If the four-walled plush hotel is not your cuppa, but resting on a cot or sleeping bag under starlit sky is unbound peace for you, then why not try camping? The life of a Bedouin unaffected by chores of a city and untouched by civilization can be your best hit. Mostly nestled amid deserts, camps have now made ways into thick jungles or aside rocky mountains and meandering rivers. And some comes with patches of luxury too. If you have already camped under stars in Jaisalmer or aside the Ganges in Rishikesh, then its time you taste the spirit of glamping (camping in absolute luxury) around the world. To make you feel like a king or queen, we sorted out some incredible luxury camps, or rather glamping sites, around the world that are just perfect for sunrise watching or star gazing:
The Serai, Jaisalmer, India
Have enough cash to splurge? Have dreams of staying in luxurious tented accommodations? Then Serai Jaisalmer in Rajasthan will be your ultimate indulgence. The super luxurious camp, set on around 30 acres of desert scrub in the Great Thar Desert, is an attraction in itself. Every 1000 square feet tent of Serai is equipped with lavish spacious bedroom, outdoor relaxing area, decorated indoor sitting area and en suite bath. The outdoor drink and dine experience under starlit sky punctuated by ancient melodies of Manganiyar tribesmen make way for a unique Arabian Nightesque ambience. To weave your stay with more royalty or to wake up to the eclectic charm of Rajputana, look out for Luxury Tented Suites or Royal Suites. Private spa, outdoor pool and walled-in garden apart from the communal pool, spa and lounge, reward you with a personalized king-like stay.
Activities: Camel safari, desert drive, bush cooking, temple and twitcher trail, and village excursions
How to reach: Nearly 270 km drive from Jodhpur
Price: INR 35,700 per night (approximately)
Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambhore, India
How about a safari holiday in camp-style comfort? With exotic wildlife camps like Oberoi Vanyavilas in Ranthambore, Rajasthan, animal enthusiasts can now enjoy wildlife safaris in unruffled luxury. The jungle resort with its lavish tents, mango and lemon orchards, striking water bodies and manicured lawns, aims to maximize privacy in a well set natural ambiance. Each tent features embellished canopies, individual climate control, private deck and garden and attached roll-top baths. After some bumpy game drives, the spa or heated swimming pool will be ideal to de-stress you. Added to this, the panoramic views of bordering jungle and the charm of sipping champagne at dusk create pleasant memories of wildlife camping in India.
Activities: Bird watching, and jeep and canter safari
How to reach: Around 7 hours drive from Delhi and 3.5 hours drive from Jaipur
Price: INR 50,000.00 per night (approximately)
Cottars 1920s Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya
Set on a grassy private airstrip around 1 km away from Kenya’s Masai Mara National Park, Cottar’s 1920s Camp defines luxury camping in guaranteed privacy. Being Africa’s oldest safari outfitters, the camp’s 10 airy tents, poster beds and decadent furniture, lend a perfect setting to wildlife expedition in Africa. A contemporary infinity pool on one hand and an old fashioned pull chain toilet on the other, illustrates traditional and modern living. Rocking chairs kept outside the tents are perfect to sit back, laze and gaze for hours at the wilderness of Masai Mara. Want to experience a unique way of bathing? Try safari bath or safari shower in the Savannah.
Activities: Honeymoon safari, surf trips, day and night game drives at Serengeti National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve, guided bush walk, cultural visits, fishing and river swimming
How to reach: 1.5 hours drive from Keekorok Airstrip and 10 minutes drive from Cottar’s Airstrip
Price: INR 1,13,056 per night (approximately)
By far the most luxurious camp in Australia, Longitude131°, opens up to spectacular views of the iconic World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. 15 luxurious tents of Longitude131° float over elevated rust-red dunes and portray stillness, beauty and cultural richness of the desert landscape. While accommodation units come with classic touches, plush beds and futuristic bathrooms, private glass wall of the camp bestows unparalleled views of the fabled Ayers rock. Its open air dining hall set under a canopy of stars create a memorable dining experience.
Activities: Sunset watching and guided tours to Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta
How to reach: The hotel offers complimentary transfers from Ayers Rock Airport, which is situated around 4 miles away
Price: INR 79,698.00 per night (approximately)
Al Maha Desert Resort And Spa, Dubai, UAE
A verdant palm oasis deep within Dubai’s magical golden sand dunes and desert landscape plays host to one of the world’s most luxurious camps, Al Maha Desert Resort And Spa. The resort is nestled in a remote location that offer commanding sights of dunes and indigenous Arabian wildlife. The Bedouin tent-style suites, placed far apart from each other, are furnished with authentic Arabian artefacts and antiquities. Apart from the communal Timeless Spa, jacuzzi, fitness centre and temperature controlled infinity pool, the en suite pools, in-suite massage area and sun deck seating area of the resort intensify your lavishness and comfort. Tiger prawns and wagyu beef at Al Diwaan Organic Fine Dining Restaurant are apt to treat your tummies.
Activities: Wildlife drives, horse riding, nature walks, desert safaris and camel trekking
How to reach: 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport
Price: INR 1,10,513 per night (approximately)
Whitepod is speckled with 15 geodesic dome pods, all of which are equipped with traditional furnishing, high quality insulation and burning stove. The pods of the nomadic camp are lit with lanterns, covered with white canvas in winter and green in summer, to sketch perfect harmony with the surrounding green and white landscape of Alps. While heart healthy Swiss mountain food cooked with local ingredients is a feast to tummies, a private ski and spa situated far from crowds take one to the pinnacle of luxury and adventure. Such a rendezvous with the natural beauty of Swiss Alps is not only refreshing, but also delightful.
Activities: Skiing, snowshoe hiking, dog-sledding ride and paragliding
How to reach: Whitepod is around 45-minute drive from Montreux and 1h 30mins drive from Geneva airport. Train service is there till Monthey
Price: INR 40,390 per night (approximately)
A glass of fine wine, 5-star canvas tent, private dinner on red rocks and glamorous living under stars-get prepared for a nostalgia blended luxury holiday round the world. As great adventure awaits you, we have a small piece of advice! Wherever you go, carry along some mosquito repellent, sunscreen, torches, plastic bags and a map of the region!