Imagine sleeping in the great outdoors, with the stars above, the sound of cicadas in your ears… all without having to put up a tent, or share a sleeping bag with a scorpion.
‘Glamping’ is increasingly popular, and for good reason, as it combines the fun of camping with the comfort of a hotel. Stay in pimped-up tents, treehouses, cabins or those festival faves, yurts. We reveal the best and most beautiful places to ‘glamp’ in the world.
The Treehotel in Sweden is a camouflaged cube of mirrors deep within a forest in the small town of Harads in northern Sweden. The owners were inspired by the film ‘The Tree Lover’ by Jonas Selberg and with the help of some of Sweden’s top architects, they were able to create ‘tree rooms’ that are aesthetically beautiful, but still respect the natural environment. There are cabins that look like birds’ nests, one that looks like a spaceship and even one inspired by the wings of a dragonfly.
If paradise exists, it probably looks like Sal Salis: a safari camp protected between the dunes of Australia’s Cape Range National Park. It has nine tents with spectacular views of Ningaloo Coral Reef. The camp is environmentally-friendly and uses renewable energy. As well as this, there is no internet or phone signal, making this the perfect escape from the stresses of everyday life. White sands, crystal clear waters, bright stars above your head… What more could you want?
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Chewton Glen is a luxury hotel in deepest Hampshire. Amongst the trees, you can sleep like royalty, with every cabin being a completely calm oasis - ideal for disconnecting from the modern world and relaxing. They have various cabins, all with incredible views of the surrounding countryside.
This is a sustainable resort in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Trust us, if you spend a night in one of the ecological geodesic domes with its stunning views, you won’t want to leave. In total there are 25 bedrooms, and three common rooms where you can eat or plan your hiking route. Make sure you don’t miss this if you are visiting the area!
Retreat from city life to this eco-resort in rural Lanzarote. Stay in its yurts and eco cabins, relax and take in the volcanic landscape. In addition, Lanzarote Retreats is also very close to Arrieta beach, one of the best on the island.
6. Tena Tena Camp, Zambia
Situated at the mouth of the Great Valley Rift in Lauangwa National Park Tena Tena's lodge has treetosp for a roof, the cabins of this safari camp could not be any more idyllic and you’ll enjoy being here whether you go on safari or not. If you ever dreamed of having a house straight out of Out of Africa, then now’s your chance to see what it feels like to live surrounded by African nature - with all the security in the world and a wonderfully comfy bed of course!
7. Whitepod, Switzerland
As much as in summer as in winter, these 15 igloos on a Swiss hillside are an slightly off-piste place to enjoy nature… and the commodities of a five-star hotel. There's the beds, then there's the views, andif you want to get up, their outdoor activities programme so it's great for adventurous families as well as a snuggly romantic escape.
This round cabin in the Cornish woods was designed in the style of Iron Age homes. Its fireplaces, Egyptian cotton linens and canopy beds allow you to disconnect from the outside world and enjoy the tranquil sounds of birdsong outside your window. After a relaxing bath, swap bath for saltwater with a dip in the (cold!) sea at one of west Cornwall's beaches..
Zuhaitz-etxeak is the Basque name for The Cabins in the Trees in rural Vizcaya. They are the highest in Europe and are a good way of making your childhood dream of sleeping in the treetops a reality. In this sea of branches and leaves you can enjoy complete isolation… while below your feet you can spot wild deer. Of course, if you have vertigo, better not look down as you climb.
Famous for being Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds' honeymoon spot (what, you didn't know?!), this rural resort on Vancouver Island is only accessible via a 45-minute seaplane from Vancouver (or a 20-minute boat ride from the town of Tofino). Its tents are a refined combination of vintage and modern, without losing an ounce of charm, and you can still enjoy the natural surroundings.
11. Nduara Loliondo, Tanzania
In northern Tanzania, Nduara Loliondo is one of Nomad Tanzania loveliest campsites. The reception and dining area are styled like Mongolian yurts that have been designed to represent the nomad culture of local surrounding villages. The rooms are based on traditional Meru tents and have been decorated with bright fabrics and leathers.
12. Hobbit House, England
Ever wanted to stay in a hobbit house? Well now you can... in Cornwall you can stay in a place that is more like a work of art that a house. Hobbit House is round, covered in grass and has large windows from which you can take in the surrounding landscape.
13. Resort at Paws Up, Montana, USA
This resort is situated in the wildness of Montana. In the middle of an enormous estate and surrounded by nature, its luxury tents take the experience of glamping to a whole new level. On the banks of a stream, its tents have comfy beds, bathrooms that are as good as any five-star hotel's and wonderful views.
14. El Questro, Australia
There's the great outdoors, and then there's the Outback. At El Questro Wilderness Park, you could bring your own tent and roll out a sleeping mat, or you can stay in the likes of the gorgeous Emma Gorge Resort.
15. Stuc a’Chroin, Scotland
This Mongolian-style yurt near Stirling is a perfect for a romantic getaway in the countryside. With its thick carpets, wooden stoves and many homey touches, Stuc a'Chroin feels like a home away from home. After resting like a king (or queen) get out and explore the beautiful Trossachs Natural Park.
16. Longitude 131°, Australia
Staying at Longitude 131° is a sensory experience that will change the way you view the world. Nothing will ever be the same after waking up overlooking the sacred and reddish Monte Uluru, one of the most iconic views of the Australian outback. This exclusive site of 15 luxury tents is the best way to experience the true meaning of glamping: imagine swimming in the pool while enjoying that view... and at night we can guarantee that you'll never have seen so many stars.
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