luxe - Glamping - Where to stay
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Glamping. Where to stay
&Beyond Serengeti under canvas, Tanzania
A luxurious semi-permanent tented camp that moves around the Serengeti following the Great Migration, with seasonal sightings of the Grumeti and Mara river crossings, and wildebeest calving season at Ndutu. Each of the nine tents comes complete with a private butler service, chandeliers, silverware, crystal, en-suite flushing toilet, and comfortable beds with fluffy duvets, all illuminated by a starlit night sky.
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Distance: 3,790 km
Flight Time: 5 hours, 40 mins
Frequency: Twice Daily
Adrère Amellal, Egypt
While not strictly ‘glamping’, Adrère Amellal is true back-to-basics luxury – there is simply no electricity. The 40 hand-built rooms – built in the Siwan style from salt-rich mud blocks, with furniture made from dried palm fronds or solid blocks of salt – blend naturally into the landscape, and are softly lit with beeswax candles and the starry desert sky. The Siwa Oasis provides a timeless backdrop, where the silence pervades, butlers appear by the pool with date soufflés, and chefs create delicious dishes from the hotel’s organic farm. The coolest season is from November to March.
Distance: 2,066 km
Flight Time: 3 hours, 25 minutes
Frequency: 3 flights a day
Sal Salis, Ningaloo, Western Australia
Sal Salis brings eco-chic to bush camping. Designed to blend with the surrounding dunes, these nine Wilderness Tents sit on raised platforms to offer breathtaking views of the pristine waters just metres away. Each tent is furnished with a handmade jarrah bed lined with 500-thread-count organic cotton, and offers a pillow menu and eco en-suite bathroom. Ningaloo Reef – 1,200km north of Perth – is home to a mesmerising array of aquatic life including migrating humpback whales (June to September), rare turtle species, gigantic whale sharks, and huge numbers of tropical species such as clownfish bathing in anemone tentacles. On land, go four-wheel-driving along the Shothole Canyon Road or Charles Knife Canyon to Cape Range National Park, and camp in spectacular gorges carved by ancient rivers.
Distance: 9,312 km
Flight Time: 10 hours, 50 minutes
Whitepod, Swiss Alps
Located at 1,400m in a private ski area at the floor of the Dents-du-Midi, these 15 geodesic domes huddled together to form a modern-day igloo village are a unique way to experience the Alps. Cosily decorated with unique pieces from the region, pods can be configured to house couples or a family of five. The onsite Pod-House has a Finnish sauna, Japanese bath, and massage and treatment chalet, while fine dining is provided at Les Cerniers Restaurant. Summer season: end of May to September. Winter season: mid-December to the start of April.
Distance: 4,629 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes
Sinya, Lone Man Creek, Texas
A safari-inspired lodge situated high on a ridge with panoramic views of Lone Man Creek, Sinya enjoys rave reviews. Designed with a neutral, stress-relieving palette, and furnished with great comfort in mind (think Turkish cotton towels, goose down pillows, and bamboo/organic linen), Sinya’s eco credentials are excellent, from the BeeKind toiletries and grey-water system, to the natural use of the cooling breeze. Yet there’s state-of-the-art air-conditioning, and even high-speed Wi-Fi. Stay when the creek is full and enjoy a freshwater swim. Brew fresh coffee and watch the sun rise while rocking in the hammock.
Distance: 12,758 km
Flight Time: 16 hour, 5 minutes
Frequency: Daily Flights