Written by
Louis Dhont

Published on: October 23rd, 2017

Last modified: November 15th, 2023

Stargazing is one of the most mesmerising activities to enjoy in remote destinations around the world. The best luxury hotels and resorts turn this seemingly simple experience into something truly special, with panoramic skylights, star beds, observatories, expert guides and exclusive access to the top spots to see constellations, eclipses or the northern lights.

If you’re wondering where to find the best stargazing in the world, look no further. Chile’s Atacama Desert is generally considered the best of the best, but there are plenty of other places to observe the wonders of the night sky – whether through the lens of ancient cultures or modern technology. Just try to avoid nights with a full moon, when stars are less visible.

Best Hotels for Stargazing in Europe


Europe may have its fair share of bustling cities, but it’s also full of certified dark-sky areas. The more remote the destination, the more likely you are to see a sparkling tapestry of stars when you look skyward. Here are some of the best luxury hotels for stargazing in Europe, from the quieter corners of Scotland and Portugal to the isolated beauty of Iceland.

1. The Torridon – Scotland

This boutique resort in the Scottish Highlands boasts some of the world’s darkest skies. The Torridon offers a fantastic stargazing experience with dinner and a presentation by an expert astronomer, who will then take you out to see the Milky Way and more. This is offered from November to March, and conditions are ideal during the new moon or crescent moon phase.

2. São Lourenço do Barrocal – Portugal

In Portugal’s idyllic Alentejo region, São Lourenço do Barrocal is an old farming village transformed into an oasis of tranquil luxury. It’s set within the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, the world’s first Starlight Tourism Destination. Here you can learn directly from the reserve’s astronomers, use state-of-the-art telescopes and visit the two observatories nearby.

3. Torfhús Retreat – Iceland

The cosy cottages of Torfhús Retreat, near Iceland’s Golden Circle, are an ideal escape in the heart of the rugged wilderness. Much of Iceland offers epic stargazing thanks to low light pollution, but Torfhús is a particularly special place to enjoy the stars and even the northern lights. Just remember that summer isn’t ideal for stargazing, with nearly 24 hours of daylight.

Best Hotels for Stargazing in the Middle East


The Middle East is home to some of the world’s oldest civilisations, awe-inspiring landscapes and truly stunning stargazing. There’s nothing quite like the desert sky at night, and both Jordan and Egypt boast the sweeping dunes and brilliant stars that define the desert landscape. Here are our favourite luxury hotels for stargazing in the Middle East.

4. Hayat Rum – Jordan

In the vast valley of Wadi Rum you’ll find the sustainability-focused escape of Hayat Rum. This luxurious camp is set deep within the desert, making it a privileged location for some of the country’s best stargazing. All you have to do is step outside your tented suite and look up to get lost in the glorious sky – or enjoy a starlit dinner of authentic regional cuisine.

5. Adrére Amellal – Egypt

The Siwa Oasis is one of the most magical spots in the Egyptian Sahara, known for its natural pools and swaying palms. Adrere Amellal is its most authentic and sustainable hotel, operating without plastic or electricity. With only candles to illuminate the night, the stars shine especially bright here. Make sure to bring warm clothes, as desert nights can get chilly.

Best Hotels for Stargazing in Latin America


Latin America promises endless expanses of natural beauty, from the glittering glaciers of Patagonia to the lush forests of Costa Rica. Countries like Chile and Argentina are home to some of the planet’s best places to see the stars, and you can even witness the southern lights on an exciting Antarctica cruise. Here are the top hotels for stargazing in Latin America.

6. Origins – Costa Rica

Surrounded by the untouched beauty of Rio Celeste, this retreat really feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere. Each of Origins’ opulent lodges features a conical roof with a skylight for stargazing, allowing you to see the stars of both hemispheres at once. Its mountainside location means there are also incredible nighttime views from the balconies and infinity pool.

7. CasaMolle – Chile

It’s no secret that the Atacama Desert is a world-class spot for stargazing with the clearest night sky in the world, but the Elqui Valley at its southern edge is still largely undiscovered by tourists – and just as spectacular as the rest of it. This is where you’ll find CasaMolle, a gorgeous boutique resort that offers stargazing excursions with private guides and vehicles, including a visit to a nearby astronomical observatory.

8. Eolo – Argentina

In a privileged location between the Perito Moreno Glacier and El Calafate, this elegant hotel prioritises views of its surroundings – and the sky – from panoramic windows and decks. You can use the telescope in its library or outdoors to observe the stars, or book an exclusive astronomy tour. Eolo isn’t too close to the main town, so light pollution is especially low here.

9. Sylvia Earle – Falkland Islands & South Georgia

The Sylvia Earle is a cutting-edge ocean explorer built specifically for remote expeditions at sea. Embark on a voyage to Antarctica from the southern tip of South America, passing through the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on the way. These are some of the best places to see the majestic southern lights, or ‘aurora australis’, in the entire hemisphere.

