World's Best Hotel Beds

by Josey Miller

CHILE: A Bed Under the Stars

Starry-eyed surprise: The geodesic domes at Elqui Domos in Chile are designed specifically for stargazing from bed, in one of the world's few astronomy-themed hotels.

Snooze factor: Stratospheric. Each of the hotel's unique two-story structures features a custom-made bed positioned directly under a retractable roof: You can lie down, look up, and log at least 120 degrees' worth of sky. Be sure to take notes during the hotel's guests-only astronomy tour so you know what to look for from your pillow—or through the telescope on your private terrace. The dark, secluded setting in the remote Elqui Valley contributes to the brilliant clarity of the view.

Who goes there: Since Elqui Domos is one of only seven astronomic hotels in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, it's popular among vacationing professional astronomers and amateur appreciators alike.

Undercover info: What's the best time of year to go? That depends on what you want to see. The hotel provides a lunar calendar on its Web site. Can't coordinate with the moon? Not to worry. Year-round, guests will most likely spot numerous falling stars, the Southern Cross constellation, Jupiter, Pluto, and Mars.

Elqui Domos
Tel: 56 9 7709 2879
Geodesic domes for up to three people from $85

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