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Luxury travel: Sleep in a glass bubble under the stars on a volcanic island


Luxury travel: Sleep in a glass bubble under the stars on a volcanic island

Off the Map Travel is giving adventurous travellers the chance to sleep under the stars in a glass bubble at a real-life Jurassic Park, on Réunion Island.

Located deep in the Indian Ocean, Réunion Island is a French department that's known for its volcanic, rainforested interior, coral reefs and beaches, and is the setting for the company's new “Like Nowhere Else on Earth” experience.

Réunion Island is the crossroads of African, Indian, European and Chinese cultures where English, French and Creole are spoken, and offers a natural paradise where it’s easy to imagine dinosaurs roaming during the Mesozoic Era.

Helicopter included

Guests begin the island adventure with a helicopter flight over the cavernous ravines, moon-like volcanoes and lush forest before landing at Hiker’s Eden, a lodge retreat deep in the mountains. 

There they will enjoy a Creole lunch cooked over an open fire followed by an on-land exploration upward through the area’s lava tubes and caves created by the island’s volcanic lava flow to a ziplining experience through the jungle.

In the evening, just outside of the small village of Les Makes, 1,500 meters above sea level and in the middle of the tropical forest, guests will settle into one of four individual bubble accommodations where the night sky and surrounding wilderness form a natural outdoor blanket. 

Each transparent bubble provides a sleeping and relaxation space and is connected to a shared bathroom and lounge. 

Off the Map Travel’s La Reunion “Like Nowhere on Earth” program is offered year-round, with the most popular travel months between May and October. 

Although the itinerary can be tailored to each guest, an example seven-night, eight-day itinerary with Off the Map Travel (www.offthemap.travel) is priced from $2465 USD per person, based on double occupancy (prices at the time of this writing). 

Included are daily breakfast; all transfers; accommodations in hotels and villas in the coastal town of Sainte-Gilles; one night in a see-through bubble; a tour into the lava caves; a jungle zipline; and a heli-hiking experience to Hiker’s Eden with lunch. Flights are additional.

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