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Sleeping under the stars – The best places to stay

Whether you’re looking for a break from the mundane 9-5 routine, or just looking to embrace nature a little more, there’s nothing more peaceful than spending a night under the stars. Where this was once restricted to campers and those brave enough to tackle mountain climbing, more and more resorts are offering ‘beds-with-a-view’ – and here are some of our favourites:

Bangkok Tree House, Thailand

Not only boasting a gorgeous view of the River, this beautiful hotel allows their guests to enjoy a full alfresco experience – without outdoor showers, treehouse bedrooms with voile curtains draped over four-poster beds, (definitely something to mimic at home!) and natural ponds to swim in!

And if that doesn’t sway you; as well as the hotel being completely environmentally friendly, it also holds a strict promise to remove 1 kilogram of rubbish from the Chao Phraya River for every booking made.

Jade Mountain, Saint Lucia

Condé Nast Readers Choice Awards voted this gorgeous hotel the #1 Caribbean resort no less than three times, and it’s not difficult to see why! Guest can enjoy the one-of-a-kind tropical surroundings from their luxury suites, or one of the 24 luxurious infinity pools on site – each offering exquisite views of the Caribbean Sea and the Pitons. And if that’s not relaxing enough; guests can then watch their sun set from the comfort of their own bed! Amazing!

Sabuk Lodge, Kenya

Perfect for anyone looking for a true wilderness adventure in a really beautiful setting, the Sabuk Lodge is uniquely designed with local stone and wood.

As well as the ‘Under the Big Sky’ beds giving guests a gorgeous view of the night sky as they sleep, the hammocks and day beds provide a truly relaxing experience.

Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Experience an African safari experience like no other at the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, hidden away deep in Kruger National Park.

Not only will you get to slumber under the clear South African sky, but these breathtaking treehouse bedrooms look over the reserve, giving guests the unique chance to watch the magnificent African animals in their natural habitat.

Kakslauttanen, Finland

A night in one of these snow igloos is bound to be an unforgettable experience. Not only do you have an incredible, panoramic view of the night sky, but this is one of the most popular places to catch a glimpse of the infamous Northern Lights.

My travel advice

When hunting around for the best deals on flights and accommodation its always worth looking for voucher codes and discount sites like Groupon. The cost of travel soon adds up so if there’s any chance of saving a few bucks its well worth the effort. Its also important to be flexible on travel dates as you’ll be surprised how much this can vary. My advice is, book at least 9 months in advance and try to avoid flying on weekends when everyone else wants to.

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