With the total lunar eclipse approaching on May 15, you may want to build a celestial vacation around it.
If you’re lucky enough to be on a ship far from land, be sure to bring binoculars to enjoy the clear skies. On land, hotels are providing guests with a bounty of opportunities — many of them indulgent — to connect with the energy of the total eclipse.
A few examples:
Inns of Aurora – Aurora, NY
At this luxury lakeside boutique resort, travelers can experience a day-to-night experience celebrating the total lunar eclipse. After a day filled with activities like essential oil blending classes, lakeside painting, and bike rides through Main Street, gear up for a Lantern-Lit-Hike along the resort’s trail system at sunset with resident Outdoorsmen, enjoying a bonfire and stargazing at trail’s end.
Then, head over to the Spa at the Inns of Aurora to take advantage of a nighttime buyout (prices start at $7,500), viewing the moon in complete privacy from the outdoor hydrotherapy pools or from surrounding fields while enjoying a massage.
You can book a private meditation with the resort’s Director of Serenity to harness the moon’s soothing and calming energy, then head back to the Village to cozy up at a lakefront firepit and admire the dazzling night sky.
The Joseph, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nashville – Nashville TN
The sophisticated hotel is launching a new Moon Bath Experience, perfect to indulge in with the upcoming lunar eclipse. This amenity is available daily for guests staying in select suites with a deep soaking tub, where each experience includes one of the four bath teas that correspond to the current cycle of the moon (New Moon, Waxing Moon, Full Moon or Waning Moon).
The tea is steeped in a French press with copper accents and delivered to the hotel suite with a Moon Bath Intention Guide, a Milk & Honey Sundance Sea Bathing Salt, and Moon Dew Botanical Face Mist to complete the experience. Each product will also be available for purchase at Rose, The Joseph Nashville’s luxury spa and salon.
Selina La Fortuna – La Fortuna, Costa Rica
In the heart of Costa Rica’s rain forest, a region lucky enough to view May’s total lunar eclipse, Selina La Fortuna is a free-spirited glamping site for experiencing the upcoming celestial event far from urban commotion and light pollution. The glamping site features communal amenities, including a firepit where travelers from across the world can jam out to folk music and prepare for the moon underneath the clear night sky.
To make a real vacation out of the lunar eclipse, glampers can also explore the nearby Kalambu Hot Springs, go horseback riding through the rainforest, and tour the nearby active Arenal Volcano, where stargazers can also spot the rare Magellanic Clouds, two mesmerizing dwarf galaxies first discovered by explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Selina La Fortuna’s cozy and Instagram-worthy A-frame tipis are available to instantly book online on Pitchup.com.
Because the desert has especially clear skies, here are two special venues.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa – Scottsdale, AZ
The luxury desert is partnering with Scottsdale-based mediation center Abundant Space to lead a full moon meditation session during the total lunar eclipse on May 15.
Guests will meet at the resort’s new Desert Garden area at sunset. Once the moon emerges, guests will connect with its powerful energy through a guided 30-minute meditation followed by a healing Crystal Bowl Sound experience.
Afterwards, guests can relax at one of the resort’s many firepits with a handcrafted cocktail in hand as they stargaze and listen to the resort’s nightly live music. For those who book the exclusive Gainey House for accommodations, a private rooftop deck offers a calm retreat to reflect on the powerful meditation and to continue soaking in the energy of the moon.
ADERO Scottsdale – Scottsdale, AZ
Perched high above the Sonoran Desert, ADERO is the only Scottsdale resort located in a certified Dark Sky Community, which recognizes areas dedicated to preserving the night sky through education and a quality outdoor lighting ordinance. With robust stargazing amenities for guests and hobbyist astronomers alike, ADERO is anticipated to be a premier vantage point to view the total lunar eclipse visible this May.
Guests can enjoy star-sighting sessions with the Star Dudes, a local group of Dark Sky experts, (one has a former affiliation with NASA) or take it all in from the privacy of their suite at any hour (pro tip: the wrap-around balconies in the Signature Dark Sky Corner Suite/Celestial Suite offer the best views).
In-room lunar eclipse viewers can request high-definition telescopes and use the property’s new Star Walk 2 app that enables guests to identify objects in the night sky. Travelers can round out their experience with astro-inspired cocktails at the resort’s outdoor SkyTop cocktail lounge with panoramic views of the McDowell Mountain Range, Four Peaks and International Dark Sky recognized stars above.