SLEEP­ING WITH THE STARS

From a Kenyan sa­vanna lodge to an eco-re­sort on Bangkok’s doorstep, here are four places that of­fer sub­lime stargaz­ing ses­sions from the com­fort of your bed.

DestinAsian - - GOOD TO GO | THE LIST - BY JAMES LOUIE

1 / Laikipia County, Kenya NAY PALAD BIRD NEST

This quirky river­side tower is the lat­est ad­di­tion to Segera Re­treat, a pri­vate game re­serve of more than 20,000 hectares on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau. Raised off the ground on stilts, the cir­cu­lar two-level suite is topped, as its name sug­gests, with a crown of in­ter­wo­ven tree branches. Above the up­stairs sleep­ing quar­ters, an out­door bed can be added to the open-air view­ing plat­form af­ford­ing 360-de­gree vis­tas of the sa­vanna and its wildlife. Stays at the Bird Nest are sin­gle-evening af­fairs that be­gin with sun­set cham­pagne and a pic­nic-style din­ner, and come in­cluded for guests who bed down at Segera Re­treat for five nights or more. segera.com; from US$1,250

2 / Waipara, New Zealand GREYSTONE PUREPOD

One of five all-glass suites scat­tered about the Can­ter­bury re­gion of the South Is­land, this PurePod is set in a pad­dock high above the ac­claimed Greystone vine­yard, about an hour’s drive north of Christchurch. Ex­pect noth­ing less than an iso­lated cabin ex­pe­ri­ence, with eco-friendly fea­tures such as so­lar-pow­ered LED light­ing and or­ganic toi­letries, plus a kitchen and out­door bar­be­cue. Nat­u­rally, the PurePod comes with a tele­scope and a glass ceil­ing to ad­mire the Milky Way be­fore you drift off to sleep. pure­pods.com; from US$410

3 / Utah, U. S. A. AMANGIRI

A desert cli­mate with clear, dry air means that the vast wilder­ness of south­ern Utah is a stargazer’s dream. Tucked away in a val­ley close to the Ari­zona bor­der, Amangiri spans 243 hectares of starkly beau­ti­ful ter­rain punc­tu­ated by dra­matic rock for­ma­tions. Six of the re­sort’s 34 suites have rooftop “sky ter­races” fit­ted with daybeds that can be con­verted into cozy sleep­ing places af­ter dark—an ideal setup for spend­ing cool sum­mer nights un­der a starry fir­ma­ment, miles from the glow of the near­est town. aman.com; Desert Pool suites from US$2,450

4 / Phra Pradaeng, Thai­land BANGKOK TREE HOUSE

Only ac­ces­si­ble by foot, bike, or boat, Bangkok Tree House makes the most of its set­ting in the green lung of the Thai cap­i­tal, where a siz­able swath of na­tive for­est and fruit or­chards are en­closed on three sides by the Chao Phraya River. Those look­ing to sleep en plein air should book the aptly named View with a Room, which com­prises a bam­boo deck with a gauze­draped bed perched seven me­ters above the ground; the sur­round­ing stands of nipa palm act as a pri­vacy screen. Stays also in­clude free bike ren­tals and home­made fruit ice cream at all hours. bangkok­tree­house.com; from US$218

Kenya’s Nay Palad Bird Nest of­fers a prime van­tage point for tak­ing in both the lo­cal wildlife and the starry night sky.

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