Love the idea of camping but not the discomfort? The good news is you can enjoy that feeling of being immersed in nature, including gazing up at the stars, along with the comforts of a hotel. These options include unique accommodation in exciting destinations from Thailand and Finland to South Africa and the United States.
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The Bangkok Tree House offers guests the chance to enjoy a unique stay that feels like it’s worlds away from the city, tucked on the Phra Phradaeng Peninsula, a surprising pocket of the countryside just south of Bangkok’s top attractions, just a short walk and ferry ride from a BTS sky train station. This green oasis allows guests to connect with nature in an eco-conscious way, sleeping in a tree while taking showers with water heated by sunlight and enjoying the starry skies after dark. A steep flight of stairs leads to an air-conditioned bedroom with a king-sized bed raised on a wooden platform, while a sliding door leads to a roof terrace with a table and chairs. Climb a ladder and you’ll get to the double hammock to discover jaw-dropping views over the treetops to the river and the city skyline in the distance.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort hosts a famous Igloo Village, complete with Glass and Snow Igloos. Not only will you be able to see the stars, but from late August through late April, the aurora borealis makes a frequent appearance, allowing guests to gaze up at the colorful dancing lights from their very own igloo, surrounded by magnificent Lapland scenery. Spa services are available and there are multiple dining options on site, with local ingredients like fish soup and reindeer and fish soup figuring prominently on dinner menus. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities too, from northern lights hunting expeditions on snowmobiles to skiing, reindeer sleds, horseback riding and more.
It can be hard to tear yourself away from the stunning landscapes in Iceland, and with a stay at one of the bubble lodges, you won’t have to. Whether you go for the northern lights or the midnight sun, you’ll be able to enjoy it from the comfort of your bed. They sleep up to two adults and a small child, allowing guests to turn off the lights, relax and watch one of Mother Nature’s most dramatic shows like the brilliant green aurora borealis in winter. Currently, the bubble lodges can only be booked as part of a special Buubble/Golden Circle Tour.
The tree houses at Lion Sands Game Reserve are like a dream. Can you imagine sleeping outside with the sounds of the wild in Africa? Not to mention the stargazing, considered some of the best on the planet, South Africa offers an array of memorable outdoor adventures. Most of the tree house rooms at Lion Sands Game Reserve are open air, although guests stay connected to hotel staff via a two-way radio. It’s truly an unforgettable combination of five-star comforts with direct access to exotic wildlife. Of course, game drives and safari strolls are available too, when you want to get up closer to the animals in this unspoiled habitat.
Elqui Domos is set within a remote valley between Santiago and Atacama and is a fantastic option in South America for stargazers. Astronomy is truly the “star” of the show. Not only can guests sleep in domed structures complete with a zip-away ceiling panel to marvel at the sky, but the hotel also has its own astronomic observatory with high-end Celestron and Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. There’s also a seasonal outdoor pool, terrace, garden and barbecue facilities along with spectacular mountain views. During the day there’s plenty to explore with opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding. At sunset, you’ll be able to watch the brown mountains become illuminated with a pink glow.
Set across 600 acres of protected wilderness, the luxurious 5-star Amangiri is located about two hours from Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Zion National Park. One of the world’s most remote and most magnificent resorts, it blends perfectly with the dramatic 400-year-old limestone formations and deep canyons. Explore the desert by taking a hike with your own personal guide, gallop on horseback through fiery-red rock canyons, and then come back to enjoy your lavish suite which frames the surrounding dunes, plateaus, and mountain ridges. Some include private pools, and there are daybeds that can be converted for sleeping under the stars at poolside.
PurePods are an especially innovative accommodation concept made from an entirely glass building (the walls, ceiling and floors) that’s tucked into the hills providing the unique chance to fall asleep under New Zealand’s starry skies and enjoy 360-degree views. The floors in the self-sustaining suites even have patented underfloor heating systems that won’t block your view of the greenery underneath yet allow guests to stay warm. They’re solar powered and come with everything you need, including a stove and running water. There are six different locations to choose from, all in the region around Christchurch on the South Island, including Greystone, Atatu, Korimako, Kahutara, Manakau and Pohue.
You’ve probably seen the viral photos of the insane room options at Waldseilgarten Hollschlucht in the Bavarian Alps. They make for one of the most unique stays one could possibly have, and perhaps terrifying for some. Depending on how adventurous you are, you might choose the “Tree Tops,” where you’ll sleep on a canopied ledge that hangs from a high tree branch. Or, the “Big Wall,” a ledge that’s suspended from a cliff face. You’ll have to climb a rope to get up or down, but an instructor is included. Truly an experience of a lifetime, those views are hard to beat.