Sleeping in the sand castle…

Yes, you read it right… The the world’s largest and only sand castle hotel made entirely of sand was built to Weymouth beach in Dorset, UK.

Everything is there – except closet space and of course toilet and shower facilities. The beds and all other “furniture” is made of sand and only sand. One word of warning, the sand does get everywhere, and it is a bit of an adventure since it has no roof. For example, the open air family room with a sea-side view has a double and single bed made of sand which will set you back a mere £10 a night to sleep under the starry skies – until the tide comes in…  

The hotel was the brainchild of sculptor Mark Anderson who was commissioned by the website LateRooms.com, designed to look like a giant sand castle. It’s made from Weymouth beach sand, the finest in the world for making sand castles, says Anderson. It took a team of 6 and a digger eight days, laboring 12 to 14 hours a day – 600 hours altogether – to build the 50 foot (15 meter) square by 13 foot (4 meter) high sand hotel using 1,000 tons of sand and water from the sea – and a lot of hard work.

The sand hotel was orchestrated as a publicity stunt by the hotel company, and the biggest sand structure ever built in the UK, designed for the renaissance of beach holidays after its research found that 57% of the country’s holiday-makers were shunning foreign destinations in favor of British seaside resorts.

Sources: BBC and News AU

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