For those who have always dreamed about traveling to space, recent news of the first private journey to space will be an unforgettable one. To celebrate the exciting milestone in space travel, Booking.com has delved into its more than 28 million listings in more than 152,000 destinations here on Earth to suggest five out-of-this-world places to stay and destinations across the globe that will transport travelers into ‘outer space’ without ever leaving the Earth’s surface to help prepare space wannabe travelers for when the time finally comes to book their trip to outer space.
Fansipan Mountain – known as the ‘Rooftop of Indochina’, Fansipan is the highest peak in Vietnam and a great choice for your stargazing experience in Vietnam. Far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Fansipan is an incredible place where you can feel like you are in space without actually having to leave the planet. To reach the summit, you can choose to hike or trek which normally takes up to 2 to 3 days. Alternatively, you can also ride up to the summit via cable car. Once you reach the towering tip you’ll be rewarded with an unbelievable sight of cloud-covered peaks stretching all the way to the horizon. When visiting, you can stay at Stone Paradise Homestay located near the Fansipan Legend Cable Car Station.
Known as the astronomy capital of Australia, Coonabarabran in Warrumbungle Shire is home to Siding Spring, the country’s premier optical and infrared observatory. Nestled amongst the Warrumbungle Mountains, the observatory has several telescopes, including the world famous 3.9-meter Anglo-Australian Telescope, allowing guests to take a closer look at what will be awaiting them once in space. When visiting, a stay at Barkala Farmstay is the perfect spot to sit on the veranda and look up at the dazzling night sky to take in the immense number of stars. This peaceful, rustic accommodation also features an outdoor pool and barbecue facilities.
Treehotel – Harads, Sweden
For a unique stay off the ground, venture to Treehotel in Sweden, where a truly unique experience awaits. Space fanatics will feel very much at home in this accommodation, which takes the form of a spaceship nestled within the Harad forest. Guests will be entertained with a galaxy of activities, no matter what season it is, from hiking and kayaking in the summer to snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter.
Galaxy Pod Hostel – Reykjavik, Iceland
Three…two…one…lift off! Experience your very own galactic getaway with a stay at the Galaxy Pod Hostel in Iceland with its futuristic-designed sleeping capsules. This central and affordable hostel boasts a VR arcade, equipped with Google Earth VR, enabling guests to plan their next trip to explore the surrounding landmarks without having to leave the comfort of their pods.
Barceló Sants – Barcelona, Spain
Centrally situated above Barcelona Sants train station, Barceló Sants is the perfect home away from home for space lovers, with its cosmic galaxy theme throughout the hotel. During your stay, choose between two restaurants named after elements of the universe: Oxygen and Hydrogen, serving everything from healthy buffets to avant-garde cuisine. Then after dinner, stop by the Orbital bar for a selection of out-of-this-world cocktails.
Sutherland, South Africa
Home to the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, and highly endorsed for stargazing by Booking.com travelers, Sutherland is the perfect spot for observing the night skies. The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), located at the South African Astronomical Observatory – Sutherland Observing Station, records distant stars, galaxies and quasars a billion times too faint to be seen with the unaided eye. It also offers night tours for intrepid astrophysicists hoping to catch a glimpse of the cosmos above. Situated in the Great Karoo in Sutherland, Perlman House is the perfect place to rest your head after a night of stargazing. The apartments boast a prime location for your visit to the nearby observatory.