I have had my fair share of staying in hip hostels, quirky air-bnbs and even treehouses all over the world, but I don’t think anything could ever compare to what I got to experience last night…a stay at the world’s first ever SAND HOSTEL. Now if that’s not enough to completely blow your minds, the pop up Sand Hostel is located on a real beach, in one of the most beautiful areas in Australia, is 100% liveable and is even licenced – which is a big deal for us Aussies with all of the council regulations.
Thanks to Hostelworld, I was lucky enough to be one of the very first guests to call it home for the night and I am here to share with you an exclusive insider into what the creative pop up is all about and how you can get involved.
Commissioned as a joint project by Hostelworld, Gold Coast Tourism, Lively Productions and put to real life by product designer Jon Dowding and sand sculptor extraordinaire Dennis Masoud – the Sand Hostel is what dreams are made of and will certainly make you re-think hostel life. The hostel comfortably sleeps 10 people, with an 8 bed dormitory style room and a spacious private double room that even has ocean views from the bed.
In between the two rooms, there is an open air lounge area which is completed with a beach bar, hanging chairs and dozens of lounges and bean bags to chill out on. When you’re not trying out some of Burleigh Brewery’s speciality beer, you can pop down for a surf lesson, join in on a communal beach volleyball match or get your zen on for a morning yoga session.
Seems too good to be true, right? Well, here’s the catch. The Sand Hostel is only open to the public from 12pm on Wednesday the 20th of September through to Friday the 22nd of September and after that, the bulldozers will be called in to come and knock it all down *cries inside*. So, Gold Coast locals and Brisbanite’s looking for a day away from the city, drop what you are doing right now and get yourself down to Kurrawa Beach to be a part of history.
Where: ‘Sand Hostel’ – next to the Kurrawa Surf Lifesaving club, Gold Coast.
When: 20th September 2017 – 22nd September 2017.
Time: 12pm – 10pm.
To find out more about the Sand Hostel head over to the event page on Facebook.
Kudos to the team at Hostelworld for hosting me for the night – I had an absolute blast and truly believe that this is just the start of Sand Hostels.
All the love in the world,