Go Glamping! 24 Resorts Around the World for Adventure Travelers
Does the idea of communing with nature thrill you or send you packing? Sleeping outdoors under the stars… Yes, please or a solid No, thank you?
Let’s talk about glamping — or glam camping — what it is, why you might love it, and 23 amazing resorts around the world that are perfect for adventurous first time glampers, couples, and families.
What is Glamping?
So, what is Glamping and how is it different from, well, old-school camping? It’s simple really.
As the name implies, glamping is glam camping — the ultimate portmanteau of blending two words like glam or luxury with camping into a great new concept that’s reinvented vacationing and overnight accommodations. Like chillaxin (chillin & relaxin), watching a mockumentary (a mock documentary), or treating your favorite chocoholic (chocolate & alcoholic) to brunch (breakfast & lunch)! You get the point.
The concept of overnighting in the great outdoors is as old as the ages, but glam camping is a relatively new concept that’s been gaining in popularity for the past 20 years or so in a big way. Not only has luxury camping become mainstream and accessible to all types of travelers — not just the outdoorsy types — but the range of glamping accommodations has boomed as well.
Go ahead… Google glamping resorts near me and see for yourself just how many places are nearby and how popular it has become!
Glamping is the short, easy name for glam camping, luxury camping, or boutique camping, but no matter what you call it, the concept is designed to smooth the rougher edges of camping. It’s the luxury version of roughing it — the communing with nature experience minus the ground pads and schlepping tons of gear.
It’s a popular way of slow traveling, and often the cost savings also allows you to afford a longer stay.
Gone are the days when glamping was just coming on the scene and was nothing more than a souped-up camp site for those who didn’t really want the tent, just the experience.
Glamping takes camping to new heights by upgrading everything from basic creature comforts to the cuisine. Is there an uber-comfy bed at the resort that you can purchase for your home? Or Frette linens, heated floors, private butlers, cooking demonstrations — even turn-down service? Maybe the decor is super chic and straight out of Architectural Digest.
Glamping accommodations can range from a bit more rustic or over-the-top lavish, but generally there is electricity or easy-to-use heating or cooling methods, hot showers (maybe even an amazing tub), sometimes a kitchen, name-brand toiletries, and resort-style amenities like a pool, farm-to-table restaurant, or unique experiences you can enjoy.
You can even still enjoy the ambiance of a Coleman lantern, although these days it will probably have been pre-lit for you by a concierge.
If you’ve been stuck in your preferred way of traveling since 1985 or think glamping isn’t for you, or maybe you think you’re too old to enjoy it (gasp), I have news for you. Glamping is for everyone regardless of your travel style of budget.
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Table of Contents (click to jump ahead)
United States — Under Canvas, Grand Canyon, Arizona; Under Canvas, Yellowstone, Montana; Under Canvas, Mount Rushmore, South Dakota; Under Canvas, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee; Under Canvas, Zion, Utah; Under Canvas, Moab, Utah
Australia — Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Point Stuart, Mary River Wetlands
Bali, Indonesia — The Capella, Ubud, Bali
Chile — EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine
England — Lloyd’s Meadow Glamping, Cheshire
Italy — Hobo Camping, Courmayeur
Jordan — Bubble Luxotel, Wadi Musa, Petra
Mexico — Serenity Eco Luxury Tented Camp, Xpu-Ha, Tulum
Oman — Desert Nights Camp, Sharqiya Sands
Slovenia — Big Berry, Primostek
Sri Lanka — Back of Beyond, Dehigaha ela, Sigiriya
Thailand — Mari Pai Resort, Pai
Why Should I Go Glam Camping?
Glamping is a travel trend on the rise, especially among Millenials (48%) and Gen Xers (28%), according to a recent report by Kampgrounds of America (KOA). And lest you think you’re past the age of appreciation, the next highest group of leisure travelers enjoying glamping is Baby Boomers (nearly 10%). 30% of North American travelers say they’ve gone glam camping over the past two years.
And from our travels over the past decade, it seems to us that Europeans and Australians adopted glamping long before the trend reached North America. The KOA report found several reasons why travelers go glamping, or glam camping:
to find unique outdoor experiences
to find amentities you can’t get with traditional camping
to stay in unique accommodations
to save on accommodations
for a different kind of vacation
Travelers looking to de-stress, find authentic experiences, and commune with nature also factor into it. And BONUS — many glamping resorts are doing amazing work to become fully sustainable (some even working toward full solar power) and reducing their carbon footprint. How awesome is that?
