Dreaming of a luxe getaway this Friday arvo? Meet the Escapod: the brand new luxury accommodation pod in McLaren Vale. Located at the luxurious Vineyard Retreat, it’s offering a new kind of escape for those looking to enjoy the best of the Vale, while having their own sanctuary to relax in.
The pod combines architectural detailing, premium finishes and fixtures, with a spacious minimalist layout.
The Escapod was launched today at The Vineyard Retreat, as both an unveiling of the venue’s newest accommodation option, but also as a launch for the Adelaide based company behind the product.
Escapod developed the pre-fabricated luxury pods to address the shortage of premium accommodation offerings in Australia’s regional tourism locations, and to give places like The Vineyard Retreat, a great choice of accommodation options for their guests.
Escapod founder, Ryan Brown, identified this gap in the market early, responding by developing an innovative and contemporary solution.
“I was searching extensively to find modern accommodation that wasn’t a typical B&B or hotel in the main street. It’s not an easy proposition in our regional areas,” said Ryan.
This allows guests to engage with their surrounding environment for a truly immersive experience.
This approach provides Escapod with a light-footprint on the environment that enables commissioning of buildings in locations that may not be normally possible or allowed. Escapod can either connect into existing services or be entirely off-grid by integrating the latest technology in solar power, water harvesting and wastewater treatment. The moveable, semipermanent nature of the building also provides customers with the ultimate flexibility to relocate the building should they need to in the future.
Escapod founding Director and Architect Dino Vrynios said there was a lengthy design process involved.
“Significant International research and development was undertaken to not only provide the most practical floorplan from an end user perspective, but also to ensure construction efficiencies, outstanding energy performance and the flexibility to adapt to suit contextual and environmental conditions.”
Escapod is a far cry from the transportable beach shacks of years gone by and is setting out to push the limits and change perceptions of what is possible for a movable building.
“The building has been designed to include high performance insulation to all surfaces, Australian hardwood timber cladding and double glazing as standard to provide excellent passive energy performance. But it also includes the comforts one might expect in a luxury hotel or resort – underfloor heating, integrated appliances, reverse cycle heating and cooling, automated blinds, custom joinery and uninterrupted views,” said Dino.
Director Nick McArdle explains how Escapod have developed commercial models to provide flexibility and confidence for its customers.
“You can either choose to purchase the building outright or alternatively lease the building over an agreed period of time. Escapod will work collaboratively with landholders to suit their needs including feasibility and identification of appropriate operators if required,” he said.
“Our customers have the confidence knowing that other comparable accommodation options are achieving north of $500 per night,” Nick added. Not only have Escapod developed a unique product to support a demand, they have gone step further by offering their customers a turn-key project management and delivery service.
“We understand that it can be a daunting process to undertake a building project like this. We manage everything for our clients from planning approvals to site works, commissioning of the building and ongoing maintenance,” Ryan Brown said.
As parochial South Australians, the Directors of Escapod are determined to increase the variety of regional accommodation and support the Government in their commitment to drive increased tourism.
Escapod aim to collaborate with landholders to create desirable accommodation options for the world to enjoy Australia’s beautiful regional tourism locations.
Escapod declares itself open for business and encourages landholders in regional tourism destinations to strongly consider activating their land by collaborating with Escapod.
The Vineyard Retreat Escapod will be available to book from late August.