10 Luxury Glamping Sites Around the World
November 23, 2018 | BY Chloe Pek and Kissa Castañeda
Tired of checking into high-rise skyscrapers in urban cities, today's travellers are seeking a fresh experience that they can't find elsewhere. One of 2018's top luxury travel trend, glamping, takes the weary globetrotter back to nature—without sacrificing on creature comforts.
Here are Tatler's top picks for luxury glamping experiences around the world, where you can escape the bustle of the city:
Aman-i-Khas, Rajasthan, India
A pristine sanctuary on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park, each of Aman-i-Khás' spacious six-metre canopies overlook beautiful rugged views without compromising on privacy. Inspired by the airy abodes of Mughal emperors, the tents are arranged around a communal fireplace, raised on concrete plinths and draped in cotton to separate sleeping, dress, and bathing quarters.
Let Aman-i-Khás' wildlife experts guide you through the untouched jungle, where you can discover tigers, crocodiles, leopards, jackals, deer and other wildlife. You can also embark on a camel safari, or bird-watching treks in the lush Banas riverbed. Ranthambore National Park is home to Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which boasts ancient temples from the 12th and 13th centuries. The grand ruins of the nearby Khandar Fort are also a must-see.
Tatler Tip: The best time to visit Rajasthan is pre- and post-monsoon, from April to June in summer and from October to November in autumn, when days and nights are mild. The weather can get very hot in May, however.
Find out more at aman.com
Aurora Safari Camp, Lapland, Sweden
A pine forest blanketed in snow, an icy lake, and a spectacular display of lights against the Milky Way, Aurora Safari Camp in Sweden, is nothing short of magical. Even the journey there is an experience to remember—glampers are taken on a reindeer hide-clad sleigh pulled by a snow-mobile across the frozen lake to the camp.
The creation of Swedish photographer Fredrik Broman, the view from tevery angle is picturesque. Perfect for travellers chasing the Aurora Borealis, the camp is located away from the glare of light pollution so you can admire the Northern Lights in all its glory—Broman will even share tips on capturing the incredible natural wonder.
The private camp features three Lavvu rooms, safari-style tents that can be rearranged into double, twin or family rooms. A firewood heater in each Lavvu keeps you warm even at -37 celsius. The lounge features a fireplace, and can host a dinner for up to 14. A sauna is also available.
Tatler Tip: November to May are the best for visiting Aurora Safari Camp, where there is abundant snow for husky-sledding, snow-shoeing, and snowmobiling. If you want to catch the Northern Lights, you will have the most luck between November and March.
Find out more at scottdunn.com
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Botswana, South Africa
Have a thirst for thrills but a taste for luxury? Get up close and personal with nature without compromising on your creature comforts at Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana. The surrounding plains boast a wealth of flora and fauna—elephants, buffalos, hippos, crocodiles, and big cats are amongst the many residents—waiting to be explored on horseback, canoe and even helicopter. Other activities include trekking, village visits, bird-watching and fishing.
Sophistication and refinement are at the heart of the camp's design, with 12 air-conditioned tented rooms outfitted with plush oversized beds, en-suite bathrooms, walk-in dressing rooms and even plunge pools. The interior adopts a palette of muted blues and copper, a nod to the region’s mining history.
Tatler Tip: Don't miss the stunning Botswanan sunset from the lodge's cosy Fish-Eagle Bar, from 5 to 7:30pm every day.
Find out more at belmond.com
Canvas Club, Wahiba Sands, Oman
1001 Arabian Nights comes to life at Canvas Club, a luxurious private camp in the golden dunes of Wahiba Sands, off the beaten path and in the middle of pristine desert. Each traditional Bedouin tent can accommodate up to two adults and two children, furnished with comfortable beds and tastefully decorated with ornate rugs, cushions, and colourful lanterns. A separate bathroom tent offers the luxury of hot water showers and a foot-pumped wash basin.
Start your day with a beautiful Oman sunrise and the aroma of freshly baked Omani bread, and explore the vicinity with your private driver and guide. Visit the Al Hayer falls of Wadi Bani Khalid, where you can take a dip in its crystalline waters and explore cave complexes. If you're feeling adventurous, ask the drivers to show off their dune bashing skills, or embark on a camel ride.
By the night, enjoy uninterrupted views of the starry skies as you feast on a meal specially prepared by your private chef by candlelight.
Tatler Tip: Canvas Club is perfect for a night’s stay or two as you travel through Oman. While temperatures are generally warm, the summer months of Oman between June and August can be sweltering and uncomfortable. It's best to visit between October and April.
Find out more at canvascluboman.com
Capella Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Four-hectare resort Capella Ubud, which opened in June this year, sets up camp between the lush Ubud rainforest and the picturesque rice paddies of Keliki village. The work of Bangkok-based architect and designer Bill Bensley, the 22 Dutch-style one- and two-bedroom tents are inspired by early European settlers of the 1800s, celebrating their spirit of adventure and Bali's exotic past.
This is balanced with modern-day comforts—each air-conditioned tent comes with a private salt water jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor bathrooms, a large outdoor deck and an Illy espresso machine. The retreat also boasts the award-winning Auriga Spa on-site.