Let’s face it — glamping is here to stay. Might as well embrace it and go big!
Types of Glamping Tents and accommodations
There are so many cool glamping spots around the world and the range of accommodations is staggering — there’s literally a yurt, hut, van, hacienda, pod, cabin, tipi, tent or dome for everyone, no matter what your style or budget.
Whether you’re on your honeymoon, babymoon, family vacation or solo traveling, you’ll find treehouses in the Costa Rican rainforest, campervan chic in London, river glamping in Big Sky country, geodome glamping to see the northern lights, a nature house in Europe, and so much more.
Here are 24 of the coolest glamping resorts we’ve found.
24 Resorts To Go Glam Camping
Under Canvas Tented Camps, United States
Check on each location for more details and availability:
Under Canvas: Zion, Utah
Under Canvas: Moab, Utah
Under Canvas: Grand Canyon, Valle, Arizona
Under Canvas: Glacier, Coram, Montana
Under Canvas: Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Under Canvas: Yellowstone, West Yellowstone, Montana
Under Canvas: Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota
Imagine glamping in some of the America’s most gorgeous mountain and desert locations — the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Moab and Zion in Utah, Yellowstone in Montana, Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and Glacier for glamping in Big Sky country!
Under Canvas has seven luxury glamping destinations in some of the most rugged and remote landscapes in the United States — destinations made famous by intrepid pioneers.
Now imagine following their footsteps and experiencing these stunning destination as they did, only way more luxurious!
Under Canvas is known for their “minimal disturbance” approach to development and letting nature be the highlight of your stay at all their destinations. They use a limited amount of energy used which is generated by alternative means wherever possible.
In fact, four of their camps run 100% on solar power or use solar to mitigate existing needs. We love how the company has a demonstrated commitment to sustainable travel.
But don’t mistake the “minimal disturbance” approach for lack of amenities. In fact, the Under Canvas sites are perfect for families and glamping with kids.
Avid glampers will love their Tent Pass program, which provides adventurous travelers with even more opportunities to get #OutsideTogether and spend six or ten nights in one tent, take over five tents for two nights and many other combinations.
East Coast glampers don’t despair. New locations are coming your way. Can you say Acadia National Park?
EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile
Moderate to Luxe Glamping
If you’re thinking of heading to Chilean Patagonia and your backpacking and sleeping-on-the-ground days are over but you’d still like a wilderness adventure in Patagonia, consider glamping at EcoCamp in Torres del Paine National Park. The camp is made up of geodesic domes with varying packages of amenities — from standard (basic) domes to Premium domes with luxury decor and bathrooms.
No matter which you choose, all the domes are eco-friendly and comfortable. Sustainability and conservation are at the heart of EcoCamp’s philosophy — “Take only photos and leave only footprints” rules in this pristine wilderness.
EcoCamp’s location gives an unobstructed view of Las Torres, the massive granite towers which are breathtaking at sunrise when they light up like fiery flames. The food at EcoCamp is also impressive. The breakfasts are hearty, and they provide bowls of trail munchies for you to package up and take for the day. At dinner the Chef recreates the traditional food of Chile from locally sourced ingredients, and the plate presentations are beautiful.
Glamping at EcoCamp Patagonia provides a unique experience in the natural world. It’s nice to know that after a day on the trails you’re returning to comfort and a community of fellow outdoor lovers around the fire pit.
Included in your package with EcoCamp is transportation from the airport at Punta Arenas, Chile — roughly a 6-hour drive. We chose to rent a car which gave us more flexibility and allowed us to explore the park on our own.
Lloyd's Meadow Glamping, Chester, United Kingdom
Located just a mile away from Delamere Forest in the heart of rural Cheshire in the UK is a unique, family run, glamping experience at a lakeside meadow with an idyllic English countryside feel. Lloyd’s Meadow Glamping in Cheshire offers traditional and luxurious canvas 5 meter bell tents, each nestled within its own private area near to one of their well stocked lakes.
