Lonely Planet Writer

Introducing the tent that works on land, sea and air

From rustic bubble tents created for stargazing to decadent mountain glampsites with stunning vistas, today’s global travellers have a wealth of unique options available to them when it comes to immersing themselves in the great outdoors. The industry’s latest creation is no different; a dynamic tent that can be adapted to work on land, sea and air.

The Universe can be used on land, sea and in the air.
The Universe can be used on land, sea and in the air. Image by Tom Kahler

Created by London-based outdoor and sporting goods company Tentsile, The Universe is described as a “three-element tent” that can be set up as a ground tent for five people and suspended in the air using anchor points. The tent can also be converted into a stable SUP-style raft for relaxation on rivers and lakes. When used in the air and on water, The Universe can fit three people. As a safety precaution, sleeping is never recommended when the tent is set up on water. Designed with a rigid floor that can be walked on, The Universe includes storage space both inside it and on the underside, and includes three large porches when set up on land.

The tent can sleep three people when suspended from anchor points.
The tent can sleep three people when suspended from anchor points. Image by Tom Kahler

“No matter where you go, The Universe will have you well-prepared when you’re face-to-face with the elements,” a representative of Tentsile told Lonely Planet Travel News. Known for their suspended tree tents, the company also has a range of other models designed specifically for active use including safaris, expeditions, scientific research, wildlife filming, conservation, disaster relief, eco retreats and festivals. Tentsile also offers special camp outs at European and North American sites, with experiences that include three days of tree climbing, stand up paddle boarding, and yoga, as well as child-friendly activities. On each occasion, visitors get to stay in one of the company’s unique tents.

The Una Tree Tent from Tentsile. Image by Justin Lewis

The Universe is due for release in early 2019, and has already proven popular, with pre-orders already in place for the rental market. Last year saw the release of The Shoal Tent, an inflatable tent that can also be set up to float on the water.

More information is available at the official Tentsile website.