“Questa stanza non ha più pareti ma alberi” («This room no longer has walls but trees»), sang Gino Paoli, an Italian singer. This sensation has become reality. Hotels that offer “the sky in a room” are multiplying.
At the Albereta di Erbusco, in the province of Brescia, a Relais & Châteaux in the heart of Franciacorta, there is the Cabriolet suite, with an opening roof, to sleep under a starry sky, delighted by the gourmand temptations of Master Marchesi. The proposal “And a sky of stars for the roof” includes two nights in the exclusive suite, a bottle of Franciacorta Bellavista Cuvée, breakfast and dinner by Gualtiero Marchesi on the terrace of the room, hammam, and scrub, a relaxing body massage in couple performed in the park and free access to the SPA Espace Vitalité.
Instead at the Rome Cavalieri (www.romecavalieri.it), a resort in the heart of Rome, one can sleep on the suites’ terraces, under the celestial vault, in front of the eternal city: a unique panorama in the world. The hotel also offers its guests a private art collection among the most important in the world, from Tiepolo to Warhol, a spectacular SPA and a restaurant that, thanks to Heinz Beck, has been able to establish itself as a cornerstone of Italian and international cuisine, with the coveted 3 Michelin stars.
Even in New York, the fashion of sleeping on the terraces of hotels among the skyscrapers of Manhattan is going crazy. At Affinia Gardens (www.affinia.com) there is a tent on the room’s private patio. The package also includes a candlelit dinner. At the AKA Central Park hotel (www.stayaka.com), the pluses of the most popular outdoor room in the Big Apple, on the 17th floor, are a crackling fireplace and a telescope with which to observe the stars. Perfect for a marriage proposal, an anniversary, or even for those who want to try new emotions. A more bucolic solution in Bett Im Kornfeld (www.bett-im-kornfeld.de), in Bavaria, the first “open-air” hotel in the world: no lights, radio, or television. Those who choose to spend a night here, are not looking for the comfort of a large hotel, but for a unique experience, in contact with nature. “The rooms” three by three meters of a field on which the ears have been leveled to make room for a double bed in wrought iron, are fifteen. You can bring a sleeping bag or lie down in the bed of straw and hay and fall asleep to the song of the cicadas, thus spending a romantic night in this “1000-star hotel”. In the evening, people gather around the fire for a barbecue based on sausages and potatoes, then silence at 10 pm. In the morning breakfast is based on organic muesli, homemade jams, cheeses, and typical salami under the central tent.
There is a completely different situation at Shanti Maurice (www.shantimaurice.com), of The Leading Hotels of the World, of Mauritius, a luxurious boutique resort, located along an unspoiled coral sand cove on the southern coast of the island, where you sleep, on request, in the magnificent garden, after a barbecue “pieds dans l’eau” and having observed the sky, discovering the stars of the northern hemisphere, in the company of an astronomer.
The ideal destination for romantic couples on the run is, just outside Marseille, the unusual Hotel Attrap Rèves (www.attrap-reves.com), a name borrowed from the “dream catcher” nets that American Indians weave in defense of good dreams. Instead of the bedrooms, there are transparent bulles equipped with a double bed, two chairs, a table, and a telescope.
For those who want to enjoy the boundless landscapes of Utah, at Easy Rider, there is the Amangiri Resort (www.amanresorts.com), where design blends with nature in lines and colors. Here you can sleep on the Sky terrace, in an “open-air” bed with the outline of Glen Canyon on the horizon. The closest lights are 25 minutes away, in Page, a village close to the dam that transformed Colorado into Lake Powell in 1966.
Finally, ideal for daredevil romantics, in Africa, in the Lion Sands Park reserve (www.lionsands.com), it is a stilt house, once a base for photographers, transformed into an “en plein air” suite complete with a canopy bed. After dinner in the “tree house”, you are left alone, accompanied by the sounds of the savannah and the starry sky.