Mauritius is known for many things: its secluded location off the coast of Madagascar, pristine white-sand beaches, idyllic vistas across the Indian Ocean, waterfalls and coral reefs, and the nickname Paradise Island. And now you can add epic stargazing from air-conditioned bubbles to the list.
Three luxurious, completely transparent, and eco-friendly bubble rooms are now located on a tea plantation, where lush green jungles, a lake, and a mountainous landscape make the perfect backdrop for viewing the atmosphere’s incredible light show. You’ll be stargazing in style — and near pitch-black darkness — from this tiny island in the Indian Ocean.
Created by French designer Pierre Stephane Dumas to be completely eco-friendly, the “dreaming bubbles” feature queen-sized beds, en suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, and coffee makers, among other amenities. One thing is for sure, you won’t be roughing it on this stargazing adventure.
To guide your celestial quest, an astronomer will identify constellations and other night-sky phenomena, such as Pegasus, Southern Cross, and the Milky Way. At other times of the night the stargazing app Skyview assists with private viewing.
There is plenty to do during the daytime too: Mauritius was named one of T+L’s best places to travel in 2018 for its wealth of natural beauty and cultural experiences. The island’s incredible underwater waterfall is revealed by helicopter and street food tours in Port Louis explore the local food traditions of Indian, African, French, and Chinese cultures. But if you just want to hang out in your bubble (and who wouldn’t?) daytime sightseeing includes wildlife like the long-tailed Samber deer, numerous native birds, and the adorable Mauritian flying fox.
Off the Map Travel arranges this trip all year long but recommends June through October when the weather is cool and dry and the Milky Way is frequently visible. And to top off the experience, the company will offset carbon emissions from your flight through their work with the organization ClimateCare.