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From a transparent bubble on a sandbank in the Maldives, to a stately mansion on Long Island, to a stargazing dome in the Grand Canyon National Park & more: In keeping with World Sleep Day on March 19, 2021, we decided to to use today’s Saturday Escape to showcase some truly remarkable places to catch 40 winks.
Glamping under the starry Arizona sky
‘Dark Sky Places’ stand out from other regions with their starry, almost magical nights. In order to be able to fully enjoy this natural spectacle, the new “glamping” trend is ideal. Instead of sleeping in hotel rooms, guests sleep in spacious, luxuriously furnished tents and dream of the vastness of space thanks to the skylights above the beds, for example at the Under Canvas Grand Canyon in Valle, not far from the famous gorge.
In addition, another luxury glamping provider will open its doors at the end of May 2021: The company Clear Sky Resorts is launching its new resort in the Grand Canyon National Park and pampering its guests with luxuriously furnished bungalows – so-called “domes”. From each dome you can enjoy an impressive view of the surrounding landscape and of course the glittering night sky.
Oheka Castle – The second largest mansion in the United States
125 rooms and 10,000 square feet of land – Oheka Castle on Long Island is the second largest mansion ever built in the United States. The mansion was built in 1914 by a German entrepreneur for $11 million at the time. After Oheka Castle served as a military academy over the years, it was extensively renovated in the mid-1980s for 40 million dollars and now accommodates travellers from all over the world as a hotel. Today there is also an 18-hole golf course, several greenhouses, stables and orchards on the property.
The Gatsby Suites offer stately accommodation in Oheka Castle. Their designs are inspired by the golden 1920s on Long Island, which are also immortalised in the classic novel “The Great Gatsby”.
Cosmic nights on a Maldivian sandbank
Whether for a highly romantic night for two, or for an adventure with the whole family: A night on a sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean will be remembered. This is possible in the Finolhu Bubble of the Seaside Finolhu Resort in the Baa Atoll. The Bubble is located on the sandbar belonging to the resort. It is equipped with its own toilet and shower and stands on a wooden floor. Awake or asleep – here you can feel a feeling of infinity. Above you is the cosmos, the black of the sky, through which the Milky Way runs like a work of art. A night in the bubble includes a private barbecue and breakfast, both on the beach.
A palace on the Turkish Riviera
In the Sultan Palace Villa at the ELA Quality Resort Belek, guests of the resort will find a very private refuge. The villa impresses with a plot of 1,230 square meters. Several terraces, a large private pool, its own hammam, four bedrooms, a whirlpool and much more awaits holidaymakers in this exclusive accommodation. Should you want to move from the villa’s large garden to the booth after a while, a private beach cabana is reserved for the residents of the Sultan Palace Villa. For your own palace you have to plan to pay at least 1,500 euros per night.
Panoramic view of Scottsdale
Scottsdale in Arizona is known worldwide for a high-profile hotel, spa and golf scene. Some of the most unique accommodations in town are the villas at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. Each villa impresses with its spaciousness, closeness to nature. Some of them also entice with a unique view over the city, which is framed by mountains.
The jewel of the resort is the Villa Ventana, the highest house on the northern side of the famous Cambelback Mountains. Here guests can expect a 270 degree panoramic view of Scottsdale and the surrounding mountains such as Pinnacle Peak, Four Peaks and Praying Monk. The highlight of the villa is the plunge pool on the edge of the villa’s large terrace – perfect for enjoying the view with a glass of wine before going to sleep. Of course, guests can also expect a wonderful view from the bedroom.