Become star-struck by spectacular night skies and find heavenly celestial treats beyond planet Earth…
If you’ve always dreamed of diamond-studded skies, serene silence and seemingly endless space, we have a few starlight attractions to steal your gaze. Imagine the dry desert heat of Namibia, giving way to crisp air and brilliant starry skies, the orange-hues of the mighty Kalahari followed by an inspiring midnight spectacle, or a blanket of sparkle in Kenya — there is a plethora of night attractions to discover.
Whilst Africa is well-known for its striking nightly skies, there are, of course, other destination gems to seek out during your luxury travels. From the terrific nightly displays above Tenerife, to the shimmering nightly romance of the Maldives, or remote Red Centre of Australia and Milky Way wonders of New Zealand’s McKenzie region, there are glorious night-time skies simply waiting to roll across your horizon.
Our Pick of Heavenly Star-Bed Highlights…
At the gateway of Namibia’s Sand Sea is luxurious desert retreat, Little Kulala in Sossusvlei. Located within the Kulala Wilderness Reserve — comprising 67,000-acres of sand, towering dunes, desert-adapted wildlife and clear — the night skies here provide a scintillating spectacle. Embark on The Sundowner Tour, during the late afternoon, before savouring a gin and tonic as the sun goes down. Next dine under the clear Namibian skies before settling on the roof of your thatched abode. Yes, really! Head to bed under the starry skies and be lulled to sleep by the raw sounds of Africa.
“World renowned for its clear night skies and lack of light pollution, guides can help you spot the wonders of the southern hemisphere skies — from incredible formations of stars, to scope views of the mighty planets, Namibia’s glittering gallery awaits.”
South Africa’s largest private game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari, is a precious ecological gem where conservation, research and restoration governs everything they do. Boutique and exclusive, with a wealth of diverse habitats and fascinating wildlife (think Meerkat colonies, Honey Badgers and Pangolins), this seemingly endless wilderness offers a sleep-out deck called a ‘Malori’, which means ‘dreamer’ in Tswana. Here, privileged guests can sleep safely under the fabled ‘diamond skies’ staying under a thatched roof area, or directly on the open deck.
Part of the Elewana Collection, Loisaba is guaranteed to take your breath away. Situated within a 56,000-acre wildlife conservancy in Laikipia, Northern Kenya, Loisaba is located among a kopje of rocks and boasts unique, hand-crafted, four-poster star beds which provide an adventure in themselves. Rolled out onto a raised platform each night, guests can sleep out under the incredible African night sky, before enjoying views to the beautiful dam and Kiboko Waterhole at dawn. Take breakfast to the sounds of the ‘deep and earthy’ morning calls of the resident hippos, before being expertly guided across the plains by a team of traditional Samburu and Laikipia Maasai Warriors.
“The biggest bedroom in the world, where the night sky is your ceiling and the hills in the distance are your walls.”
Alternatively, you could easily swap the sublime star beds of Africa, for an authentic swag-bed in Australia. Simply sit by a campfire, or head out into the bush to take a guided star-gazing hike. At Longitude 131° in Australia, guests can discover the wonders of the night sky at an exclusive venue amongst the desert dunes. Arrive to the mesmerising sounds of an ancient culture and enjoy a four-course meal complemented by the finest Australian wines. Later, the resort’s resident astronomer will relay tales of the southerly constellations before you retire to your very own deck — from where you can continue to admire the starry scene in perfect privacy.
As if staying within the luxurious Maldives wasn’t mesmerising enough, Soneva Fushi’s guests can stare in awe at the Plough of Saturn, or count the Moons of Jupiter from the resort’s own state-of-the-art observatory. Following days spent admiring the amazing atolls and diving with the marvellous marine life, guests can later gaze at the nightly starscapes from the midst of the ocean. Following a delicious dinner, guests can walk up to the observatory to peer through the lens and discover a sprinkling of celestial treats — most of which are not visible from the rest of the world. Throughout the year, a host of celebrity guest speakers and visiting astronomers provide a wealth of knowledge; further enhancing the star appeal.
A little closer to home, Tenerife (along with Chile and Hawaii) is one of the best places for star gazing. With its island location, between the Sahara and vast Atlantic Ocean, its clear skies, clean air and high attitudes make for impressive viewing. Since 1975, Tenerife has been home to the Canarian Institute of Astrophysics, one of the world’s leading observatories, and since 2011 it has been the stage for Starmus — a leading festival of astronomy and music.
Guests of iconic resort The Ritz-Carlton, Abama can enjoy a bespoke star gazing experience, whereby an exclusive picnic supper is followed by an engaging talk by a local astronomer. With the help of a laser pen, brilliant stars, such as ‘Antares’, are expertly picked out amongst the jet black sky and accompanied by fascinating commentary (in unfathomable light years and distance terms), helping to further illuminate the guests’ night.
The startling array of luxury experiences available is almost as endless as the magnificent glittery skies above. With such a bright new world of wonder to discover, it can all be a little overwhelming. However, whether you are casual admirer or a committed star-gazer, the revolving skies provide an ancient appeal — one which can add a fascinating dimension to your luxury holiday.
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