Glamping (glamorous camping) is a form of specialised camping that exposes you to the outdoors, yet allows you to take advantage of the amenities, style and comfort you’d expect from a hotel. Originally a form of camping practiced by American and European travellers on their journeys to Africa in the 1900s, glamping has become a global phenomenon.

It will come as no surprise to you that glamping goes by other names such as posh camping, boutique camping or luxury camping, considering glampsites (glamping sites) are usually yurts, tree houses, safari tents and pods, considerably more lavish and imposing than the run-of-the-mill camping tent.

For the city slicker who appreciates nature but dislikes the idea of foregoing life’s little luxuries, we’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting glampsites on the planet. Keep in mind that the distinction between camping and glamping is vague when it comes to British glampsites, but the more you roam the world and explore the myriad glamping destinations, the clearer it becomes that honest-to-goodness glamping is head and shoulders above traditional camping.

As such, our list comprises glampsites from across the globe, which bring the splendours of nature to the limelight, while honouring the richness of local culture. Still, our list is by no means comprehensive and its intention is simply to reveal some of the most interesting glampsites on the planet, not to promote or to find fault with any of the destinations mentioned or excluded herein.

1. Défi Planet – Poitou-Charentes

First on our list, Défi Planet is a charming natural park resort in the French domaine of Dienné which offers the quirkiest glamping accommodations imaginable, including tree houses, yurts and the one-of-a-kind mushroom and snail houses. The most attractive of them all, the “Castle in the Trees” is a magical chateau perched in the tree tops, which offers breathtaking views, access to playgrounds, fitness areas, sports grounds, hiking trails and all the necessary amenities for groups of up to ten people.
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Castle in the Trees

2. Serengeti Migration Camp – Tanzania

If you’re an animal lover and you’ve always wanted to find the ultimate real-life wildlife show, nothing compares to the experience that the Serengeti Migration Camp in Tanzania offers its visitors. Each of the 20 luxurious tented rooms comes with a 360-degree veranda that literally exposes you to nature’s daily battles for survival. The annual migration of countless animals is a sensory feast that few of us will ever have the pleasure of participating in and sharing with the family.

Serengeti Migration Camp

3. Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass, River Kwai

Hintok River Camp at Hellfire Pass in Thailand is a luxurious tented hotel between the River Kwai and the Hellfire Pass cliff in the province of Kanchanaburi. This glampsite is perfect for those who have always wanted to go elephant riding, bamboo rafting, caving or kayaking, but it is also an ideal getaway for those who want to relax, warm up next to the campfire, bath in natural spring pools, or try a Thai massage every now and then.

Hintock River Camp

4. L’Igloo D’Arvor – Geodesic Dome in Brittany, France

This singular geodesic dome in Brittany’s domaine of Arvor, in France, is nothing short of splendid. A suspended bed under the stars, a hot tub to be used at one’s leisure, contemporary furniture and complete privacy, as well as a range of amenities and outdoor facilities, make this glampsite the ideal honeymoon escape.

L'igloo Darvo

L'igloo Darvor

5. Loch Ness

Armadillas in the Great Glen, by Loch Ness, don’t sound like the most enchanting glampsites, but if you’d give them a chance, you’d see that they cater to your every whim. The Armadillas pods sleep two people, they come with iPod docking, free WiFi, underfloor heating, private barbeque or fire pit and all the general utensils and amenities you could possibly need. An even more luxurious accommodation is the suite, fully equipped and resembling a hotel room.

Loch Ness glamping

6. Lochhouses Farm

A relaxing stay at on of Lochhouses Farm’s tree houses could be just what your family needs. Not only is the farm located close to Edinburgh, near Dunbar, in Scotland, and accessible by car and train, but it is also right next to a sandy beach. The tree houses are fully furnished, with spacious living area, a deck for romantic lunches by the sea and even a swing for the children.

Lochhouse Farm

7. Warwick Castle

Decidedly not to everyone’s liking, historical glamping is nonetheless an experience every Medieval life enthusiast should try, and Warwick Castle offers some of the best glamping packages. The medieval tents are elegantly furnished and if the decor doesn’t blow you away, then the all-you-can-eat medieval feast and the evening entertainment surely will.

Warwick Castle Glamping

8. Leeds Castle

Another historical glampsite with an array of awards and testimonials is Leeds Castle’s pavilion village. Eight striped pavilions with Medieval design are neatly tucked away in the heart of the castle vineyard. Guests can snuggle into a four poster bed, feast on open fire pit meals and bathe like the knights of yore.

Leeds Castle

9. Cliffside Camp at Paws Up – Montana

Cliffside Camp features four spacious two-bedroom tents and two romantic one-bedroom tents with en-suite bathrooms, decks, dining pavilions, butler, chef, housekeeping cell and internet service, and bonfires. Honeymooners can enjoy the claw-foot copper tub for two, while families have outdoor soaking tubs.

Montana glamping

10. Viceroy Bali – Indonesia

If you’d like to soak up the splendours of nature and admire breathtaking sunrises every day while living in the lap of luxury, then something along the lines of Viceroy Bali’s terrace villa would suit you nicely. Daily à la carte breakfast, spa, wireless internet, satellite TV, espresso machine, 24-hour room service, outdoor pool and gazebo, extensive amenities and 5-star hotel service are what makes this luxurious glampsite an elite accomodation for honeymooners.

Viceroy Bali

11. A Terra – Portugal

With rajasthani and indian tents scattered across a valley surrounded by woodlands and farms, Aterra offers eco-friendly camping in comfort.

