The roof of the Cabriolet Suite will disappear at the flick of a switch, leaving you with an uninterrupted view of the stars
When you’re talking about rooms with a view, these boutique resorts are hard to beat. From open-air beds on a rooftop in the desert to a suite in Lake Iseo, Italy that has a retractable roof, star gazing will never be the same again
An intimate 11-room camp in the heart of the private Kulala Reserve, Little Kulala tops our list with its rooftop open-air beds that look out to the magnificent desert sky. Rustic and luxuriously simple, the decor blends seamlessly with the camp’s surrounds – neutral colours, crisp linens and an abundance of natural light. Guests come to the Sossusvlei – meaning ‘the gathering place of water’ in the local Nama language, to experience the immense sand dunes that rise 300 metres above the desert floor and to see the array of desert-adapted wildlife that roam the area.
If you want to have an unobstructed view of nature, take your luggage to Saruni Samburu in Kenya. This mountain-top retreat comes with six suites that are free of walls and offer panoramic views of the valley below. During the day you can watch elephants stroll past your bedroom and at night you will be treated to a backdrop of stars.
Lake Iseo, Italy
While Christo may have wowed the crowds with his floating installation. It’s pretty clear what really is the star attraction in Lake Iseo. This 19th-century villa, set on the vine-clad hills outside Franciacorta, not only features an award-winning Henri Chenot spa, helipad, but the roof of the Cabriolet Suite will disappear at the flick of a switch, leaving you with an uninterrupted view of the stars.