If you are anything like me then perhaps you start dreaming, saving and planning your vacations way in advance. These outstanding locations are certainly ones to add to any bucket lust list! How do you enjoy the great outdoors while still living with extraordinary luxury? You go Glamping! These 10 properties will suit the most discerning travelers with experiences to remember forever. image credit: Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp
The term GLAMPING became a part of every it girls vocabulary within the last few years and it is here to stay. If you love to travel in style, crave the great outdoors and not forgo your creature comforts then glamping might just be for you. There are incredible destinations around the globe and the trend is growing rapidly. From a treehouse in a forest canopy to an eco-lodge, to a chic tent or yurt…the possibilities are endless. Luxury glamping will cost some bucks, but oh is it worth it! Some experiences are just worth every penny. I’ve curated 10 Unforgettable Locations to go Glamping in 2018, add them all to your bucket list.
While glamping, you should expect the best field guides for your outdoor adventures, a great staff, beautiful accommodations, the tastiest food and drink and priceless views and experiences. Activities you can access while on of these trips depends upon your location are and what you want to do. Never be afraid to ask for something, a truly luxury property should be able to fulfill most of your whimsical ideas.
Collective Retreats | They have 6 properties across the USA.
Sign me up for Yellowstone and Collective Vail stat! These folks take glamping very seriously and will make sure all of your 5-star needs are well handled. They have unique properties in a number of locations, so you can choose what best fits your style and needs. Looking for an experience with unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty? Well then, check out their property just a quick ferry ride from downtown Manhattan. This peaceful oasis is nestled near the hills of historic Governors Island. You’ll be surrounded by sprawling green spaces and views of NYC unttainable any other way.
Brush Creek Ranch | Saratoga, Wyoming
I will be visiting this award winning 30,000 acre ranch this summer. Be sure to follow my Insta for my getaway updates. At Brush Creek Ranch (a distinctive Relais & Chateaux property) you can indulge your pioneer spirit and experience shooting sports, horseback riding, cattle drives and of course the finest cuisine. The have a full spa and wellness center to pamper you after a busy day in the wilds. Yogis will love being able to practice in a private yurt. Check out the Ranch Offers and Events page for up to date happenings and adventures.
Dunton River Camp | Cresto Ranch, Colorado
Dunton is located close to my home town Telluride, with a townhouse property in our historic mining town as well. There is true rustic authenticity when you visit their properties. No detail is too small, and none too large. This is a summer only tented camp (Dunton River Camp) located on a former farmstead from the 1800’s. Feel like a prospector as you venture out into the Rocky Mountains. Experience the glorious San Juan Mountains in South Western Colorado, just steps from the West Fork of the Dolores River. (That means epic fishing at your doorstep!)
Four Seasons Golden Triangle | Thailand
As we all know the Four Seasons is synonymous with the ultimate in luxury. You can’t go wrong with the Deluxe or the Superior tent options at the Golden Triangle. You will be surrounded by breathtaking views with every move you make. Experience the finest and freshest Thai cuisine while you listen to the wildlife sing.
Do you get excited about outdoor rain showers, custom made hot tubs on wooden decks with views of paradise? At this property, you will be surrounded by the Ruak River, Burma, the mountains of Laos; and the lush jungles of the Golden Triangle. Think about all the sounds of nature that will sing you to sleep.
Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp | Morocco
Merzouga is located strategically in the middle of the big dunes of the Erg Chebi Desert. They offer their guests a spectacular nomadic experience. The tents are especially unique because of the ‘KHaimas’~ traditional tents made of camel skin typically used by the nomadic people. Experiences can include camel trekking, sandboarding and enjoying Berber music around the fire under the oh so starry sky. The camp design is traditionally Moroccan, which will allow your Boho Chic spirits to soar!
The evening gastronomic experience combines the best of Moroccan cuisine with desert tradition.
Kapama Buffalo Camp | South Africa
Deep within Kruger National Park, you can find Africa’s finest private game reserve Kapama. This is South African luxury at it’s finest!
The staff at the Buffalo Camp will make sure you always feel safe and pampered. This is the place to see all of your favorite wild animals in their natural setting. Buffalo Camp’s suites are ultra-luxurious tents decorated in dark wood and leather finishes, all adding a nostalgic air. Oil lanterns illuminate the walkways at night create a lovely romantic ambience. You can book two game drives per day, which give you lots of opportunities to see the native wildlife.
When you need a break there is a gorgeous spa, pool and lounge area to listen to the birds sing.
Elephant Hills | Thailand
If you have always dreamt about seeing elephants, then this place might need to go to the top of your bucket lust list. You can get so close to them, that you get to wash the elephants and hand feed them.Elephant Hills comprises two Luxury Tented Camps: The Elephant Camp and Rainforest Camp. They each have different activities and settings. You can choose the Soft Adventure package that allows you to experience both.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort | Tofino, British Columbia
Tucked in the midst of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, you can book a trip here to “experience authentic luxury, bespoke adventure and restorative escape at a remote, turn-of-the-century-inspired outpost defined by great white canvas prospector tents and anticipatory attention to comfort, service, sustenance, and transformative fun.” I can’t think of anything better!
At Clayoquot, guests will enjoy residences artfully arranged along the water’s edge and on the hillside overlooking the estuary. This is a Relais & Chateaux property so luxury and attention to detail are completely mastered time and time again. There is a gorgeous spa and plenty of outdoor adventures to choose from.
Nomad Tanzania | locations throughout Tanzania, East Africa
These folks make sure you are as close to nature as possible with the camps to be as unique as their settings. These structures don’t dominate the sensational natural surroundings. There are all kinds of safaris to choose from, depending on the location you book. If you are craving a trip to East Africa then Greystoke Mahale or Chada Kahavi could easily make it to the top of your bucket list! At Nomad Tanzania they promise the best of everything glamping has to offer in this remote region and total absorption into the natural world.
EcoCamp Patagonia | Chile, South America
This has been voted one of the best experiences in the world by so many of the finest publications. Glance at their website and it’s so easy to see why! Stay in an environmentally friendly eco dome. This sustainable hotel is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. “It first opened in 2001 and composed of eco-friendly and completely sustainable geodesic domes, EcoCamp was the first hotel of its kind in the world, and since then, has become an industry leader in sustainable lodging, inspiring the opening of eight other similar hotels worldwide.” Connect with nature on so many levels and rest assured that the food and sustainable accommodations will beckon you home to a dreamy nights sleep.
Enjoy your trip planning & let me know where you venture to!