Domed vacation rentals with skylights coming to Glacier


A rendering displays an aerial perspective of the planned Oculis Lodge holiday rentals envisioned to break floor this thirty day period in Glacier. The job has been in the operates for the earlier two years with an Indiegogo crowdfunding marketing campaign.

Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Luxury cocoon-design and style vacation rentals are coming to Whatcom County this 12 months.

The town of Glacier at the base of Mount Baker will soon be house to the Oculis Lodge, in accordance to Oculis founder Youri Benoiston.

About 30, 700-square-foot, non-public dome constructions are becoming crafted and branded as the best, nature-immersive lodging working experience in the Cascades.

“I want it to truly feel like a symbiosis with nature,” Benoiston stated in a telephone job interview with The Bellingham Herald.

In this article are some of the particulars:

One particular-bedroom, non-public domes.

Intelligent-house technological know-how.

Sleeps up to six friends for every dome.

Private sauna and jacuzzi.

Heated out of doors yoga room.

15-foot-huge skylight in just about every dome.

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A rendering reveals the interior of a non-public dome planned for Oculis Lodge holiday rentals. The task is predicted to split floor this month in Glacier. A single-night time stay at the Oculis Lodge is currently listed as $545, in accordance to Indiegogo. Youri Benoiston/Oculis Lodge Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The project’s founder stated he regarded other spots for the Oculis Lodge but eventually picked Glacier due to the town’s absence of significant business and key advancement.

“It’s form of uncooked. When you are driving by way of the town, you see quaint organizations. There are no franchises,” Benoiston explained.

This undertaking has been in the is effective for the past two a long time, in accordance to Benoiston. An Indiegogo crowdfunding marketing campaign for the job finished in December and raised a lot more than $1.2 million.

All of that dollars will be applied for the project, according to Benoiston. He declined to offer an believed total price for the Oculis Lodge.

This is not the initially undertaking of its kind. Benoiston assisted structure and create a very similar job in Costa Rica termed the Igloo Beach Lodge.

Nightly premiums at the Igloo Seashore Lodge start at $304, in accordance to Tripadvisor.

A single-night time keep at the Oculis Lodge is currently outlined as $545, according to Indiegogo.

The Oculis Lodge venture is expected to crack floor upcoming 7 days with the to start with unit created by the spring of 2023. The total project is expected to be finished within the 12 months.

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A rendering displays the exterior of a non-public dome planned for Oculis Lodge holiday rentals. The challenge is expected to break ground this month in Glacier. The domes will slumber up to 6 friends each and every. Youri Benoiston/Oculis Lodge Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

This story was originally posted January 18, 2023 5:00 AM.

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Rachel Showalter graduated Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2019 with a degree in journalism. She used nearly 4 decades performing in radio, Tv and broadcast on the West Coast of California right before signing up for The Bellingham Herald in August 2022.