Remember those glow-in-the-dark stars you taped to your ceiling as child? Now, you can sleep under the stars without them falling on your face. In this list, you will find some of the best outdoor hotel rooms that push the limits of the average vacation. Each accommodation provides guests with an opportunity to embrace nature, in many cases without abandoning luxury, as a way to rejuvenate the self. Instead of pulling the sheets over your head and withdrawing from the world, reconnect with it through unspoiled beauty. As lovely as the king sized bed and bottle of champagne combination may be, perhaps it’s time to expand your horizons. **Fall asleep star gazing and wake up to the sounds of wildlife or the bright blue Caribbean Sea – wherever your inner explorer takes you next.**Though guests at Kakslauttanen won’t technically be outdoors, views of the wintry, Arctic surroundings will make you feel glad you’re inside.
Each glass igloo is spacious and more importantly, heated. After spending the day dog sledding, ice fishing, and visiting Santa, fall asleep to the sights of northern lights for an altogether enchanting experience.
Bangkok Tree House staff focuses on connecting guests with nature in an eco-conscious way. Though the capital is known for its congestion, this 12-room boutique inn located on the island of Bang Krachao offers a green oasis where visitors can sleep in a tree and take a shower with water heated by the sunlight.
For every booking made at the Bangkok Tree House, the hotel will remove 1 kg of rubbish from the nearby Chao Phraya River. To date, they have removed over 3,000 kg of trash.
Loisaba is located on the edge of a plateau in Laikipia and overlooks the south toward Mt. Kenya. This lodge allows you to experience both the peace and energy of African wildlife.
What would it be like to sleep in an area of complete wilderness? You might spot an elephant, rhino, cheetah, or animals whose names you’ve never heard of but fear not – trapdoors have been installed to keep you safe.
According to the site’s general manager, the lodge has seen many happy, returning guests.
Upgrade your childhood dreams with a stay in one of the tree houses at Lion Sands Game Reserve where the stargazing experience is described as ‘impossible to count.’ Considered an ‘amphitheater of the wild,’ you’ll have the opportunity to hear rare sounds like the zebra calling.
For the most part, the tree houses are open air but guests are connected to hotel staff through a two-way radio during their stay. Enjoy this unlikely combination of 5-star comfort and direct access to the surrounding wildlife.
From the privacy of your suite, you can enjoy a bush view or a Sabie River view along with meals made with fresh seasonal ingredients. You can also experience a bush dinner set up in the wild where you will find yourself surrounded with dozens of lanterns.
The Cabriolet room at L’Albereta invites its guests to sky gaze with a removable roof. Views of the surrounding vineyards and Lake Iseo can be seen from the balcony but this innovative feature tops them all.
Canoodle under the vast blue sky or sleep under the stars with a touch of a button. Don’t forget the wine.
Once part of a historic cocoa plantation, Ladera is now an intimate honeymoon resort in Saint Lucia overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Pitons, twin volcanic plugs, and the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Located two miles from the port town of Soufrière, Ladera lies on a hill filled with mango trees.
The guest rooms were deliberately built without a fourth wall so you can soak in the sweeping views day and night. With the help of an on-site wedding planner, around 40 couples exchange vows here annually. Some other highlights include the calming sounds of the rainforest and the welcoming island hospitality.
Since opening in 1997, Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort has wooed guests with exquisite accommodations and its beautiful setting.
Though each room and suite come with top of the line beds, guests can also sleep outdoors in the rooftop terrace. No detail is too big or small when it comes to service, staff will be happy to supply a telescope and astronomy guide to make your stargazing experience one you’ll never forget.
Even if you don’t consider yourself an outdoor person, the resort’s ideal location between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas will lure you with its desert landscape and rich marine environment.
Promoted as ‘an addictive getaway,’ the Sabuk Lodge in North-Central Kenya is built on private land and provides access to wildlife and beautiful scenery. From Sabuk, you can enjoy stunning views of the Laikipia Plains, nearby river, and cliffs from one of the eight guest cottages.
