What do you get when you combine glamor and camping? The world of glamping, where you can combine the majesty of the natural world with the amenities of the modern world. Interested? Here are the 5 best glamp-sites in the world.
1. Sandat Glamping Tents - Ubud, Bali
If you've yet to find out firsthand why Bali, Indonesia is known as the "island of the gods," a trip the Sandat Glamping Tents is the perfect opportunity. You'll enjoy a stay in the town of Ubud, which is considered by many to be the cultural heart of the island, renowned for its traditional crafts and dance. The town is set in the middle of a natural paradise, surrounded rainforest, terraced rice fields, and ancient holy sites.
But here you can also indulge in the resort's beautifully decorated eco-structures, each of which includes a canopy bed, wi-fi, air-conditioning, and your own private mini-bar. An on-site restaurant serves up authentic Thai food, as well as exquisite vegan and Italian options. The property's candlelit bar and lounge hosts an impressive menu of potent potables and plenty of sofas to relax on.
Whether you're taking a yoga class, enjoying a massage in the resort's spa, or drinking wine by the private pool beneath the night sky, you'll understand why Sandat proudly dubs itself a "5 billion star resort."
2. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort - Vancouver Island, Canada
This British Columbian campground is both in the rainforest and right in the center of a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve which is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
The resort offers guests a selection of adventure options, including whale and bear watching boat tours, horseback riding, and heli-ventures in state of the art vehicles. There are also opportunities a'plenty to unwind, with everything from on-site yoga classes to a full spa. When it comes to accommodations, you'll have the choice of classic hillside tents, rainforest tents, or waterfront "ensuite-tents" which are set alongside a secluded Bedwell river channel. Each 5-Star tent is decked out with antique furniture, a mixture of electricity and vintage oil lamps, candles set in sparkling antique silver and crystal, cast-iron stoves, and even fluffy robes and slippers.
Rest assured: you'll find no ordinary camp food here, as the resort includes a cookhouse staffed by Relais & Chateaux class artisan chefs.
3. The Resort At Paws Up - Montana, USA
Among the United States' most famous glamping destinations, the 37,000-acre Resort at Paw's Up is located right along Montana's Blackfoot River. Guests are invited to enjoy the unspoiled wonder of the American wilderness and travel back in time with a bevy of outdoor adventures to choose from.
Indulge your inner cowboy or cowgirl with horseback riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, and even an actual cattle drive. The resort also offers ATV tours and archery lessons, canoe or kayak outings, and fly fishing in the same river seen in the film A River Runs Through It. While the resort makes for an exciting Western experience, it also features some of the largest glamping tents around, with feather beds, huge decks, and Western-chic furniture. You'll also have access to a camp butler (yes, really!), private bathrooms, air-conditioning, and even heated blankets.
There are multitude of options for meals, from fine dining to Angus beef cooked in a horse-drawn chuck wagon. Here you'll feast your eyes on the stars like never before, as you relax around the bonfire, planning out your next day's adventures over a glass of fine wine.
4. Singita Sabora Tented Camp - Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania
If you've ever wanted to get an up-close look at African wildlife, then a trip to the 1920's-style Singita Sabora Tented Camp in Tanzania is the perfect option for your next travel adventure. This lavish explorer's camp puts guests up in tents with antique furnishings. We're talking rare antiques from the 1880's-1920's. Stocked with lush canopy beds, Persian rugs, and Arabic coffee pots, the tents are situated on the plains of the Serengeti to give guests front row access to the zebras and wildebeests which often roam right through the camp.
You can also take guided safari walks and drives for those eager to see even more wildlife: elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos. All the while, there's no need to completely leave civilization behind, as the resort also has wi-fi, a gym, a swimming pool, and a spa.
5. Longitude 131° - Australia
Enjoy the thrill of waking up to the view of Australia's iconic and sacred Monte Uluru. Set in the heart of the Australian outback, guests will enjoy one of 16 luxury tents that seem to float among the ancient dunes. Longitude 131° promises visitors a combination of serenity and outback adventure. Each suite has a king-sized bed, custom furnishings, indigenous artwork, and private balconies. During the day, you'll be able to explore the area with the help of expert guides.
Each evening, guests enjoy world-class Australian cuisine beside the fireplace as they watch the sunset through floor-to-ceiling windows. Premium amenities are also provided, including wi-fi, climate control, music systems, backpacks, and evening turndown service.
If you want to get a taste of the outdoors without leaving any of your creature comforts behind, then these 5 spots should be at the top of your list when you plan your next vacation!