HOME AND AWAY
A TENT for $800 a night? It sounds nutty but luxury camping doesn’t get much more relaxing than the Tent Tree Suite at Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Perched on the edge of a forested ridge away from the main retreat, this spacious canvas-sided suite sits on an elevated timber platform and features king-size bed, free-standing bath and ensuite, with an attached timber-and-tin shelter accommodating a kitchenette and lounge area. The effect, particularly at night with the flyscreened tent walls open to the mountains, is akin to having a fivestar hotel suite teleported into secluded native bushland. Those who prefer solid walls can opt for one of Sangoma’s four self-contained suites, several of which offer panoramic views towards Sydney from the western flank of Mount Bowen. Either way, everyone gets to sample this hideaway’s other major drawcard, the terrific Mediterranean-style food served in the ‘‘main house’’ by chef Zenga Butler. His partner Michael Podles, an unfailing front-of-house host, is a former art consultant, which perhaps explains the eye for detail evident throughout the decor and fittings. More: sangomaretreat.com.au.