It goes without saying that Mother Nature certainly knows how to put on a show.
A show so spectacular that people will travel right across the world to experience it.
From celestial ballets of light dancing across the Northern Hemisphere to ferocious lava flowing through craters made from past eruptions, witnessing natural phenomena is often high on people’s bucket lists and is often the reason behind many of today’s travel excursions.
So, for anyone wanting to experience such a spectacle, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural phenomena and shared our suggestions of where best to stay to catch a glimpse of them.
Durness - Sutherland
Sleeps Two crofts, each sleeping 2 adults
In the UK, searches for 'Northern Lights Scotland today' have increased by 250% over the last year, highlighting that people are looking closer to home to see the phenomenon. These eco-hideouts right in the north of the country offer the perfect place with their floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor bathtubs.
Fleinvær - Nordland
Norway is also a popular choice for aurora borealis sightings with an average of 26,000 searches globally each month and this is an off-grid experience to see them unlike no other. These unique eco-friendly cabins, with their island location, are surrounded by rugged mountains and views as far as the eye can see.
Stokkseyri - Iceland
Google searches for ‘Northern lights Iceland’ are at around 48,000 globally each month and this unique barn in a small village on the south coast is the ideal place to see them. Away from any light pollution and deep in the countryside, it offers views of the ocean and lava coastline along with potential aurora borealis sightings.
Nordskot - Steigen
Those looking to head to Norway to see the Northern Lights should also consider these magical sea cabins dotted along the coast, which offer beautiful views overlooking the sea and mountains. With three sides made of glass, watch the changing sea and sky from your bed - as well as the celestial ballet of light if you’re lucky!
Joe Batt's Arm - Newfoundland
Sleeps 2-4 per room
Further afield on Canada’s Fogo Island, this inn is perched on stilts and offers never-ending views across the horizon that add to the peaceful remoteness, untouched wilderness and vast natural surroundings. The landscape makes for an epic backdrop to see the auroras - if you can book one of the popular inn’s 29 bedrooms, that is!
Yucca Valley - California
Joshua Tree National Park is considered one of the best stargazing spots in the US, being so high above sea level and with little light pollution, and Rock Reach House is the perfect place to stay. Relax in a jacuzzi nestled amongst the rocks and watch meteor showers dance across the desert.
Bilpin - Blue Mountains
Searches for ‘Blue Mountains stargazing’ have increased by 190% in the last year and these off-the-beaten-track cabins offer stellar views of the Australian mountain range and potential meteor showers. Soak up the views of the dramatic mountaintops and experience their magnitude beneath the area’s starry skies.
Amilla Fushi - Maldives
The Maldives offers stargazing opportunities all year round as a result of little light pollution and, located in the breathtaking UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, Amilla Fushi is a perfect hotel to enjoy a celestial experience with its private outdoor pools and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean.
Brecon - Powys
An International Dark-Sky reserve, Brecon Beacons is renowned for its spectacular stargazing opportunities and those looking to enjoy a glimpse of the Milky Way will enjoy doing so in this quirky, converted horsebox nestled within a wildflower meadow. Enjoy the magnificence of shooting stars either on its quaint balcony or from the outdoor hot tub.
Wadi Rum - Jordan
Sleeps 2 per bubble
Somewhere else uninterrupted by light pollution is the desert and Wadi Rum in Jordan offers one of the best stargazing experiences you can have. Have a night under the stars in a luxury ‘bubble’ that features a transparent roof, big windows, and a sunken outdoor hot tub perfect for gazing up at any shooting stars.
Kalapana - Hawaii
Sleeps 2 +2
Anyone fascinated by volcano activity should consider a stay at this cosy, off-grid cabin on Hawaii’s Kalapana lava beds near the base of the Kilauea Volcano. Relax on your patio or in your outdoor bathtub, which offers views of the volcano, the ocean, and black lava fields as far as the eye can see.
Volcano - Hawaii
Another place to experience Hawaii’s fascinating Volcano National Park is by staying in this quaint cottage in the aptly named village of Volcano. It is located right next to the Nahuku lava tube and the start of the Devastation Trail, a paved path through a volcanic-scarred area.
