There’s something magical about sleeping outside, but we’re not talking about a sleeping bag on the ground in a tiny tent. Instead, how about resting your head at a hotel, not a campsite, in a plush bed with the comforts of any five-star suite. This is the ultimate dream. Located at various points around the globe, there are several high-end hotels that offer this very unique amenity. Whether you want your sleeping quarters to be completely immersed in nature, or if you only want a view of the stars via a retractable roof, the six hotels below are the ones to book this summer for a truly spectacular alfresco snooze.
Located a short drive from Lake Iseo, the current host to Christo’s new work The Floating Piers, L’Albereta is situated within the hills and vineyards of Franciacorta. The hotel offers its Cabriolet Suite, which features a retractable roof above its cozy, luxurious bed. In case that particular view wasn’t enough, the bed also faces toward the terrace, which looks out over the gorgeous landscape surrounding L’Albereta.
The lodge at Nkwichi sits on the shoreline of Lake Malawi in Africa and is bordered by Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. This stunning hotel property offers what they call star beds, which offer guests the chance to sleep on a deserted beach or on a private rock island close to the water’s edge. The secluded beds are decorated with plush pillows and blankets, as well as romantic, dimly lit hanging lanterns.
L’and is a contemporary five-star resort surrounded by a vineyard in Montemor-o-Novo in Portugal. Aside from the wine tasting, the indulgent dining experiences, and the Caudalie spa treatments, the hotel also boats sleek, modern sky suites with fully retractable roofs.
The Elqui Valley in Chile is known for its astrological observatories, so it makes perfect sense that they’d cater to such stargazers and curious, adventure-seeking travelers with the Elqui Domos hotel. Here, guests stay in either domed structures that are outfitted with a zip-away ceiling panel and a raised bed or in architecturally impressive cottages situated on the highest part of the property and each with a sky window and terrace.
This desert hotel in Egypt may not be so easy to get to (it can take nearly a day by car from Cairo), but if you’re seeking stunning yet secluded accommodations, the Adrère Amellal is an absolute wonder. The Berber-inspired eco hotel in the Siwa Oasis has no electricity and offers outdoor beds on the roof for stargazing before you sleep.
Jade Mountain Resort
Rising above a 600-acre beachfront resort on St. Lucia’s verdant coast is this uniquely designed resort. Each of the rooms in this all-suite property are accessed by dramatic private walkways, and almost all feature large infinity pools. But the most unusual, and dramatic, feature is the complete lack of exterior walls—the rooms are entirely open-air, giving guests in some suites unobstructed 270-degree views of the surrounding Caribbean and Piton mountains, not to mention some truly stunning sunsets.