Aterra glamping

12. Fogo Island Inn – Canada

Stargazers will find Fogo Island Inn to be an amazing accommodation conspicuously lodged on a cliff at the edge of the world, in Newfoundland. You can spend your days here exploring icebergs, fishing for cod, going on ice excursions, skating, snow-shoeing, pond fishing and cross-country skiing.

Fogo Island Inn

13. Fundu Lagoon – Tanzania

A secluded luxury accommodation that can only be reached by boat or plane from Zanzibar, Fundu Lagoon in Tanzania features tented rooms with thatched roofs on a sandy beach, with private pools and decks, extensive amenities and all-inclusive catering, and a host of leisure activities, such as sunset cruising, snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, and diving.

Fundu Lagoon

14. Tierra Patagonia – Chile

Located in Torres del Paine National Park, in Patagonia, Chile, amidst glaciers, lagoons, waterfalls, mountains and forests, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa offers breathtaking views of the scenery with its panoramic windows.

Tierra Patagonia

15. Grass Roots – India

Grassroots is a resort featuring Swiss tents with all the little luxuries and amenities you could ever need. On a coffee property overlooking a tea plantation in Kerala, Wayanad, this resort is set along a river, next to an indigenous Adivasi community, with a view of the Banasura mountain range.

Grass Roots India

16. Three Camel Lodge – Mongolia

Twenty deluxe handmade gers, traditional nomadic Mongolian felt tents, with king-size beds, private bathrooms, wood stoves and hand-painted wooden furniture, all face the Gobi-Altai Mountains to the South and constitute the Three Camel Lodge settlement in Mongolia.

Three Camel Lodge

17. Fireside Resort – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole luxury lodging is a unique experience, and the Fireside Resort in Wyoming offers its glampers king size beds, concierge, cleaning services, lush linens, butlers, spa products, luxury washrooms and more.

Fireside Jackson Hole

18. Secret Cove – Canada

Tenthouse suites at the Secret Cove Resort in Canada come with heated floors, hydro-therapy tubs, shoji screens, fireplace, private veranda and king-size beds.

Secret Cove

19. Entre Cielos – Argentina

Suspended in a futuristic cocoon on stilts over a vineyard, the “Limited Edition” room offers breathtaking views of the Andes.

Argentina Glamping

20. Rapa Nui – Chile

Easter Island cottages in Rapa Nui, ‘the belly-button of the world’, come with hammocks, large living areas, good-sized porches and all the basics.

Rava Rapa Nui

21. Priory Bay Hotel – UK

Island-crafted yurts on Priory Bay beach on the Isle of Wight are the ultimate in designer camping.

Prior UK Yurts

22. Gorah Elephant Camp – South Africa

Gorah Elephant Camp’s 11 lavish tented suites are decorated in the style of hunter hotels and come with private decks which give glampers panoramic views of the savannah, exposing them to the wildlife in an attempt to recapture the feel and excitement of the authentic safari.

Gora Elephants

23. Kasbah Tamadot – Morocco

Berber Tents at Sir Richard Branson’s Moroccan retreat are some of the most extravagant and stately in the world, with outdoor pools, king-size beds, large windows, spacious decks, handcrafted wooden furniture and the amenities and services of a luxury hotel.

Kabah Tamadot

24. Okuti – Botswana

Okuti camp in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana, consists of seven mosasa (houses of reeds) on teak decks and with river views, richly decorated and nestled between trees.

Oku Botswana

25. Chateau dans les Arbres – France

The Puybeton spa cabin is a castle for two in the heart of the forest, suspended on stilts and featuring an overflow spa with chromotherapy, a Finnish sauna, a double bedroom, Wi-Fi, LCD TV, iPod docking, and extensive amenities.

Chateux

26. Whitepod- Switzerland

The Whitepod in Switzerland is an enchanting summer or winter lodge that can provide shelter for a couple or a small family on vacation. The Whitepod package includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, sauna access and leisure activities.
Switzerland

27. Silk Pavilions – Australia

The Eco pavilions at Silk Pavilions, in Australia, allow you to explore the fauna and flora of the 100-acre bush land, rainforest and lakes of Mount Burrell while enjoying seclusion and tranquillity in tents designed with comfort and style in mind.

Silk

28. Wagonstays – New Zealand

A wagon in a horse paddock would probably not be first on your list of glampsites this year, but Wagonstays in New Zealand have a one-of-a-kind, superb wagon that can lodge a couple in complete comfort. A double bed, a wooden shower cabin, a log stove, a settee and breakfast waiting for you in your wagon are some of the frills Wagonstays have to offer.

Wagon New Zealand

29. Aman-i-Khas – India

A wilderness camp in Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas offers ten luxury Moghul tents and twice-daily wildlife spotting excursions. Vanities, writing desks and daybeds are what sets this glampsite apart from the rest.

Khas

30. Prince Desert Camp – India

Prince Desert Camp in the desert of Rajasthan, India, is a mobile camp featuring two person tents set up daily for glampers travelling on camel back.

Prince Desert Camp

31. Raventree Glamping Resort – South Korea

Raventree Glamping Resort is a glampsite in South Korea where guests can admire their natural surroundings while taking advantage of basic appliances and utensils, barbeques, campfires, large beds in the mezzanine area of the tents, spacious dining areas, and leisure activities such as kayaking, or releasing traditional wishing lanterns.

Raventree

Aria Authell
Aria Authell

Aria is the assistant editor for the Qosy blog. Based in Barcelona, Aria enjoys writing about luxury travel, homeware, and of course, food and wine.

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