Have you ever felt like sleeping under the stars…but while being pampered with five-star treatment?
If you read any of the recent news about the Null Stern Hotel in Switzerland, the concept art piece/hospitality experiment that recently launched its second version — a hotel bed in the Swiss Alps that guests can reserve to sleep in — then you know what we’re talking about. But where else can you can snooze stylishly while gazing at the stars?
Here are 10 magical places where you can slumber under the heavens … with a little bit of swag.
Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
Guests will probably hear the occasional lion's roar, the cackle of jackals and hyenas, and the flow of the Sabie River as they snuggle up in one of the lodge's three treehouses, in what can be described as the ultimate African bush experience.
(Image Credit - www.lionsands.com)
Loisaba Wilderness Lodge, Kenya
Built on an old Land Rover axle, these beds propped up on elevated wooden platforms provide a great view of the African sky. You might even catch a glimpse of the resident hippo family at the Kiboko waterhole nearby!
(Image Credit - www.loisaba.com)
Bangkok Treehouse, Thailand
Just on the outskirts of Bangkok and overlooking the Chao Phraya River, this eco-friendly treehouse (the hotel pledges to remove 1kg of trash from the river for every booking made, while lights and cookers are powered by solar and wind energy power) stands on a sleek elevated bamboo deck.
(Image Credit - www.bangkoktreehouse.com)
Nkwichi Lodge, Mozambique
The "Lake of Stars" bed is pristinely set on a virgin beach on Lake Malawi next to a 600 sq. km. game reserve that is home to elephants, leopards and a wide variety of birds.
(Image Credit - www.nkwichi.com)
L'Albereta Relais & Chateaux, Italy
The Cabriolet Suite in this charming villa atop a luscious hill allows you to retract its ceiling - opening up your room to the crisp Lombardy air. You'll also get a fantastic view of Lake Iseo from the balcony.
(Image Credit - www.relaischateaux.com/www.expressionholidays.co.uk)
Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, Tanzania
The slightly shaded star bed in the one-bedroom villa gives you a great view of the sky over the ocean on moonlit evenings.
(Image Credit - www.whitesandvillas.com)
Located near the Navajo Nation in Utah, the expansive resort's enchanting suites will give you a haunting yet elegant view of the desert sky, while a few howling coyotes soothe you to sleep.
(Image Credit - www.aman.com/www.thestylejunkies.com)
Las Ventanas Al Paraiso - A Rosewood Resort, Mexico
Two beds - one on the open-sky terrace and one inside - encourage you to stay out under the stars for as long as possible in this opulent hotel in Los Cabos.
(Image Credit - www.fodors.com/ Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Blue Mountains Private Safaris, Australia
Just 75 miles southwest of Sydney, the safari's swagdeck ("swag" is Aussie slang for rolled up bedding) has more swagger than traditional swag, offering a comfy linen-fitted bed under the stars. Breathe in the minty scent of the eucalyptus trees while wombats and kangaroos rustle about in the shrubs around you.
(Image Credit - wandermelon/Flickr Creative Commons)
Killa Bhawan, India
In the middle of the Rajasthan desert, the old city of Jaisalmar stands out with its majestic yellow limestone walls. The city's temple bells and hustle and bustle of people will die down in the evening to leave you with the cool desert wind and the serenity of the sky.
(Image Credit - www.hotelkillabhawan.com)
Are there any high-end stargazing/snoozing experiences you’ve had that we didn’t cover? Tell us about them in the comments below.