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The Best Part About Glamping At A Penthouse In NYC Might Be The Bathroom

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  Site Where: 517 Lexington Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
June 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

One thing Manhattan hotel terraces tend not to be is big. NYC is simply short on space, and hotels have to be very efficient with how they apportion what precious terrace and rooftop space they have.

So upon visiting one of the city's latest Suite Glamping spots at a penthouse inside Hyatt 48 Lex, we discovered that as much as the outdoor terrace appeals, the part that really wowed us was inside the room: the luxurious, bug-free, and fully private bathroom. Not the most ideal place to have a picnic, but great for pretty much everything else.

Want to decide for yourself? Click through for our photos of the penthouse and accompanying terrace!

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Serena Safari Lodges Have Killer Views at Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater

June 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today we have not one, but two killer views for you, which happen to be from two properties belonging to the same group: Serena Hotels. If the name doesn't ring a bell, this might be because you'll have to make your way to East Africa or Southeast Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan) to find one.

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Safari in Style at the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania

June 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we tempted you with the outdoor shower at Selous Safari Camp in Tanzania; today we'll take you on a little tour of one of the luxurious tents (if you can still call them that) these showers are part of, as well as some of the things we saw while out and about in the reserve.

Selous Game Reserve lies about 200km southwest of Dar Es Salaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania (the state capital is Dodoma). Much less known than the famous Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater, it's nearly twice the size of Belgium and actually four times as large as the Serengeti. We spent some time here following a journey through the northern part of Tanzania, and would highly recommend fitting Selous into your itinerary if you can.

Its landscape and vegetation is different from the drier plains in the north, with East Africa's largest river - the Rufiji - making it the home and migration stop for countless bird species. You'll find plenty of larger animals as well, as you can see in the gallery, but more on that later. First, a few words on the camp itself.

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Shower Outdoors While Elephants and Giraffes Peek In at The Selous Safari Camp

May 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM | by | Comment (1)

For another round of Bathroom Tuesdays, we're taking you away from fancy toilets all the way to the African bush, at Selous Safari Camp in Tanzania, to be exact.

But fear not, we're not going to be roughing it here - each massive safari tent comes with en-suite bathroom complete with these lovely open air hot showers. By day you may see all sorts of wildlife wander by (there are no fences, so animal encounters inside the camp are common), at night the view is equally stunning looking up at the star-filled sky.

We'll have more on Selous Safari Camp, as well as other lodges and retreats in Tanzania, for you soon.

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Have a Slumber Party, and a Sound Bath, In The Mojave Desert

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  Site Where: 2477 Belfield Boulevard [map], Landers, CA, United States, 92285
September 19, 2011 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

An hour away from Palm Springs sits a 38-foot high, 55-foot diameter, dome-shaped "sound chamber" known as The Integratron. Built by an inventor (and UFO enthusiast) named George Van Tessel in the 1970s, his design was based on a combination of Moses' Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla, and telepathic communications with extraterrestrials.

Anthony Bourdain visited the site earlier this year. Billy Corgan, from the Smashing Pumpkins, is a fan. Thousands of people flock here to hear the mystical sounds and be "rejuvenated." Oh, and if you want, you can rent out the whole place for an overnight visit.

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Only Thirteen Days 'Til Cornwall's Pop-Up Hotel Goes Bye-Bye

August 18, 2011 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

When was the last time you went camping? If you have to think about it, it's been too long. Which probably means you're a little rusty on the whole 'great outdoors' thing. To ease yourself back in, consider a night or two inside one of the Pop-Up Hotel's yurt-style rooms in Cornwall, England.

Rather than some other outlandish, gimmicky pop-ups we've seen in Europe, these are meant to be practical open-air retreats, modeled after the classic bell tent design. Of course, the alfresco high-life only gets you so far: once the bad weather hits (as it's prone to do in sunny England!), that sloping canvas roof might not look quite so appealing!

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What Exactly Does a Camping Butler Do? We Go to Paws Up to Find Out

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  Site Where: 40060 Paws Up Road [map], Greenough, MT, United States, 59823
June 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

We recently moseyed up to Montana’s A River Runs Through It country to go glamping at one of our all-time fantasy hotels: Paws Up. While we were there, we checked out their newest luxury campsite, Pinnacle Camp, nestled along a bend of the Blackfoot River.

