Luxury tented camps, also known as glamorous camping, or “glamping” for short, offer a modern take on a classic experience. Where camping in a traditional tents allows you to escape the city and get closer to nature, luxury tented camps allow you to do just that, without sacrificing luxury or comfort. It might even make you feel more alive to hear an elephant snacking on a nearby tree with only a wall of canvas to separate you. We believe everyone should take the time to slow down and escape, but not leave behind our favorite creature comforts like luxury linens and soaking tubs! So we’ve rounded up ten of the most stylish luxury tented camps around the world that get you close to nature. No bedroll required.
This newly refurbished classic safari camp has long been one of our favorites. Upgrades include larger tents with expanded bathrooms, making way for walk-in showers, new furnishings, linens, and wide sliding glass doors that lead onto enlarged decks that overlook the Delta and open floodplains.
These luxury tents take their cue from classic African safari camps and offer a unique new way to explore the Galapagos. Nine en-suite tents on raised wooden platforms comprise the accommodations at the camp, each with three layers of specially designed canvas to protect you from the sun and rain. It’s one of the first luxury tented camps in Latin America and can be combined with a cruise through the islands or visited as a destination on its own.
When CampoTinto’s owner Diego Vigano traveled to South Africa, he fell in love with the luxurious canvas tents. To bring a little glamorous camping back to Uruguay, he imported one to his 62-acre ranch and placed it alongside the vineyards and orchards on the property. In keeping with the African tradition, it is a sophisticated en-suite tent, furnished with Argentine rugs and local finds with a well-stocked mini bar and LCD TV.
Contemporary African design meets bohemian chic in the six tents at Singita Mara River Camp. The camp may be completely “off the grid” but the tents are far from basic with natural fabrics, stone, raw leather, and elegant art from young African craftsmen adorning the tents.
The 15 elevated tents of the Four Seasons Tented Camp echo the romantic spirit of the 19th century explorers while maintaining the level of luxury you expect from the Four Seasons brand. With a meticulous attention to detail, all furnishings are handcrafted and custom-made, right down to the hand-hammered copper tubs. You’ll never look at a tent the same way after your stay here!
The tents of Banjaar Tola are set among the verdant jungle and grassy meadows of the Kanha National Park on the banks of the Banjaar River. It’s one of the best places to see the rare wild tiger and their prey. After a day exploring the jungle, you’ll return to a luxury tented experience unlike any other, with bamboo floors, rich earth tones, and traditional local crafts and artwork incorporated into the stunning design of the tents.
Mara Plains camp is one of just five camps in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy – 100,000 acres of exclusive, low-vehicle density tourism land in East Africa. The camp is equally exclusive with just seven octagonal tents that pay homage to the Maasai and Arab influences of East Africa with deep accents of red and purple, rich leathers, copper, and brass. Its understated sophistication doesn’t overwhelm you, but instead, allows you to connect with the surrounding wilderness in quiet.
The private Wadi Rum tented camp is quiet and secluded from the Rum village and tourists, set amid massive rock formations, ancient sands, and rust-colored sunsets in Jordan’s largest wadi. The authentic Bedouin tents are elegant, complete with bed and furnishings. Lanterns and candles illuminate camp in the evening and gourmet meals featuring local cuisine are served in the intimate dining area.
Reminiscent of Moghul traveling tents of bygone days, the tents at Aman-I-khas are really more like villas, generously sized at 1,100 square feet, with luxe interiors and cotton drapes separating the rooms. At the center of the tent, you’ll find an oversized daybed, beckoning you to lounge under the canopy.
The lavish tented suites at Chem Chem Safari Lodge are exquisite – five-star accommodation in the heart of Africa. The large tents are a combination of canvas, lava-stones, and wood, set at a minimum of 260 feet apart for complete privacy. Luxury bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, a reading corner, dressing room, and private patios with daybeds complete these stunning tents.
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