GOR­GEOUS TENTS

Not much of an out­doors type? These ex­traor­di­nary glamping set­ups will change your mind about camping

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SAL SALIS NINGALOO REEF, WA

Last year Lonely Planet rated it one of the world’s top places to stay, and this year Pippa Mid­dle­ton and James Matthews brought fur­ther hype to the eco-lux­ury sa­fari camp when they hon­ey­mooned there.

Nes­tled in the dunes of the Cape Range Na­tional Park and de­signed to blend with the en­vi­ron­ment, Sal Salis’ 16 wilder­ness tents of­fer ocean views, hand­made jar­rah beds and an eco­bath­room – plus the per­fect lo­ca­tion to ex­plore Ningaloo Reef. WILDER­NESS TENTS FROM $750 A PER­SON A NIGHT (IN­CLUD­ING MEALS AND AC­TIV­I­TIES) SALSALIS.COM.AU

SOMALISA TENTED CAMP HWANGE NA­TIONAL PARK, ZIM­BABWE

The tents at Somalisa Camp are each equipped with a cop­per bath­tub pro­vid­ing views of the Hwange Na­tional Park sa­vanna. With huge ele­phant herds, the area is known as the land of the gi­ants, but it’s the lit­tle lux­u­ries that set this camp apart. If it gets a lit­tle chilly at night, there’s a fire­place to keep you warm. And dur­ing the heat of the day, guests can cool off in a splash pool over­look­ing the wa­ter­hole that at­tracts herds of an­i­mals. SAIL TENTS FROM ABOUT $530 A PER­SON A NIGHT (IN­CLUD­ING MEALS AND AC­TIV­I­TIES) AFRICANBUSHCAMPS.COM

AL MAHA DUBAI, UAE

Dubai is as well known for its glitzy re­sorts as for its desert – and Al Maha com­bines both in a Be­douin- in­spired “en­camp­ment” in the Dubai Desert Con­ser­va­tion Re­serve. With a 530sq m pres­i­den­tial suite priced from $12,500, it’s as far away from rough­ing it as you could ever get in a “tent”. Even the not-quite-so-ex­pen­sive suites each come with their own plunge pool and desert views. BE­DOUIN SUITES FROM ABOUT $2900 A NIGHT AL-MAHA.COM

FOUR SEA­SONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRI­AN­GLE CHIANG RAI, THAI­LAND

The Four Sea­sons re­sort chain is bet­ter known for its lux­ury city ho­tels than for camp­grounds, but then, these are no or­di­nary tents.

De­scribed as “an es­cape from the rest of the world”, the lux­ury tents fea­ture a bath­tub over­look­ing the jun­gle, an out­door rain shower, hand­crafted fur­ni­ture, hard­wood floors and thatched roofs. They’re in the for­est of North­ern Thai­land, bor­der­ing Myan­mar and Laos. SU­PE­RIOR TENTS FROM ABOUT $2980 A NIGHT FOURSEASONS.COM/GOLDENTRIANGLE

AURORA DOMES LAKE TORASSIEPPI, FINLAND

If there’s one thing that can make the spec­ta­cle of the north­ern lights even bet­ter, it’s watch­ing from the com­fort of an igloo-shaped tent with a trans­par­ent wall and its own fire­place. Set on the banks of Lake Torassieppi in Fin­nish La­p­land, the glamp­site of­fers views of the star­lit sky over a frozen lake. A night’s stay in an Aurora Dome can be in­cluded in a seven-night See the North­ern Lights in Torassieppi hol­i­day with The Aurora Zone, from about $3120 a per­son. DOMES FROM ABOUT $440 A NIGHT THEAURORAZONE.COM, HARRINIVA.FI

SANDAT GLAMPING BALI, INDONESIA

Sandat Glamping is the brain­child of Italian cou­ple Emanuela and Fed­erico Padoan who, af­ter pi­o­neer­ing the glamping trend in Europe with a gor­geous glamp­site in Italy, fell in love with Bali and set up camp. The col­lec­tion of five in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated sa­fari tents and three lum­bung (tra­di­tional barns) is set in rice fields out­side Ubud. Each tent has en­suite fa­cil­i­ties and a pri­vate pool over­look­ing the for­est. LUX­URY TENTS WITH PRI­VATE POOL FROM ABOUT $400 A NIGHT GLAMPINGSANDAT.COM

