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Glamping by Trevor Morrow - 3M ago

The Indonesian island of Bali is a place many have dreamed of visiting. Known for its ultra-lush landscapes and terraced rice paddies, it calls to those looking for serenity. Viceroy Bali, one of the island’s most luxurious hotels, is an incredible home base.

SETTING THE SCENE

Located just two miles from eclectic and energetic Ubud, Viceroy Bali is blissfully serene. It is set on the side of a steep hill facing the palm tree-filled Petanu River gorge. Here, the smell of fragrant frangipani drifts in the air. The Balinese-inspired architecture, gardens, and infinity pools harmoniously blend into the surrounds.

ACCOMMODATIONS Take your pick from the luxurious villas. Private pools ramp up the luxury factor.

Viceroy Bali has just 25 freestanding villas. Step through your villa’s hand-carved timber door to a spacious suite with modern comforts and luxurious amenities. You’ll also find an arrangement of freshly cut flowers, but if you’re here on honeymoon, you’ll discover one dozen red roses.

Each villa also features private outdoor space and its own plunge pool or infinity pool. Of course the best feature is always the view because each villa looks over the beautiful green valley.

Back inside, the bathroom is anchored by a spacious bathtub. Be sure to take a flower petal bath for an extra special moment of zen.

WELLNESS AND RELAXATION Enjoy an alfresco massage.

Viceroy Bali is an ideal place to experience wellness and yoga. At the hotel’s Lembah Bali Spa, you’ll find a menu of treatments that blend “Western knowledge with natural and traditional Balinese wellness techniques.”

To kick things off, try a Balinese body scrub and yogurt body mask. Then unwind with a traditional Balinese massage. Getting here requires a long flight, and as a result, this massage is recommended to help “relax weary muscles and is ideal for stiff backs after long-haul flights.”

Schedule a private yoga session which takes place outside overlooking the valley and surrounded by greenery. However, if you’re seeking more of an active stretch, a Pilates studio will debut in mid 2019 along with a new, larger spa.

CULINARY DELIGHTS Casual and fine dining are available at CasCades.

Viceroy Bali is home to two of Ubud’s most lauded restaurants. Aperitif Restaurant & Bar is a fine dining establishment. It features the hotel’s amazing jungle views and multicourse meals. In contrast, CasCades Restaurant features both classic and Bali-inspired dishes. Both restaurants utilize ingredients from Viceroy Bali’s very own greenhouse.

Join a cooking class to bring home the flavors of Indonesian cooking. You’ll visit a local market to select ingredients, then learn how to make seven traditional Indonesian dishes.

UBUD AND BEYOND

Ubud is one of Bali’s premier centers for arts and culture. Viceroy Bali’s privileged location is near Ubud and as a result, hotel guests are able to discover the town’s many artisans, galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.

Beyond exploring the city streets, Viceroy Bali can arrange many memorable cultural experiences. Attend a Balinese blessing ceremony or take a Balinese dance lesson. Make and fly your own Balinese kite (a favorite pastime of locals) or visit nearby temples and traditional villages.

More adventurous offerings include a sunrise trek to the top of Batur volcano and a cycling tour with an English-speaking guide. However, the best way to experience Viceroy Bali’s stunning setting is on foot. Book a rice paddy trek where you’ll journey through rice fields and coconut plantations and visit a local wood-carving village.

A ROMANTIC ESCAPE

Viceroy Bali is a perfect escape for couples seeking relaxation and romance.

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Dunton Hot Springs is tucked in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado’s southwest corner. Dunton Hot Springs is a restored, historic ghost town originally established in 1885. Today, this luxury resort embodies a romantic vision of the American West and is open to guests year-round.

GETTING THERE

Dunton Hot Springs is accessible via several area airports, including Durango, Telluride, Cortez, and Montrose. Whichever you choose, you can rent a car and enjoy the majestic drive to Dunton at your own pace. Or, book a luxury SUV or van.

Pro tip: Dunton Hot Springs is located about two hours from the world-renowned mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. As a result, this makes Dunton the perfect addition to your winter ski trip or visit to the star-studded Telluride Film Festival.