Best Hotels for Stargazing in Asia and the Indian Subcontinent


Asia is the largest continent in the world, with an enormous variety of landscapes, climates and cultures to match. In Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent you’ll find some of the most spectacular stargazing anywhere on earth, often complemented by pristine beaches and balmy temperatures. Here are our best spots for stargazing in Asia.

10. Soneva Kiri – Thailand

Located on the fourth-largest island in Thailand, this is a sophisticated sanctuary amidst the secluded paradise of Koh Kood is one of the best places to stargaze in the world. Soneva Kiri is perfectly situated for stargazing, and even has its own observatory and resident astronomer. You can also enjoy the stars during bespoke experiences like a ‘galaxy dinner’ on the sand or an astronomical dinner cruise.

11. Soneva Fushi – The Maldives

The Maldives are a legendary destination for wellness and natural beauty, and Soneva Fushi is among the archipelago’s most luxurious places to stay. Here you can enjoy picture-perfect tropical beaches by day and unbelievably starry skies by night. Visit the observatory to use its state-of-the-art telescope, or simply stretch out on the velvety sand and gaze skyward.

Best Hotels for Stargazing in Australasia


Australasia encompasses Australia and New Zealand, both of which are known for their low population density and breathtaking scenery. These island countries offer plenty of places to explore during daylight hours – and when night falls the sky comes alive with constellations, planets and twinkling stars. Here are our favourite hotels for stargazing in Australasia.

12. Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat – New Zealand

As its name suggests, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat is set on the shores of a tranquil lake with privileged views of Aoraki Mount Cook: the highest mountain in New Zealand. It’s also within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Enjoy world-class stargazing from the Pukaki Wine Cellar and Observatory, which has an advanced telescope and retractable roof.

13. Longitude 131º – Australia

Surrounded by the stark beauty of the Australian Outback, this exclusive desert lodge is an outstanding place to connect with the natural world. Don’t miss Longitude 131º’s signature dining experience: a private starlit dinner among the dunes, after which the lodge’s resident astronomer will explain the secrets of the stars and their roles in Aboriginal mythology.

Best Hotels for Stargazing in Africa


The immense continent of Africa holds a special place in our hearts. Its wealth of wildlife, cultural diversity and jaw-dropping natural wonders make it ideal for adventurous travellers, families and honeymooners alike. Each of its 54 countries has its own distinctive allure – but  dazzling night skies are a common thread. Here are the best hotels for stargazing in Africa.

14. Saruni Samburu – Kenya

The Samburu National Reserve boasts some of the best wildlife viewing in Kenya, and Saruni Samburu is the perfect place to enjoy it. Situated high in the Kalama Mountains, this stylish lodge offers just six luxury villas, unequalled views of the surroundings and ideal conditions for stargazing: dry weather, clear skies, high altitude and hardly any light pollution.

Saruni Samburu deck, Kenya

15. Tswalu – South Africa

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is absolutely enormous and privately owned, making it one of the most exclusive safari destinations in South Africa. You can stay at Motse Camp or the Tarkuni private residence to enjoy the best of the Kalahari and its sublime night sky. Go on a nighttime game drive to learn all about the stars with the help of a highly advanced mobile telescope.

16. Jack’s Camp – Botswana

Located amidst the surreal landscapes of the Makgadikgadi Pans, this authentic tented camp has a nostalgic feel to it. Jack’s Camp is one of the more remote places to stay in Botswana, and the landscape itself really takes centre stage here. Once the sun sets you’ll be immersed in total silence and darkness, leaving you to contemplate the shimmering stars in peace. 

17. Wilderness Little Kulala – Namibia

Namibia has some of the most isolated and ethereal landscapes in Africa: most notably the undulating red dunes of Sossusvlei. This is where you’ll find Wilderness Little Kulala, a boutique lodge with just 11 sumptuous suites – some boasting private rooftops for stargazing. With incredibly dark skies and no one else for miles around, it’s a magical place to lose yourself in the stars.

18. Molori – South Africa

The malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve is home to a wide variety of habitats and wildlife, as well as the outstanding Molori lodge. Its name means ‘to dream’ in the Setswana language, and its five ultra-luxurious suites are dreamy indeed. Privacy is a priority here; observe the stars in peace from your private deck or pool, and make use of your suite’s own telescope.


19. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa – Zanzibar

The fascinating island of Zanzibar, located off the coast of Tanzania, is among the best destinations in Africa for a coastal escape. Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa promises pure beachside bliss and lavish private villas – not to mention idyllic stargazing. Enjoy the view from its rooftop bar, your own private terrace or even a star bed.

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