This seasonal resort is a charming as it gets, but for now at least, they’re only open from early April through September.
Shower and toilet facilities are a short walk from your tent, and facilites are new. Guests are welcome to bring your own cooking equipment or you can rent a cooking pack from the property for a small fee which includes a gas stove, pans, kettle, plates, cups, crockery — just about everything you need for your stay.
The tent resort is a 5 minute walk from Mouldsworth train station which sits between Chester and Cuddington on the Chester to Manchester Line, (transfers can be arranged if needed). Guests are welcome to fish in the surrounding lakes so bring walking boots or wellies with you..
Hobo Camping, Courmayeur, Italy
Located in Val Veny, Italy between Turin and Geneva, Switzerland, Hobo Camping may not be luxury glamping but this little gem in the Italian Alps has the most enviable location in a lush green valley at the foothills of Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc!
If you’re planning to explore this alpine landscape (and you should), the location makes a good base to explore northern Italy from Milan to Turin including the popular Lake Maggiore and Lake Como. It’s also super close to Lake Geneva.
The resort offers modern and community bathhouses and a communal dining and lounge area. The wifi and parking are free, and of course, the nature and mountain views are too. It is located 800 feet from the Zerotta Cable Car, linking to the Courmayeur Ski Area, just a 10-minute drive from the Hobo Camp.
Guests enjoy a relaxation area with a table and chairs right outside each tent, and there is a shared barbecue at the camping. The Skyway Mont Blanc is 4.3 miles from the property, which is at the foot of Mont Blanc.
Eco Village Finca de Arrieta, Tabayesco, Lanzarote Island, Canary Islands, Spain
Family-run Finca de Arrieta is an enclave of yurts, just outside the sleepy village of Arrieta, in the North of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. This is a far cry from the package holiday scenes typically associated with the island. The North offers the most panoramic views and unspoilt towns of the island, as well as some beautiful secluded beaches. It’s really a very beautiful region, and not a high rise in sight!
Finca de Arrieta is leading the way in eco-tourism for the Canaries, and quite possibly, Spain. The eco-resort has been built using locally sourced materials, and is entirely off-grid.
There are a range of yurts at Finca de Arrieta to suit all budgets and group sizes, as well as a couple of quirky lodges like the Eco Surf Shack and Eco Cabin. Each accommodation is unique and private from its neighbor, yet a sense of belonging radiates through this eco-conscious community, firmly established with Monday's Paella Night.
There is very much a family focus at Finca de Arrieta and at lot of effort has been made to welcome young kids — there’s a solar-heated kids’ pool and playground (with huge trampoline), the toy box in the common area, and the pile of buckets and spades to borrow for the beach just a 3 minute walk away.
Plus, there are chickens, donkeys and bunnies to meet, and I should also mention kids yoga and movie night! Glamping in Lanzarote’s Finca de Arrieta is a perfect family destination.
Contribution: Jenny of TraveLynn Family
Big Berry, Primostek, Bela Krajina, Slovenia
The glamping resort of Big Berry in southern Slovenia sits quietly on the Kolpa River which divides Slovenia from Croatia. The understated luxury resort is located in the beautiful Bela Krajina region, a pleasant 1.5 - 2 hour drive from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, or Zagreb, Croatia, and Big Berry can arrange to pick you up from either. There’s also train service from Ljubljana to Bela Krajina.
There are seven minimalist glamping ‘pods’, or berries which face a stretch of lawn with mature trees. The Kolpa River runs through the front yard, and there’s a cow pasture behind. The staff calls this the ‘luxury landscape’, and the setting is bucolic and serene. The berries all have air conditioning, heat, hot water, wifi, very comfy beds, and fluffy towels. There was even a hot tub on our porch.
One of the truly special parts about staying at Big Berry is the partnerships they’ve established with local farmers and producers, many of whom you can visit and learn from. Each morning, you select your breakfast for the next day from a list of items provided by local producers. Before you even set foot out of bed, it’s delivered to your doorstep in a small wooden crate or basket.
There are bicycles to explore the countryside and canoes to paddle the slow-moving Kolpa river. Their brand is best described as the “luxury of freedom” — the freedom to decide what to do and how spend your time. Relaxation at whatever pace you choose.