ACCOMMODATIONS Dunton Springs’ cabins have a rugged Western appeal. Interiors are warm and inviting.

There are 13 luxury cabins open to guests of all ages. These cabins range in size from cozy one bedrooms, perfect for romantic escapes, to more spacious five bedrooms, ideal for families. The well-appointed accommodations are complete with their own charm.

And speaking of unique charm, the Well House Cabin even has a large soaking tub which can be filled with mineral water from the property’s namesake hot springs!

The seasonal Dunton River Camp appeals to those over the age of 18. The camp’s eight luxury glamping tents with en-suite bathrooms are available from June through October. Set near the banks of the West Fork and Dolores rivers, it’s the perfect place to feel even closer to nature and further away from everyday life.

THE FOOD Ingredient-driven food is crafted with care.

Just like the accommodations, the food at Dunton will amaze.

New menus are created daily, for instance, and are inspired by fresh, local and regional ingredients.  The food is gourmet, but the dining experience at Dunton Hot Springs is not stuffy. Watch your meal being prepared in the old Saloon’s open kitchen. If you’d like, you can even jump in and help the chef.

All guests dine together at a long, antique table, because it facilitates a wonderful sense of community and a forum to discus your day’s adventures. In contrast, couples can opt for romantic private dining.

Dinner aside, you’ll enjoy delicious made-to-order breakfasts and Dunton’s memorable picnic lunches, of course.

ENDLESS ACTIVITIES The bathhouse with hot springs

Dunton Hot Springs offer countless activities no matter the season. The private hot springs remain one of the biggest draws year-round.

Enjoy the healing mineral water at several locations around the property. This includes the storybook 19th-century bathhouse with its indoor and outdoor hot springs pools.

Indulge in a pre- or post-soak massage at the spa, or consider a private yoga class.

Summer Fly fishing is just one way to while away a summer’s day.

Try your hand at fly fishing on Dunton’s nine miles of private waters along the West Fork and Dolores rivers. You’ll find yourself hooking rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout after a little practice.

Horseback riding high in the Rockies is also a must-do. However, if you’d rather hoof it yourself, hiking, mountaineering and rock climbing are also on offer. Nearby, rafting, photography tours and four-wheel drive tours are just a few of the available activities.

Winter Dogsledding makes for a fun winter’s afternoon.

Dunton shines during winter, because few things beat cozying up around a fire. However, those looking to get outside will find no shortage of things to do. One not to miss is hopping in Dunton’s very own Snow-cat to an elevation of 10,000 feet. Up here, you’ll have access to pristine high alpine meadows for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. More tame pursuits include ice skating or riding in a horse-drawn sleigh to Dunton River Camp (where you’ll sip hot chocolate around a bonfire or enjoy a private dinner in the River Camp’s old farmhouse).

Snowmobiling, ice climbing, and heli-skiing are all available for adrenaline junkies.

TIME TO ESCAPE

Dunton Hot Springs is a perfect place for a family getaway. Likewise, it’s a wild yet refined romantic escape. Either way, it offers everything you’ll need to turn your American West dreams into reality.

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Desert excursions in Morocco are plentiful, but Kam Kam Dunes provides a truly authentic experience. The nomadic camp is located in the heart of the Sahara Desert, 350 miles southwest of Marrakesh.

At Home in the Desert

The camp is nestled between sky-high sand dunes. It comprises eleven traditional Berber-style black tents and one secluded suite-style complex. To round out the experience, a dining tent and common relaxation space help weary travelers unwind. The camp also provides front row seats for sensational stargazing.

Many factors make this desert experience truly authentic. Local artisans handmade the tent exteriors from organic leather to keep the interior quarters cozy and safe from sandstorms. Inside, clean white bedding creates a modern aesthetic while the private bathrooms boast a colorful Moroccan design. Kam Kam Dunes is also staffed by nomadic people from surrounding Berber communities.

