Planned Resort Boasts Tents Suspended in the Air Surrounded by Gorgeous Mountains

Planned Resort Boasts Tents Suspended in the Air Surrounded by Gorgeous Mountains

The tents sit docked to a bridge and are then lowered down into the mountain gully, providing an extreme level of nature connectedness.


In the UAE’s Sharjah Mountains, a concept resort spans a vast mountain gully with floating tents hanging in the air.

The ultimate in mountain “glamping,” the so-called Floating Retreat is the brainchild of Dubai-based design studio Ardh Architect, who were tasked to investigate a new kind of hospitality that blended environmental awareness and appreciation for nature with modern comfort.

The images, while striking, create a whorl of questions, not least of which involve safety.

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The idea that the pods are actual tents creates the confusion. Essentially the ten luxury hotel rooms designed with state-of-the-art fabric walls, sit docked to a large bridge spanning the gully between two mountain peaks.

Visitors check in at a reception desk at the bottom of the mountain before presumably taking an elevator to the bridge level. Once inside, the tent/room can be raised and lowered according to the guests’ desires.

“The Floating Retreat project has several key values at its core,” writes Ardh. “One of the main goals of the project is to re-energize the local community through tourism, by providing a space for people to connect with the natural beauty of the region and to learn about its rich culture and heritage.”

Concept images show people along the deck connected to a series of harnesses to prevent them from falling off the railingless edge.

The tents are designed with privacy in mind and can be positioned in various configurations to prevent overlap or proximity to other tents. The side fabric of the tents is made of a blur fabric, while the front of the tent is made of clear material to provide uninterrupted views.

There are several layout options available, including configurations that are suitable for business retreats or yoga sessions, and others that are suitable for spiritual or psychedelic retreats. The layouts can be chosen to suit the specific needs and preferences of the guests.

“Individual tents/pods of the floating retreat are designed to bring luxury and comfort to those who cannot participate in mountain climbing or other adrenaline-filled outdoor activities,” said Ardh.

Amenities such as guided tours in the area, a 5-star spa facility at the top of one of the mountains, and a restaurant at the foot, are all planned for as well.