Even in the wildest, farthest, most otherworldly reaches of the Earth you can enjoy world-class amenities, fine dining, and king-size beds.
We scoured the globe for the most insanely luxurious tent rentals and successfully ruined ourselves for run-of-the-mill camping forever. These eight safari tents, geodesic domes, and canvas mini-mansions will blow your mind (and travel budget).
The all-inclusive safari lodge at Singita Mara River sits deep within the Serengeti’s wildlife area and includes only six ultra-luxurious eco-tents. The décor is elevated bohemian with raw and cool textures, canvas, stone, and leather. Operating completely off the grid, your tent will rely on a solar system for power and use recycled materials. Hop on a game drive or dip in the outdoor pool before wine — Singita is one of Africa’s most influential wine collectors.
Chic and surrounded by majestic tigers and panthers, Aman-i-Khas is a luxury wildlife camp on the tip of Ranthambore National Park. Multi-roomed tents the size of mini-mansions (literally 1,162 square feet) using breezy cotton drapes to separate the bedroom, living room, and bathroom. Join a daily Jeep safari or yoga class, or lounge by the pool before fine dining under crystal clear stars at night.
Located in the otherworldly desert of Australia’s Red Centre, Longitude 131 is a romantic wilderness camp outside the World Heritage Site Uluru-Kata Tjuta (two insane rock formations). The views are life-changing and the rooms and amenities are hyper-glamorous. Sixteen tented pavilions offer calming and minimalist farmhouse-esque design with notes of local indigenous art. Each suite has a private balcony and fireplace, and all the comforts of a hotel including Wi-Fi, phone, bar, housekeeping, and music system.
The tented Safari Lodge enshrouded in the Marataba Game Reserve is an opulent glamping structure built as an extension of the wild environment beyond the canvas walls. A spacious oval tub highlights the en-suite bathroom while an outdoor shower and craft bar make even the farthest reaches of the world feel like home. Unparalleled service, additional indoor lounges, a spa, a restaurant, and safaris are at your fingertips (hence the name). There are tailored travel options for couples, family, honeymooners, and solo travelers.
Sleep at Sir Richard Branson’s glamping site in Asni, Morocco for a royal recharge perched atop a valley. Views from the tents and a massive pool of Kasbah Tamadot look out to Mount Toubkal and over traditional Berber villages. Of course, your Berber tent (with private jacuzzi) is a balance of exotic middle eastern design and modern lines, each individually and uniquely decorated. Sleep well, sweet prince.
Geodesic domes in the Swiss mountains form the Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel. Eighteen domes kept cozy with pellet stoves slope down the mountain and, depending on the season, offer a gateway to paragliding, electric mountain biking, hiking, and even milking cows. We’re most excited about the snowshoe tour complete with a raclette chef to cook mid-hike — wait, no, the 007 Pod, a James Bond-themed geodesic dome for rent on the property.
On the edge of an Ontario lake accessible only by float plane, luxe glamping site Outpost Co. can host just eight people at a time. Stay in a canvas safari tent with traditional 16-inch Sioux tribal tipi lounge area, located in an ancient white pine forest. Artisanal wood canvas canoes are available for your exclusive play and a private chef is always on hand. This trip isn’t for boy scouts, but men scouts. No internet, no electricity, just pure (luxurious) nature.
Shinta Mani Wild Hotel in Cambodia sought to create a new, sustainable travel option that would help conserve and protect threatened wildlands. The result is extravagant nature tents alongside a rushing river and waterfall. Glamping.com says each tent was meticulously designed to invoke the feeling of being on a luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’. Take a bath on your private deck over the rushing rapids in this open-wall concept.
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