Beyond Camping

There’s camping and then there’s glamping and then there are experiences that go beyond definition. We’ve taken a look at some extraordinary places to stay all over the world that are certainly worth including on anyone’s bucket list.

Longitude 131° – Australia

Featuring breath-taking views of Ayers Rock, this sumptuous resort is the ultimate outdoor experience – and it should be at around £1700 a night for two!

View of Ayers Rock (Uluru) from Longitude 131°.

Sixteen tented pavilions come complete with king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom, a sitting room, private balcony and your very own fireplace.

You also get your own complimentary bar, climate control, free wi-fi and a host of other gorgeous details.

There’s also a spa and a fine dining restaurant plus personalised tours of the rock and beyond.

Longitude 131°

 

Paws Up –America

Described as America’s premier glamping destination, this Montana resort has something for everyone. Located on a working, 37, 000 acre cattle ranch, you can spend your time walking, horse riding, fly fishing, white water rafting or simply relaxing.

Paws Up Resort’s ranch.

Choose from a luxury cabin or canvas home, the tents are luxuriously, but rustically, appointed and come with their own fire pit.

Luxury glamping on the banks of the Blackfoot River in Montana.

There are several different camp sites to choose from, but you don’t have to cook for yourself as there is an amazing restaurant under the canvas too.

Paws Up

 

Nomad Tanzania – Africa

You’ll feel like you’re on the set of Out of Africa at Nomad. One of the first safari experiences in Africa, the Serengeti camp offers six, open-plan tents with en-suite bathrooms at the rear.

Nomad Tanzania

Hot water is delivered to your accommodation on demand as the emphasis is on an eco-friendly environment that does not disrupt the wildlife.

Hippos in the Mara River.

There’s also a dining tent and a library tent together with an open fire where everyone gathers at night.

Nomad Tanzania

 

Clayoquat Wilderness Resort – Canada

Who would have thought that glamping could command the highest price tag in the world for a hotel? At £2,875 a night (and a minimum stay of three nights), no wonder it’s the outdoor choice for royalty and celebrities alike.

Located on Canada’s Vancouver Island, and part of the Relais & Chateaux Group, there are just 25 guest tents in this exclusive resort. You arrive by floatplane where you’re met by horse-drawn carriage to be taken to your tented accommodation.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort tent.

As well as underfloor heating and private, outdoor covered shower, oil lamps and a woodstove, there is endless luxury offerings at this resort.

Clayoquat Wilderness Resort

 

Cabanas En Los Arboles – Spain

At 17 metres, these are the highest treehouses in Europe. Circular beds, open fires, deer grazing beneath and meals winched up in a basket, make this the ultimate childhood fantasy come true.

Cabanas En Los Arboles treehouse.

If you suffer from vertigo, there a four, brightly painted gypsy caravans as an alternative.

Interior of one of the gypsy caravans at Cabanas En Los Arboies.

You can also enjoy the eco-spa, order a picnic or arrange to have flowers and chocolates delivered to your treehouse on arrival. Prices range from €130 to €270 a night, which make it an affordable experience too.

One of the many treehouses at Cabanas En Los Arboies.

Cabanas En Los Arboies

 

WhitePod – Switzerland

Located in the Valais area of Switzlerand, this has a feel of 007 about it and, indeed, one of the pods is themed to James Bond. Open year-round, these luxurious pods have open fires and fantastic views over the valley beneath.

Once again, this is a camp with an eco-philosophy and no vehicles are allowed on site. It’s all about walking in summer or enjoying the private ski slope in winter.

There’s also a great restaurant, a spa, tennis, paragliding or hiking with dogs on offer amongst the many outdoorsy activities.

WhitePod

 

Treehotel -Sweden

The Treehotel offers a series of contemporary rooms in the trees of a Swedish forest including a Bird’s Nest, a UFO and a Mirror Cube.

Exterior of the Bird’s Nest treehouse.

The Bird’s Nest interior.

The UFO.

The Mirror Cube.

They all boast a Scandinavian minimalist feel and are luxuriously appointed. Food is served in the hotel’s 50s-styled restaurant and the daily buffet features local specialities.

Treehotel