LONGITUDE 131 ULURU, NT

Uluru’s most ex­clu­sive ad­dress fa­mously hosted Prince Wil­liam and Kate dur­ing their visit to Australia. Bor­der­ing the World Her­itage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta Na­tional Park, the re­sort is made up of 15 tented pavil­ions with views of Uluru, fire­places and art­works from lo­cal in­dige­nous artists. Its new­est ad­di­tion, the dune pavil­ion, is the first ac­com­mo­da­tion to of­fer views of Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta (The Ol­gas). LUX­URY TENTS FROM $1400 A PER­SON A NIGHT (IN­CLUD­ING MEALS AND AC­TIV­I­TIES) LONGITUDE131.COM.AU

STAN­LEY’S CAMP OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

Fur­nished with African an­tiques, the tent in­te­ri­ors are beau­ti­ful. But the real at­trac­tion at Stan­ley’s Camp is what’s out­side – like one of the res­i­dent ele­phants. As part of a res­cue pro­gram, guests have the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with two ele­phants based at the camp. Set on 100,000ha in the Oka­vanga Delta, the site is a base for game view­ing ex­cur­sions, or you can re­lax in the camp swim­ming pool and watch gi­raffe march across the sa­vanna. SA­FARI TENTS FROM ABOUT $700 A PER­SON A NIGHT (IN­CLUD­ING MEALS AND AC­TIV­I­TIES) SANCTUARYRETREATS.COM

KASBAH TAMADOT ASNI, MOROCCO

Kasbah Tamadot is Sir Richard Bran­son’s Moroc­can moun­tain re­treat and while there are in­door rooms avail­able within the main castle­like com­plex, the tents are the real at­trac­tion here (and yes, they cost more too!). Each of the tents of­fers a king­size bed, ter­race and bath­tubs with views of the spec­tac­u­lar At­las Moun­tains, while some also have pri­vate jacuzzis. BERBER TENTS FROM ABOUT $1250 A NIGHT VIRGINLIMITEDEDITION.COM

THE RE­SORT AT PAWS UP MONTANA, US

A 15,000ha au­then­tic work­ing cat­tle ranch in west­ern Montana, The Re­sort at Paws Up prom­ises “na­ture served on a sil­ver plat­ter”. The re­sort’s sa­fari-style tents fea­ture fine linen, art-adorned walls, an en­suite with heated floor, and a camping but­ler. ONE-BED­ROOM LUX­URY TENTS FROM ABOUT $1600 A NIGHT PAWSUP.COM

AMAN-I-KHAS RANTHAMBORE, IN­DIA

This lux­ury tented camp shot to fame in 2010 when Katy Perry and Rus­sell Brand held their wed­ding there, and, while the mar­riage didn’t last, the re­sort’s ap­peal lives on. On the out­skirts of Ranthambore Na­tional Park, the camp’s 10 air­con­di­tioned tents each mea­sure 108sq m so there’s plenty of room for lux­u­ri­ous fur­nish­ings, a bath­tub, twin van­i­ties and writ­ing desks, a sun­deck and king bed. TENTS FROM ABOUT $1800 A NIGHT(IN­CLUD­ING MEALS) AMAN.COM

CLAYOQUOT WILDER­NESS RE­SORT BRI­TISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

The eco-sa­fari-style re­sort in the Clayoquot Sound Bio­sphere Re­serve near Tofino con­sists of 25 clas­sic white can­vas prospec­tor tents – each with a king bed and en­suite bath­room with heated floor, dou­ble sinks plus pri­vate out­door cov­ered shower. Then there are din­ing tents, a games tent, ac­tiv­ity and bil­liards tents, plus a team of chefs, wilder­ness guides and spa staff. DELUXE HILLSIDE TENTS FROM ABOUT $1800 A PER­SON A NIGHT (IN­CLUD­ING TRANS­FERS, MEALS AND AC­TIV­I­TIES) WILDRETREAT.COM

ANEGADA BEACH CLUB BRI­TISH VIR­GIN IS­LANDS

The Caribbean is­land of Anegada, with its crystal clear water, is a favourite haunt of the rich and fa­mous, and Anegada Beach Club’s lux­ury tents are right on the wa­ter­front. Tents have king canopy beds, en­suite and deck with ham­mock, and the most ex­clu­sive also fea­tures two bath­tubs over­look­ing the beach, while in the re­sort restau­rant, freshly caught grilled lob­ster is al­ways on the menu. LUX­URY TENTS WITH OCEAN VIEW FROM ABOUT $350 A NIGHT ANEGADABEACHCLUB.COM

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