No idea for your Valentine’s day trip? One solution might be to live smaller in a romantic shelter surrounded by uncontaminated nature.
Tiny houses and resorts come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, they enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space and could become an intimate and magical places to have a romantic escape.
If you think it's just a dream, take a look at our selection of special places you wish you could escape with your Valentine:
- CabanasNoRio (Comporta, Portugal)
This project, by the architect Manuel Aires Mateus, is based in the «use/reuse and recycle» and from two old huts, once used by local fishermen’s, emerged a romantic refuge, surrounded by nature, offering visitors a genuine reality of Comporta.
The 2 cabins with its pitched roofs stand on the banks of the river, besides a small jetty on stilts. From here, you can see the Palafitte harbour of Carrasqueira.
- Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Saariselkä, Finland)
Admire the northern lights and the twinkling of the bright starry sky in one of the Glass Igloos — either with a group of friends, or snuggled up romantically with your loved one. The two-person igloos include a toilet and the option of an extra bed. Saunas and showers are available in separate buildings. The four-person igloos include their own toilet and shower. The Glass Igloos are available to book all through the Northern Lights season, beginning from around 24th August until the end of April.
- The Cabin (Harads, Sweden)
The basic shape of the deck comes from the supporting trees in the slope. The actual tree house is suspended from the deck. This will hide the volume of the building to a certain degree. The deck is slightly separated from the building in order to make it appear smaller and also to allow the building its own expression.
- Starlight Room Dolomites (Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy)
From sun set until dawn you can admire the high mountain sky in the front row, cuddled up in a comfortable room with glass walls.
Only 20 kilometres from the buzzing life of Cortina d'Ampezzo and the Val Badia you can spend the night in the “Starlight Room Dolomites” to enjoy, alone or in good company, the charm of the sky, far from light pollution and noise.
The mobile room is thought to make this special night comfortable along with a non-stop changing sky; in the evening the landscape gets red, at night the stars and the moon won't let you alone, in the early morning the world famous Dolomite peaks get pink: Lagazuoi, Tofana di Rozes and Sass de Stria.
- Endémico Resguardo Silvestre (Ensenada, Mexico)
- Les Cols (Girona, Spain)
This project completes the first phase of management of the farm Les Cols.
The concept of these pavilions has nothing to do with the conventional idea that we have of a hotel or a bedroom. It is a space where reflection and conversation replaced the noise in which we operate. It is a minimalist and intimate hotel so there are not community spaces.
- Tree Snake Houses (Vila Real District, Portugal)
The characteristic design associated with the slates and the wood on the base suggests a snake gliding between the trees. Like a wild animal in its natural habitat, the house suddenly appears in the visual field of the observer.
The choice of materials gives an instant sense of connection with nature at the same time it establishes a coherent image of the proposal into a perfect symbiosis between the house and the Park.
- VIVOOD Landscape Hotel (Benimantell, Spain)
This pioneering network of sustainable accommodation for tourists has been designed and is managed by architects with innovative, modular architecture that blends into the landscape. Everything has been designed with one aim in mind: to enable guests to get away from it all.
Cover photo: Endémico Resguardo Silvestre (Ensenada, Mexico)