Every holiday-maker is familiar with the age-old unanswerable question: “How can you guarantee perfect weather for your trip to the beach?” For those willing to trade reality for an incredibly detailed ersatz version, the answer could be at hand, and it lies miles away from the sea…
The sparkling new Tropical Island Resort in Krausnick, Germany, is a modern marvel, incorporating the world’s largest indoor pool, a 50,000-plant tropical forest and numerous leisure facilities inside one vast, glass dome.
The scale of the new development – which lies to the south of Berlin – is breath-taking, with enough space inside the building to simultaneously house eight football pitches and fly a hot air balloon. In short, we’ve never seen anything quite like it.
With up to 6,000 visitors allowed in the building at any one time, we expect there’ll be heated competition over the resort’s 400 sun-loungers.
Choose to spend your holiday in the Tropical Island Resort bubble and your accommodation could cost as little as €49.50 per night (book here). The attractions on offer cater for young and old alike, with a number of restaurants, spas and waterpark rides to choose from. There’s even an artificial waterfall to inspire delight in intrepid visitors.
Marrying the world’s largest indoor beach with a forest and the essential institutions of any great seaside resort, the Tropical Island Resort in Krausnick is a milestone in the history of microcosms.
We’ve been fascinated with creating miniature worlds for quite some time – from snow globes to model railways, right up to Las Vegas’ imitation of the world’s greatest architecture and cuisine on a monstrous scale.
The new indoor resort at Krausnick is remarkably reminiscent of the artificial microcosm in which Jim Carrey’s character is raised in the memorable pop-existentialism flick The Truman Show – if you see him wandering the building, please be kind enough to show him the way out!
Why the resort may soon be redundant
Tropical Island Resort’s owners are missing a trick: they’ve constructed one of the world’s most extraordinary leisure facilities at great expense when all they really needed was some cleverly written code…
Virtual reality is soon to make its mark on the entertainment industry, with the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift poised to make a major play for the consumer market within the next few years. Before you know it we’ll be making virtual sandcastles out of virtual sand from the comfort of our armchairs.
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