In the last few years luxury camping (also known as “glamping”) has become a chic new way to experience the wilderness. Unlike your typical camping trip that involves sleeping on the ground, eating dehydrated food and having a shower if you’re lucky, glamping combines the high-end comforts of a five-star resort with the outdoors. Often you’ll find these resorts in remote locations, allowing you to fully experience the best of what nature has to offer. Sound like your idea of camping? We’ve found 5 amazing luxury camping resorts around the globe.
1. Longitude 131 Australia
Dream of exploring Australia’s outback? You’ll find Longitude 131 on the edge of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in central Australia. Imagine waking up to the sun rising over the bright red rocks of Uluru or dining under the stars at Table 131.
It’s an intimate feeling at the resort, with only 15 tents available. Each white dome is designed to give the illusion of a tent, but in fact is fully air-conditioned and heated, with amenities including a shower and private bathroom, plush robes, Bose sound system and daily cleaning. No sleeping bags here!
Other facilities you’ll discover on site is a 24-hour bar, outdoor pool, guest library and the Red Ochre Spa, where you can indulge in treatments from massages to facials.
2. The Resort at Paws Up Montana, USA
A luxury ranch spread over a stunning 37,000 acres in western Montana, in addition to the “glamp” site, this resort also boasts a collection of luxury ranch homes to rent. Get up-close and personal with nature at the Moonlight Camp site where you’ll discover 6 safari-like tents to call home. Just steps away from the Blackfoot River, each tent includes electricity, private en-suite bathroom, camping butler, terry robes and slippers, and daily housekeeping. Plus you’ll still have cell and Internet service if need be and every night there’s a bonfire with s’mores. Dining-wise you’ll eat at a nearby pavilion complete with haute grilled cuisine.
In the day there are an endless list of outdoor activities included in your stay like group yoga classes, fishing equipment rentals and archery rentals. There’s even a spa located in a colony of white tents stitched together by a wooden boardwalk where you can enjoy a treatment while listening to the soundtrack of nature.
3. Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat British Columbia, Canada
Put on the map after Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson honeymooned here back in 2008, this wilderness retreat on Vancouver Island is ultra-exclusive and romantic. With only 20 luxury tents, your experience will be both intimate and personal. The Deluxe Outpost Tents are perfect for two, with thermostat-controlled propane wood stoves, antique dressers, heirloom china, and a private shower and environmental toilet located in a nearby house.
While you won’t find any TVs or telephones in your tent you will be outfitted with all of the clothes and gear you could need while staying on the resort. From rain boots and riding boots to fishing gear, you can relax knowing you can pack lightly. When it comes time to eat, meals are prepared using locally available ingredients by Chef Timothy May.
Every day you can wake up and try a new activity whether it’s learning to surf, hiking on Flores Island or ocean kayaking, there is plenty to do no matter what your interest or skill level.
4. &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve South Africa
For those looking to experience the African wilderness consider visiting South Africa. The &Beyond Africa offer luxury camps and safaris across five different countries in Africa including the Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. This area is known for its abundant wildlife, so you’ll be able to spot animals like the cheetah, lion, leopard and rhino.
There are six different lodges available at the Reserve depending on what you’re hoping to experience. The Homestead is a private safari villa ideal for those wanting to share a space with friends or family. Here you’ll have a dedicated staff which includes a ranger, tracker, butler and chef. The beds inside are perfectly positioned so you can see the wildlife the moment your eyes open. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool to enjoy and a handful of safari activities included in your stay.
6. Banyan Tree Madivaru Maldives
While there may not be lions and tigers at your front door, here at the Banyan Tree Madivaru in the Maldives, you’re at one with nature. There are 6 tented pool villas, each comprised of 3 tents that make up your sleeping, living and bathing areas. The bathing tent comes with a pair of spa beds, so you can enjoy a spa treatment without stepping foot out of your room.
What the resort lacks for in land creatures, makes up for underwater. The diving here is sublime, with a rich sea life right out your front door. If that’s a little to close for comfort, there’s always night fishing or participating in a cooking class. Come dinner sit down at the Boa Keyo Restaurant & Bar that features a deck overlooking the Indian Ocean or better yet book a romantic meal on the beach.