Plenty of people wish they could sleep under the stars. Unfortunately, the practicalities of sleeping under the stars are pretty undesirable.
It’s cold, it’s uncomfortable, and frankly, it’s unsafe.
However, there is hope for the dreamers who wish to spend a night under the stars without giving up any of their creature comforts.
We’ve covered plenty of luxury accomodations here at Verdict, but this may be our favourite trend yet.
The new trend is sweeping the world of glamping is bubble tents.
These tents are large, clear and spherical with vents (to ensure inhabitants’ breath doesn’t fog it up). Inside you’ll find comforts including luxurious beds and star-gazing equipment.
The trend has already started to pop up around the world. Here are some of the best ones –
Bubble Tent Australia
Bubble Tent Australia are the first glamping experience of this kind in Australia and it’s almost entirely sold out. The next available stays aren’t until March 2018.
To be fair, it’s clear to see why Bubble Tent Australia stays have proved so popular.
The bubble tent is located in a secluded corner of a working ranch in Capertee Valley, about 200km from Sydney. Guests are out in the countryside, giving them the perfect view of the heavens, with no glaring light pollution to spoil the skies.
The site overlooks the second biggest canyon in the world. Capertee Valley also doubles as one of the 50 IBA (Important Bird Area) sanctuaries around the globe for bird watching. And yes, the tent comes with binoculars and a guide to all the birds you might be able to spot too.
The tent is 3.5 metres wide, so you’ll have plenty of room to move around. In addition, you’ll find all the creatures comforts inside. There’s a queen bed with goose down pillows and blanket cache, a telescope for stargazing, UE Wonderboom bluetooth speaker, headlamps, 26 litre eski/cooler, USB charger, slippers, towels, hot water bottles, raincoats, eye masks, crockery, champagne flutes, hot chocolate, insect repellent and an iPad equipped with stargazing app Luminos and curated Spotify playlists.
Then unlike regular camping, you won’t have to queue up at an dirty shower block either. This bubble has an ensuite bathroom!
There is also an outdoor deck where you’ll find a place to build a campfire and a hammock to relax in.
Stays cost AUS$250 per night and AUS$310 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Other ways to sleep under the stars
Of course, the aforementioned bubble tents are only one way of sleeping under the stars. Plenty of other venues are also offering their own takes on the chance to sleep under the stars.
PurePods in New Zealand offer a slightly more traditional hotel experience but still allow you to enjoy gazing up at the night sky as you doze off. Their rooms nestle in the heart of the New Zealand countryside, surrounded by incredible views on all sides. Luckily, guests can really enjoy those views thanks to the glass walls of each pod. The pods are made of heavy duty glass and wood, allowing guests to see miles into the distance.
Inside you’ll find comfortable double beds with top quality linen, a bluetooth speaker, star-gazing and bird-watching equipment, and all the creature comforts. You can also have delicious local food delivered to you should you choose it.
If you want an even purer back-to-nature experience, Null Stern in Switzerland might be for you. Half-hotel, half-art project, you’ll find Null Stern on top of a large hill in the middle of the Swiss countryside. It is essentially, a bed. And that’s it. The official website explains:
“The main idea of the “Null Stern” room without walls and roof is that it is operated by the local residents and shall turn into a place of imaginative and unique hosting culture. Therefore, the locals arrange a group of “Null Stern” butlers. The farmer in direct near of the “Null Stern” area was the head butler.”