Sail along the Ruak River to find 15 luxurious canvas tents, complete with roll top baths, polished teak floors and sumptuous furnishings
You don’t need to rough it when you go camping. Just take a look at these glamorous al fresco retreats
The One With Leopards
Leopard Safaris, Yala, Sri Lanka
Go into the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness on the ultimate glamping experience: a safari. These bespoke camps are set up just before guests arrive to ensure they are best placed for spotting leopards and other wildlife. Each tent comes with a king-size bed and an ensuite. What’s more, the safari experience is second to none – not only do wildlife experts join you on game drives, but the vehicles are fitted with camera support points for photographers so that you can snap the perfect shot.
The One On A Private Island
Amanwana, Moyo Island, Indonesia
Take a 60-minute boat ride from Sumbawa Island to the wildlife reserve of Moyo Island to find one of the world’s most luxurious – and most remote – tented camps. Set on a pristine beach overlooking the aquamarine Flores Sea, the Amanwana’s 20 uber swish “tents” come with AC, hardwood floors and elegant colonial decor. The camp is tucked away under the lush tropical canopy and leads straight onto a white sandy beach. Water-lovers can go scuba-diving, game-fishing, snorkelling and windsurfing, or take a cruise on one of Amanwana’s boats to their own private bay for a secluded picnic. Back at camp, pamper yourself with an open-air massage at the waterside Jungle Cove Spa.
The One In The Jungle
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
The adventure starts before you even get there. Accessible only by boat, sail along the bamboo forest-fringed Ruak River to be welcomed by 15 fantastically luxurious canvas tents, complete with roll top baths, polished teak floors and sumptuous furnishings. Cocooned within the legendary Golden Triangle on the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, this 500-acre site is just waiting to be explored. Trek with elephants through the lush jungle and mountain trails, learn to be a mahout and embark on river trips along the mighty Mekong.
The One In The Bush
Bamurru Plains, Northern Territory, Australia
For a true ‘get away from it all’ escape, Bamurru Plains in Australia’s Northern Territory is the answer. Set on a buffalo station near Kakadu, nine eco-friendly, safari-style bush bungalows all have observation decks raised on stilts on the edge of the Mary River floodplain. To reach this barefoot chic hideaway you need to take a private plane to a remote air strip, then be whisked to the camp by 4WD. Once there, no creature comfort is spared: think infinity pool and comfy feather-pillowed beds with magnificent views across the bush and a soundtrack of huffing buffalos, croaking pond life and hooting Aussie birds.
The One In The Himalayas
Chamba Camp, Thiksey, Northern India
Chamba Camp provides the ultimate glamping experience. Luxury Maharaja-style tents complete with four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms and private decks are set in a desert valley between the Kunlun Mountains and the Himalayas. Explore this stunning part of Northern India on walks through remote villages and monasteries, trekking, rafting and polo. Chamba is open from 15 May to 10 October. Want to go later in the year? Its sister camp, Kohima camp, opens up in Nagaland from 29 November to 12 December.
The One In The Masai Mara
Richard’s Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya
Richard’s Camp is a small, exclusive tented camp hosted by Richard Roberts, a third-generation Kenyan who, together with his wife Liz, treats guests to a warm and authentic safari experience. Set on the edge of a forest overlooking the northern Maasai Mara’s short grass plains, it’s the perfect hangout for many species of wildlife: lions, leopard, elephants, crocs, hippos and more. Explore the bush by Jeep, foot or by hot air balloon. Back at camp, enjoy cocktails around the open campfire before tucking into delicious meals under the stars. Bed down in one of seven luxurious tents that each come with an open-air Victorian bath where you can relax surrounded by flickering candles and sounds of the bush.