Star Search: Warm weather year-round makes Arizona’s Sonoran Desert a prime night-skies destination. Guests at the 253-room Ritz get in on the celestial action during complimentary weekly stargazing sessions on its Camor Lawn. Learn how to identify a few constellations, and search for them again later with the desktop telescope in your guest room.
Daytime Diversion: The Turquesa Pool and its fun-for-all-ages 235-foot waterslide. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.
Red Centre, Australia
Star Search: Admiring the Milky Way is practically a pastime at this 16-tent lodge near Australia’s Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Every other night, the resort’s astronomy team joins guests for stargazing after a sunset dinner atop the dunes, and sleeping under the stars is encouraged: Staff set up king-size swags (sleeping bags) on your veranda’s daybed.
Daytime Diversion: An early-morning excursion to the otherworldly Walpa Gorge. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $50 activity credit.
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Star Search: The ten-suite Awasi Atacama lodge shares a town with one of the world’s most powerful observatories, if that says anything about the area’s astronomy cred. Awasi has its own modest observatory 15 minutes away – guests hop in a private four-wheel drive with their guide and join an astronomer there, who points out constellations with a laser torch before showcasing the night sky through the dome’s telescope.
Daytime Diversion: A drive through the Atacama Desert to search for llamas.
Virtuoso travelers receive a private cooking class.