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Go Stargazing at These Bubble Hotels and Airbnbs Around the World

By Maya Kroth and Lyndsey Matthews

Aug 27, 2021

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If you go in winter, there’s a good chance you’ll see the Northern Lights from your bed at Buubble in Iceland.

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If you go in winter, there’s a good chance you’ll see the Northern Lights from your bed at Buubble in Iceland.

Take glamping to a whole new level at one of these bubble hotels, many with see-through roofs for stargazing.

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Just when you thought glamping couldn’t get any more Instagrammable, here come the bubble tents. With stargazer-friendly transparent roofs, these “five-million-star hotels” have popped up everywhere—from the vineyards of Baja California to the Arctic Circle—offering travelers all the trappings of glamping (high thread-count sheets, memory-foam mattress, climate control), plus the magic of sleeping under the stars. From inflatable tents to sturdy Finnish domes, here are eight places that prove that life in a bubble isn’t always a bad thing.

The glass-domed cabins at Nellim Wilderness Hotel boast Sami-inspired decor and prime views of the aurora borealis.

Aurora Bubbles at Nellim Wilderness Hotel

Nellim, Finland

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Up in the northern reaches of Finnish Lapland, the Nellim Wilderness Hotel has a handful of glass-domed cabins where guests can watch the Northern Lights—visible almost 200 nights a year—while sheltered from the -22°F winds outside. Feast on traditional Lappish cuisine like reindeer meat and smoked fish at the on-site restaurant, then retire to your igloo-like room, with decor inspired by indigenous Sami culture. There’s no guarantee you’ll see the aurora, but with the Murmansk border just eight miles away, you can almost see Russia. 

Experience the beauty of Wadi Rum from the private deck off your bubble dome at the Full of Stars Hotel.

Full of Stars Hotel at Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp

Wadi Rum, Jordan

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After a day of exploring the protected desert wilderness of Jordan, stargaze until you drift off to sleep in one of 11 inflatable bubble tents at the Full of Stars Hotel at the Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp. Kitted out with king-size beds, the rooms also come with bean bag chairs, air-conditioning, a bathroom with a shower, and a private deck. Wake up to views of the sunrise over Wadi Rum’s red sandstone peaks. 

There’s a good chance you’ll see the Northern Lights from your bed at Buubble.

Buubble

Iceland

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Somewhere in the Icelandic woods (the exact location is protected to ensure guests’ privacy), Buubble’s bubble tents are heated to guard against the Arctic chill and have ventilation systems that promise to keep the interior climates fresh and dry. You will have to bundle up, however, to reach the bathroom and kitchen facilities, located in a nearby shared house. Count constellations or, in the right season, watch the aurora borealis dance in the night sky from the comfort of your bed. Since Buubble is technically a tour company and not a hotel, you must book your one-night bubble stay as part of a tour. It offers a Golden Circle Tour (with stops at the Geyser hot spring, Gullfoss, the Secret Lagoon, and Thingvellir National Park) as well as a South Coast Tour (with stops at Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and a black sand beach).

This remote Airbnb bubble tent also has an onsite hot tub.

Joshua Tree Remote Desert Stargazing Bubble

Joshua Tree, California

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This off-grid bubble Airbnb is located roughly 13 miles from Joshua Tree National Park, one of the best places in the United States to go stargazing thanks to consistently clear and dark skies. Even though you’ll have to drive down an unpaved road to get there, this Airbnb is not lacking in amenities. In addition to a queen-size memory foam mattress and a half-bathroom inside the bubble, you’ll also find a heated outdoor shower, hot tub, and a barbecue for cooking on the deck outside.

Go stargazing and stay warm inside one of the bubble tents at Campera Hotel Burbuja.

Campera Hotel Burbuja

Baja California, Mexico

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Two hours south of the border is Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine country, home to dozens of family-run wineries, farm-to-table restaurants, and just a handful of small hotels and B&Bs. A standout is Campera Hotel Burbuja, a “bubble hotel” with 12 inflatable bubble tents that come with full-sized beds (cloaked in drapes for privacy) and attached private bathrooms. The hotel is miles away from light pollution, which makes for great stargazing. Come morning, revel in sweeping views of the surrounding vineyards and enjoy a meal at the hotel’s restaurant Doce by Campera.

Sneak away with someone special to the romantic Dream Domes at Ridgeback Lodge.

Dream Domes at Ridgeback Lodge

Kingston, Canada

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No TV, no phone, no internet—that’s the promise at Canada’s Ridgeback Lodge, hidden in the New Brunswick wilderness near the Maine border. With front-facing windows, the four romantic Dream Domes are less suited for stargazing than they are for starry-eyed gazing at a winsome roommate. Each comes with a king-size bed, a kitchenette with French press, a stove for warmth, and a Japanese-style wood-fired hot tub (available upon request for an extra fee).

Hidden in the trees, the bubble huts at Finn Lough feature four-poster beds and 180-degree sky views.

Forest Domes at Finn Lough

Enniskillen, United Kingdom

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Wake up in a four-poster bed, pop in a Nespresso pod, and settle into an antique armchair to drink your morning coffee inside a stylish Forest Dome at Finn Lough resort, set among the trees on a secluded lakeside peninsula in Northern Ireland. Guests here can spend the day hiking or fishing for pike in the Erne, then wind down with sundowner drinks by the lake, accompanied by roast-your-own s’mores and bowls of the resort’s house-made fancy popcorn (garlic-thyme, lemon-sesame, or mango-maple, depending on the season). Come bedtime, retire to your bubble for 180-degree sky views, best enjoyed while wearing the cozy bathrobe provided. 

At Maisons Bulles, you can request a telescope in your bubble cabin for optimal stargazing.

Maisons Bulles

Pont-Saint-Esprit, France

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Stargaze on a budget in the South of France in one of Maisons Bulles’s three inflatable bubble tents, located about an hour’s drive north of Avignon in the Provençal countryside. Decked out with carpeting and queen-size beds, the bubbles come with an observation chart and telescopes upon request. Bathrooms and showers are located in nearby chalets. 

This article originally appeared online on May 19, 2017; it was updated on July 7, 2020, and again on August 27, 2021, to include current information.

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