Mari Pai Resort, Pai, Thailand
Pai can easily be called one of the most beautiful places in Northern Thailand. It’s also one of the more offbeat places in Thailand and has been attracting backpackers and new-age hippies for years.
The Safari-style cottage Mari Pai Resort is peacefully located on the hill slope which enables guests to enjoy some of the most beautiful views in Pai. Located off the tourist route, this resort offers you complete privacy. But when you want to go out there and explore the sights, the resort’s location is perfect.
There are several types of rooms including a Mobile Home, Cottage, Bungalow, and others. Each room features a comfy double bed, air conditioning, TV, hairdryer, spacious private bathroom, and balcony (in most rooms).
The most unique thing about the resort is its gardens, wooden swings and some of the most delightful views! The resort is perfect for couples, families, and people who want to wake up surrounded by magnificent hills of Pai, but at the same time in the comfort of their hotel.
The Pai bus station is located 2-3 km away from the resort and while they have a local airport that is finally back in service again with daily flights, it’s not the suggested means of transportation. If you’re coming this far out to enjoy the solitude, we find it best to arrive here by motorbike as it’s one of the most unique experiences you’ll have in the region.
Mari Pai Resort is close to Wat Sai Khao and Wat Thung Pong Buddhist Temples. Coffee in Love is within walking distance ready to brew a cup of fresh coffee for your morning ritual. Pai’s night market and the actual city center are about 2-3 km from the resort. We found it be very convenient to rent a scooter to visit sites that were a bit further, such as Pai Canyon, hot springs, or Mo Paeng Waterfall.
Of course, the resort has free parking for guests and free wifi on the resort grounds.
Contribution: Jim and Inna of The Executive Thrill Seeker
Howe of Torbeg, Royal Deeside, Scotland
Luxury glamping in the rural heart of Royal Deeside, Scotland — that is what’s on offer at Howe of Torbeg. Howe of Torbeg’s transformed cabins are crafted from local pine and heated inside. While staying here the cabin smells like a Christmas tree (which is weirdly acceptable all year round to me).
Royal Deeside itself is located on the outskirts of the Cairngorms National Park — the largest national park in Scotland and the UK. Being an avid hiker, the Cairngorms are my favorite place to be in Scotland, hosting 5 of the 6 highest mountains, or Munros as we call them, in Scotland. Coming back to a warm glamping pod after a long day of hiking beats a tent any day (or night) of the week.
Ballater is the closest village to Howe of Torbeg — it’s a quaint Scottish village with an excellent sense of community and there are lots of fun things to do in Ballater as well. What makes this glamping experience special is the clear, quiet nights spent in the middle of Scotland coupled with the awe inspiring beauty of the mountainous landscape by day.
If camping is for those who want to disconnect from the every day and glamping is for those who don’t particularly like tents, then Howe of Torbeg is about as close as you can get to real rural camping without actually camping.
Contribution: Graham of My Voyage Scotland
Casas Cueva La Tala, Andalucia, Spain
One of the best glamping destinations in Spain is in Southern Spain, more precisely in a small town near Granada called Guadix, which is famous for its cave homes.
Indeed, the landscape near Guadix boasts hundreds of caves and for decades these caves have been inhabited. And they still are today! While some caves are private homes, other ones have been turned into glamping resorts.
Stay at Cueva La Tala, an experience unlike anything else. The cave is located in a complex with several other caves and is truly isolated.
The best part is that this rustic caves comes with amazing luxury features. There's a huge bathtub and swimming pool awaiting you. The best is when you wake up and all you hear is pure, 100% silence.
Cueva La Tala is truly unique as you'll get to live in the traditional setting of Andalusian caves. This makes it one of top things to do in Andalusia.
You shouldn’t visit Andalusia without trying its delicious tapas. From the Cueva La Tala it is only a short drive to Guadix or even Granada where some of the finest tapas bars in Southern Spain are awaiting you. If you don’t fancy driving too long,
Consider having having dinner in Meson Granadul, an Iberico ham factory. The ham was out of this world! How to get there? Drive to Guadix and take the highway N-342 exit at Meson Granadul.
