Cartoon village: The wacky multi-colored domes that make up an eye-popping holiday retreat on the Persian Gulf

These domes make for an eye-popping place to stay. There are around 200 of them, and they form a cartoonish holiday retreat overlooking the Persian Gulf on the Iranian island of Hormuz, with multi-coloured exteriors and interiors in shades of bright blue, yellow, red and green.
Eighty-five guests can be accommodated in 17 suites, costing from $20, in 130 interconnected domes of varying sizes decked out with locally produced furniture. The remaining domes contain restaurants, cafes, shops, a spa, a gallery, a prayer room and tourist information. Eighty-five guests can be accommodated in 17 suites, costing from $20, in 130 interconnected domes of varying sizes. As well as accommodation, the village offers restaurants, cafes, shops, a spa, a gallery, a prayer room and tourist information. The settlement is called Majara (meaning adventure) and has have been designed by Tehran-based ZAV Architects. Majara is colourful inside and out.ZAV Architects says this suite has enough space for four people. The entrance hall of the holiday retreat. ZAV Architects says it encouraged local people to participate in the domes' construction, with 50 local workers involved in the project each day while it was being built. Inside one of the restaurants at Majara.Guests can relax in beautiful locally-made furniture. The domes have been created using the superadobe method, which was developed by architect Nader Khalili. It involves filling sandbags with layers of earth and cement then reinforcing them with barbed wire. Majara is part of the wider Presence in Hormuz project, which aims to build a 'series of urban developments' centred around tourism to 'empower the local community of the island'.ZAV Architects says: 'Hormuz island has naturally coloured sand and sediments, which give it its outstanding colorful landscapes, and it is often called the rainbow island'.