The camp’s location deep in the desert also makes it special. Dunes in all directions dominate the skyline without a glimpse of the closest town in sight. Outside of the main transportation hubs, it’s only accessible via 4×4 transfer.

Despite its remote nature, you still have many comforts of home like electricity and hot water. A few caveats present themselves, however. WiFi isn’t available, which presents the perfect excuse to take a digital detox. Meanwhile, alcohol is served on-site, for an additional charge not included in the rate.

A Suite Saharan Experience Bedrooms are breezy and airy.

The camp has one additional hidden gem: Kam Kam Suites.

This exclusive section of Kam Kam Dunes opened in October 2018. The secluded complex is hidden  on the opposite side of a sand dune. Four large tents huddle together with Moroccan rugs between. The tents are made of the same organic leather, however they are double the size and can accommodate up to four adults each.

It provides more space and isolation from the hustle and bustle within just five minutes’ walking distance from the other camp’s main quarters.

Transportation to the Desert

Getting to Kam Kam Dunes is an adventure in itself. A twelve-hour drive from Marrakesh, getting there by land also means crossing the Atlas Mountains. Though there isn’t a night minimum at the camp, spending at least two nights at Kam Kam Dunes is recommended.

Luckily, the camp offers a multitude of transportation options that combine visiting other sites while en route.

For those arriving by land, there are many sites to visit between Marrakesh and Morocco. Kam Kam Dunes offers tours ranging from one to four nights. Prices are available for private and shared tours.

For example, a four-day tour stops at Ouarzazate and Todra Gorge with one night in the Dades Valley before spending two nights in the desert. Private transport on this tour plus one shared tent costs 615 Euros for two people. The same tour and accommodation with shared transportation (on a mini-bus with other tourists) costs 425 Euros for two people.

If budget isn’t an issue, travelers can also fly into Errachidia Airport (40 minutes away) via private jet or helicopter.

Beyond the Dunes Don’t miss a camel trek!

Kam Kam Dunes recently began offering unique trekking experiences. Travelers can cross the entire desert on foot by hiking 10 miles east to west. After the walk, the experience concludes with a sunset drive back to camp.

Of course, no desert experience in Morocco is complete without a camel ride, which is an option at Kam Kam Dunes. However, more adventurous travelers might gravitate toward sand surfing as well as ATV, fat-tire bike, and motorcycle rides.

Outside of the camp, a single day 4WD desert tour takes guests to visit a local nomadic family and zinc mines before heading to the town of Khemliya for a Sudanese-style dance show. The journey continues to Kasbah for lunch and an afternoon swim then winds down at a wild oasis before returning to camp for a sunset dune hike (55 euros).

Desert experiences are either priced individually or included as part of the camp’s multi-day packages. Being able to say you camped under the stars in the Sahara? That’s priceless.

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Vista Verde Ranch is located just 25 miles outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado. While most ranches are open during the warm weather months only, Vista Verde also welcomes guests during the snowy season. This dude ranch boasts resort-like amenities, cabins fit for the discerning cowboy, and endless winter activities.

Winter at Vista Verde Steamboat Springs is renowned for skiing.

The ranch really shines in the winter.

Snow covers the entire property, which creates auspicious conditions for activities like “snowga.” Instructors takes guests snowshoeing out to a cabin to do downward-facing dogs in front of a roaring fireplace. Of course, this is only one of the property’s unique winter offerings. Many people are drawn here for top-notch skiing, sleigh rides, snowy trail rides, and ice skating, all included in the rate. Bucket list adventures like snowmobiling and dog sledding are also available for an additional cost. People who’d rather stay cozy indoors can try their hand at a leather working class and create their own cowboy goods.

Cooler Prices

Winter season has an additional perk: the price. During the summer, a one-week stay can run $5,125 per person versus. In contrast, during the winter the price drops to $3,195. Saturday-to-Saturday stays also include a free snowmobile ride. Plus, there’s only a three-night minimum stay.

You’ll also receive more personalized attention from staff and a more laid-back atmosphere: the guest count doesn’t typically rise above 50 at a time.

The Ideal Den

Main Lodge Private cabins have a rustic charm.