Contribution: Paulina of Paulina on the Road
Inver Coille Campsite, Loch Ness, Scotland
Scotland is a beautiful country, with so much nature and wildlife to explore. It is the perfect country to enjoy and embrace nature all with the comfort of glamping. Its countryside is full of beautiful waterfalls, lakes, green hills and crystal clear sky’s with no light pollution to watch the stars.
No vacation to Scotland is complete without a stop to the Loch Ness Lake to search and hopefully to see, the famous Loch Ness monster, and Inver Coille Campsite is the perfect place to stay when visiting Loch Ness. They have many different glamping tents to choose from. Starting with basic tents that are already set up for you to igloo-style tents complete with heating are perfect for star gazing at night.
The campsite has a kitchen and also bathroom facilities that are kept immaculately clean. It’s the perfect place to go to enjoy the outdoors, but all with the comforts of sleeping in a real bed and having a nice hot shower. There are several hiking trails that start right from the campsite to enjoy, however, Loch Ness is also full of great hiking trails for all difficulty levels and time durations, all within a short drive from the campsite.
If hiking isn’t your thing, Loch Ness is the perfect spot to take a boat tour in hunt for Nessy. Or even just head to town and watch the boats go through the lochs. There is something for everyone in Loch Ness.
Contribution: Megan of Peter Pan Traveler
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
We’ve long been fans of going on African safaris and when we had kids, we were really excited to find out, contrary to popular belief, that you can go on safari with kids too.
We chose malaria-free Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in Oudtshoorn because it's very family-friendly and conveniently located on the famous Garden Route. If, however, you drive direct from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn, it’s about 400km or a 5-hour drive.
There’s so much to see and do in Oudtshoorn, including the Cango Caves, ostrich farms and mountain biking and hiking in the Swartberg mountains, but you may be tempted to spend all your time at Buffelsdrift.
The facilities are excellent. The restaurant, bar, spa and pool all overlook the lake where you’ll spot hippos.
You don’t need to leave your tent to see wildlife as there’s plenty wandering through the camp, but they offer family-friendly game drives as well as lion, elephant and meerkat experiences. We don’t usually like to participate in animal tourism, but these animals are loved and well cared for. It’s a fantastic learning experience for the kids.
The luxury safari tents accommodate 2 or 4 people and have polished wooden floors, super comfy beds, a roll-top bath with a double sink, an outdoor shower and the all-important veranda overlooking the lake. We loved to enjoy the sunset with a glass of something cold from the fridge.
At the end of a busy day, there’s no better feeling than listening to the sounds of Africa as you drift off to sleep in your luxury safari tent.
Contribution: Jacquie of Flash Packing Family
Back of Beyond, Dehigaha ela, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
There is little doubts that Back of Beyond Dehigaha Ela is one of the best glamping resorts in the world. Back of Beyond Dehigaha Ela is located between Sigiriya and Dambulla. From there, you can easily access three of the most interesting places to visit in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is possibly the most famous attraction in the country.
Pidurangala, which is right opposite Sigiriya, is not nearly as popular yet incredibly charming. This rock temple can be accessed for a real steal and from the top you’ll be afforded stunning views of Sigiriya. Dambulla is one of the most famous Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. There are many other amazing things to do in Sigiriya as well.
The resort itself is rustic, with touches of luxury and overall charming. You have the option to sleep in one of the tree houses, which are entirely open and offer beautiful views of the surrounding park, or in the boulder cottages, which are more secluded. Both room options have large outdoor bathrooms and are furnished in the traditional way, with wooden furniture.
Back of Beyond Dehigaha Ela offers nature walks in the forest and arranges bird watching and elephant watching excursions to the nearby Kaudulla or Minneriya National Park. There is an on-site restaurant offering freshly prepared dishes from the local tradition. Guests can enjoy the hammocks in the park, and even opt for a fish pedicure in the nearby river.
Contribution: Claudia of My Adventures Across the World
The Serenity Eco Luxury Tented Camp by Xperience Hotels, Xpu Ha, Mexico
Practically hidden between the two popular Mexico cities of Playa del Carmen and Tulum is one of the best glamping resorts we’ve ever stayed at. The city of Xpu Ha is situated right on the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Mexico and is home to The Serenity Glamping Resort.
Located only an hour from Cancun and 30 minutes from Tulum, you must stay at this zen, relaxing place for a night or two next time you’re in the area. The resort has amazing, massive eco-luxury tents that include air conditioning, hot showers, wifi, a king-size bed and hammocks on the patio.
