Whilst going to watch a blockbuster at the local cinema still draws millions away from the comfort of their Netflix and chill, nothing quite beats the unique attraction of an outdoor cinema.
Imagine watching a classic movie whilst the stars shine above and the seas lap upon the shores nearby… If this thought appeals to you then we have several destinations that might just jump to the top of your travel bucket list.
So, dive right into the world of beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and breathtaking outdoor cinemas… what more could you ask for from a luxury holiday?
All over the world, destinations are offering more and more exciting state-of-the-art facilities to ensure the ultimate escape for guests. From luxurious destinations like the sun-kissed Maldives to gorgeous Moroccan resorts, several properties across our portfolio offer picture-perfect outdoor cinemas, for the ideal ‘night in’ on your holiday.
With so much variety you’ll be spoilt for choice, so we’ve selected eight of our favourite al fresco screens that we believe are the most bucket-list-worthy (oh, and a curveball option at the end).
These resorts are:
- Soneva Fushi, Maldives
- Soneva Kiri, Thailand
- Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
- Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, Mexico
- Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
- St Nicholas Bay, Crete
- Sugar Beach, St Lucia
- Soneva Jani, Maldives
For each hotel, we’ve provided some cinematic inspiration to give you a flavour of each unique destination. So, grab your popcorn and browse this cinematic collection!
Cinema Paradiso at Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Located at Soneva Fushi Cinema Paradiso offers guests an exceptional outdoor cinema for their luxury holiday in the Maldives. Indulge yourself as you lounge under the stars and experience old-time classic movies with complimentary popcorn and chilled cocktails on request. Perfect for foodies, Soneva Fushi also offers a chef-crafted menu during cinema screenings, so you can treat yourself to the best comfort food the Maldives has to offer!
Suggested Film: The Island President – this 2011 documentary outlines the challenges and actions that the then President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed took to tackle the effects of climate change on the Maldives.
Relax and unwind with a classic movie whilst at Soneva Fushi
Soneva Kiri’s Cinema Paradiso, Thailand
One of the best outdoor cinemas a Thailand has to offer is Soneva Kiri’s Cinema Paradiso. Reserve your place here to bask in incredible scenery: the open-air auditorium is perfectly nestled amongst a beautiful Thai jungle. Enjoy delicious hot buttered popcorn and perhaps indulge in the luxurious cocktail service as you settle in to watch your movie whilst admiring the starry sky.
Suggested Film: Cinema Paradiso – This cinema’s namesake won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990 and follows a filmmaker as he recalls falling in love with cinema as a child.
Soneva Kiri offers a unique way to enjoy a movie
Six Sense Zighy Bay
Boasting all-villa accommodation, a beautiful spa and private pools this Oman resort is the peak of luxury. With all of this grandeur, you might be wondering whether watching a film is the best use of your time… It really is. As the summer evenings cool, you can settle down on lounge chairs and watch a movie amongst the luxurious ambience. And if you get hungry, there is always decadent ice cream, cooling drinks and the quintessential popcorn.
Suggested Film: Operation Oman - This documentary outlines the Dhofar War and Britain’s role in that war. It’s a good starting point to understand the recent history of Oman. It will certainly make you appreciate the luxury that now exists.
The outdoor cinema at Zighy Bay adds to the sense of opulence at this resort
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Mexico
Just in case you didn’t already think a luxury holiday to Mexico provided enough beauty, Las Ventanas al Paraíso’s deluxe outdoor Beach Cinema truly represents how stunning this place is. This fantastic cinematic experience is accompanied by breathtaking views, private dinners and the serene sound of the ocean just a short distance behind the screen. Guests can sit back and relax as they indulge in the comfort of the resort’s lounges whilst being served refreshing beverages and delightful food by a private butler… truly an unforgettable experience.
Suggested Film: Frida - An immersive biopic of Frido Kahlo starring Salma Hayek that will make you want to delve further into her life and work.
Do you fancy watching a movie here?
Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
Located in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, it’s no surprise that the spectacular Kasbah Tamadot features on countless bucket lists – the luxe hotel provides remarkable mountain views and amazing entertainment facilities to suit any type of guest!
Twice a week the Kasbah Tamadot team organises Moroccan-themed movie nights in the hotel’s outdoor cinema. The beautiful facility overlooks the pool and provides guests with ultimate comfort, complete with plush seating and wireless earphones for the best sound experience possible.
Suggested Film: Casablanca - Could we have picked anything else? Of all the outdoor cinema’s in all the hotels in all the world, you should watch this film here.
Can you think of a better setting to watch a movie outside?
St Nicholas Bay, Crete
For those looking for a hotel with an open-air cinema that is only a short flight away, then look no further at this boutique Cretan hotel. As well as a plethora of other activities for the active and the cultured alike, the open-air cinema provides an opportunity to unwind as the sun sets and take in a classic piece of cinema with a refreshing beverage in your hand.
Suggested Film: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – whilst actually being set on Kefalonia, this is still a good introduction to the beauty of Greece and it’s recent history, with an added sprinkling of romance.
Sugar Beach, St Lucia
This Viceroy resort provides ample opportunities to relax and unwind. This classic St Lucian resort has tennis courts, fitness classes, yoga and a spa that helps you to switch off. But to add to this there is also the delights of an outdoor cinema. Once a week, bean bags and popcorn are provided whilst you enjoy classic films with the Pitons in the background. Don't worry if it rains, the hotel will even provide umbrellas.
Suggested Film: Doctor Dolittle - The 1967 version of this classic tale had scenes in Marigot Bay. Now a resort, the Marigot Bay hotel has Dolittle's Restaurant and the Pink Snail Champagne Bar in honour of this film
Fancy relaxing like this?
Soneva Jani, Maldives
The Maldives seems replete with outstanding views and incredible hotels with cinemas. But it would be remiss if we didn't mention this outstanding cinema from this resort. This is the sister resort of Soneva Fushi and comprising of five islands on a 5.6-kilometre private lagoon, it epitomises the natural beauty that exists in the Maldives and the opulence that these hotels provide. Nowhere is this better encapsulated than the outdoor cinema. Set into the lagoon with nothing but the stars for company, you'll be able to watch classic films in utter luxury. With complimentary ice cream and popcorn to boot, you'll want to go back again and again.
You can even upgrade the experience by booking a private viewing with private chefs. Ideal for that romantic anniversary date night or honeymoon!
Pure Maldives relaxation at Soneva Jani
Okay, so there isn’t an outdoor cinema here but if you are a real film buff you shouldn’t miss out on this resort. The name is not a misnomer. Originally owned by author Ian Fleming this is the birthplace of James Bond. All 13 of his 007 books were written at Goldeneye and three were set in Jamaica. So a trip here will really place you in the middle of cinema history.
Inspired to spend a night at the movies? Browse our portfolio for more cinematic suggestions, or get in touch with our Travel Specialists for first-hand recommendations.
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