Some call it luxury camping. Some call it glamorous camping. Either way, glamping is where stunning nature meets modern luxury.
It’s a transformative experience: by pushing themselves out of their comfort zones, experiential travellers change their perspective, improving the way they connect with the world. This transformational style of travel will enrich a person’s life and, ultimately, leave an impression that lasts much longer than the journey itself.
There are wonderful glamping sites across every continent for any traveller who wants to experience solitude in far-off places, without compromising on comfort. We’ve rounded up six of the best glamping experiences in remote places to inspire you when you’re ready to travel again:
Kachi Lodge, Bolivia
Kachi Lodge is the only luxury and eco-friendly lodge standing on the Uyuni Salt Flats. Set on a wooden platform near a cacti covered island, the six suites turn a stay on the altiplano into the most luxurious adventure. One where comfort and designed interiors meet the great outdoors: from the warmth of the dome-shaped suite, the salar unfolds like a mirror in the rainy season, or crystalline landscapes the rest of the year.
As well as views of the plains ahead, it’s the perfect spot for stargazing, sitting at 3600m elevation. The lodge also runs on solar energy, with its own water treatment unit for added sustainability.
Longitude 131, Australia
Nestled among rich red dunes, Longitude 131° overlooks Australia’s best-known natural icon, Uluru. The welcome open spaces of the central Dune House include a restaurant and bar with ever-changing views of the monolith as a backdrop for dining as well as lounging areas in contemporary campaign style, ideal for relaxing with an icy drink and exchanging stories of the day’s adventures in the outback.
There is an onsite spa which uses products made with local ingredients and an open-air terrace gives you the option to dine under the stars. Guests can also delve deeper into Aboriginal culture, learning about the creation stories of the local Aṉangu.
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, UAE
Just north of Dubai, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert invites guests to connect with nature and culture amid the beauty of a 1,235-acre protected preserve.
The property comprises an Asian-inspired spa, a dedicated nature reserve (populated by Arabian gazelles, camels and oryxes), an 18-hole championship golf course and access to a private beach (reached by shuttle). A jewel amidst the endless sandscape, the resort is set against the waters of the Arabian Gulf and magnificent Al Hajjar Mountains, providing a surreal aura of desert romance.
Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania
Retaining the quintessential elements of a romantic safari under canvas, Singita Sabora Tented Camp is situated in an untouched wilderness area of the Grumeti Reserve, which spans over 350,000 acres in northern Tanzania and forms part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. The resort is ideally positioned on the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest, one of the world’s greatest wildlife adventures.
Subtle décor and design elements merge seamlessly with the continent’s creative energy and contemporary cultural identity; while hand-stitched leather finishes, durable canvas and campaign furniture echo the spirit of classic East African adventures.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Accessible only by seaplane, the journey to Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is symbolic of a real departure from the everyday. Set among magnificent conifer forests, the lodge offers guests an unforgettable experience of the landscape and its wildlife. Adventure-filled days are bolstered by local produce-driven, sustainable dining, fine wines and the chance to unwind in generously appointed campaign-style guest tents.
Twenty-five canvas tents styled in the spirit of turn-of-the-century prospectors are studded along the banks of Clayoquot Sound and among the valley’s towering forests, each offering an arm’s length glimpse of the wilderness beyond. Contemporary interiors complement period and local artisan-designed pieces to offer a decadent retreat.
Chamba Camp Thiksey, India
A touch of luxury to the high Himalaya. Nestled in the mountains of the Ladakh region, the Chamba Camp Thiksey is steeped in local Buddhist culture. Packages include trips to the picturesque monasteries of the region during the day, while in the evening you can enjoy private dining with ingredients picked from their own organic garden.
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