The best part? The outdoor jetted hot tub! You can walk down the beach path to the Serenity Beach Club, where guests have free use of the beach chairs all day.
The resort also has a pool, a main bar serving up delicious mojitos, and a restaurant with Mexico’s most popular foods in case you don’t feel like venturing off the grounds. If you’re looking to venture off, there are tons of things to do in Xpu Ha, like jet skiing, parasailing, and snorkeling.
For something a little more unique, make your way across the street from Xpu Ha Beach to visit the best cenotes in Mexico.
Contribution: Hannah and Adam of Getting Stamped
Wildmand Wilderness Lodge, Point Stuart, Mary River Wetlands, Australia
The luxury glamping scene in Australia has exploded in recent years, offering visitors the chance to experience Australia's natural beauty without compromising on comfort. One of my personal favorites is Wildman Wilderness Lodge, located in the Mary River Wetlands, near the famous world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park, which makes a great addition to any Northern Territory road trip.
The lodge comprises of air-conditioned, free-standing habitats, fan-cooled glamping safari tents, an infinity pool, bar and restaurant. It is a 'recycled resort'; made out of the infrastructure of the now dismantled Wrotham Park that was transported 2800kms across Australia. From your veranda you'll be able to watch wallabies and kangaroos emerge at dusk, as well as admire the myriad of species of birds that call the Wetlands home.
The restaurant offers delicious 3-course dinners included in your rate, and the helpful restaurant & bar manager Tim makes fantastic bush-inspired cocktails using native ingredients such as wattle seed and lemon myrtle.
The lodge specialises in day trips to Kakadu National Park, including visits to Nourlangie rock, which is over 1.7 million years old, a sacred place to the indigenous owners.
We visited Kakadu with Wildmans, but also opted for their Home Billabong River Cruise and Leichardt Point sundowners. The Home Billabong cruise took place at sunrise with bearded bushman Wade where we went crocodile spotting.
The Leichardt Point sundowners package includes a drive through lush wetlands in time to watch over 200 birds fly overhead during sunset, accompanied with champagne, beers and nibbles.
Contribution: Jessica of Jessica Pascoe
Bubble Luxotel, Wadi Musa, Petra, Jordan
There's no place quite like the vast desert of Jordan. Completely void of light pollution, the sky is illuminated by billions of bright stars that steal the breath right out of your lungs. It's a life experience to even just witness them.
That is what makes the Petra Bubble Luxotel one of the best places to stay in Jordan. This glampsite is...well, exactly what it sounds like. The tents are made out of plastic bubbles, so that you are able to see the night sky from the comfort of your cozy bed! And even better, the tent is equipped with heaters, and a fully stocked mini fridge!
But to make the experience even more luxurious, there is also a hot tub on each private deck, for nights where the wind is still and the clouds drift slowly across the sky. Petra Bubble Luxotel is only about fifteen minutes away from Petra, one of the most stunning archeological sites in the world. In fact, it is actually named one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
Petra Bubble Luxotel has a free shuttle to take you right to the entrance! While the individual bubbles feel very secluded, the resort's common area is open and inviting, with lounges, shisha, and a large dining area for the included breakfast and dinners. The food is incredible, and the kitchen staff go above and beyond.
Contribution: Kay of The Awkward Traveler
The Capella, Ubud, Bali
The Capella Ubud feels like a luxurious African tented camp that's been airlifted and dropped in the jungles of Ubud in Bali. What makes this particular glamping experience unique is the design. Conservation activist Bill Bensley is known in the luxe hotel world for his flamboyantly vibrant properties in remote destinations like the Four Seasons Tented Camp in the Golden Triangle or the Shinta Mani Wild in Cambodia.
He convinced the owner of Capella to retain the gorgeous nature. So instead of turning the property into a 100+ room resort, he kept it as a high-end tented property. In this way the tented rooms are ergonomically placed in the preserved rainforest.
The inspiration for Capella came from the first European settler to arrive in Indonesia. European colonial elements blend seamlessly with the local Balinese design in the property near Mount Agung. For preservation reasons, the tents are built around the nature so you may even find a tree in the middle of room.
