Glamping. That marvellous mash up of Glamorous and Camping which means you can confidently say you’re experiencing the Great Outdoors, even if you’re benefitting from all the luxuries of a 5 star resort. We’ll show you our crème de la crème of deluxe camping so you never have to let your fear of losing some home comforts temper your sense of adventure.
1Try A Luxurious Yurt
Experience Italy from a yurt hidden in the breathtaking Abruzzo landscape. This one has a view of the stars from a king size bed. Spend a balmy evening enjoying the view of Casioli (the nearby hilltop town) or at the outdoor cinema. If you’re lucky enough to visit in June you’ll also see the “Lucciola” display when the fireflies create their own light show.
2Live Like Scheherazade
If you’ve always been a little intrigued by Scheherazade’s One Thousand and One nights, you will fall in love with these Arabian Bedouin beach villas, perfect for a really special vacation. As evening falls take a camel ride into the Al Wadi nature reserve where your private waiter and sand-dune barbecue await under a starlit night.
3Stay In a Swedish Tipi
If you want to experience the incredible Swedish wilderness, stay in a Lavvu tipi tent. Don’t make a to-do list before you go, it’s best to go with the flow and enjoy the experiences as they come; Dog Sleigh adventure, Snowshoe expedition, reindeer spotting, ice fishing and the Aurora Borealis of course.
4Go On An Australian Safari
Tucked away in the Australian countryside and close to the beaches of Queensland, sits Nightfall, a camp of bespoke safari tents. Visit the pathless forest with a knowledgeable local guide before returning ‘home’ to bathe in front of the wood burner. As night falls, meet up with fellow travellers for sunset drinks and organic meals cooked in flames.
5Vacation In A Spanish Eco Dome
A little touch of eco-luxury in the Spanish countryside, there are two domes, with comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms. There’s a communal porch area for eating dinner or challenging other guests to Backgammon. Fair-trade and locally produced meals are provided on site.
6See The World From A Scottish Treehouse
This unique Scottish treehouse looks like a Mid-Century TV (although there is no TV or wi-fi in a bid to encourage visitors to completely shut off). Tucked away in a bluebell wood, it’s part of a working farm and if you visit in springtime there will be lambs frolicking in the fields and newborn pygmy goats to ooh and aah over.
7Wake To A Safari On The Water
Waking up to the sights of the Cardamom Mountains, you are cocooned in luxury within your floating safari-style tent. Take some time out from cocktail drinking on your private balcony to experience the rainforests or kayak down the Tati River to explore the mangroves.
8Rise Up In Your Own Tiny Treehouse Chateau
Stay in your very own enchanted treehouse chateau in France. With wi-fi, ipod and a jacuzzi on the deck it has all mod-cons, and with foie gras and lobster delivered to your castle, you’ll almost believe you’re glamping royalty.
9Kick Back In A Vintage Airstream Trailer
Stay in a 1971 Airstream, stationed in an idyllic private meadow in Malibu, California.
The Silver Slipper allows you to take a step back in time but with the added bonus of wi-fi and use of a pool. Pacific Ocean views are a 5 minute stroll away and dark skies allow exceptional star-gazing.
10Swoon In A Two Story Hawaiian Tree House
Surrounded by tropical forest, this two-storey tree house in Hawaii is the ultimate in eco-friendly chic. Wake up to the Hawaiian sun streaming in the floor-to-ceiling windows, and if you don’t have the energy to explore all the island has to offer, you can while your time away lounging in the ground floor hanging bed.