After rigorous testing, we can confirm that a night under the stars with your favourite person can help re-set the balance in our ultra-connected lives
We've put together a list of our ultimate starbed sleep outs across the world, each offering a unique experience and that all-important, never-ending sky.
Kingston Treehouse - Lion Sands, South Africa
At the exclusive Lion Sands, in Sabi Sand Private Reserve, where animals wander freely from Kruger National Park, you and a signiﬁcant other could spend a night in a specially constructed glass and wood treehouse, away from human life.
You’ll be provided with a luxury picnic and chilled champagne to watch the darkness fall like a blanket over the treetop and boulder-strewn landscape.
"Light a lantern and listen to the sounds of the wilderness. The ﬁrst throaty roar of a lion will send tingles down your spine, before a trillion stars lull you into a soporiﬁc haze."
By day explore this remote area of Sabi Sands, which offers unparalleled game viewing. In just one game drive you could see all of the big five plus leopard, antelope and cheetahs. During season, you may see the privileged sight of animals birthing in the wild.
Piece of paradise
Soneva Jani - Maldives
What’s better than sleeping on a tropical island paradise? Sleeping in an over-water villa where the roof retracts – oﬀering you an unsurpassed view of glittering galaxies, from the comfort of your bed.
Accompanied by the gentle lick of the Indian Ocean, sleep will come easily in this peaceful utopia as you drift off with countless stars flickering overhead – a sight that you’re unlikely to forget.
"As well as looking the part, Soneva Jani has a heart of sheer eco gold. If you want to do your bit, choosing a Soneva resort will mean protecting the environment, conserving ocean life and educating local communities."
If you’re a big kid deep down, or are indeed travelling with children yourself, be the most popular parent on the planet by picking a villa which has a curved slide into the Indian Ocean. Guaranteed fun all day long.
Amangiri - Utah, USA
In the Mesa Suite of desert design hotel Amangiri, the play of light and pattern is perfectly aligned on the rooftop sky terrace, complete with daybed. The result? Rose-gold sunsets, midnight moon-bathing and sheer wonder.
The absolute silence of the desert at night time will bring new meaning to sweet dreams. In this utterly unpolluted environment, connect with a raw and rugged nature.
"This is a desert wilderness experience like no other. The combination of flawless design, breathtaking landscapes and outdoor adventure means few leave Amangiri without feeling somehow changed."
Use your time at Amangiri for a journey of discovery. Join a Native American community – the Navajo – to learn about their relationship with the rocky landscapes including ritual fire dances and atmospheric storytelling sessions.
Longitude 131 - Uluru, Australia
The nearest hotel to sacred 600-million-year-old Uluru, Longitude 131, oﬀers an even closer experience to the sacred rust-red rock. Sleep out under a star-strewn sky on your private balcony and wake up to the changing light on Uluru as dawn streaks the sky.
Longitude 131 provide everything you need to enjoy the mesmerising setting. Chilled champagne awaits in your mini bar, the outdoor firepit is lit and a bedroll laid adjacent to its flickering warmth for an outdoor experience not to be forgotten.
"Set among the crimson earth and vast scrub plains of the Red Centre, Longitude 131 is the ultimate desert camp experience."
Make time to explore this extraordinary land. Walk to Kantju Gorge to witness the gorge walls ablaze with the setting sun. Visit the peaceful Mutitjulu waterhole, see aboriginal cave paintings and learn about the history of sacred Uluru on a guided hike around the base of the rock.
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