Saturday, April 16, 2011

Visiting the Alps in the lap of luxury

Well, after eating some delicious Alpine treats I've become more and more enamored with the idea of doing an Alpine tour. Today, I came across a few fabulous looking options for "roughing it" in the mountains:

Nuit Nature

Does the idea of sleeping under the stars appeal to you? How about waking up to see the sun rise over Mont Blanc?  If so, you should DEFINITELY check out Nuit Nature, an eco-friendly option for staying in the French alps.

Estelle and Olivier Isoux run this eco-tourist venue just outside the French mountain village of Combloux.  Visitors stay in a transparent plastic bubble in an isolated grass meadow away from any prying eyes (unless you count nearby donkeys), and experience total immersion in nature.  Depending on the season, visitors can watch snowflakes drift by, hear rain drops hit the plastic ceiling, check for constellations in the night sky, and revel in the sun rising over Mont Blanc.  

Now, don't worry, you don't have to run off to do your business in the woods - there are bathroom facilities about 50 meters away at the edge of the forest.  Olivier built a wooden cabin complete with sunken wooden tub, shower, sink and dry toilet. A generator runs to ensure that hot water is available, and you can even use handmade soaps in the shape of the donkeys that roam the property. 

A stay in the bubble will run you about 270 Euros a night, however that comes complete with a gourmet dinner, wine, and breakfast!

I'm basically obsessed with this. It's my new dream.