The World’s Best Stargazing Hotels
Stargazing is an exciting and rewarding hobby that is best done in the evenings where the skies are clear and free of light pollution. The best spots to watch the stars tend to be in countryside areas where urban civilization hasn’t damaged the beauty of the night skies.
If you happen to be an aspiring astronomer then why not book some time off work to take a magical stargazing break at one of the world’s best stargazing hotels? Here’s a list of some of the world’s finest to whet your appetite.
Starting with a banger, the ION Adventure Hotel is located right in the middle of a national park where the skies are crystal clear and the weather, icy cold! From this hotel, you’ll not only get to see stars, but you can also arrange a wake-up call to ensure that you don’t miss the magnificent Northern Lights.
Surely most things in life are better done with a glass of good wine? Well, stargazing shouldn't be an exception. The Hotel Viura, located in the Rioja wine region of Spain, will provide you with an experience to remember, where the vines are plentiful and the skies are crystal clear. The bedrooms feature large glass windows and balconies to enjoy a view of the night sky, or you can take a peek at the stars from the communal terrace area.
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel offers stargazers the hotel package of dreams, with their “A Night With The Stars” experience. As part of this package, lucky travellers enjoy the whole 10th-floor terrace to themselves for the night, while they dine and sleep in a luxury 10-foot-tall tent beneath the stars.
The Anantara Hotel boasts an unmissable experience for stargazers at the Sky Bar, a private island where you can look beyond the night sky in the first-ever over-water observatory which features the most powerful telescope in the Maldives. Not only will you get to gaze amongst the stars in a completely unpolluted sky but you’ll get to do it all while sipping on a cocktail.
At the Tierra Hotel, you’ll not only get to explore space from a distance but you’ll also feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet. This resort is located high in the mountains, far away from urban life, giving you an amazing opportunity to watch the stars. Furthermore, the desert location presents a moon-like landscape to heighten your senses while you gaze beyond the Earth’s orbit.
The Battlesteads Hotel, located in Wark on Tyne, features an observatory where stargazers can catch a glimpse of some magical constellations. Beginners are welcome since the observatory offers courses in astronomy making it the perfect place to kick off a fascinating, new hobby.
Hawaii is one of the best locations in the world for stargazers thanks to limited pollution and a vast horizon. Stars also played a very important role in helping the early travellers to navigate around the Hawaiian islands and therefore, are seen as a crucial part of Hawaii’s history. From the Hyatt Regency Resort, you can catch a glimpse of this magical map in the sky and perhaps spot up to 80 out of the 88 visible constellations on one of the Hotel’s “Tour of the Stars” experiences.
If you’re up for more of a cooler climate where you can snuggle up in layers of blankets while you watch the stars, then Hotel St. Moritz in Queenstown is the perfect location to unleash your inner astronomer. The skies on the South Island of New Zealand are crystal clear since 4,300 square kilometres of them are recognised as part of the Dark Sky Reserve, making this one of the best places on our planet to watch the stars. Thanks to this hotel’s location, high up in the country’s Southern Alps, the views are undisturbed and magical. Better still, if you were to visit during New Zealand’s winter then you could be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Australis, a stunning natural light show that dances in the sky!
Head to the world’s oldest living desert and experience ultimate tranquillity at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia. This rural paradise is perfect for some seriously spectacular stargazing! Watch the stars from your glass-walled suite using the Swarovski Optik binoculars provided, or head to the observatory to look at the stars through a Celestron telescope.
What better way to gaze upon the stars than in a cosy glass igloo amongst a forest of snow-capped trees? At Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing! Not only will you get to watch millions of stars as you drift off to sleep but Kakslauttanen is considered to be the best place in the world to watch the Northern lights. In fact, if you visit between August and April then you’ll almost certainly catch a glimpse of this natural spectacle.
L’AND Vineyards Resort is not only a magnificent hotel but it’s also a family-owned vineyard, located in Portugal’s famous Alentejo wine region. Stay in one of the 10 rooms that include retractable skylights to enjoy stargazing as you begin counting sheep, or perhaps stars would be more fitting? There’s also a courtyard area to check out the stars as you socialize or even take a dip in the pool at the same time.
If you don’t feel like any of the previous hotels are close enough to nature for you, then the Null Stern ‘Hotel’ in Switzerland will be sure to meet your needs. To give you an idea of how minimalist this hotel is, it might be easier to explain what it doesn’t feature than what it does. You’ll certainly get to have a good look at the stars since your ‘room’ won’t have a ceiling, or any walls, windows, or even a door for that matter. This is the ultimate back to nature experience that any astro-enthusiast can appreciate.
Whether you’re an aspiring astronomer or simply just enjoy admiring the night sky, check out one of these hotels to experience a star gazing stay that’s out of this world! Where's your favourite place to admire the stars? Let us know on Insta or tweet us @justhooit!