Under the stars
Under the stars
You’ve heard of rooms with a view, but what if that view was of the boundless galaxy above? Astro-tourism is on the rise, and trends are pointing towards travellers seeking out destinations with clear and uninterrupted skylines. Whether this is the clarity provided by country air or the expanse offered by a dessert skyline, these are some of the most beautiful (and popular) destinations from Booking.com to help you get your astrological fix.
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
The skylines of this spectacular place are almost guaranteed to be clear all year round, as parts of Atacama haven’t seen rainfall in nearly 400 years.
Stargazes have been flocking to San Pedro de Atacama for this exact reason. This boutique hotel allows you to soak up the stars from your very own private terrace, or in the open-air jacuzzi.
Visit Hotel Pascual Andino here.
This picturesque desert oasis takes on a new life after nightfall. Situated amongst the Saharan dunes of Merzouga, the night’s sky will leave you truly starstruck.
Visit the Kasbah Azalay Merzouga here.
Spain has long called sun-worshipers to her shores, but this dreamy destination is also one of the best places in the northern hemisphere to stargaze. The Observatorio del Teide in Vilaflor, Spain, has been the site where scientists from all over the world come to study the stars.
Visit the Hotel Rural San Miguel here.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Also known as The Valley of the Moon, this spellbinding destination is a tranquil paradise for those seeking a truly spectacular way to relax and unwind.
Visit Kempinski Hotel Aqaba here.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
It’s not often that you are treated to a view like this from the window of your hotel room, but Lake Tekapo’s wilderness is the stuff of legends. Home to New Zealand’s largest telescope, it’s also the world’s largest dark sky reserve which makes for some seriously impressive star gazing.
Visit Lake Tekapo here.