Take a trip to the sacred Wos River, where villagers gather for festive processions, visit the splendid Hindu temples, and don't miss the Puri Lukisan Museum—Bali's oldest art museum. For a unique glamping experience, sit by the campfire over hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows as local storytellers recall ancient Balinese tales.
Tatler Tip: Feed your sense of adventure with activities like nocturnal jungle and rice paddy trekking, jungle boot camps, mud Pilates and mountain bike ridge rides.
Find out more at capellahotels.com
EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Is there a better way to reconnect with nature than taking a hike and sleeping under the stars? A trip to EcoCamp Patagonia gives you just that—while ensuring no damage is done to the environment. In the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, the fully sustainable hotel boasts 13 geodesic domes that run on solar and hydraulic energy.
While electricity is limited, luxury is not overlooked—the cozy domes house a king-size or two twin beds with an open terrace, wood-burning stove, enclosed porch, and fully-equipped bathroom. Around the site, indulge in some introspection in the Yoga Dome, bond with new acquaintances over a drink at the Bar Dome, and enjoy hearty meals at the Community Domes.
Tatler Tip: If adventure sports are your motivation, visit Patagonia in the warmer months of November to March, where you can participate in kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding and hiking. It is also the best period to see penguins by boat in the Strait of Magellan.
Find out more at ecocamp.travel
Hoshinoya Fuji, Japan
Camping is meant to be an exercise in simplicity, and while Hoshinoya Fuji retains this spirit, it raises it to a whole new level. Located on a slope facing Lake Kawaguchi—one of the five lakes with prized views of Mount Fuji—the white box-shaped hotel juts out from the dense red pine forest. Devoid of unnecessary ornamentation, the rooms place the landscape of of Mount Fuji front and centre.
The clever addition of an outdoor area, equipped with a modern fireplace and fitted with a kotatsu (heated table), emphasise a strong cultural touch that showcases Japanese glamping at its finest.
Greet the day with a Japanese bento breakfast and cap the night with a dram of local whisky.This being a Hoshinoya property, of course, luxury is all but expected—so there’s no stopping you enjoying an outdoor movie—or simply enjoying the sounds of the wild—while sipping a glass of rare Hibiki.
Tatler Tip: While each room has an unbeatable vantage point to take in the iconic mountain, its famous snow cap can be difficult to see during summer months. Try visiting during the cooler seasons from November to May.
Find out more at hoshinoya.com
Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Nestled in the dune of Cape Range National Park, just metres away from the beautiful Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis is the place for glampers who enjoy the sand, sea and the expansive species wildlife that Western Australia has to offer. Activities at Sal Salis include snorkeling, swimming with whale sharks and humpback whales, kayaking, fishing, and guided walks along the gorges where you will find wallabies, emus, exotic flora and more.
Sitting on raised platforms on the sandy coast, each of the nine spacious tents feature comfortable handmade jarrah beds and cotton sheets, with an eco-en suite bathroom. Power at the camp is solar generated and there is no wifi or mobile reception, so there’s no better time to go off the grid and live in the now. Wake up to the song of birds and sip your morning coffee as you watch humpback whales breach beyond the reef.
Tatler Tip: While the weather is good all year with little rainfall, April to October is the best time to visit for comfortable temperatures. If you are looking to swim with the whale sharks however, plan your trip between April and June.
Find out more at salsalis.com.au
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka
Wild Coast blends in beautifully with surrounding Yala National Park, set in the thick of a tropical forest bordered by the pulsing Indian Ocean. From the use of local materials like stone and mud brick to the rounded forms that dominate the structures, every element references the lodge’s extraordinary location.
The tents feature large windows, with nautical-inspired portholes to add to the retro charm. Dominated by warm wood and an earthy palette, they’re designed to be cosy, but not devoid of grandeur. Some are equipped with a terrace and a plunge pool which, if you’re lucky, might net you a visit by the local elephants, who occasionally use it as their drinking fountain.
Tatler Tip: Yala National Park usually closes in September and October. While the lodge will still be open for occupancy, game drives will take place in adjacent parks instead.
Find out more at resplendentceylon.com
Kasbah Tamadot, Marrakech, Morocco
A mysterious walled retreat at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Kasbah Tamadot is one of Virgin Limited Edition's luxury resorts, a collection by Sir Richard Branson. Featuring ten luxury Berber tents—hidden beyond the herb gardens—there is a nomadic quality about Kasbah Tamadot that draws travellers in.
Staff are locals who reside in the surrounding villages, giving the experience a sense of authenticity and homeliness. Beyond the walls, an exotic Moroccan adventure awaits, from mule rides in the mountains to hot air balloon rides over Marrakech. Otherwise, take it from Sir Branson himself, who loves a good hike up the Atlas Mountains during his stays.
Tatler Tip: Don't leave without trying the traditional Moroccan Hammam at the Asounfou Spa, a full body cleansing ritual which will rejuvenate your skin and relax your mind and body.
Find out more at virginlimitededition.com
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