Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Discover Benelux | Tourism | Best sleeping experiences in Belgium & Luxembourg

Luxury spheres: the latest in glamping TEXT: LIDIJA LIEGIS | PHOTOS: SQUISH COMPANY

It is hard to imagine hating the great outdoors. Except if it means camping in the rain in mud-soaked fields. Yet the innovative transparent spheres from Eyeshotels or Sphair offer a unique luxury outdoor experience in eye-popping destinations worldwide. Belgian Laurent Kefer conceived the concept nine years ago following a trip to Ethiopia. “When you stay in a tent, you don’t see anything,” he explains. He created Sphair so guests can enjoy full views, day and night. “Inside you don’t hear the rain and you have the comfort of a hotel – except with stunning panoramas. Guests in Canada often see bears!” Kefer personally goes to each location to scope out its suitability. Eyeshotels is the first world-wide network of inflatable rooms available to buy and rent. All Sphairs have toilets, bathrooms and heating. Thankfully, Kefer confirms, the entire sphere is

not transparent, with an opaque bathroom area. The Sphairs are all in unique areas guaranteeing full privacy until the morning; if you are disturbed at any point, a full refund is offered. There are 250 Sphairs across the world, in beautiful locations across North and South America, Europe, North Africa and the Caribbean. Sphair is coming soon to Jordan, Qatar and New Zealand. There are specially designed spheres with access ramps, widened

doors, and the option of having a nurse nearby for those with reduced mobility. Each Sphair is made in Europe from a flexible material, and can be installed and ready to use in an hour. The websites have full rental and purchase prices. www.eyeshotels.com Watch the stars or sunrise from the comfort of your bed.

The perfect stay for nature lovers TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER | PHOTOS: TRAIL - INN NATUR & SPORTHOTEL

Unique in its kind, the Trail-Inn Natur & Sporthotel offers its guests attractive packages that allow them to explore the ‘Little Switzerland’ of Luxembourg at a low cost and with all the comfort needed for a pleasant stay. Located in the heart of the Mullerthal region and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the hotel was completely renovated in 2015 to provide its guests with the most up-to-date amenities possi-ble. Its 27 cosy, low-cost rooms are available all year round and welcome families,

friends, couples and larger groups. Starting at 35 euros with breakfast included, the price has consistently attracted nature lovers as well as sports enthusiasts, who enjoy the beautiful setting as well as the affordability of their stay. The Trail-Inn also has its own restaurant, offering fresh local produce and traditional regional dishes to be enjoyed under the sun on the superb terrace. The hotel offers storage facilities to guests who bring their own equipment (such as mountain bikes) and a nature guide specialised in the region is available if needed. Thanks

to the multitude of paths in the surrounding area, there are plenty of options for hikers of all proficiencies. On top of this, visitors will find a range of enticing daytime activities including climbing, cycling, water sports and cultural walks (such as a visit to the Aqua Tower of Berdorf). Ideally located and accessible to everyone, from nature lovers to sports enthusiasts and weekend explorers, the Trail Inn has something for all to ensure a truly memorable stay. www.trail-inn.lu

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