Glamping is the ideal choice for anyone looking to enjoy the joys of camping but want the comforts that can only be found in a hotel. Do you loathe the idea of sleeping on an inflatable mattress? Not a big fan of getting out of your tent to take a nature pee in the middle of the night? With heavenly mattresses, en-suite facilities, and some private space, glamping can be both well-appointed and in harmony with the environment. Here are the best glamping locations around the world.
Victoria Falls River Lodge, Zimbabwe
The falls sit on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls is known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Victoria Falls River Lodge has treehouses and luxury tents that line the banks of the infamous Zambezi river. Built from grass, thatch, wood, and glass, they complement the lush setting. Private plunge pools, outdoor bathtubs, and huge beds make the facilities ultra-luxurious. The best part, you’ll most likely hear the roar of the falls from your private deck.
Longitude 131, Australia
With about 360 degrees of desert, guests at Longitude 131 have but only one object to gaze upon – Uluru. The luxury desert base camp features suites sitting on stilts for unobstructed views of the world’s most famous sandstone rock. The itinerary includes exquisite meals, hikes to the local watering hole, and sunset walks. The staff here just simply can’t say no, so if you can think of something they most likely can make it happen. The highlight of your stay will be watching Ayers rock slowly change colors during sunset, followed by a roaring fire and views of the Milky Way.
Patagonia Camp, Chile
Patagonia Camp is located outside the boundaries of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. The tents are shaped as yurts and overlook the spectacular water of Lake Toro. These luxurious yurts also have views of Cuernos del Paine. Inside, you’ll find a level of opulence and detail that’s totally unexpected. The en-suite comes with a full-sized tub and most come with a hot tub on the private deck. The glass dome sitting on the top of the yurt allow guest to stargaze as they fall asleep in their comfy bed.
Capella Ubud, Bali
Bali’s jungle interior can be as enticing as its many seaside beaches. Capella Ubud could quite be the ultimate rainforest tent retreat. Afterall, their idea of a tent is more like a mini-mansion. The luxurious tents are surrounded by rice paddies and a thick lush jungle. The huge private plunge pools are located directly on the terrace. Capella Ubud is all about pampering and re-energizing the spirit.
The Highlands, Tanzania
The canvas and glass domes of The Highlands make you feel like you’re in a space ship traveling back through time. Located on the ridge of Olmoti Volcano, this superb position provides panoramas across the Ngorongoro crater. The suites offer: king-sized beds with floor-to-canvas-ceiling bay windows opening out to the spectacular views, en-suite bathrooms with hot running water, showers and flushing toilets, and wood-burning stoves for the cold winter evenings.
Point Sands, Kintyre, Scotland
The Point Sands CaraPod and Hot Tub sits just off the sandy shores of Kintyre peninsula with stunning views of the remote Isle of Gigha. Inside we found a modern, fully-stocked space that offers a full-range of amenities in the compact, cozy space. The inside of the CaraPod is great, but the outdoor space is where the magic happens. The pod has an amazing wooden deck with views of the sea and the Isle of Gigha. Situated only a few steps away from the coastline, it was easy and convenient to take long walks along the sandy beach.
Under Canvas, USA
Under Canvas has locations near many national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Glacier. The hardest part to booking a tent with this outfitter will surely be selecting the location. The suites come with private decks, wood burning stoves, and showers. These large tents even make room for a sofa.
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