The ‘Under the Big Sky’ beds allow you to sleep under the stars. Each cottage is uniquely designed with local stone and wood.
The warm wooden interior and supply of large hammocks and daybeds will make you feel at home.
Condé Nast Readers Choice Awards 2015 recently voted Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia the number one Caribbean Resort for the third year in a row.
The resort’s 28 suites are without doors, optimizing harmony with your tropical surroundings. There are 24 infinity pool sanctuaries onsite, each of which offer panoramic views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea.
Guests have complete access to the private Anse Chastanet Beach, only a minute away, while Saint Lucia Botanical Gardens can be found within 4 kilometers.
Each of the 36 stone cottages at Amanruya comes with a private garden and marble swimming pool. From the resort, guests can enjoy sweeping views of the Bodrum forests and coastline
Pool Terrace Cottage guests may unwind in an outdoor shower and sleep beneath the pergola for a tranquil experience. According to Five Star Alliance, Amanruya is one of the few places in the world that offer classical history and natural beauty in equal measure.
DumaTau, which translates as ‘roar of the lion,’ is a luxury tented camp in the private Linyanti Wildlife Reserve. According to Wilderness Safaris, the ten-roomed camp – with eight twin and two family accommodations – offers some of the best game viewing in northern Botswana. The dining area, pictured here, is decorative, airy, and intimate.
Originally built in 2000 and renovated in 2012, the camp is located near the Linyanti Swamp system and between two elephant corridors.
The camp is raised above ground, enabling guests to see the river in all its splendor from en-suite tents. Expert Africa recommends visiting between June and October for great game viewing.
Located in one of Hwange National Park’s great game viewing areas – one that overlooks an active waterhole – Little Makalolo is a small camp with six traditional-style tents. Pictured here is the open air lounge and dining area.
The fire pit is a lovely place to gather after dinner.
Guests may spot herds of buffalo and elephants, especially in winter, and spend a romantic night in the Star Bed. This special bed is located 20-minutes away from camp by car, offering guests a truly private experience beneath the stars.
Rural India is a unique concept for amateurs and seasoned travelers alike, but if you ever happen to journey in this direction, Jamtara Wilderness Camp just outside of Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve is the place to stay. The safari colonial-style décor of the camp will remind you of the simplicity of the past and reconnect you with the basics. Guests staying at one of the 12 luxury tents will be surrounded by tall Arjuna trees.
For an unforgettable experience and a chance to live like the locals, sleep outside on a ‘Machaan’ located on the land of the farmers. Opting for this mosquito-netted, Indian silk covered bed will transfer some of your night’s rate to the farmers – and you can see the beautiful sky. These Machaans allow farmers to watch over their land and are the only star beds in India.
For those of you worried about your safety and well-being, note that night guards for warding off animals and coffee for getting you through the day are available on-site.
KiCHIC boutique hotel is made of stone, wood, and mud to match its traditional and local surroundings. According to the official hotel site, KiCHIC is for those who need a change in their routine, looking for encounters, seeking tranquility, and also for lovers of nature.
The Suite Himalaya features a private terrace – one big enough for a bed if you so please – with a stunning view of the sea.
The rate includes an energetic breakfast of granola, homemade bread and marmalade, yogurt, 2 eggs of any style, and a beverage of your choice.
Built on 600 acres of protected wild land, Amangiri is approximately two hours from Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Zion National Park. In addition to the resort’s luxury features which include a water pavilion with sauna, each suite frames the surrounding dunes, lofty plateaus, and mountain ridges. The architecture is designed to fit seamlessly with the nature itself.
Daybeds can be converted for those who want to be sleep poolside. Some suites come with private pools.
The resort has received many awards, including Best Resort in North America 2012-2014 (Gallivantar’s Guide) and Trip of a Lifetime Category Winner (Fodor’s).