Vista Verde has 10 private cabins with vaulted wood-finished ceilings. The common spaces are heated with fireplaces that are as warm as the rustic décor. Cabins also feature between one and three bedrooms. No matter the cabin size, each is nestled along the hillside offering gorgeous mountain views, not to mention private hot tubs on the decks.

Individual travelers can also overnight in the lodge rooms, which are named after nearby lakes. In step with the ranch motif, lodge rooms feature western-style art and king-sized beds.

A Taste of Colorado                 Chocolate branded pancakes play on the Western theme. Meals are equal parts comfort and gourmet.

Thaw out your fingers between cross-country ski runs with weekly beer tastings from the state’s microbreweries. The chef discusses how the beers were brewed and gives tips on food pairing. The resort’s inclusive wine tastings and cooking classes also cater to epicureans.

The main lodge serves hearty, ranch-style meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most guests live in anticipation of dinner, which alternates between casual meals served family-style and more formal multi-course plated meals.

Celebrate Winter

Vista Verde Ranch makes it easy to embrace winter. Where else in the world do you experience the freedom of being a cowboy and the exhilaration of skiing within the same week?

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Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is a sunny, dreamy stretch of coastline in Australia’s Queensland. It’s known for sprawling beach resorts, renowned surf spots, and natural treasures in the surrounding hinterland. It offers a quiet escape or an action-packed vacation all year round thanks to its near-perfect weather.

Glamping at Rivershore Resort Rivershore Resort’s tents

Rivershore Resort is one of Australia’s largest glamping resorts. It sits on the glorious Sunshine Coast right on the banks of the Maroochy River in Diddillibah.

The resort is a one-of-a-kind caravanning, camping, and glamping property. It’s also in close proximity to some of the country’s greatest beaches and natural wonders. Rivershore provides a fantastic resort experience with a spacious and relaxed vibe.

Welcoming Arrival

Rivershore Resort is just a one-hour drive from Brisbane but a world away from city life. Your cares will melt away once you’re greeted at reception by one of the friendly staff.  The manager or owner will personally escort you to your glamping tent.

Their whole goal is for you to escape, relax, and enjoy everything they have to offer.

Luxurious Tents Safari-style tents Tent interior Relax on the deck of your tent Tents have en suite bathrooms

There are 15 beautifully appointed safari tents and 80 powered camping and caravanning sites at Rivershore Resort. Each of the luxurious, self-contained safari tents has a king-size, four poster bed, an en suite bathroom with separate shower and a claw-foot tub, kitchenette, and a covered veranda with a BBQ area and peaceful river views. It truly allows you to unplug and experience nature while still enjoying all the creature comforts of a five-star hotel.

The tents were imported from South Africa and are designed to withstand extreme conditions. On nice days, roll up the window coverings and let in the sweet sea breezes. All of the furniture was handcrafted here on the Sunshine Coast and tents feature luxury guest amenities and premium linens.

Food and Drink Food and fun at Rivershore Resort

The 100-seat Driftwood Restaurant and Bar is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The modern restaurant overlooks the huge pool area. It’s also the perfect setting to relax with a cool drink or enjoy a fun-filled evening with friends. Pop down for their daily happy hour from 4 – 5pm. They also host an ever-popular pizza night on Tuesdays.

The regular dinner menu offers a nice variety of dishes including truffled mushroom crostini, gourmet spring rolls, prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin, and an Indian-inspired chicken pasanda.

Relax with breakfast in bed, since room service is available all day. There’s also a self-catering kitchen so you can cook up your own family meals.

An Abundance of Activities Family fun at the pool Perfect spot to catch some rays-or a nap!

It’s all about the pool at Rivershore, where activity centers around a huge 82-foot (25m), year-round heated pool with two water slides. Relax by the pool with a book while sipping a latte, craft beer, or cocktail from Driftwood Restaurant and Bar.

They offer kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on the river. Kids love the trampoline, playground, and 9-hole mini-golf course, as well as the outdoor movie theatre. Yoga and aqua aerobics classes are available all year round, along with a pop-up day spa during peak periods. Rivershore Resort truly has something for everyone.

