When it comes to architectural achievements, Dubai is notorious for pushing the envelope. They’ve already built indoor ski slopes, the tallest skyscraper, and floating residences. So, how can the city possibly outperform itself? Oh, by transplanting a rainforest to the desert.
Dubai architects are creating the world’s first hotel with its own jungle.
The Rosemont Hotel and Residences, which is set to open in 2018, will have nearly 2 million square feet of hotel, residential, and recreational space, an artificial beach, and a glass-bottom pool suspended over Dubai’s streets.
The hotel, designed by ZAS Architects, will be housed in a 47-story tower that will be next to a twin structure of the same height that will house 280 residential units.
The “podium” at the base of the two buildings will house all entertainment amenities, including the 75,000-square-foot rainforest.
Dubai, a city known for its manmade islands and world-class architecture, will undoubtedly embrace the $550 million (£423.6 million) construction project as it continues to redefine luxury.
Dubai is building the world’s first hotel with its own rainforest — here’s what it’s like inside.
Arriving at the hotel is an adventure in and of itself. These artist’s drawings depict tourists being greeted by dynamic 3D projections that convert the drop-off site into a jungle or a massive aquarium.
Once they head into the main foyer, visitors will be greeted by robotic luggage handlers.
Guests and residents may enjoy the bowling alley, trampoline park, and laser tag arena on-site. Hilton Worldwide will operate the hotel under the Curio brand.
The major feature of the property is a 75,000-square-foot jungle with waterfalls, streams, and a sensory rain system that replicates the rainforest environment, which sits atop the five-story pedestal at the base of the two buildings.
Also found in the man-made jungle is a “prehistoric Jurassic-inspired marsh,” a splash pool, a sandless beach, and a rainforest café.
It makes for a pretty spectacular sight.
If you’re weary of exploring the rainforest, climb to the 25th level and take a swim in the glass-bottom infinity pool, which provides panoramic views of the city’s ever-changing cityscape.
The bottom of the pool is also coated in starry lighting. Connected to the Skypool is an ultra-luxury spa and health club.