Are you after a little adventure in your life but not prepared…
WHERE TO FIND
Are you after a little adventure in your life but not prepared to compromise on luxury? There are now literally hundreds of luxury camping options worldwide, so we have done the roundup and found some of the most unique offerings available. Here is our top 10.
Garden Village Bled, Lake Bled- Slovenia
Yes, this one is a little off the well-trodden tourist trail but hear us out. Glacial lakes and dense forests of the Julian Alps have created the perfect haven for this eco-conscious establishment. With a variety of luxury camping options, our favourite is the Tree House with its very own adventure hammock two stories high, this is where you will be likely to catch the best dreams!
Best time to visit: May to September, be sure to book in advance as it can get busy during the peak of summer months.
Treebones Resort, Big Spur- California
Their fabulous 500-square-foot Autonomous tent resembles a giant cocoon perched on the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean on the far edge of the property. The surrounding area is an adventurer’s paradise with hiking through the redwood forests to canyons and fresh flowing waterfalls, or maybe an afternoon on the kayak with the dolphins, whales and seals is more your style?
Best time to visit: This temperate climate is great year-round.
Mahali Mzuri, Maasai Mara- Kenya
This home on the high plains offers front row seats to Kenya’s Maasai Mara wildlife reserve. There are 12 luxury glamping tents on offer, two of which are built for a family-sized den. No compromise has been made on comfort with a pool, spa, library, WIFI throughout, and an exquisite restaurant on the main deck. Best time to visit: July to late October for the Great Wildebeest Migration
Sal Sails, Ningaloo Reef- Western Australia
Camping has long been a part of the Australian holidaying culture, and they have sure got this one right. It is nestled in the sandhills of Cape Range National Park with the famed Ningaloo Reef on the doorstep of your seaside safari tent. Dining under the stars enjoying the fine flavours of a locally caught Baked Ruby Snapper with wild lime beurre blanc and a glass of WA’s award-winning wine is how you likely finish each day. Best time to visit: April to July in time for the Whale Shark migration.
Aman-i-Khás, Ranthambore National Park- India
This is the domain of the regal Bengal Tiger, and the allure of this safari-style luxury camping adventure has never looked so good. 10 opulent, Mughal-inspired tents each with their butler. Indian and Western-style cuisines are on offer in the dining tent, created from the camps very own organic gardens. And when you’re not out on your Jeep Safari you can indulge in the spa or lap pool, modelled from the area’s ancient step well. Best time to visit: October- December offers the best chances of spotting a tiger.
The Other Side, Eleuthera- Bahamas
There is something very romantic about pitching a tent on that dreamy white sandy beach, lined with coconut trees. But in reality, let’s face it, all that sand in your sleeping bag, deflated air mattresses and mosquitoes make it a little less appealing. At the Other Side, you can have the best of both. Glamorous camping with all the creature comforts of a luxury hotel. They offer three tents right on the shore, complete with hardwood floors, four-poster king-sized beds and just meters to those crystal blue waters we love! Best time to visit: March to April.
Underhill, Waikato- New Zealand
This little hobbit hideaway will have you stepping right into a fairy-tale. Built into the hillside, this beautifully handcrafted grotto enters through a pair of huge native timber doors from the onlooking pond to a purpose-built oval-shaped bed and then through to your ‘wash cave’ complete with an outdoor bathtub. This is the ideal couples retreat for those looking to truly escape the modern world.
Best time to visit: September to November, springtime when all the blossoms are blooming.
Dunton River Camp, San Juan Mountains- Colorado
Dust off that cowboy hat, this little hideaway will have you lodged in a former 19th-century cattle ranch in the San Juan Mountains right on the meandering waters of the Dolores River. These 8 tents sit atop wooden platforms and host all the creature comforts of home. Once you arrive swap your car for a different kind of horsepower, horseback riding in the high Rockies by day and pampering yourself in the natural hot springs by night. Best time to visit: August to October, and conveniently this is also the best time to test out Dolores Rivers’ world-class fly fishing.
Eco-Luxury Yurt Suite, Lanzarote- Canary Islands
For something with that exotic flair why not head just off the coast of West Africa to the Canary Islands. These lusciously large yurts have been finished to a very high standard with rich woven fabrics, wooden floorboards throughout and handpicked antique Mongolian furniture. With your own private walled terrace garden and solar heated pool, you might not ever want to leave. Best time to visit March-May or September-November.
Nine Hornbills, Koh Yao Noi- Thailand
This adults-only retreat consists of seven African-style tents overlooking the breathtaking Phang Nga Bay with its limestone islands emerging out of the ocean floor. Each tent has its private pool where you can treat yourself with that Instagramable ‘floating breakfast.’ The perfect opportunity to experience the generous hospitality of this smiling nation, in a setting fit for a king. Best time to visit: November to April.