Nearby Treasures

The Sunshine Coast has so much to offer its visitors. The beautiful Maroochydore and Mooloolaba beaches are only a five-minute drive away, and amazing rain forests are less than 10 minutes away.

Families love visiting Australia Zoo and Underwater world. Hike up Mount Coolum or explore the hinterland’s waterfalls. Similarly, the world-famous area of Noosa National Park is just 30 minutes away, or go further north to explore Fraser Island.

Rivershore’s fun and relaxing ambience, spectacular river views, and first-rate facilities makes it a wonderful place to bring the whole family.

 

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I have a secret and it’s called The Lodge on Little St. Simons.

It’s where the marsh greens pop against sky blues, and your pace is slow enough to notice.  A place where towering oak branches embrace you. Your breathing slows and your mind stills here.  It’s where you’re the spectator, and nature is the show.  A place where you may be a guest, but it feels like you’re home.  It’s the Lodge on Little St. Simons.

Getting There

Drive past the quaint town of St. Simons and continue until you arrive at a small dock.  You’ll feel your stress instantly shift as you drop your luggage for the staff to transport.  For the first time, you appreciate the spectacular marsh landscape without a drop of civilization on the horizon.  By the time you’re on the private boat to the Island, your worries are left on the dock.

The Beauty of a Barrier Island Natural beauty of Little St. Simons island

Little St. Simons is a private barrier island that has been virtually untouched for centuries.  The miniscule development done by the Lodge hasn’t imposed on the habitat or the evolution of the island. In fact, scientists travel from all over the world to study the uninhibited nature.  Barrier islands are fascinating creatures, with a constantly and swiftly changing landscape that keeps scientists scrambling to keep pace.  The beach on Little St. Simons grows three feet per year, a remarkable phenomenon that has its more developed neighbors envious.  Accessible only by boat, the Lodge keeps its number of guests small to preserve the island’s habitat.

Laidback Living Rustic charm at The Lodge on Little St. Simons

Once on the island, you will enjoy a universe where civilization allows nature to reign.  Venture down small pathways to find private hideouts where you’ll enjoy the beauty as if you’re the only person on the island.  Tour the garden to see what you’ll eat later.  You’ve found a time machine, and this is Georgia at its purest.  That impression isn’t dispelled when it comes to mealtime. Exceptional home-style cooking is served family style, and it feels as though you’ve come home for the holiday.

Nature-minded Activities Naturalist-led explorations are a highlight.

Though it is possible to sit and admire your vacation away, the amount of activities offered keeps even the busiest traveler sated.  There are two guided activities offered each morning and afternoon. The Lodge’s world-renowned naturalists can lead an exploration of any wildlife or fauna that interests you.  These naturalists are the gem of the Lodge; whether it has legs, gills, leaves, fins, feathers, flowers, fruits or all of the above, they know its diet, habits, mating and migratory pattern.  And they can impersonate its call.

Wildlife Encounters and Eco-Adventures Hop aboard a skiff to explore the island on your own.

Go on an expedition through the forest to learn how the island was created and how it’s evolved.  Take a tour of the pond lookouts to admire the gorgeous Roseate Spoonbills or the resident alligators.  Kayak through the marshland and admire the vast array of birdlife, as well as a porpoise or manatee that happen your way.  If you prefer unguided adventures, take one of the bikes or skiff boats available, and set off on an adventure all your own.  Or literally do none of the above, and sit rocking on your private porch to watch the sun move across the sky.  Your hosts encourage all levels of activity to suit your needs.

A Perfect Beach Little St. Simon Island’s beach is pristine.

It would be a travesty to miss the beach, as this is where you feel the island really showing off.  Seven miles long without a single house or person in view, it is reason enough for a trip to Little St. Simons.  There is simply no other place like it.

Just a Boat Ride Away

Whether you’re a naturalist by trade, hobby, or vague inclination, the Lodge on Little St. Simons is a spectacular haven unlike any other in the world.  You owe yourself a visit, and the boat ride home will have you longing for your chance to return.

