There’s nothing better than breathing in the crisp fresh air of a national park, kayaking on a pristine crystal blue lake, or biking to the summit of a mountain for postcard-perfect views you won’t find anywhere else. These and other outdoor experiences can be best experienced while camping. Let’s be honest, camping isn’t for everyone. For some, the thought of leaving the regular comforts of home can be traumatizing. But Vacation wants you to know that there are several options for adventurous couples, solo travelers, families and groups to combine luxury and camping for the perfect vacation or honeymoon. It’s called glamping (glamorous camping)! From Canada to Japan – and a few stops in between – here’s a list of some of the most luxurious camps, resorts and hotels for outdoor adventurers.
Al Maha (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
If you need a respite from the towering skyscrapers and commercial feel of Dubai, just take a 50-minute drive to Al Maha to explore a world most people probably don’t know exists outside of the growing metropolis. Check into this eco-luxury resort with luxurious tented accommodations, such as the Bedouin, Royal, Emirates and Presidential Suites. All suites have a private pool and deck as well as a view of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Al Maha features two restaurants, a bar, the Timeless Spa and dozens of activities to keep adventurous guests busy, including a wildlife safari via 4x4, archery lessons taught by an expert field guide, and a nature walk in the Arabian desert.
Campera Hotel Burbuja (Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico)
Living in your own private bubble takes on a whole new meaning at Campera Hotel Burbuja in Mexico. Stay in one of their bubble rooms or suites with a private bathroom and full-size bed. Spend several epic nights under the stars with a clear view of the heavens and the vineyards. And this glamping experience is more than communing with nature. Guests can tee off on the hotel’s executive golf course, sample the local cuisine at more than 20 restaurants (some owned by well-known chefs), and arrange a winery tour at one or more of 80+ wineries in the area.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (Torfino, Canada)
For the quintessential outdoor retreat, head to Canada to explore UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve. A travel agent can help you arrange an adventure vacation to stay at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. This 600-acre playground offers a variety of outdoor activities, including fly-fishing, horseback riding, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, whale and bear watching, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and paintball. The Healing Grounds Spa, the Cookhouse’s modern coastal cuisine and the luxe accommodations (ensuite, hillside classic or rainforest deluxe tents) make this the perfect getaway for adventurous solo travelers, couples, families and groups who enjoy the Great Outdoors.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle (Chang Rai, Thailand)
Get ready for tented camp luxury in Northern Thailand! At this Four Seasons property, guests not only relax and unwind in luxe accommodations, but they also have the opportunity to interact with rescued elephants and explore spectacular mountain trails or bamboo jungles. Feeling adventurous? Sail down the Ruak River to see how the locals live in Thailand on one bank and Burma on the other. Take an excursion to visit the border town of Takilek (Burma), or experience a 30-minute journey from the camp through the beautiful countryside to Mae Sai (Thailand). And if a little R&R is more your speed, we recommend a spa treatment – inspired by Asian traditions and mountain botanicals – in an open-air salas inside a bamboo forest. Connect with nature and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit at the same time.
Hoshinoya Fuji (Yamanashi, Japan)
Far from the Japan’s bustling cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, Mount Fuji offers adventure seekers an amazing retreat at Hoshinoya Fuji. Indulge in the night sky and relax among the trees, but the resort’s outdoorsy feel is balanced with its fine food and luxe living spaces. The resort’s minimalist cabins jut out from the mountain, overlooking Lake Kawaguchi below, and straight ahead at a distance, you have a jaw-dropping view of snow-capped Mount Fuji. You won’t just experience the best views, but you’ll also have the opportunity to live off the land and prepare food with fresh ingredients, with help from an on-site chef. And when your day is over, climb the stairs and series of platforms to the Cloud Terrace. When you arrive… the smoky smell of the bonfire, the smell of the fresh scent emanating from the trees and the postcard-perfect view is truly a sensory overload.
Longitude 131˚ (Yulara, Australia)
Welcome to the Outback! Experience this luxury desert basecamp, where visitors can explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and enjoy panoramic views of the park and its famous red rock (Ayers Rock) from the Dune Pavilion Bedroom. In addition to offering park tours via helicopter, motorcycle or atop a camel, Longitude 131 is also home to Spa Kinara, which has a menu of signature treatments using Central Australia’s natural resources, including Kakadu plum, quandong, desert lime, Australian yellow clay and nutrient-rich desert salts. Make your stay Down Under a luxurious experience you won’t ever forget!
Scarabeo Camp (Marrakech, Morocco)
For outdoor enthusiasts visiting Marrakech, consider a stay at this luxury camp located 21 miles outside of the city. One of Vacation’s expert travel agents can reserve one (or more) of the 15 on-site tents with a private sleeping area and comfortable beds. And there’s no shortage of featured activities: a dune buggy tour, stargazing with an astronomy professor, a full-day trek with a mountain guide, horseback riding and a yoga class. And afterwards, if you’ve worked up an appetite, you can meet other guests and feast on traditional Moroccan cuisine around a candlelit communal table. It’s Moroccan-style glamping at its best!
Singita Mara River Tented Camp (Lamai, Tanzania)
If an African safari is on your travel bucket list, you should consider staying at this eco- and family-friendly tented camp located on the Mara River to witness the Wildebeest Migration. You’ll see lions, elephants, crocodiles and hippos, too! Singita is recognized as one of Africa’s most influential collectors of wine, so guests will have access to some of the best vintages to pair with your delicious dinner, sip while taking a break by the pool or enjoy while you relax at the spa. And we can’t forget to mention beautiful bohemian-chic décor of the one-bedroom and family tents, accented with art pieces created by local African designers and artists. And if parents need a break from the kids, Singita Mara River Tented Camp also offers babysitting services and other fun activities to keep kids entertained, which makes a stay here an enjoyable experience for the entire family.
Ventana (Big Sur, California)
Experience the full splendor of Big Sur, while you enjoy all luxurious amenities and services of this world-class resort. Instead of crashing on the ground in sleeping bags, guests at Ventana Big Sur sleep on custom-designed glamping mattresses covered with premium linens located inside all of their safari-style canvas tents. You have a choice between the Redwood Glampsites or the Canyon Glampsites – the latter is a more private option only reachable by foot. Sommelier Wine & Cheese Hour, a Tai Chi Class, the Flora and Fauna Hike, and an Organic Garden Tea Class are just a few activities available to guests. And you don’t have to worry about those cringeworthy public facilities normally associated with some campgrounds. At this resort, guests have the luxury of using the Bath House and its teak-enclosed showers, heated floors, full amenities, marble vanities and restrooms.
Whitepod (Monthey, Switzerland)
Looking for an outdoor retreat in Switzerland? Consider a stay at Whitepod, home to 18 luxurious domes in the heart of the Alps. And no matter what time of the year, this eco-luxury hotel has dozens of outdoor activities for its adventurous guests. Go paragliding with a certified pilot, take a horse carriage ride, go mountain biking with a guide, or in the winter, take an unforgettable dogsledding tour. Whitepod has family-friendly amenities including a spa that offers massages for adults… and kids, too! And your Alpine experience wouldn’t be complete without a stay in one of the hotel’s pods: Cozy Pod (ideal for couples), the Family Pod, Deluxe Pod and the Pod Suite Experience. Couples considering a honeymoon in Switzerland may want to consider this amazing glamping destination. The picturesque view of the Alps and the valley down below is worth a stay here.
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