World’s 8 Best Glamping sites
Has camping got you fed up with mosquito bites and sleepless nights , don’t worry, there are more glamorous ways to connect with nature. We’ve highlighted our favourite glamping resorts where Mother Nature meets comfort.
Serengeti Migration Camp
Get your binoculars and SLR ready as things get wild at the Serengeti Migration Camp. Witness hundreds of Africa’s wild animals trot past your pad which is handily situated along their migration route. Nearby viewing platforms overlook the Grumeti River, home to hippos, and the rugged landscape beyond. When the drama of nature’s daily fight for survival all gets too much, retreat into your plushy furnished tented room or sip a sundowner as the sun sets over the Serengeti.
The UFO or the bird’s nest? These are just two of the quirky options available when booking into Sweden’s Treehotel. Our tastes lean towards the modest-by-comparison sounding ‘cabin’. But this is no ordinary cabin. Lodged 6 metres high in the pine trees, the cabin is as much an architectural wonder as it is a gorgeous place to stay. Peer out of the windows and access a world only tree surgeons and Tarzan get to enjoy. Beyond the woodland sits the Lule River valley and, if you’re after some glamping indulgence, the nearby hotel and restaurant is yours to enjoy as part of your stay.
Lake Toro, Chile
South America could not have picked a better place for its first luxury camp. Right on the shores of Lake Toro, Patagonia Camp’s yurts are surrounded by a coigue tree forest at the base of Chile’s spectacular Cordillera del Paine mountains. If the lake and mountain range vista isn’t enough, a clear dome at the centre of your yurt allows for night time star gazing. Low light pollution means Chile is renowned for having some of the world’s best ‘dark skies’. Keen to preserve the surroundings, this ‘low impact’ camp works in harmony with the local landscape – ensuring Lake Toro’s beauty will be protected for generations of visitors.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park , Australia
Experience the vast expanse of the Australian outback from one of Longitude 131°’s opulent tents. Pitched at the edge of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the sweeping tent canopy nestled in the rusty dunes is dwarfed by the iconic mountain in the distance. ‘Glamp’ in style by cooling off in the pool, load up on culture in the canvas-covered library or sample some ‘outback fare’ in the restaurant.
Immerse yourself in fluffy white clouds and all the snow you could ever wish for at Switzerland’s Whitepods. The eco-friendly lodges keep you toasty in winter, providing you with stoke the wood-burner through the night, whilst the breathtaking views will feed the soul. Perched seemingly on a cliff edge, your adventure begins on arrival as you watch a snowmobile whisk your luggage away, leaving you with only a map, snowshoes and lamp to find your pod. A summer stay is no less thrilling – the area is packed with activities which take advantage of the magnificent Swiss Alps backdrop.
St Jerome’s The Hotel
Great glamping doesn’t always need be about far reaching views over desert plains or scenic lakes. Some of us are just more at home in the city, and St Jerome’s in Australia completely gets that. Ideal for anyone who always needs to be within scampering distance of a Starbucks Americano, this Melbourne rooftop escape is just the place to be. Glamp away among the skyscrapers in a swish bell tent, complete with gourmet breakfast boxes (delivered to your tent flap) and order your latte fix from the onsite barista. Did we mention there’s also complimentary cocktails, pizza and dessert? G’day sir!
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Finally Finland has solved the problem of their nippy minus 40 winter temperatures, and they’ve done it in style. Now you can lay back and witness the emerald wonder of a Northern Light filled sky from the comfort of a cabin made out of childhood dreams. The handy Kelo-Glass igloos built onto rustic, but functional, log cabins bring the wilderness of Finland right into your own private lodge. Feeling brave? Pop out onto the icy tundra for some outdoor Aurora hunting or a snow tank safari. You can always defrost later with a steamy après-expedition sauna.
Rockwater Secret Cove Resort
Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada
The journey to this ‘secret cove’ resort is almost as beautiful as the outlook on offer when you arrive. Highway 101, the north-south artery of the Sunshine Coast takes in some of British Columbia’s most stunning scenery. Uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean are waiting for you, also visible from your tent-house suite, nestled on a rocky outcrop leading to the sea below. Warm your toes on the heated slate floor, relax your muscles in the hydro-therapy tub or sit by the fireplace as the sound of the ocean below tempts you to try your hand at kayaking.