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Under Canvas has several glamping sites in prime locations in the U.S., including Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore and Zion. Therefore, it was inevitable that they’d set up camp by one of the most sought-out natural sights of America: the Grand Canyon. Situated near the famed chasm’s south rim in Valle, Arizona, Under Canvas Grand Canyon provides a more bucolic, yet refined experience than any of the area’s accommodations.

A Chic Check-In Experience

Drive along a red rock lined driveway, leading you away from town and into the countryside of brush, pinon and juniper trees. Check in and meet the resort team at the impressive lobby tent. The lobby has a chic interior design—furnished by West Elm, no less. You could easily think you’re in the foyer of a cosmopolitan brick-and-mortar establishment.

Farm to Fork

The camp resort’s restaurant serves gourmet meals al fresco. Options range from vegetarian with a “farm-to-fork” philosophy to pulled pork sandwiches and smoked chicken with rice dishes. The food is often paired with beers, wines and occasionally live music. Despite these touches of elegance, the outdoor camping experience isn’t lost; s’mores are served around the communal campfire each night. Under Canvas even prepares lunches to bring along on various adventures—just make sure to order the night before.

The Tents
Tent Interior

While not as big as the other resorts in the Under Canvas portfolio, the Grand Canyon location doesn’t skimp on luxury, with comfortable beds and fine linens. Of the 25 glamping sites available, there are five set-ups to choose from with varied group sizes and price points. Three have king beds with private bathrooms, wood stoves and private decks—the Suite Tent, Deluxe, and Stargazer—while the other two luxury Safari Tent options share a communal bathhouse. Rest (and shower) assured that this isn’t your high school locker room shower facility; the bathhouse is first class, with all the comforts of a fine hotel bathroom, only shared.

Disconnect and Reconnect

While each glamping site is far enough from each other for privacy and intimacy, it’s easy to meet and befriend other couples or families—wandering kids typically find each other. The grounds are intentionally WiFi free, so that you can disconnect from the world, enjoy your companions and admire the awe-inspiring nature. Don’t fret; there’s still cell phone reception, which you can use to call the front desk at the lobby tent.

Adventures of Grandeur

The Grand Canyon’s south rim is only about a half-hour drive away. It is world-renowned for its larger-than-life scenery and geological magnificence.

Go on your own and heed the trusted advice of any of the friendly NPS rangers in the national park. They can recommend hiking and biking trails or prime photography vantage points. There are alo several outfitters in the area that provide day tours. Whitewater river rafting is available with plenty of advance notice.

All the Adventure, None of the Planning

Of course, the team at Under Canvas Grand Canyon will set you up with the local tour partners. Alternatively, you can reserve one of their custom tour packages: the Adventure Package includes guided hiking and driving tours, while the Expedition Package adds mountain biking into the itinerary. Or, book à la carte activities (subject to availability). Helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon or horseback riding in nearby Kaibab National Forest rank high on visitors’ to-do lists.

Whatever adventure you decide, you’ll experience this one-of-a kind landscape. It is truly exhilarating, even if you just stand still on the edge and simply gaze upon one of the wonders of the world.

Serenity Under the Stars

The stargazing is especially spectacular in this part of the world thanks to the lack of light pollution. Some argue it’s the best stargazing across all of the Under Canvas properties. You might even spot a shooting star in the nighttime sky.

Sunrise yoga classes are offered many mornings at their yoga and event platform. You will leave this place feeling refreshed, with renewed energy. Or, you can always load up your cooler, pick up your lunch, and do it all over again.

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The Beauty of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is all about nature – from the miles and miles of sandy beaches to the lush tea fields to the mesmerizing mountainscapes.  And there’s no better way to experience the outdoors here than to enjoy a fantastic glamping experience right on the beach.

Glamping in Sri Lanka   Beachfront glamping

With its natural and rustic style, exclusive glamping bungalows, tasty food, and amazing setting, Jungle Beach Camp offers the perfect Sri Lanka experience.

