If you're daydreaming of future travels while stuck at home during the pandemic, why fantasize about the beaches of Bali or the canals of Venice when vacationing in space could be in your future?
The world’s very first space hotel is slated to open in 2027.
Named the Voyager Class space station, the hotel will be able to hold up to 400 guests.
But those guests won’t be slumming it -- alongside bedrooms, there will be bars, restaurants and even a gym according to plans for the ambitious project.
Get a glimpse of what would be an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Voyager Station is set to be built by Orbital Assembly Corporation, a new construction company run by former pilot John Blincow. Blincow explained there had been some Covid-related delays, but construction on the space hotel is expected to begin in 2026, and a sojourn in space could be a reality by 2027. Rendering courtesy of the Orbital Assembly Corporation
Tim Alatorre, senior design architect at Orbital Assembly Corporation was quoted as telling CNN Travel that the hotel's aesthetic was a direct response to the Stanley Kubrick movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" -- which he called "almost a blueprint of what not to do." Alatorre and his team want to bring a slice of earth to space via warm suites and chic bars and restaurants. Guests might be in space, but they can still enjoy regular beds and showers. Rendering courtesy of the Orbital Assembly Corporation
The general structure of the space station will be two concentric rings, with the inner one a dedicated docking hub, and the outer ring “the backbone of the station”, providing “mounting for habitable modules, solar panels, radiators, and a rail transport system”. Pods attached to the outer ring will serve different functions: some could be sold to Nasa for research and training purposes, while others will provide accommodation for tourists or be used for other onsite hotel amenities. Rendering courtesy of the Orbital Assembly Corporation
Space tourism is becoming an increasingly hot topic, and there are several companies trying to make it happen -- from Virgin Galactic to Elon Musk's SpaceX. Guests will be able to enjoy all the comforts they'd expect from a luxury hotel or cruise. There are plans to serve traditional "space food" -- like freeze dried ice cream -- in the hotel's restaurant. Rendering courtesy of the Orbital Assembly Corporation
Voyager Station is already taking reservations and it'll cost a casual $5 million for a three-and-a-half-day stay. Interested? Rendering courtesy of the Orbital Assembly Corporation