10 Dreamy Ways to Sleep Under the Stars
Not everyone was meant to pitch a tent, so here’s how to sleep under a night sky in style and comfort. Sweet dreams.
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AKA Central Park
Yes, you can sleep under the stars right in the middle of New York City. At AKA Central Park, reserve one of two 17th floor Sky Suites. Cozy up by the wood-burning fireplace, take in the stars with a state-of-the-art telescope, then climb into bed for a night spent admiring expansive views of the twinkling Manhattan skyline. As a bonus, the room includes silky jammies to wear to bed, a bottle of AKA’s branded wine and a photographer to capture your urban glamping experience.
Reachable only by boat, helicopter or seaplane, Soneva Jani in the Maldives is a luxury resort made up of 24 over-water villas and one island villa. The master bedroom of each villa features a retractable roof, enabling you to enjoy a brilliant night sky from the comfort of your bed. Soneva Jani also enables you to experience the night sky from the property’s over-water observatory, which boasts a sophisticated, high-powered telescope. Pair an evening of stargazing with a private dinner at So Starstruck, the dining deck of the observatory.
Guests need only ask for Room 404 to book the open-air Cabriolet Suite at L’Albereta, a five-star Relais & Chateaux property on Lake Iseo in Italy. This romantic suite boasts a four-poster king-size bed, period furnishings, delightful views of vineyards and a roof that retracts to reveal the stars and moon. It’s simply magical to watch the ceiling open up to the world around you as you relax in the comfort of your bed. In the morning, enjoy breakfast served on your private terrace.
At Null Stern in Switzerland, there is just one room and it has no walls and no roof. It’s just an open-air bedroom with a warm, comfy bed. There is no flat-screen TV, no telephone and no wi-fi (free or otherwise). However, a modern butler is on hand to attend to your needs and serve breakfast in the morning. Set in the Swiss Alps, Null Stern offers the ultimate digital detox and a sky full of stars to stare up at all night long.
Balcon de Cordoba
At Balcon de Cordoba in Spain, a private rooftop suite called Ruzbahan is ideal for sunning, taking in the skyline views of the historic village of Cordoba, and sleeping under a star-filled sky. The boutique hotel has three courtyards, allowing for a relaxing, open-air experience throughout the property. Archaeology lovers will love the extensive collection of more than 100 artifacts thoughtfully placed around Balcon de Cordoba for the enjoyment of guests. Dine at the hotel at Pairi Daeza for fine cuisine inspired by the culinary influences of the region.
Loisaba Star Beds
Spend the night in one of four Loisaba Star Beds at Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia, a plateau in northern Kenya. Sleep under the endless night sky of Africa on a rustic four-poster bed that sits atop a wooden platform. Start your day from bed with a glorious sunrise, sweeping views and a cup of coffee, then head out for a game drive and a camel safari before falling into bed at the end of a well-spent day under a stunning night sky.
Book a stay at L’AND Vineyards in Portugal in one of 10 Sky View Suites with ceilings that open up just above the bed to enable you to enjoy delightful sky views by day or night. Each suite boasts serene living spaces with private indoor gardens, enchanting views of the vineyards and modern furnishings made from natural elements, like wood and stone. Sample robust wines from Portugal’s rugged Alentejo region by day, then retire under a twinkling sky in the evening.
Bangkok Tree House
At the 12-room Bangkok Tree House, it’s easy to connect with nature at this lush oasis on the island of Bang Krachao in Thailand. Book the uber-romantic "View with a Room" to cozy up under a starry sky as the sway of palm trees lulls you to sleep. More adventurous types may want to book "River Nest," a comfy bed floating on the river. You’ll be rocked to sleep by gentle tides and rise with the sun (though it’s very likely you will also get wet).
Ol Donyo Lodge
There are just seven guest rooms at Ol Donyo Lodge in Kenya so you’ll want to make sure to book the coveted Star Bed Experience. Sleep on a four-poster bed set up on an open-air rooftop terrace. Wake from a slumber to views of Mount Kilimanjaro and the sounds of elephants drinking at nearby watering holes. Enjoy horseback riding, a game drive, or an in-room massage during the day before turning in for the night under the Milky Way.
At Amangiri, a luxury hideaway in Canyon Point, Utah, book the Girijaala Suite to take in an expansive night sky from the comfort of your private sky terrace with a day bed. The suite offers such amenities as a private lap pool, sun loungers and idyllic views as far as the eye can see. Wake early to take to the sky in a hot-air balloon that launches from Amangiri, then experience the rugged landscape on horseback before capping off the day with a rose-gold sunset.