There are 23 luxury tents and no two are alike, where each one is named and decorated after specific professions like Baker or Painter. The one similarity is that all tents have their own salt-water pools.
There are two restaurants on the property, all-day Mad’s Lounge and dinner-only Api Jiwa. Both are spectacular, and of course breakfast in Bali is unlike anywhere else.
There are also some unique activities not readily available at other resorts that are more local and immersive. These include early morning treks across the rice paddies with a local guide, Mount Agung sunrise hikes or learning about cacao. There is also the Auriga Spa by the main pool as well as a state-of-the-art gym. Then, take a stroll to the traditional Balinese Hindu Wos Temple.
Contribution: Mar of Once in a Lifetime Journey
Desert Nights Camp, Sharqiya Sands, Oman
Spending a night or two amongst the dunes at a desert camp is a must-do when travelling in Oman. Like many of its neighboring countries, Oman is home to nomadic Bedouin tribes, and offers camp-style accommodations inspired by their traditional dwellings and vibrant culture.
The 5-star Desert Nights Camp is special because it’s the only luxury camp of its kind in the country. The camp is located in the Sharqiya Sands (Wahiba Sands) region, close to Wadi Bani Khalid on the edge of the Arabian Desert — the ‘Empty Quarter’ — and is quite isolated.
If you’re on an Oman road trip, you can organize to rendezvous in the nearby town of Al Wasil for a transfer to the camp. This means you don’t have to worry about renting a 4x4 or driving through the sand dunes.
Accommodation is provided in 39 luxury tents, all furnished with Bedouin-inspired décor and featuring a sail-cloth ceiling. Beautiful handmade carpets, textiles woven from goat’s hair and pressed brass bathroom fittings add to the authenticity. Tents are spacious, with a separate lounge area, bedroom with king-sized bed, and a generous en suite. Family tents with two bedrooms are also available.
Each tent has its own private outdoor terrace where you can chill out at the end of the day. Because they’re all oriented to look out towards the dunes, you feel completely secluded.
At dusk, cars ferry camp guests high up into the dunes to watch the sun set over the camp. Drinks and nibbles are provided. The on-site restaurant is outstanding. In the evening, everyone gathers to lounge on divans and listen to traditional Omani music. Dinner is served by lamp-light, buffet-style with a huge offering of traditional Omani cuisine and international dishes.
Camel rides, dune bashing and quad bikes are available to hire to explore the surrounding dunes. But honestly, the best thing to do is relax inside your air-conditioned tent. When it comes time to leave the camp, continue driving west to reach Nizwa or Muscat. If it happens to be a Tuesday, make sure you stop off at the small town of Al Mintarib to visit the once-weekly market.
Contribution: Emily of WanderLush
African Elegance Tented Lodge, Boshoek, South Africa
There's no shortage of luxury camping sites in South Africa, but many are staggeringly expensive. On a recent self-drive safari to Pilanesburg I spent a night at the African Elegance Tented Lodge which not only offered luxury glamping accommodations at a reasonable price but game-viewing on your doorstep.
The tents are spacious, and there's plenty of room to move around the double bed. Each tent has electricity and enough sockets to charge several devices. The bathroom area is separate from the bedroom and facilities include a flushing toilet and a hot shower. The African themed decor is beautiful, and there's a stunning mosaic floor in the bathroom.
In the main reception area, the plunge pool has a spectacular view over the bush, and the terrace is where breakfast is served. Every evening there's a meal served around a campfire and while the food is simple, its delicious. What made the dinner special was the opportunity to meet other guests. The topic of conservation was mostly about who had seen which animals during their time at Pilanesberg National Park.
Pilanesberg is home to the big 5 African animals, and the main entrance is approximately a 10-minute drive from the camp. If you don't have your vehicle, the owner Anton can arrange safari drives.
The Lodge is within a small game reserve, and one of the things that makes a stay here so unique is the opportunity to see game animals within proximity of the campsite.
Every morning Anton organizes a game walk which you can join for a small fee. His knowledge is phenomenal, and I didn't realize how much you can learn about spotting animals by looking at the tracks within the bush. If you're lucky on the walk, you'll see the family of giraffes that live within the reserve and get some fantastic photographs.
Contribution: Fiona of Passport and Piano