If you’re not the type to rough it with a full-on camping holiday, but you still want to try a ‘back to nature’ experience, why not give glamping a go? You’ll get the chance to sleep in a super comfy bed and enjoy proper bathroom facilities, often with access to amazing food – all while embracing the great outdoors. Not sure which glamping spots are the best? From Africa to Oman, here are a few that will get you packing your suitcases!
Cambodia – Shinta Mani
Wild Looking for a different option to the Angkor temples on your next Cambodia trip? Shinta Mani Wild is located in a wildlife and nature reserve just a three-hour drive from Phnom Penh. Created by renowned luxury hotel architect and designer Bill Bensley, the exclusive camp is surrounded by lush forests and waterfalls, with 15 tents individually decorated in La Belle Époque period style. You can choose to stay in a Wild Tent, Waterfall Tent or a Two-Bedroom Tent. Besides pampering yourself with unlimited traditional treatments at the Boulders Spa or having a dip in the pool, there are other fun activities such as trekking, kayaking, fishing and ziplining.
Australia – BubbleTent
The dome accommodation at BubbleTent overlooks the beautiful Capertee Valley in New South Wales. Set atop a raised wooden deck, each clear dome includes a comfy queen bed with goose-down pillows, a sliding cabinet and a composting toilet. Stairs outside lead to a lower deck with an outdoor kitchenette and seating area. All guests are also given binoculars, an iPad loaded with a birdwatching app, USB charger, sun shield, deck slippers, headlamps, a torch, insect repellent, sunscreen and a first aid kit.
Tip: To up the ante, book the Virgo Bubble, which comes with a wood-fired outdoor hot tub!
Mombo & Little Mombo
In Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta are two flagship camps of Wilderness Safaris, Mombo and Little Mombo. The authentic bush accommodation offers sustainable luxury and operates with a small eco-footprint. Both camps are located on the same island; Little Mombo has four tents and is a smaller version of sister camp Mombo, which has eight tents. Each suite comes with a private plunge pool. The camps are located within the Moremi Game Reserve, which attracts a huge quantity and variety of wildlife. Go on a game drive and look out for the likes of spotted hyenas, lions and buffalos.
Time + Time Nsolo
Another great option is this historical camp situated by the banks of the Luwi River in Zambia. You can get there by a two-hour game-drive transfer from Mfuwe Airport. The intimate campgrounds house just five rooms with open-air bathrooms and outdoor showers; each of them is set on a raised wooden platform, overlooking a river lagoon brimming with wildlife. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities, from day and night game drives to walking safaris around South Luangwa National Park, while the award-winning culinary team serves up vibrant traditional Zambian dishes.
Indonesia – Natra Bintan
Keen on somewhere closer to home ? Natra Bintan has airconditioned safari-style tents with four-poster beds, TV, Wi-Fi and outdoor bathrooms. The resort has a manmade seawater lagoon so guests can enjoy water activities such as family-friendly bumper boat-rides, kayaking and wakeboarding. In-resort restaurant Patio serves local and international favourites and has an alfresco bar lounge.
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