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Do Go Back To Big Sur, As Long As It's At Treebones

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  Site Where: 71895 Hwy 1 [map], Big Sur, CA, United States, 93920
May 2, 2011 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember The Thrills?

It says a lot about the place you’re staying when a yurt is the pedestrian option, but that’s how we felt when we booked two nights at Treebones Resort the week before last.

See, the reason we were really heading up to Big Sur was because we wanted to stay in The Nest – the treehouse perched on a bluff overlooking Highway 1 and the Pacific. But, thanks to its being booked up months in advance, The Nest was only free on our second night. So the first, we luxed up in a yurt.

Our yurt, 12, qualified as a partial ocean view – although we didn’t get much enjoyment from said view because our first day was freezing cold. But there were two chairs on the deck that we could have enjoyed it from, had we brought our longjohns.

The yurt itself was basic but spotless and comfy, too: a queen bed with, for once, a pretty quilt, a futon, a sink (with an eminently stealable bar of handmade lemongrass soap, spring water from their own underground aquifer and compostable cups) and towels. There was a small heater and, for those (um, us) who were still too cold with that, reception had more to loan out. The end result? Toasty.

As for the bathrooms, there were male and female blocks of toilets and showers up by the reception and lounge area – three showers and three toilets for the women, and two showers for the men – as well as one male and female toilet over the far side of the site. They were pretty clean, considering there are the inhabitants of 16 yurts using them. And we never saw a line for the showers over the two days.

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Only While Glamping Can You See Lions and Get Spa Treatments

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  Site Where: P.O. Box 63109, Serengeti, Tanzania
April 26, 2011 at 2:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you've always wanted to go on an African safari, but aren't really that into roughing it, the Bilila Lodge Kempinski in Tanzania can help you out with a three-night glamping package that will let you see the animals in the Serengeti and get pampered at the same time.

As part of the Beauty and the Beast package, you get to stay in a room—no tents here—overlooking the plains of the national park, giving you a chance to observe the wildlife from your sun deck. Your days will be spent out in the bush, alongside veteran guides on game drives in search of the elusive Big Five—lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants—or floating overhead in a hot air balloon.

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Flying The Nest Isn't Easy When It's In Big Sur

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  Site Where: 71895 Hwy 1 [map], Big Sur, CA, United States, 93920
April 25, 2011 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are hotels that look like Chinese gods, motels in the shape of a dog and now we present our lodging from last Monday night: a human-sized bird’s nest perched on top of Highway 1 in Big Sur.

The treehouse, which is actually called The Nest is one of the accommodation options at Treebones Resort – you can either choose a yurt (more on those another time), full-on camping, or this. Although, if you book the nest, you’ll be required to pitch a tent just below it, in case the weather’s too bad to sleep in the nest (it’s bang on a ridge overlooking Highway 1 and the Pacific, so it’s the windiest part of the property). And seeing as Big Sur is, as we found out this weekend, pretty damp and foggy anyway, whatever the time of year, it’s not a bed for the fainthearted.

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Glamping in The Outback: Arkaba Station

April 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen lets us tag along as he explores the wild, far reaches of Australia, visiting some of the most untouched landscapes down under, and bringing you inside looks at some of the continent’s most distinctive hotel experiences.

Though we’ve told you about Arkaba Station before in a previous installment of our Glamping Series, I actually got the chance to travel to the dramatic red hills and ancient rock landscape of South Australia’s Flinders Range and stay at the historical homestead myself…and the experience did not disappoint one bit.

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Camp Royale is Definitely the Most Affordable Royal Wedding Package Yet

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  Site Where: Clapham Common
March 24, 2011 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Royal Wedding will be over with in just over a month, which probably explains why the Royal packages are being rolled out faster than ever. We’ve found you the weirdest, the most expensive, the seediest, the sweetest and now the cheapest.

Introducing Camp Royale, the latest Royal Wedding package with three nights accomodation for only £75 (approx $120) including free Yorkshire tea—it’s a STEAL! But don’t get too excited just yet as there’s one thing we forgot to mention. Camp Royale is in fact a camp site set up on Clapham Common and tents are not included.

Wait, what?!

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