Sustainable Luxury Glamping Excursions For an Isolated Escape
Embark on one of these luxury outdoor escapes, without causing a negative impact on the environment.
The “glamorous camping” concept takes you to the scenic outdoors without an environmental burden and carbon, thus taking an upscale approach to adventurous vacationing—and sometimes we need a little isolation. Immerse yourself in nature at one of these sustainable glamping excursions from around the world for a rustic expedition under the stars, nestled in the comfort of a cosy tent.
Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania
For a taste of East African wilderness, the Singita Sabora Tented Camp permeates adventure in a luxe setting, modelled as a 1920s-inspired explorer camp with rooms furnished with decadent Persian rugs, delicate Zanzibari chests and original campaign furniture. The camp is secluded away in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, offering its lodgers private access to 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness—just scan the vast savannah plains from your doorstep for an animal encounter. Each en-suite safari tent is nothing short of opulent, boasting an expansive space with direct access to the outdoors, enhancing the experience with its immaculate service. But that’s not all that this safari escape has to offer. Singita is a regular participant and contributor to environmental initiatives and is built upon eco-tourism and three pillars: biodiversity, community and sustainability, thus takes proactive steps to preserve and protect wildlife in the regions.
Grumeti Reserves Grumeti Game Reserve, 31623, Tanzania; singita.com
Bensley Collection: Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
A key advocate in sustainability projects in Asia, Shinta Mani Wild is nestled on a riverside location, deep in a natural oasis of Cambodian rainforest, where it focuses its conservation projects and collaborations—using its funds to preserve the area from poaching, mining and logging. Designed by Bill Bensley—an eco-architect with an eye for the whimsical—the basecamp spans across 865-acres where guests can reside in one of the themed luxury tents (in a forest or waterfall setting. Discover your inner Indiana Jones by setting upon one of the fantastic jungle trails or taking a ride down the gushing river). What’s more, adventurers can arrive via zip-line along the waterfall, or helicopter—does that tickle your fancy yet?
Bensley Street, Kirirom, Cambodia; wild.bensleycollection.com
EcoCamp Patagonia, Chile
The stunning, rugged landscape of Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park is the backdrop for the world’s first geodesic dome hotel: EcoCamp. Built on a 100% sustainable ethos, the camp is solar powered, houses compostable toilets and collaborates with the local community to implement environmental awareness to its visitors and protect the surroundings as best it can. The delightful accommodation—the domes—showcases a spacious plan with modest, earth-inspired décor, where you can stargaze all night long from the comfort of your bed. Extend your adventures by tackling one of the glacier excursions and hikes, or for the wildlife advocates, observe and track pumas in the region.
Estancia Cerro Paine, Torres del Paine, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena, Chile; ecocamp.travel
Todos Santos Eco Adventures, Mexico
Mexico’s picturesque 775-mile long peninsula, Baja, is a destination brimming with gourmet cuisine, surfing waves and most importantly, in this case, eco-tourism. The Todos Santos Eco Adventures is a leading expert, providing excursions that can include swimming with sharks, turtle and whale watching and cooking classes before snoozing at one of the safari-style beach tents—a private paradise for beach-goers. All the guides are residents of Baja and are certified Wilderness First Responders with a NOM-9 certification for naturalist guides from the environmental protection agency.
88 Cerro, Guaycura, La Poza, 23300 Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico, tosea.net
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert
A desert expedition awaits only an hour’s drive from Dubai—The Ritz Carlton Al Khaimah. Situated within the 1,235-acre Al Wadi Nature Reserve—an expansive space spanning rolling sand dunes and indigenous wildlife—guests can reside in one of the tented villa accommodations (inspired by traditional Bedouin tents), all including their own private pools and pristine Arabian desert views. Discover the outdoors with a camel-back trek, an archery lesson or just stargaze at the clear moonlit sky. Al Mazraa, Wadi Khadija - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates, ritzcarlton.com
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
Sheltered in the jungle of The Golden Triangle—a region where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet—sits Four Seasons Tented Camp, an all-inclusive resort that will transport you to the 19th century in a safari-themed escape in the heart of its natural habitat. Meet rescued elephants, embark on mountain trails and indulge in the tropical, open-air spa for a taste of spectacular glamping under the care of the world-class hospitality group. The campsite only houses up to 51 people—choose from one of their charming tents, or for larger groups, the extravagant Explorer’s Lodge, which includes a private pool overlooking the sunset panorama. 499 MOO1 T. Vieng, Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand, fourseasons.com
The Fish Hotel, United Kingdom
For something a little bit cosier, the classically British Fish Hotel is a countryside estate in Cotswolds, only an hour away from London. Here, you can “glamp” in quirky style in a treehouse or a shepherd's hut or the farmhouses looking across the secluded, 400-acre space. Guests can explore the Farncombe region by taking in the cultural heritage and touring the outdoor farmland. Breathe in the fresh grassy fields of idyllic English nature.
Farncombe Estate, Broadway WR12 7LH, United Kingdom; thefishhotel.co.uk
Camp Sariki Amangiri, Utah
Celebrating Aman group’s 10-year anniversary of unparalleled luxury, Amangiri is launching an extension on its hotel—for the nature folk—cradled by the deep canyons and impressive rock formations of Utah. Camp Sarika, only a short drive or hike from the resort, sits within the untouched 600-acre landscape and offers a retreat in one of the exclusive tented pavilions (some of which include a private plunge pool and jacuzzi), surrounded by mesas and wilderness. Spend your days taking guided mountain hikes and evenings around the campfire blazes in this Old West, back-to-nature adventure.
1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT 84741, United States, aman.com