By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
While you may not feel that the warm weather is quite here yet, there’s never a bad time for glamping: many glamping destinations are fully heated, and even if they’re not, there are plenty of rustically chic spots in hotter places around the world, so what’s stopping you from enjoying the great outdoors…in the lap of luxury?
From Tipis in Cali to Bungalows in Bali, here’s our pick of some of the best glamping sites, no matter what the season.
1. Luxury Tipis in the Mojave Desert, California
Thick Turkish rugs, plush king-sized beds and romantic fire pits all make these authentic Tipis offer rustic luxury with an eye for style. Set in the spectacular Amargosa Canyon, visitors here may enjoy the wildlife and birdwatching, as well as the breathtaking panorama of the wizened and weathered limestone formations. The glamping Tipis are just a few steps away from a 1920 vintage cottage, where you may find bathrooms and sitting areas. Tecopa is rich in history and rough-hewn charm, and will entertain the eco-traveller with night skies, desert flora, geology, rock-hounding and photography. You may also find that the sand that has a magical way of restoring the soul…
Of course, Mafia Island is not a hideaway for gangsters but is rather a spot for a romantic or family retreat, with a myriad of activities on offer from whale watching to snorkelling through some famous African coral-reefs.
What could be more relaxing than sleeping surrounded by the white sand beaches and unique marine wildlife off the coast of Tanzania? These lush tree-houses are secluded within the enchanting local fauna, embraced by baobabs, with their own shower built in bamboo grove and toilet. They feature a “tea-house” design that allows the open top level to receive refreshing breezes and a 360-degree view of the gorgeous African sunset and Chloe Bay. Can’t stand heights? No problem. For people with vertigo or mobility issues, there is also a ground level tree-house.
Five, uniquely crafted, timber eco bungalows have been carefully constructed to blend into the mountain environment in a local Balinese mountain village culture, surrounded by stunning organic rice fields, mountain fed streams, cascading waterfalls and spectacular views over treetops to the ocean. At night, the only lights are those of stars and fireflies and the only sounds are of running water, crickets and frogs. The facility’s Kupe Kupe restaurant provides fresh food from its permaculture garden and a good array of Indonesian dishes, and the activities of the site range from balinese cooking classes to wood carving and kite making. This glamping site is one of only seven eco lodges in the world to be awarded 5/5 eco rating by Eco Tropical Resorts.
If you long for the land of kangaroos, you’ll be delighted with this unique resort, which combines comfort, luxury and access to the wilderness just outside your door. Eco Beach’s safari style eco-tents are fully equipped with the highest quality canvas exteriors, a king size bed, luxurious bed linens, three-shelved wardrobe kit, large storage chest, en suite shower and toilet, and fly-screen ventilation. The wilderness retreat also offers a wide range of activities such as fishing, hiking, yoga, and whale watching. Of course, just a short walk away you’ll Eco Beach, situated on the pristine white sand environment of Kimberley.
Built using eco-friendly materials made locally, these yurts are so luxurious, they’ve been called ‘the Claridges of Camping’. And no wonder: each one is fitted with a king-sized bed and luxury cotton linen, sofas and bean bags and soft lighting and exterior candlelit lanterns, all serviced by your very own Yurt Butler. Finally to cap it all off, they’ve got en-suite bathrooms, featuring either an overhead shower or roll-top bath.
The surroundings aren’t too shabby either: the yurts are embraced by 70 acres of rolling green English countryside, and if you’re starting to miss the rest of your creature comforts, you can leave your canvas paradise and make the short walk to the beautiful country house hotel for some food in one of the two restaurants, a cocktail or two and a swim in the outdoor pool.