Choose your view
The sensation of the sea: When the curtain is pulled aside as if by magic, the great blue expanse begins right by the edge of the bed – separated only by the windowpane and the balcony. But – and this is where this room differs from others in conventional luxury resorts – the view can be changed on a whim. This is because the “Punta de Mar” is not a hotel, but rather a floating pavilion.
This houseboat is still a prototype intended to demonstrate the sheer potential of the concept and was developed by architecture practice Mano de Santo and the KMZero Open Innovation Hub, which are both based in Valencia. The hotel room on the water offers space for two people, who can enjoy a luxurious double cabin complete with spacious bathroom and balcony and a large roof terrace.
The outside walls of the houseboat are made entirely of glass. At both bow and stern it offers an uninterrupted view of the sea, while the slatted sides of the boat provide for shade and privacy. The curtains surrounding the interior space open and close electronically. Like many other functions, they are operated using the Gira "G1”, the intelligent operating center for smart-home technology that meets the KNX standard. With the high-resolution multitouch display of the “G1”, a simple fingertip or gesture commands not only the curtains, but also the lighting, for example, or the air conditioning. Its elegant, unobtrusive design slots perfectly into the luxurious-minimalist setting of the “Punta de Mar”, and the “G1” is supplemented by switches from the “E2” series by Gira, the company’s classic line. Both Gira products fit perfectly with the concept of sustainability that the creators of this hotel room on the water have pursued, using exclusively sustainable and environmentally friendly components. The “Punta de Mar” is currently floating solo, but an entire fleet of luxury hotel houseboats is soon set to join it on the water.