The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - RICHARD GUILLIATT

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.

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