If for you the word ‘camping’ conjures memories of wet weekends sheltering in the car and long walks to the shower block in nought but squelching wellies and an already-drenched towel, you need to think again.
Holidays under canvas have changed. While getting back to basics is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to the 5*, many campers remain reluctant to forgo their creature comforts, meaning that the market for luxury glamping holidays has become increasingly saturated with amazing alternative accommodations around the world.
As big fans of exploration and the extraordinary, we’ve sought out the wildest and most wonderful alternative holiday accommodations to inspire your next travels.
What to See
Porto Soalino offers a range of accommodation options, from camping and tent rental, to caravans and bungalows, there’s something to suit any outdoorsy (or not so outdoorsy) type. Mere moments from the sparkling sea and soft white sand beaches, and with loads of activities including watersports available, it’s a great destination for couples and families alike.
Cottar’s Safari Service in Kenya offers all the opulence of a 1920s big game hunting lodge, with the ecology and wildlife-preservation sensibilities of the modern day. The lodge offers bespoke safari trips, from honeymoon trips to month-long expeditions to surfing excursions via the eco lodge. The tents range from lovely stylish double tents to huge family tents with their own dining room
and lounge areas. A truly once-in-a-lifetime
experience, at what is an outstanding
institute of ecology and historical importance.
With guided treks by day and lovely warm accommodation and dinner by night, there’s little not to love about this ecocamp in the Patagonian wilderness. Spectacular views await just outside your tent, while nature treks transport you miles from the cares and troubles of the working world. A must see for any travelling nature lover.
Airstream Europe lease old vintage American camper vans at the foot of the Pyrenees near the medieval town of Mirepoix. The trailers are equipped with mod-cons and renovated in true vintage style. Some caravans sleep several people, so it’s worth buddying up for this cool retro experience. Oh, and there’s a spa, as if you weren’t keen enough to go already.
There are several campsites located in the Jasper National Park. The stunning scenery and unbelievably clear waters would make any camper feel privileged. Some sites offer alternative accommodation rental, although we love the idea of kipping down in the wild surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. (Although families with young children might want to scratch the
romanticism and opt for a roof over their heads!)
Tienda Luz’s Moroccan style tents nestle among the orange groves and avocado trees, with beautiful views from their elevated positions. A fresh breakfast is served on the terrace every day, included in the tent rental. From then a day by the pool, nature trails or exploring the town are all easily available, with the lovely owners on-hand to provide useful, friendly information whenever it’s needed.
The Four Seasons runs package deals with transfers from the airport, to stay in their luxurious tents, equipped with all the trimmings (including a luxurious two person bath!) As part of a package all of your food and drink, elephant trekking, and use of the spa are included, so you can relax in total assurance that everything is covered. The Four Seasons describes their holidays as for
active adults and teens, due to the elephant
trekking and spa (babies don’t really care
about aromatherapy oils), so you might want
to leave the little ones at home and make
this one a couples holiday.