To celebrate Space Week, we’ve put together some of our favourite stargazing experiences around the world to inspire you. Whether you’re a budding astronomer or are simply looking for a romantic, peaceful or awe-inspiring place for your next luxury holiday, we’ve selected some of the most amazing international destinations for stargazing…
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, Tenerife, Spain
With both El Teide and Granadilla de Abona listed as Starlight Tourist Destinations, Tenerife is a prime location to admire the celestial displays of the night sky. At the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Abama, each room, villa and suite has a personal balcony or terrace, perfect for some star-searching. Classic Ritz-Carlton service and amenities are combined with an outstanding spa, ten superb restaurants and access to a variety of activities and excursions around Tenerife, from whale watching on a private catamaran to relaxing on the beautiful beaches.
Blanket Bay Lodge, South Island, New Zealand
For a tailor-made holiday combining stargazing with action or relaxation (or both!), try Blanket Bay Lodge in New Zealand. On the South Island, guests here are also superbly sited for stargazing, with the Aoraki Mackenzie being listed as an International Dark Sky Reserve since 2012. Set amidst 59 acres of beautiful countryside and offering views over the picturesque Lake Wakitipu and the Remarkables mountain range, Blanket Bay Lodge offers peace and relaxation alongside activities like hiking, heli-skiing and horse-riding.
Hotel Quintessence, Quebec, Canada
Combine a visit to Mont-Mégantic, the world’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, with a stay in the charming boutique Hotel Quintessence. Located on the shores of the beautiful Lake Tremblant, the hotel offers 30 luxury suites, each with an eco-log burning fireplace, bathroom with heated marble floor and a sunken therapeutic bathtub, AVEDA amenities and a private balcony or terrace for gazing at the vast skies above Mont Tremblant. For any budding young scientists, we recommend a visit to the ASTROLab at the entrance to the Parc National de Mont Mégantic.
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
With lunar-like canyons, billowing geysers and impossibly blue lagoons, the scenery of the Atacama Desert really is out of this world. The Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa offers guests luxury and comfort in the heart of this amazing landscape; rooms look over the Licanbur Volcano or the Salt Mountain Range, and all feature a private terrace – perfect for watching stars appear above. The Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth, so the skies are perfectly clear; stargazing enthusiasts can arrange a visit to the revolutionary ALMA observatory.
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namib Desert, Namibia
The NamibRand Reserve, where the &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is set, has been a designated International Dark Sky Reserve since 2012, and stargazing here is truly an unforgettable experience; this was the first reserve to be awarded Gold Tier status – since there’s no town within 140-kilometres, the skies here are among the darkest in the world. &Beyond’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge has its own state of the art observatory, so after a night of stargazing guests can retire to spacious and luxurious suites, equipped with in-room fireplaces and skylights for taking in even more celestial views.
Feeling inspired? Our Travel Specialists can create a personalised holiday to these destinations and more, just for you.