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A nylon tent and polyester sleeping bag aren’t for everyone, but don’t let that stop you from unleashing your wild side. Whether you want to discover the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia or endless plains of Tanzania, you no longer have to slum it like you did at Reading Festival c. 2002. Instead, check yourself into one of these glamping destinations where barefoot luxury and a stylish sleep await – and there’s not a portaloo or guitar-wielding teenager in sight.
Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize
An exotic enclave nestled among the oaks and pines of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, this Caribbean glampsite is just a few miles from the limestone hills and valleys of the Noj Kaax Meen Elijio Panti National Park. The dense jungle foliage overflows with rare species of flora and fauna, so you’ll fall asleep to a soundtrack of gushing waterfalls and chirping crickets. Done up in traditional Guatemalan style, the lodge boasts natural ceramic infinity pools and organic gardens where produce is grown for all your meals. After all, as owner Francis Coppola says “what’s a good brick oven pizza without fresh basil?”
Fill snowy days in the Swiss Alps with skiing, dogsledding, hiking or paragliding before returning to the comfort of your very own heated igloo. The complete Whitepod experience includes afternoon tea, local wine and seasonal cuisine, saunas, massages and wifi – even at 1250m up. What’s more, glamp at ease knowing you’re going eco-friendly as each pod is built from recycled materials and is energy efficient.
Whether you want chilling or challenging, EcoCamp has got it covered, allowing guests to flit from wildlife excursion to wine tasting with a bit of yoga in between. Spend evenings admiring the pastel sunsets from your dome’s terrace before star-gazing your way to slumber thanks to the glass-panelled ceilings. Even better, 40% of EcoCamp’s energy is solar and 60% is hydro-electric – green points all round.
Nomad’s Entamanu Ngorongoro, Tanzania
There’s arguably no better place to experience the extraordinary Serengeti migration – one of the new seven wonders of the world and so-called “World Cup of wildlife” – than at Nomad’s. By day, watch thousands of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles pass through, dodging the jaws of awaiting crocodiles and lions on their annual pilgrimage; by night take refuge from the heat in your rustic African tent where you can re-enact in your own version of Out of Africa.
Longitude 131, Australia
“Welcome to the outback, mate” screams the burnt-orange landscape as you glance out of your window at 550-million-year-old Uluru (otherwise known as Ayers Rock) from Longitude 131. Check into this glampsite for a trip of discovery – both of yourself and Australian culture – where a personalised itinerary will take you on private tours of sacred sites across this hallowed land, followed by dinner in the dunes with kangaroos frolicking on the horizon.
Rockwater Secret Cove, Canada
This oasis will have your mind and body at peace within moments of touching down. Visitors are said to have written pages upon pages of poems and memoirs as the nearby shore washes away any lurking anxieties that may have slipped into your suitcase. Kayak the coast, trek up Mount Daniel and let the gentle ocean breeze rid you of your city sins, helped along the way by a signature Rockwater massage. No matter what your glamping preferences, this heavenly cove will cater to your every whim – so leave the fold-out chairs at home.
Sandat Glamping, Bali
Welcome to the so-called “island of the gods”, a lush forest paradise offering a healthy dose of Balinese biodiversity with a side of traditional banana pancakes and caramelised crepes. Treat yourself to a rainbow of fresh fruit and colourful artisan goods from Ubud market, cycle through Bali’s maze of bamboo plants or take a splash rafting along the river, with plenty of monkey-spotting opportunities along the way.
Jack’s Camp, Botswana
With just ten canvas tents nestled in this safari site, Jack’s Camp ensures a sense of privacy and tranquility while providing an authentic African experience thanks to Bedouin furnishings and rare African art. By day, expert guides will take you to see meerkats, rare black-maned Kalahari lions and brown hyenas before a hair-raising quad bike ride through prehistoric salt pans. By night, brush up on your astronomy over a candlelit dinner and compete to see who can spot the most shooting stars.
Geladan Tented Resort, China
Set in the heart of China’s prairie region, you’ll be greeted by a kaleidoscopic display of azalea and iris florals in this Garden of Eden. Treat yourself to local blueberry wine, honey and other aromatic tastings as you also drink in the views of surrounding high-altitude meadows and glacial lakes. After sundown, marvel at the thousands of luminous stars which pinprick through the midnight canvas. With spectacular 360-degree views and endless blossoms, it’s sure to please outdoor enthusiasts and Instagram devotees alike.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Canada
Take on sky-high yoga, helicopter adventures, horseback-riding through jurassic fern gardens, ocean kayaking and whale watching all in one go at this action-packed nature reserve. If you’re a more laid-back glamper, however, go for a lazy wander through 600 acres of valleys and rivers before relaxing in a waterfront massage tent or cedar sauna. The food is all locally sourced and damn good – think wild salmon with sea asparagus or double-smoked bacon and truffle fries, finished with homemade caramels.
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