Rugged escapades are one thing. Combining them with bespoke luxury is another. As the trend of glamping continues to redefine the travel industry, sought-after destinations transform the great outdoors into ultra-luxe retreats. Here, we list out the ones that caught our eye – and have elevated the concept of luxury glamping to new heights.
Longitude 131°, Northern Territory
At the gateway to the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Longitude 131° in the Northern Territory is a must-visit if you’re planning a glamping holiday in Australia. The exclusive retreat offers 15 elevated tents, each with uninterrupted views of Uluru. Indulge in gourmet dining under the stars, relax in your private plunge pool and partake in guided tours that reveal the cultural and natural wonders of the Red Centre. Longitude 131° will allow you to connect with the ancient landscapes of Australia in unparalleled comfort.
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
Saffire Freycinet is an award-winning glamping site on the shores of Great Oyster Bay in Tasmania. It features contemporary suites with expansive glass windows that showcase views of the Hazards Mountains as well as the coastline. When staying at the retreat, savor boutique wines and deep-sea fish from the local fishing villages, rejuvenate at the spa and embark on guided adventures exploring Freycinet National Park.
Situated on the outskirts of Jaipur – and against the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills – Teela offers a sustainable glamping experience like no other. The resort features eight geodesic domes that offer a sprawling view of the landscape and a sunroom-inspired restaurant that serves Indian and European dishes cooked with locally sourced ingredients from the nearby Achrol village. The site is plastic-free and was constructed on Rajasthan’s majestic sand dunes without harming the surrounding vegetation. Once there, partake in ATV (all-terrain vehicle) rides, private dining experiences, silent headphone sundowners, desert breakfast picnics, nature walks and more.
Capella Ubud, Bali
Located in the lush rainforests of Bali, Capella Ubud offers a tranquil experience to adventure and luxury seekers. Each tent – constructed within trees – is meticulously designed, featuring plunge pools, vibrant interiors and unparalleled views of the Balinese jungle. Guests can indulge in local and international gourmet meals, unwind at the spa, enjoy a comforting campfire with a barbecue and a lot more. Capella Ubud showcases the best of Bali’s natural beauty and cultural heritage in a setting that embodies luxury at every turn.
Awasi Patagonia, Chile
Amid the spectacular landscapes of Chilean Patagonia, Awasi Patagonia is a glamping site that tones in with its surroundings. Individual villas with panoramic views of the Torres del Paine National Park provide guests with a luxurious retreat – and each comes with a private guide and 4×4 vehicle allowing for personalized excursions to explore the region’s glaciers, lakes and mountainous terrain. This destination is the epitome of glamping in South America.
Corocora Camp, Colombia
Corocora Camp is nestled in the vast plains of Los Llanos in Colombia. This intimate retreat features a handful of safari-style tents, each designed to make your vacation as comfortable as it is full of wilderness immersion. You can experience guided safaris to explore the biodiversity of the region, enjoy meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients and prepared by a private chef, as well as unwind in the natural beauty of the Llanos in the bonfire area. The site is also committed to sustainability, leaving minimal environmental impact.
Singita Mara River Tented Camp, Tanzania
In the heart of the Serengeti, Singita Mara River Tented Camp offers an unparalleled safari experience amid 39,000 hectares of pristine wilderness. The retreat endorses sustainable tourism and operates entirely off-the-grid, powered by a custom-designed solar system and energy-efficient LED lights. When visiting, stay in one of the six earthy-toned tents set against the backdrop of the Mara River. You also get the unique opportunity to witness the Great Migration, where more than a million wildebeest traverse the renowned migratory route. Beyond wildlife encounters, the camp is a culinary haven with delectable cuisine curated by expert chefs and offers game drives led by knowledgeable guides who reveal the secrets of this coveted wilderness.
Zarafa Camp, Botswana
With just four tented suites, the Zarafa Camp in Botswana offers unparalleled exclusivity in Okavango Delta’s pristine landscapes. As a guest, you can partake in game drives, explore the waterways on a traditional mokoro (canoe), unwind with spa treatments, enjoy a private plunge pool and a lot more. The intimate retreat truly indulges one’s curiosity for the African wilderness and the love of luxury, together.
High in the Swiss Alps, Whitepod redefines glamping with its eco-luxury geodesic domes. Each pod is equipped with wood-burning stoves, fur-covered beds and private terraces with breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding mountains. Sitting at 1,400 meters above sea-level, the alpine glamping site has a Finnish sauna that is open year-round, hammocks to soak in the landscape, Netflix access for warm nights in and more.
Finn Lough, Northern Ireland
Perched on the shores of Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, Finn Lough is a family-run retreat that will help you unplug. Enjoy your private bubble dome, a transparent cocoon for stargazing; the lake-view house bar, where you can sit by the log fire and experience great wine and cheese; the thermal spa that will help relax your senses and a boat tour to soak in the Irish countryside views.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, Canada
In the wilderness of British Columbia, Clayoquot is accessible only by seaplane. This remote retreat, pitched in a valley’s towering forests, features 25 canvas tents and elevated boardwalks that connect guests to the landscape. Activities include heli-adventures, whale watching and rejuvenating spa treatments that ensure a bespoke experience away from the city life.
Amangiri, United States
Amangiri redefines desert glamping with its minimalist yet luxurious accommodations in Southwestern United States. Surrounded by the dramatic landscapes of Utah’s canyon country, the resort’s suites and tented pavilions offer spectacular views of the red-rock formations. Picture waking up to panoramic views of the rugged terrain from your private terrace or indulging in spa treatments inspired by ancient Navajo healing traditions. Amangiri isn’t just a retreat; it’s an invitation to explore slot canyons on guided hikes, stargaze under the vast desert sky and rejuvenate at the spa, cradled by the natural beauty that surrounds it.