The Art of Glamping: The World’s Most Luxurious Tented Accommodations

May 8, 2024 by Hidden Doorways

Camp out in India’s hidden gem destinations or safari deep into the Kenya pride lands with a tent whose meticulously appointed touch will welcome voyagers back home with arms wide open — this is glamping like you’ve never seen it before…

Three Tented Experiences Inspired by Royal Caravan Sites of Old at India’s SUJÁN 

Three luxurious tented experiences across India’s Rajasthan, though with SUJÁN the challenge is choosing which glamping destination to go for. First is Sher Bagh in Ranthambhore, an area said to be the world’s finest place to observe the majestic tiger in its billion-year-old forest. Next, SUJÁN The Serai, which is set on a 100-acre private estate of desert scrubland and aims to echo the royal caravan sites of Rajputana. And Jawai, its third spellbinding expanse, is where guests will search for leopards camouflaged by billion-year-old granite rock formations guided by charismatic Rabari herdsmen.

Each of its camps is intimate with as few as 10 tents at Jawai to just 21 at The Serai. They share the same luxurious touches you’d expect from a five-star hotel be that heated dip pools and walled kitchen gardens from which they serve farm-to-table cuisine, or activities to enhance traveler’s stays like spa rituals and artisanal afternoon teas under an open-sided tent. Family owned and run for more than 50 years, SUJÁN cares deeply about conserving India’s wilderness and cultural heritage which is palpable to any and all of its glampers within moments of landing here, in second heaven.

Time Travel Through Africa’s Tented Camps of The Past with Micato Safaris 

Hear the word ‘safari’ and most expect camping in the wild to be part of the experience, allowing them to get up close with Mother Nature with little more than a sheet of canvas separating them from the wilderness. A Micato safari takes that expectation and layers on detail after detail to make their glamping experience truly unforgettable. Let Micato take your clients by the hand to ‘rooms’ so lavish, they’ll never look at a hotel suite in the same way again. Swathes of sweeping lightweight fabric form immensely elegant ceilings and walls that billow gently in the African breeze. These are tents that are romantic, refined and rooted in the land with native stone and wood four-poster beds, African artifacts and silver tea services, and antique mahogany writing desks and traveler’s trunks with a private deck to watch nature do her thing (like observing the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra).

Sip morning coffee listening to the symphonic chirps of the 500 birds that call Tsavo National Park in Kenya home; enjoy a sundowner cocktail on the tent deck as hippos lumber gracefully; and make the most of the camp experiences there to immerse guests deeper still into the wild via bush picnics and sunset game drives. From the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, the riches of Africa are calling.

Camp in Chaco Canyon with The Inn of Five Graces’s Unique Glamping Excursion 

A high-end resort in historic Barrio de Analco – the oldest neighborhood in the United States – The Inn of Five Graces is known more for its heritage suites and guest rooms than it is for tents. But in April the property unveiled a special excursion to nearby Chaco Canyon. Known as ‘the Machu Picchu of North America’ guests were able to glamp in the untamed wilds of this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. In collaboration with New Mexico’s premier tour company Heritage Inspirations, its April experience was its maiden voyage, timed with the New Moon to maximize the endless skies the canyon enjoys as an International Dark Sky Park. A glamping adventure completely exclusive to The Inn of Five Graces, further adventures are on the horizon as they review the lunar calendar into 2025 to plan and plot further glamping excursions. Watch this space…

A Luxury Tented Camp in the Cambodian Jungle at Shinta Mani Wild

Wild tents perched on boulders, waterfall tents that come with a soundtrack of rumbling rapids, and capacious two-bedroom tents that look onto the Raging Big Sister Falls – the tented accommodation in Cambodia’s Cardamom National Park are anything but ordinary. Shinta Mani Wild’s 15 private luxury tents are the result of seven years of planning, dotting them intentionally along the riverbank to be in sync with the features of the valley. No matter which tent guests call their own, the all-inclusive offering means that meals, adventures, and spa treatments are all factored into the cost so that people want for nothing during their stay and surrender themselves entirely to the magic and mystery of the Cambodian jungle setting.

Photo Credit: Stanislas Fautre

Tented Adventures in the Arctic Circle with Nordic Luxury 

While it may seem like a trendy, contemporary way to experience nature, the concept of luxurious camping has long been embedded in Nordic culture, used for shelter when herding by traditional groups such as Inuits in Greenland and Sami folk in Northern Scandinavia. From the cozy warmth of traditional Finnish saunas to the rustic elegance of Norwegian wilderness lodges, glamping in the Nordics offers a unique blend of modern comfort and age-old customs mostly in terms of tented accommodations.

Photo Credit: Stanislas Fautre

The Nordic Tipi is a common feature in Nordic Luxury’s glamping experiences, inspired by indigenous designs but reimagined for modern comfort. With various camps across the region, glamping with Nordic Luxury is to embark on a culinary adventure. Days are filled with fishing and foraging with field (or river) to fork cuisine being a constant to keep travelers fueled to explore raw landscapes as local hosts guide them through tailor-made adventures. Lean into the landscapes, embrace the wild and glamp like you’ve never glamped before.

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