If sleeping under the stars is your favorite activity, than one of these hotels and lodges will definitely get you smiling. With amazing outdoor suites and views in Italy, South Africa, Australia, and Mexico, I’m sure you’ll find at least one location that will suit your needs and preferences. Here are the 8 most amazing outdoor hotel suites out there.
1. Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
Lion Sands was foudned in 1933 and over the past 60 years, this tree house built as a photographer’s platform has been reinforced and adorned with a cozy double bed, a hot-water bottle, dressing gowns, and a basin. Guests can have dinner and drinks in the tree or dine at the lodge and head out afterward.
2. Las Ventanas al Paraíso
From the terrace of your penthouse high above Las Ventanas al Paraíso you have a 180-degree view of the Sea of Cortés, about 150 feet away. The bed is king-size, the breezes and waves are gentle, and the sounds are ambientbirds at sunset and sunrise. The mountains 40 miles inland are lit and shadowed by the moon. Marvelous.
3. Blue Mountains Private Safaris
Blue Mountains Private Safaris features padded swags, lined with fine cotton, and laid out on decks by the Wollondilly River, 75 miles southwest of Sydney. Here, the eucalyptus forests yield their oily vapor to the sun, leaving a scent and a blue haze that gives the mountains their name.
L’Albereta, located between Brescia and Bergamo, features the Cabriolet Suite. Atop a tower facing Lake Iseo, you are in the clutches of Northern Italian luxurysitting on satin, grosgrain, damask, surrounded by vineyards. The great Milanese chef Gualtiero Marchesi will be cooking just for you while the sky is beautiful anytime, and the nights can be full of the perfume of wild roses, jasmine, and gardenias.
5. Loisaba Wilderness Lodge
Loisaba, on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, has spurred ten marriage proposals. Just off the equator, amid acacia woodland and savanna, not far from the Rift Valley, the birthplace of modern man awaits you with two Star Bed camps: Kiboko, by a huge water hole that attracts wildlife, and Koija, on the Ewaso Nyiro River. The air is clear 300 days a year, granting full access to the wonder of African skies.
6. Adrère Amellal Desert Ecolodge
Adrère Amellal was built of mud and salt crystals; it sits at the foot of a flat-topped white mountain considered holy by the local people. The lodge uses no power except for the generator that runs the kitchen. Outdoor beds are set up on the roof or out in the desert, south of the Siwa Oasis. But don’t fall asleep, because you’ll miss the magic of absolute silence.
7. Killa Bhawan
In Jaisalmer, a living fortress high above the surrounding small city of the same name, a Killa Bhawan guest might follow local custom and sleep out on the roof. Jaisalmer’s magic is magnified by its isolation in the middle of the Indian desert; built in the twelfth century of yellow limestone marble and is famous for its palace, as well as its exquisite havelis and seven Jain temples.
8. Ol Donyo Wuas
At Ol Donyo Wuas there’s a permanent bower on the roof deck above every suite that can be done up with fresh soft cotton linens, blankets, and hot water bottles. By moonlight, the savanna below is visible, as is Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. And since the lodge is surrounded by three water holes, and at night you can hear elephants sloshing around.