Spectacular Outdoor Bedrooms
It was a wonderful novelty at first, but a few weeks in this ongoing heatwave is causing many of us sleepless nights. For slumber that's a touch cooler, now's the time to book a stay in these spectacular open-air bedrooms and star beds around the world.
Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa, the Chalkley Treehouse contains the comforts of a five-star lodge in a dramatically wild (but secure) location. Guests are led to the treehouse at sunset, where drinks and a picnic await, and are then free to enjoy a night under the stars.
Another outdoor bedroom at South Africa's Lion Sands, the Tinyeleti Treehouse is positioned by a river so guests can expect to see ample wildlife patrolling the area. Appropriately given the clear night skies so associated with this area, the abode's name means "many stars".
Surrounded by mango groves and coconut plantations, Thailand's eco-minded Bangkok Tree House stands on the edge of the capital and offers outdoor rooms that overlook the Chao Phraya river.
A hand-built lodge by the shores of Lake Malawi in Mozambique, Nkwichi Lodge stands by a 600sq km game reserve that houses sable, elephant, reedbuck, leopard and more than 300 species of bird. Its star bed can be set on a deserted beach surrounded by baobab trees or on an island near the shoreline.
A more urban “glamping” alternative comes courtesy of the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire hotel in Los Angeles. Guests who stay in the Veranda Suite can overnight in a yurt set up on the terrace.
At Mexico’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort, guests can drift to sleep both in the Shade and in the open air in bedrooms that can be opened to the elements in hot weather.
In Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and part of the prestigious Wilderness Safaris collection, Linkwasha Camp’s elevated star bed stands in a path that – in dry season – is regularly trodden by elephants.
Popular with honeymooners, Loisaba's star beds stand on wheels and are positioned on raised wooden platforms at night. They're located in the midst of the lodge's 60,000-acre private reserve in northern Kenya and overlook the Kiboko waterhole, home to a family of hippos and a water source for passing game.