About 360 miles north of the bustle of Santiago you'll find Chile's Elqui Valley, home to the boutique Elqui Domos hotel. This eight-year-old property is well worth the trek, particularly for astronomy fans who want to experience the legendary night skies of the region. Rooms here were designed with star-gazing in mind. "Domes" are made from metal piping covered by a PVC tent, with the bed at the highest point and a retractable roof right above, while "Observatory" rooms feature three levels including a roof deck and bedrooms with oversized windows angled in such a way that guests can lie in bed and watch the stars.
|Reception in the main dome|
|Poolside at Elqui Domos|
ZAGAT TIP: See the stars two ways with the hotel's excursions. The astronomic tour includes time on the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes in their observatory ($30 per room), while the two-hour horseback ride takes guests on a tour of the valley at night ($26 per person).
Rates from $125 per night during low season, $150 during high season