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Out-of-this-World Escapes to Enjoy a Total Eclipse

As solar eclipses don’t come around all that often, they provide an excellent excuse for an impromptu getaway to experience a unique astronomical phoenomenon first hand. To enjoy the awe-inspiring sight, all you need is the appropriate protective eyewear, a good set of binoculars and of course, the right location. With an unusual number of opportunities coming up over the next year, we've scouted a few out-of-this-world escapes in the perfect destinations for you to enjoy these lunar and solar eclipses to the fullest.


Partial Solar Eclipse

On 13 July 2018, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from South Australia, and parts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. As the next total solar eclipse will not happen until July 2019, make sure to add this date to your calendar so you can marvel at this natural spectacle in person and tick it off of your 2018 travel bucket list. For the perfect view, book a stay at Sullivans Cove Apartments in Tasmania, complete with a spacious terrace for gazing at the sky.

Partial Solar Eclipse

On 11 August 2018, another partial solar eclipse will be visible from North and Eastern Europe, North and Western Asia, North America, and parts of the Atlantic and Artic regions. To see this partial solar eclipse first-hand, head to Canada and stay at Les Lofts St-Joseph in Quebec City. The apartments provide access to a communal rooftop terrace, ideal for catching the eclipse and enjoying panoramic views of the city.

Total Lunar Eclipse

Although slightly less rare than a total solar eclipse, a total lunar eclipse is still something to marvel at and can be viewed from anywhere on Earth. From 27 to 28 July 2018, watch as the moon turns into a shocking shade of blood red. To view this natural phenomenon in an equally memorable surrounding, head to Icealand for a stay in one of the futuristic pods at the Galaxy Pod Hostel in Reykjavík. After taking in the lunar eclipse, you can enjoy some of the unique landscapes the island has to offer.

Total Solar Eclipse

Looking ahead to next year, a total solar eclipse will take place on 2 July 2019, but it will only be fully visible from Argentina and Chile. While a solar eclipse is not uncommon, a total eclipse is only visible from certain areas,  making the opportunity to view one incredibly rare. To catch the next total eclipse, escape to one of the beautiful rooms at the Posada Paso de los Patos, offering panoramic views of the Andes Mountains and an amazing opportunity to view the magical moment the moon passes in front of the sun. Afterwards, finish the day with a home cooked meal and a glass of wine from the hotel's traditional restaurant as you enjoy the tranquil surroundings.

For something really unique…

If you don’t find yourself in the path of one of the upcoming eclipses, you can still have an out-of-this-world stay at the Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel in Guangdong, China. Featuring spaceship-like decor throughout the property with capsule-pod beds, it's perfect for any interstellar enthusiast!