Gaze at the stars from the comfort of your own bed at this Namib Desert lodge – Robb Report
Light pollution has killed stargazing for most city dwellers. The bright skyline of a metropolis may be beautiful, but it certainly does Orion a disservice, either. As a result, travelers have long since fled to quieter sights to gaze at the stars. One of those getaways is the Namib Desert, where the African skies still sparkle with lights (not of the electric variety).
Nestled in the heart of the Namib is the AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, where you can catch some of the most spectacular celestial views on the planet right from your bed, through a skylight. Additionally, all suites feature glass fronts, as well as glassed-in rainfall showers, for sweeping views of the desert and the sky above. âThe suites are basically a glass box, with a beautiful stone wall at the back,â said Jason King, regional director of AndBeyond South Africa. Robb Report. “We’ve kept it very simple, but it really maximizes the view.”
For those with a greater affinity for astronomy, the lodge observatory gives an even more in-depth look at what lies above. It’s a fully equipped vantage point – resident astronomer and all – that’s great for observing Saturn, the Southern Cross, and the like. And it’s certainly a great place for such an observatory, as the lodge is on Africa’s first international dark sky reserve, a protected area where the sky is (obviously) very, very dark. âThe lodge is set against a mountain, directly overlooking the Namib,â King adds. “So we have great views of the plains and of the desert itself.”
But don’t jump on the plane just yet. Sossusvlei is closed for a refreshment, but will reopen its doors (and skylights) in October. Fair warning: dozing off under these vistas can leave city dwellers feeling a bit stunned.