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July 19, 2017 Business News No Comments Email Email

Want to get up close and personal with nature but still enjoy five-star amenities? Take a leaf out of Pippa Middleton’s book and check yourself into a glamping (glamour-camping) vacation. With this new style of travel, city-dwellers who are accustomed to the comforts of proper beds, clean showers and flushing toilets can now enjoy all that and still be lulled to sleep by the sounds of nature or wake up to wildlife roaming around their tents (or treehouses).

Thanks to the rising demand of glamping, travellers now have a wide variety of glamping sites to choose from all around the world. If this is your first glamping experience, we recommend to start somewhere closer to home – in Asia, glamping sites can be found in Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. Those who prefer a cooler climate can head down under to Australia and New Zealand, where there are over 200 glamping sites to choose from, while well-seasoned adventurers may be keen to venture further to Africa, Europe, or North America.

Here are our top five recommendations:

  1. Sandat Glamping, Bali

 

 This eco-sanctuary is your gateway to a whole different side of Bali; nestled in a quiet paddy field in Ubud, its three thatched-roof eco-cabins and five tented lodges were all constructed with the environment in mind and designed to be as non-invasive to their natural surroundings as possible.

Sandat’s luxurious safari-style tents come with a touch of Venetian décor (inspired by their Venetian founders) and boast spacious beds and baths, Wi-Fi connection, and their own plunge pools and terraces overlooking the area’s lush greenery. There are no televisions or phones but you won’t be needing them. Instead, soak up the sounds of the jungle and make the most of this most unique retreat with in-room massages, wholesome organic meals and daily sunrise yoga to realign your mind and body.

  1. Longitude 131, Northern Australia

Set atop a vast expanse of outback dunes, each of the 15 luxurious tents at Longitude 131 commands an unrivalled view of the majestic landmark, Uluru, at the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. After a day of discovery, unwind and watch the sun set against an unforgettable backdrop of rust-red hues before indulging in a scrumptious outback fare under the twinkling night sky. Then, head to your king bed with organic linen for a good night’s rest and wake up to a panoramic view of the landscape with the tent’s floor to ceiling windows and high canopied roofs.

From now till March 2018, travellers can feast their eyes on Bruce Munro’s internationally acclaimed solar installation Field of Light, made up of 50,000 radiant hue-changing glass spheres designed to bloom and sway in darkness. The interactive installation invites visitors into the artwork, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars.

  1. Alure Stanthrope, Australia

 

With uninterrupted views of the beautiful Granite Belt countryside and native Australian wildlife, Alure is the perfect spot for the ultimate couple retreat as all facilities are designed for maximum privacy – think breakfast in bed, your very own heated outdoor spa and private decks for lazy chill afternoons or even a gourmet barbeque dinner. Did we mention that no children are allowed?

Wine lovers are in for a treat. Granite Belt is Queensland’s leading wine destination and Alure is surrounded by award-winning wineries. Embark on the StrangeBird, the quirky moniker given to the Granite Belt Wine Country’s self-drive alternative wine trail and discover more than 25 varieties of local wine.

  1. &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas, Africa

Immerse in a classic Tanzanian safari experience at this luxurious campsite, complete with private butler service, chandeliers, silverware, ensuite and comfortable beds. Positioned for close proximity to the wildlife herds of the Great Migration, the private campsite provides the ultimate vantage point for this amazing animal spectacle – expect seasonal sightings of the Grumeti and Mara River crossings, wildebeest calving at Ndutu, fantastic big cats, topis, kongonis and Thompson’s gazelles. When night falls, relax with fellow glampers around a roaring campfire and sample hearty cuisine under the twinkling night sky.

  1. Vinha da Manta (Serra de Estrela National Park), Northern Portugal 

Vinha da Manta is a ten-hectare eco-friendly retreat comprising eight canvas lodges with kitchens and outdoor bathrooms for showering under the stars. A two-hour drive from Porto, it is situated on the edge of the Serra de Estrela (meaning “Valley of the Stars”) National Park. Each lodge has a terrace with views across the valley, and guests can relax around the natural pool or bask in the hammocks by the restaurant. On cooler nights, families can gather in the cosy lounge for board games by the fire. Bonus tip: remember to make friends with the Dutch owners and you may just score a “private” hiking tour or get to ride on one of their six horses.

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