Tag: Luxury CampingView All Tags
Glamping / Luxury Camping / Family-Friendly Hotels / Hotel Packages / Wilderness Resorts / Montana Hotels / → All Tags
If the family wants to hit the great outdoors and sleep under the stars, you don't have to rough it. The Resort at Paws Up will help you out with a special glamping package in honor of its fifth birthday and the opening of its third tented camp.
Obviously, this isn't just some plastic tent deal. Glamping, or glamorous camping, is all about luxury, if you can't tell from the photo above. It's so luxurious that you'll have to fork over $2,413 a night for Paws Up's all-inclusive family glamping package.
Camping at White Desert in Antarctica
So far this week in our Glamping Series, we’ve jetsetted to Africa, Australia, and all through the Americas in our pursuit of the great outdoors…with luxury trappings. Now it’s time to talk about the best of the rest as we take you on a whirlwind tour of some amazing properties in Europe, Asia, and even Antarctica. So strap on your hiking boots, pull on your puffy jacket, saddle your camel, and get ready for some high-end adventure.
The canopy tree house at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
So far in our Glamping Series we’ve taken you to the birthplace of the trend (and of humanity itself), Africa, for some sumptuous safari, and bespoke Bedouin camping. Then it was off to the land down under for some Australian adventure on sheep stations and Indian Ocean beaches. Today, we’re all about the Americas, as we make a home on the range in Montana, enjoy an alfresco spa in the Pacific Northwest, scale the Sierra Nevada, and perch in a tree house in the Peruvian Amazon.
A villa at Eco Beach in Broome.
Yesterday we safari-ed the savannahs of Africa on our search for some of the most exotic glamping experiences around the world, and today we’re headed to Australia, where the flavor is decidedly more cowboy-ish.
Ever since Prince Harry spent a few months back in 2003 working as a “jackaroo,” or cattle rustler, at the vowel-rific Tooloombilla sheep station, the Ozzies have caught on to the whole trend, and they’ve taken it to new levels of luxury.
Marrakesh's exclusive Le Palais Rhoul is offering a romantic getaway package that eclipses (supposedly) exclusive dinner reservations at hotspots like Nobu or Tao. Boutique Souk, a specialized travel service in Morocco, has designed a Moroccan love package at the hotel in their six luxury tents set up in their backyard at Palace Gardens (there are proper rooms here too.)
For just £1260 or roughly $1,866.90, they're offering three nights of pampered tent love for couples vying for some authentic lux. Included in the package is a hamman spa experience where you lay on hot tiles and your massage therapist exfoliates you with Moroccan black soap and someone else rubs you down with Argan oils.
Take advantage of that 24-hour "tent service"(get it, like, room service) with yummy plates of tajines and organic salads to devour with just a bong of your tent-side gong. Tents at Le Palais Rhoul have all the amenities you would never get camping, but will probably ignore come Valentine's night. (Cuz you'll be screaming "inshallah, baby" in the name of love!)
Tents have fireplaces, plasma TV's, DVD collections and lucky lovers get private massage tables. The bathroom alone is super spiffy with a fireplace and a wooden elephant head hook to slip off your robes for some romance. Think of those caidal tents that nobleman and their court rocked in the photos of your old history books. The coolest item in the tent suites still, however, has to be the gong.
Do use it sparingly. Remember, it's only fun and funny to the person banging the gong.
Every so often we feature a hotel review from one of our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you dear hotel guests. These reviews are highlighted because they are timely, about cool hotels in cool places and are relatively level-headed. Think you can submit one just like this? Send it in. Today we have a totally awesome review from a Friend of HotelChatter about one of those exotic safari hotels in South Africa. We also love our friend and her review because she gave us so many pretty pictures to look at. Enjoy.
We went on safari at the Marataba Hotel which I definitely recommend over the Krueger National Park hotels since it is a private game reserve and there are NO other groups or tours allowed on the property.
We could see elephants and giraffes from our room and warthogs hung out by the pool. At night, we had to be escorted to our tents so lions didn't attack us as the place is not fenced in.
The food is amazing, everything is scheduled perfectly and the staff is awesome.
Paws Up, which has been a four-season resort, plans to close for the next several months during the winter season, opening up only for the Christmas and New Year holiday period but then closing down until the snow melts around mid-April. The resort says they had a record summer but can't afford to stay open in the winter months.
This is some sad news but the resort is taking reservations for the holidays from December 21st to Jan. 2nd.
Paws Up may sound like a place to stash your dog for the weekend but it is quite the opposite. Accommodations consist of small lodges, making it the perfect place for a family getaway. Unfortunately, the winter rates were much more doable than the spring/summer which top out at around $3,460.
Of course, you can still have the hotel pitch you a luxury tent by the river for $595 a night (three meals included.)
Say the word "camping" and many of us will run a mile. Alter this to "five-star camping" and it starts to get intriguing. On the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, the Paperbark Camp is anything but a humble campsite: it's a bushland collection of twelve luxury safari tents with verandahs and private ensuites (including outside bath tubs to get you close to nature--if you want).
The tents are all anchored above the ground so the threat of unwanted animal or insect visitors is low. After a peaceful night's sleep "in nature", you can go hiking or head to the beach, or just hang out in the tent. There is a restaurant on site, too.
Quite sensibly, Paperbark Camp closes over winter and this week it has reopened for the new camping season. That means it has some September specials going from A$270-$330 (US$230-280) a night, including breakfast--but you can see on their website that they're pretty heavily booked already, so everyone must be relying on winter definitely being over.
VIP Hotel Reviews / VIP Hotel Reviewer Series / Glamping / Johnny Jet / Luxury Tents / Luxury Camping / → All Tags
We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.
The next VIP in the series is Johnny Jet, aka John DiScala, the man behind the extremely popular travel website and newsletter JohnnyJet.com. If there's ever a question you have about airlines, airfares, hotels, resorts and travel in general, Johnny Jet is the man to ask. And that's probably because he's been there. Twice. Enjoy.
It's an honor to be writing for HotelChatter.com and when they asked me to pick my favorite hotel - I had to think about it. It's been over 10 days and I'm still thinking about it. Seriously, reflecting back, I realize I might be one of the most spoiled or luckiest S.O.B.'s on earth as I have been fortunate to stay at some incredible places over the years.
However, to pick one that’s totally unique and definitely in my top 10 has to be Longitude 131. It’s far far away in Australia’s Red Center in the town of Uluru/Ayers Rock. The 15 luxury "tents" resort is built on a sand dune. It’s for adults-only (over 12) so forget about bringing the kids. It has won many awards, including The Robb Report’s Top Ten Haute Hotels in the World, and is eco-friendly.
If you're headed for Namibia's NamibRand Desert, make sure you have a reservation at the luxury camps of Wolwedans.
There's a reason celebrities like Charlize Theron and the couple known as "Brangelina" have come here (with Maddox and Zahara in tow). Surrounded by striking red sand dunes and mountain ranges, the vast complex features all manner of accomodations, from private chalets to a lodge big enough for a party of 12 -- it's desert camping in high style.