Will you go camping? No way. You require four walls, a private bathroom, electricity, and WiFi when you travel. What about glamping? These heavy-duty tents are decked with comfortable beds. Some have their own tubs. Gourmet meals are usually included. Plus their views will knock you away. It’s time for you to become one with nature.
Amboseli National Park: Kenya’s Tortilis Camp is far from roughing it. Its 16 strong tents are spacious enough for double beds and private bathrooms. They feature cozy striped blankets and large wooden verandas. The nearby lounge, restaurant, and bar are in an open-air, thatched-roof building. It’s where sundowners and bitings are served before homemade Italian dinners. There’s a small spa for massages and a pool to cool off during the midday heat. It all overlooks snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy: Also in Kenya, Sirikoi’s tents have glass-less windows, wooden floors, and hand-carved furniture. Free-standing Victorian bathtubs and separate rain showers in the bathrooms. The open-air main lodge features a thatched roof, a cozy lounge, and a dining deck with a fire pit. It’s decorated with more handmade furniture, African art and textiles, and bronze wildlife sculptures. There’s a sundeck overlooking the pool. Plus a resident giraffe, rescued after he was abandoned, hangs out near the organic vegetable garden.
Gällivare: Sweden’s Sápmi Nature Camp sits on an old homestead covered with a boreal forest, grazing land, and a cabin from 1910. Candles light the cabin. A fireplace warms it and cooks the food. Another one heats the sauna. Each of the lavvu tents, which look like tepees, have their own wood-burning stoves. While your first excursion will be a visit with mountain reindeer.
Glacier View: Alaska’s Alpenglow Luxury Camping is nestled in a black spruce forest. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see a blue yurt. That’s the check-in area, where you’ll find flushing toilets and an espresso stand. The base camp is the hang-out spot. It’s where white lights are strung over a picnic table, electricity is available to recharge your batteries, and board games keep you entertained. The spacious canvas tents have queen beds, down comforters, and lots of blankets. There are lanterns and warm slippers waiting inside. Wide covered porches with two Adirondack chairs are outside. Oh yeah, it also overlooks a glacier.