams come true. Let’s be clear about one thing: this is not your mother’s inflatable pool chair.
Chilli Island may look like an unassuming lounger, but it’s technically a boat. Powered by a Torqeedo electric motor, available in 0.5- and 1-kW options, this cool summer plaything can tool around a body of water under its own battery power for up to six hours at a time. It features three petal-like shades, inspired by palm tree leaves, that can be repositioned for optimal comfort.
The watercraft is like a cozy getaway for two, measuring just 8.2 x 7.4 ft (2.5 x 2.25 m) and weighs 440 lb (200 kg). Chilli Island has molded loungers and built-in headrests, which invite folks to kick back and catch some rays, or rest in the shade with a cool beverage.
This little water baby was born in Vienna, and its makers think it’s a lot cooler than the pedal boats that travelers are accustomed to seeing at a beach resort or lakeside lodge. We kind of have to agree on that point. We haven’t seen anything quite like this relaxation craft, but we’d sure like to.
Images via Chilli Island