12 incredible places to sleep under the stars
If the idea of observing the celestial bodies as you drift off to sleep sounds appealing, this selection of hotels is for you.
There’s no time like a vacation for taking the time to contemplate the night sky, especially with a supermoon and Perseid meteors set to be visible in some places this month. If the idea of observing the celestial bodies as you drift off to sleep sounds appealing, this selection of hotels is for you.
Tswalu Kalahari – South Africa
This private game reserve, located in the South African desert, allows nature lovers to sleep while surrounded by the sounds of the bush, all while contemplating the night sky. Guests can sleep on a luxurious terrace built high above the ground to ensure protection from the occasional wild animal.
Prices start at around $500 per night
Albereta – Italy
The Cabriolet suite in this hotel, a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network, allows guests to sleep under the stars thanks to its retractable roof. At the push of a button by the bed, the roof can be opened and closed as desired.
Prices start at around $615
Amangiri – USA
Located in the desert of southern Utah, this resort boasts no less than six open-roof suites. Each is shielded from the wind by three walls and provides an unmatched view on the vast desert sky. These suites also have a pool, for those who enjoy midnight swims.
Prices start at around $1500
Las Ventanas al Paraíso – Mexico
Each of the penthouse suites at this luxury hotel has a wide terrace where a king-size bed has been set up. Guests can begin their evening admiring the night sky from their outdoor bed and end it in the other bed inside, or just stay on the terrace to watch the sunrise.
Prices start at around $1600
Elqui Domos – Chile
A reference among astronomy enthusiasts, this small hotel park invites travelers to stay inside one of several canvas domes.
Each of these unusual dwellings contains a loften bed under a roof that opens partially to offer a view onto the heavens. Far from the luxury of the above destinations, the domes are simple and sparsely furnished but provide all the basics. Stargazers will also appreciate the dedicated astronomy observatories located on site.
Prices start at around $150
Lion Sands Game Private Reserve
Over the past 60 years, this tree house—built as a photographer’s platform —has been reinforced and adorned with a cozy double bed, a hot-water bottle, dressing gowns, and a basin.
Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Nanyuki, Kenya
Inspired by a Mukokoteni handcart and built on an old Land Rover axle, each bed is on a large platform set about ten feet off the ground and 100 feet apart, ensuring privacy.
Adrere Amellal: Desert Ecolodge
Situated at the foot of the White Mountain, Adrere Amellal is a secluded desert ecolodge made of earth buildings that blend naturally into the landscape. Its pristine location offers direct access to the salt lake as well as the Great Sand Sea.
Each one of their hand-built 40 rooms is unique. All the furniture and crafts pay tribute to nature and to talented local artisanship. With no electricity, the rooms are softly lit with a dozen beeswax candles and the starry sky.
Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
The Malori Deck shown here is a raised deck in the middle of 100,000ha private game reserve in Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa’s largest private game reserve.
AKA. Central Park, NYC, NY
Located just west of Fifth Avenue, aka Central Park’s sprawling penthouse suite includes an outdoor bedroom complete with a queen-size bed and wood-burning fireplace.
Sabuk Lodge, Nanyuki, Kenya
Sabuk Lodge is located in the North Central Kenya set on the plateau along the Ewaso Nyiro river in the outskats of Nanyuki.
Nkwichi Lodge Mozambique
A hand-built lodge by the shores of Lake Niassa in Mozambique, Nkwichi Lodge stands by a 600 sq km game reserve that houses sable, elephant, reedbuck, leopard and more than 300 species of bird.
After a day’s exploration, guests here can fall asleep in the Nkwichi star bed, afterwards being collected by boat for a bush breakfast by a Baobab tree.