Whether it be the sounds of the bush, the lapping of the ocean or the twinkling night sky that brings a place to life at nighttime, a world awaits after dark. With this in mind, we’ve shortlisted our favourite destinations where getting a good night’s sleep sits top of the bill.
1. Sleep under the stars in the African bush
Nothing compares to spending a night with just a mosquito net between you and the star-strewn sky, falling asleep to the sound of roaring lions and awakening to a chorus of uninterrupted birdsong. Nsolo Bush Camp in Zambia organise one of our favourite bush sleep outs – a real ‘return to the wild’ experience that takes safari back to its roots.
2. Spend the night on the salt flats
A deluxe trailer on Bolivia’s salt flats, Airstream Uyuni has to be one of the most surreal accommodation options anywhere on earth. The luxury of being completely alone in the vast empty space of the Uyuni salt pan is what drives the experience, but with your own private chef and guide there’s no shortage of indulgence.
3. Wake up to the call of the rainforest
Set amidst primary rainforest in Sabah’s legendary Danum Valley, Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a unique nature retreat that delivers on all levels. The guides are amazing, the wildlife is incredible and the chalets exceed all expectations, achieving a level of luxury you wouldn’t expect from such a remote property in the depths of the rainforest.
4. Be rocked to sleep on a houseboat
Operating in the almost completely undiscovered Valiyaparamba backwaters of northern Kerala, the Lotus Houseboat is a converted rice barge that makes a heavenly home on the water for a night or two. Catch a glimpse of a lifestyle unchanged in centuries, while relaxing in serene style.
5. Sleep in a floating tent in the jungle
Tucked into a bend of the Tatai River among the jungle-clad Cardamom Mountains, 4 Rivers Koh Kong is a stylish eco-resort comprised of 12 floating tented villas. Offering a unique chance to see wildlife, trek and relax among the undisturbed rainforests of southwestern Cambodia, this really is a one of a kind property.
6. Stay on a private island in Mozambique
Stay on a private island in northern Mozambique’s untouched Quirimbas islands, Azura at Quilalea is the archetypal Robinson Crusoe castaway retreat. Small, chic and full of lovely personal touches, a stay on this stunning island is life at its best.
7. Sleep on board an Antarctica expedition ship
Nowhere on the planet compares to the hauntingly beautiful Antarctica, and spending some time on board an expedition ship is a real once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Polar Pioneer is a great option, as its smaller size allows it to sail closer to the shore and offer a more intimate wildlife experience. What’s more, you have the option to spend a night camping on the ice too!
8. Stay in a treehouse in the Indian jungle
Camouflaged among the branches at the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park, Treehouse Hideaway is comprised of five private thatched treehouses and provides rustic comfort and an utterly unique base for tiger spotting in one of India’s most beautiful national parks.