Their motto sums it up: living in the nature with the nature.

At Jungle Beach Camp you can get away, enjoy nature, and simply slow down. Situated on an unspoiled section of beach that stretches for three kilometers, Jungle Beach Camp is truly a peaceful escape from the world.

The Jungle Beach Camp provides the perfect alternative to those who love the idea of camping to feel very close to nature and all the elements, but prefer not to be without life’s simple luxuries like a bathroom as well as a cozy bed. It’s the perfect mix of nature and comfort.

Upon arrival through the small wooden gate, you are welcomed home and greeted personally by the owner or manager with a fresh welcome drink. It’s time to relax, unplug, and just be in the moment.

Cozy Beach Bungalows Romance, glamping style. Stunning open-air bathrooms

All accommodations overlook the pristine, powdery sand of Ahungalla Beach. Step right out of your bungalow and you are already on the beach.  Take your pick from the four standard (for four people) or deluxe glamping bungalows (for up to six people). All are raised off the ground above the sand dunes and surrounded with trees and bushes for absolute privacy.

The beautifully designed bungalows use natural materials giving the feeling of a rustic yet modern vibe. The en-suite bathrooms are open and constructed with half wood and half polished concrete.

Fresh linens, comfortable pillows, beach towels, ayurvedic products and a mini fridge are all included in each bungalow. And depending on your group size and configuration, each bungalow can be customized — for couples with a double bed and living area with sofa, for families with double bed and single beds or for friends with only single beds.

It’s pretty magical at night to tuck into your comfy bed and drift to sleep to the sound of the sea just outside.

Relax and Rejuvenate in the Spa

In the on-beach spa you can relax and let all your cares melt away with a soothing ayurvedic massage.  Listen to the waves crash while professional therapists provide deep relaxation and rejuvenation. Pamper yourself skin treatments with organic and all-natural herbal oils and products. Free your mind with private or group yoga classes. Looking for a more intense yoga getaway?  Jungle Beach also offers different transformational retreats.

Fresh and Local Food

Right on the property, the Jungle Beach Restaurant offers a good mix of traditional Sri Lankan food and international dishes. They focus on all the fresh and local seafood found right here like lobster, jumbo prawns, cuttlefish, and crab. Vegetarian and vegan preparation is also available. You can dine in the restaurant, out on the beach or even have your meal delivered to your bungalow for a romantic dinner in.

Or if you decide to go on one of their fishing tours and catch your own seafood, they will cook it up for you. And once a week don’t miss the fun and communal BBQ night on the beach. Thirsty? Jungle Beach makes all their own juices, mocktails, and cocktails with fresh fruit from the island.

Activities for Everyone

Just laze the day away with a book on the beach or have some fun with games and activities right here like beach volleyball, table tennis, card and board games and even Zorb ball soccer. Feeling more adventurous? Get out into the water and rent a body board or even a surfboard and take a lesson for a fee.

The property can help set up any offsite activities you desire. Visit the well-preserved colonial city Galle, a town full of charming Dutch-era villas and pretty seaside views. Get out on a river safari or try your hand at kayaking. There’s no shortage of things to do if you want to explore. Set up temple tours or visit the turtle hatchery. Learn about local culture by visiting the mask museum, a cinnamon factory, silk factory, or even a tea plantation.

At Jungle Beach Camp it’s all about unplugging and being in the moment. Have fun surfing in the sea or just relax on a lounge chair with a fresh fruit juice. In either case, just be yourself. Living in nature with nature.

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Nestled among the windswept dunes of the vast Sahara desert, Desert Luxury Camp promises a stay unlike any other.  It offers some of the best glamping in Morocco.

Here, the camp’s founders have built an enchanted oasis home to an encampment of storybook tents. It is a place to find peace and quite, and the kind of restorative solitude that only a desert can provide. For those seeking to raise their heart rate, however, there are also plenty of adventures on offer.