Sicily - Italy
One of the world’s most active volcanos, Mount Etna has erupted four times since the millennium alone. For anyone wanting to catch a glimpse of the looming figure, and potentially even an eruption, visit this stunning Sicilian villa and enjoy the views from its saltwater infinity pool of the valley, mountains, and infamous volcano.
Lipari - Sicily
Another of Italy’s very active volcanoes, Mount Stromboli, can be viewed from this charming apartment on Lipari island. Constantly active with minor eruptions, the volcanic uplands of Stromboli can be admired from the balcony and an evening boat trip can be arranged to further admire the lava flows and fumaroles.
Grindavik - Iceland
Sleeps 2 per room
Famed for its thermal landscape, Iceland is high on people's lists for experiencing hot springs and one in particular, the Blue Lagoon. This contemporary hotel sits right on the edge of the famous hot spring and offers the opportunity to wake up and enjoy an early morning dip in its warming waters.
Nesjavellir - Iceland
Sleeps Up to 4
Located in the west of Iceland, this quirky hotel is another fantastic place to experience the country’s geothermal energy. The building, which was once a staff building of a geothermal power plant, is surrounded by hot springs, cold rivers, and lava fields, and boasts its own free-flowing geothermal hot pool.
Podcetrtek - Slovenia
Those looking for a top-class thermal springs experience should consider staying within Europe’s best award-winning wellness and spa centres, Wellness Orhidelia. These spacious safari tents are the perfect way to enjoy it, by being able to wake up and walk right into the outdoor thermal swimming pool just outside your door.
Yufu - Japan
Searches for ‘Japan hot springs’ have increased worldwide by 70% in the last year and one of the best places to experience the country’s thermal waters is this traditional Japanese ryokan that sits at the foot of Mount Yufu and comes with its own open-air, hot-spring stone bath.
Leyburn - North Yorkshire
Another UK destination for any waterfall enthusiasts is this beautifully converted mill that overlooks the breathtaking Cauldon Waterfall, which was famously sketched by artist J.M.W Turner from the mill itself. Its patio is certainly an enviable breakfast spot with a front-row view of the crashing water.
Horta de Sant Joan - Catalonia
Situated in the southernmost part of Catalonia, this 13th-century watermill is only accessible by a quaint forest track but easy to find thanks to the waterfall running beside it, which you can swim right under and enjoy the beauty of from the many terraces or bedrooms of the house.
Olinda - Victoria
Further afield, this tranquil yet luxurious house is set amongst the trees of seven acres of gardens near Australia’s Yarra Valley and the huge glass windows in all rooms offer uninterrupted views of the tumbling waterfalls, hidden pools, and natural swimming hole within the grounds of the house.
Misiones - Argentina
Sleeps 2 per room
Iguazu Falls has seen a 160% increase in Google searches in the UK over the last year and those interested in seeing the largest waterfall system in the world should look no further than this hotel with such a boastful position that you can admire the spectacular views of the waterfalls from the comfort of your bed.
Bolzano - Italy
Sleeps 2+2 per house
Northern Italy sees some of the most lightning in Europe so anyone looking to catch a glimpse of the giant sparks of electricity should consider a stay in Mirror Houses in Bolzano. Not only does it offer amazing views over the peaks of the Dolomites but its quirky reflective exterior offers quite the spectacle when lightning strikes.
Brixen - Italy
Another Northern Italy property, this timber lodge in the heart of the Dolomite mountains sits at an enviable position of almost 2,000 metres and, as a result, the spectacular views from its bedrooms, sitting rooms, and balconies make them perfect viewing spots for lightning.
Wesley - Eastern Cape
Another destination known for its tropical, stormy weather is South Africa’s Eastern Coast and this quirky villa just outside of Port Alfred is the ideal place for ‘storm watching’ with each of its six bedrooms opening up onto views of the country’s cloudless shoreline.
Durango - Colorado
Sleeps 6 +2
Storm-watching is a popular pastime and anyone looking to take part in the activity should consider this quirky Colorado cabin. Its giant floor-to-ceiling windows perfectly frame the surrounding mountains, wilderness, and San Juan National Forest against the backdrop of the storms that are prevalent in the state.