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The 5 Best Glamping Experiences In The World

If you’re looking for a taste of the wilderness without the discomfort of essentially sleeping on the ground, look no further than glamping – camping’s glamorous (you can see what they did there) cousin. You’ll be able to sleep in the treetops or on ground-level with all the accoutrements of a five-star resort – no tent-pitching required.

01.

Elewana Tarangire Treetops, Africa

Set high up from the ground, these magnificent wooden lodges really do live up to their name: many of them are actually built in to the trees. Tarangire Treetops is rustic and homely thanks to the locally crafted furnishings and tree-like construction in the lodges, but the details are altogether luxe.

The soft furnishings, amenities and even the privacy offered in each lodge are reminiscent of an exclusive hotel. While you’re there, try one of the resort’s Bush Dinner experiences, where the chef will prepare a locally-inspired dinner while you kick back in the rugged African bushland.

Photo: Elewana Tarangire Treetops

02.

Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

This is about as close as you can get to living among local Asian elephant herds. Northern Thailand is full of rugged mountainscapes and refreshingly clean air, making it an ideal destination to really escape to. True to its reputation, the Four Seasons Tented Camp offers a genuinely majestic experience.

The accommodation consists of tents, but these are no pole-and-tarp type situations: expect to find locally inspired design, gaping baths to sink into and small details that ooze luxury. The real drawcard here is the elephant experiences. You can visit a local elephant conservation centre, take breakfast or dinner near the nearby local herds or go elephant trekking through the area’s many trails. And if you really want to take it up a notch, try one of the Four Seasons spa’s signature massages or body treatments.

Photo: Four Seasons Tented Camp

03.

Tanja Lagoon Camp, Tathra

One of Australia’s best glamping offerings is in Tathra, deep on the NSW south coast. Each tent practically spills out onto the calm Middle Lagoon, and is surrounded by dense bushland. But inside, it’s an oasis from the outside. The tents are fully decked out with a handcrafted queen-sized bed, a lounge area and a decently equipped kitchen with all cooking equipment, and the adjoining decks offer a barbecue and outdoor setting. With a tent this well thought-out, you won’t ever need to leave.

Photo: Tanja Lagoon Camp

04.

Eco Luxury Yurt Suite, Lanzarote

In the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa lies Lanzarote, a small isle that enjoys year-round warm weather. The Eco Luxury Yurt Suite is a collection of all different types of yurt, ranging from a compact five-metre version to the Eco Yurt Royale, 83 square metres of absolute extravagance. The property is off the national grid and is famously eco-friendly, with solar panels, wind turbines and modern renewable energy technology used to keep the suite running. The estate that houses the yurts also contains exotic gardens and an impressive solar-heated pool.

Photo: Eco Luxury Yurt Suite

05.

The Vail Collective Retreat at 4 Eagle Ranch, Colorado

Hitched in the Rocky Mountains and overlooking Colorado’s Vail Valley, this luxury tent site feels millions of miles away from civilisation. It’s a great spot for hiking enthusiasts, with a great range of trails surrounding the retreat that suit all capabilities. If you do decide to trek outside your tent for the day, you’ll thankfully return to a beautifully appointed place to rest your feet. No detail has been forgotten: there’s a huge king-sized bed, expansive private deck and plenty of lounging space. You can also line up a private dinner during your stay, or alternatively join in the retreat’s nightly campfires or farm-to-table dinners.

Photo: The Vail Collective Retreat

Published 19 August, 2017