Lust-worthy Overseas Camping And Glamping Getaways
If nights away from civilisation sound like your kind of holiday, we’ve got just the thing for you. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite getaways, from far-flung camps to luxury lodges to make sure there’s something for every intrepid adventurer.
Kachi Lodge, Bolivia
If you’re looking for a unique getaway, it doesn’t get much better than Kachi Lodge, located on the Uyuni Salt Flats in southwest Bolivia; the world’s largest salt flats and a major breeding ground for flamingoes.
With six luxury domes sleeping up to three, you can escape the crowds without compromising on comfort. The domes are kitted out with bespoke furniture crafted from regional materials and paintings by Gastón Ugalde, known as the Bolivian Andy Warhol. For cooler evenings, a pellet stove, warm blankets and hot water bottles allow you to snuggle down for some hygge stargazing.
Throughout the day, as well as daily walks to the quinoa fields and llama farms, there are excursions to the sacred grounds of Alkaya or you can experience the heights of the nearby Thunupa volcano. If you visit in the rainy season (December to March), the flats turn into a thin lake that is perfect for paddleboarding and canoeing.
For those conscious about the footprint of their travel, rest assured the team at Kachi are doing their bit. From cutting-edge technologies in water and energy management to solar incineration toilets and a zero per cent plastic policy, they’re minimising their impact and supporting the local area in every way possible.
Pitahaya Glamping, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s first official glamping site, certified as a sustainable tourism destination, is located in the Pitahaya Cabo Rojo and sits in five acres of natural wilderness. The lavish tents accommodate up to four people and come with a luxury wooden decking area, comfortable beds, a private bathroom and a fully stocked kitchen. With five tents on site, the set-up is perfect for groups looking to get away together somewhere off the beaten tourist track.
There’s plenty to do, from hiking and mountain biking to kayaking and wildlife spotting at the nearby Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re looking for a more chilled vibe, you can soak up the rays by the on-site pool or head to the beach, which is just a 20-minute drive away. Plus, come nightfall, very little light pollution makes it a great place to spot the milky way.
Northern Lights Wilderness Camp, Finland
The Northern Lights Wilderness Camp is a cabin stay with a difference. Perfect for those looking to step away from it all, the mobile sleeping hut is positioned each winter in a unique spot to ensure the best vantage point for the Northern Lights. There’s no room service, or any kind of service, in fact, as once the snowmobile drops you off, you’re there for the duration.
It’ll hardly come as a surprise then that the cabin comes equipped with everything you need for your stay, including an artic grill for cooking dinner and breakfast and snacks and drinks. Snowshoes are provided too, for those willing to tear themselves from the incredible views through the glass roof, and brave a wander around the hut.
White Desert, Antartica
If you’ve got cash to splurge, we’ve uncovered the perfect Antarctic escape. The White Desert camp is truly one of a kind glamping experience, accessible only by private jet.
The camp consists of polar pods which feature cutting-edge exteriors with luxury interiors. In keeping with the luxe offering, meals are whipped up by an award-winning chef and served in the communal dining pod. There’s also a communal library packed with books on exploration to get you in the spirit for adventure.
When it comes to activities, there’s plenty on offer, from exploring ice tunnels and tackling rope walks to climbing Nunatak, abseiling and 4x4 excursions.
On the face of it, the site may seem incongruous with its precarious habitat, but the camp has been set up to be as respectful of its environment as possible. Accredited carbon neutral, the camp has an environmentally conscious supply chain, utilises solar heaters, ships out waste each season so that nothing that shouldn’t be there is left behind, and the planes flying you out run on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) produced from waste fats and oils and all waste. All remaining carbon emissions are then offset to minimise impact, and stays are only available from November to December to reduce pressure on the environment.
Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
For the adventurous, Three Camel Lodge allows you to experience the lifestyle of nomadic Mongolian tribes. Located in the Gobi Desert, this getaway offers you the chance to learn more about ancient Mongolian traditions and customs and step back to a simpler way of life.
The accommodation consists of traditional Mongolian Ger tents made from felt and canvas. However, inside, the tents have been given a luxury makeover to ensure they offer some of the home comforts you’re used to, like a private bathroom and wood stove for cooler evenings. There are Gers available specifically for families or groups so that larger parties can make the most of their time away together.
Activities on offer at the camp allow you to really get into the spirit of nomadic living and include archery, horse riding and even the chance to give ger building. But there’s also yoga and mountain biking on offer, as well as excursions to the Flaming Cliffs.
The site aims to share the culture and traditions of the Mongolian people, so sustainability guides their decision making processes to ensure that the tourism is respectful of the land, wildlife and people.
Treebones Resort, California, USA
For all beach bums, the Big Sur coastline in California is a must-visit destination, and we’ve found you the perfect place to stay. Nestled in the foothills of the mountains and overlooking the Pacific, the Treebones Resort is home to 16 signature yurts with panoramic views of the ocean. The yurts come equipped with plenty of home comforts, including a queen-sized bed, linen, electric lights and a vanity sink, while the generous redwood deck area allows you to sit out and make the most of the incredible views. Communal washing and toilet facilities are just a short walk away, while the dining hall can cater for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For a truly unique experience, the resort is also home to the ‘human nest’, a distinctive spherical dwelling woven from tree branches by local artist Jayson Fann. It delivers a more wild camping experience as the structure only provides basic shelter, which means you need to bring your sleeping gear and even a tent, in case of rain. There’s also a good chance of encountering some of the area's wildlife, like racoons, bats and field mice during your stay.
Although fostering a restful and peaceful ambience that sits in harmony with its surroundings, there is plenty to do at the resort. As well as on-site yoga classes, they can arrange kayaking and hiking excursions, and the coast is on your doorstep for surfing, swimming or just relaxing!
Mara River Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
No glamping destination would be complete without a safari-inspired getaway, and the Mara River Camp in Tanzania is top of our bucket list. Located on a river bend on the remote Lamai triangle in the Serengeti, it sits in 98,000 acres of untouched wilderness and offers breath-taking views of the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest.
A modern take on the classic African safari, there’s no roughing it here. Instead, the four one-bedroom en-suite tents and two family tents deliver functional design, natural fabrics and airy spaces that encourage you to relax and reconnect. Although electricity and wi-fi are available, the camp operates off-grid, relying entirely on a custom-designed solar system for power. So if ever there was a time to switch off and disconnect, this is it!
The most obvious activity available is of course a game drive, where you can get up close and personal with cheetah, bearded wildebeest, Bat Eared fox, Maasai giraffe, lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and Colobus monkeys. But, you can also get involved with other activities like bush walks, wine tasting and swimming.
Gear for your glamp
Now you’ve got all the inspiration you need to book a holiday with a difference, now’s the time to gear up for your adventure. With everything from the freshest clothing drops to the best travel luggage, we can help make sure you’ve got everything you need to make the most of your trip.
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