Looking for a room with a view? How about somewhere where the ceiling is the glittering night sky? It’s certainly enough to win us over! Up the romance with a stay at one of these amazing open-air escapes and enjoy a night sleeping under the stars… in total luxury, of course!
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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland
Looking straight out of a Christmas tale, Finland’s whimsical Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort takes sleeping under the stars to another level. Featuring a collection of glass-domed, decked-out-to-the-max igloo chalets, this unique hideaway is where you can watch the famous Northern Lights from your bed (from late August to April). Even if you don’t spot the magical phenomenon, enchanting starry skies still make for an impressive sight – Kakslauttanen is set in the pristine wilderness, meaning you’ll escape any light pollution.
Round out the whole romantic experience and stoke a fire or hop in your own private sauna. This is the place to enjoy hygge (the Scandinavian art of being cosy), so snuggle up!
Lion Sands, South Africa
It’s hard to top going on safari when it comes to unforgettable experiences, but a stay at this dreamy escape just might do it. Situated in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, Lion Sands offers a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Night Under the Stars’ experience that’s utterly sumptuous.
Securely constructed above the ground and scattered across the property, three open-air retreats sit above the landscape (no need to worry about unexpected wildlife encounters). After arriving at sunset and sharing a delicious picnic dinner, spot constellations, sip Champagne and enjoy animal sounds in the distance as your soundtrack – listen out for hippos, lions, leopards, hyenas and impalas!
Finn Lough Resort, Ireland
These beauties have been popping up (pun intended) around the world and it’s no wonder they’re winning over nature-lovers. Designed to seamlessly integrate into their surroundings while still feeling beautifully homey, bubble domes are oh-so cool.
A fabulous escape for romantics, Finn Lough Resort in Northern Ireland boasts a collection of bubble domes surrounded by jade woodlands. Inside, an elegant suite setup includes all the essentials (including an en-suite with electric shower), plus luxe arm chairs and a Nespresso machine. Above, a galaxy of constellations makes for excellent stargazing – marvel at the majesty of it all lying in bed or through the provided telescope.
L’Abereta Relais & Chateaux, Italy
How do you make a stay at a five-star Italian villa even more spectacular? Stay in a suite with a retractable roof! Overlooking vineyards and Lake Iseo, the Cabriolet Suite at L’Abereta Relais & Chateaux can become an open-air abode with just the touch of a button – very James Bond.
Featuring timeless Italian style and lit with flickering candles, the suite quite literally brings the outside in. And with sigh-inducing views of the starry night and charming Italian landscapes, that’s exactly what you’ll want to do.
Bangkok Treehouse, Thailand
You wouldn’t expect to find a tranquil treehouse escape in the middle of bustling Bangkok, but at the aptly named Bangkok Tree House that’s exactly what you’ll find. Also home to a fantastic restaurant that specialises in farm-to-table cuisine and an art gallery, this laid-back spot also features a ‘View with a Room’ (no, that’s not a typo) that’s ideal for getting back to nature.
Perched seven metres up in the air, the treetop ‘nest’ sits above a lush canopy of mangrove trees and is completely open. Want something a little more sheltered? The hotel’s other nests are worth checking out. Three-storey cabins built on stilts with giant glass windows, each little haven has a rooftop daybed that’s made for breezy afternoons spent lazing around. Helpful links:Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort // Lion Sands // Finn Lough Resort // L’Abereta Relais & Chateaux// Bangkok Treehouse
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