L’AND VINEYARD – EVORA, PORTUGAL
How will I be starstruck? The Alentejo regions in south central Portugal is noted for its lack of light pollution, making it an ideal spot to ogle bright constellations. The ceilings of L’and Vineyard’s 10 sky-view suites open fully to the night sky to make the most of it. Fires on the terraces allow for al-fresco sky-watching on colder nights.
And if bring my gaze back down to earth? There’s plenty to distract during even the cloudiest stays here. Sky suites come with their own plunge pools, there’s an enormous public pool looking out over vineyards, plus a winery, spa and organic restaurant. L’and can also arrange wine-tasting and balloon rides in the local area, though it may be more tempting to simply enjoy the contemporary natural-stone-and-wood interiors of the hotel and do nothing.
STOCKS HOTEL – SARK, CHANNEL ISLANDS
How will I be starstruck? With no street lighting or vehicles to pollute the light, Sark became the world’s first Dark Sky Island in 2011, and is considered one of the best places in the world to sky-watch. The gardens of the Stocks Hotel are a fine place to view the Milky Way, best examined through a telescope borrowed from the hotel and with a glass of champagne in hand.
And if I bring my gaze back down to earth? There’s plenty to occupy guests of the granite farmhouse during daylight hours, including horse-and-carriage trips around the island, and guided walks and kayaking nearby.