Photographers, whether professional or of the Instagram variety, will also love the cinematic scenes Desert Luxury Camp provides. From fiery sunrises and sunsets over the caramel-colored sand, to the charm of their outdoor living spaces, to star-filled nights lit up by a sea of lanterns and campfires, the memorable moments will be endless.

THE JOURNEY

Getting to Desert Luxury Camp is part of the adventure. By car, it’s 350 miles from Marrakech. Along the way, you’ll cross the rugged peaks of the Atlas Mountains, lush river valleys and deep gorges. Desert Luxury Camp recommends breaking the journey into one or two days, allowing you to experience more of Morocco’s off-the-beaten-path.

If you are pressed for time, however, consider one of the twice-weekly flights from Casablanca to Errachidia, a regional airport about 2 hours from camp. Alternatively, for those really looking to splurge, helicopter transportation from Marrakech can also be arranged.

ACCOMMODATIONS Luxury Tent, Exterior Tents are outfitted with handmade furnishings and carpets, among other luxuries.

Each of the Camp’s canvas tents is handmade in Casablanca. Interiors feature handcrafted furniture, earth-tone colors, and of course, many traditional Moroccan rugs.

The Main Camp is home to just five sleeping tents. Each features a double or twin beds and an ensuite bathroom. Here at Main Camp, you’ll also find the property’s tented restaurant and plenty of places to lounge outside.

For those who desire a little more privacy, book their Private Camp with three tents. Each features cozy bedding and ensuite bathrooms, as well as seclusion. Best of all, the sleeping test’s walls can be fully opened, allowing you to take in wonderful views of the surrounding dunes from your bed. It’s also a great pick for families.

Finally, there’s Royal Camp. Comprised of Desert Luxury Camp’s two largest tents perched atop a dune, they offer king beds and commanding views of the Sahara. They can be booked separately or together as a private camp (perfect for honeymooners).

THE FOOD Unwind in the middle of the Sahara

Warm and traditional Berber hospitality is on full display at Desert Luxury Camp. Dinner and breakfast are included in your stay (as is lunch for those staying 2 or more nights).

Dinners at Desert Luxury Camp are memorable. You’ll sit under the stars or in the dining tent and feast on three courses of Moroccan cuisine made from local ingredients. Main courses may include dishes like varieties of tajine, lamb mechoui (a traditional North African roasted lamb dish) and vegetable couscous.

Come morning, you’ll enjoy coffee, tea and freshly squeezed orange juices under the slowly rising sun. Then, fuel up with Moroccan pancakes, eggs made to order, fresh baked bread, and an assortment of jams, cheeses, oils and honey.

For another memorable meal, arrange for a romantic private dinner among the dunes.

ACTIVE ADVENTURES Camel-trekking in the desert

Kick things off with a guided walk during the cool early morning hours. These two-hour trips allow you to watch as the desert awakens.

Should you prefer to hitch a ride, camel-trekking is, of course, a very popular activity here. With instruction from your expert guide, you’ll be sauntering over the dunes in no time. If it’s more camel, err, horsepower you’re after, hop in one of Desert Luxury Camps’ Toyota 4x4s. Driven by an expert, you’ll be in for a wild ride. And, you can’t leave without trying sand-boarding (it’s like snowboarding but substitute snow for sand).

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

One favorite cultural activity is joining a local Berber nomad family for tea or lunch. Or, visit and learn about the town of Rissani. Once a thriving center of commerce and an important caravan stop from Niger to Tangier,  today you can explore the old town’s ruins and its thrice-weekly market.

At day’s end, watching the stunning sunset is an activity in and of itself. Then, at night, food, music and dancing take center stage.

Tired from a day’s worth of adventure? Simply kick back and watch the stars appear in the pitch black sky.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape or a family experience, Desert Luxury Camp has both accommodations and activities to suit you needs.

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We often get caught up in the doing and forget about being. It is this state-simply being-that Tasmania’s Truffle Lodge hopes to help guests reconnect with while enjoying some of Australia’s best glamping.

Truffle Lodge is just under an hour from Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart. Their tranquil location, perched along the banks of the soothing Derwent River makes it easy to slow your pace and rediscover the lost art of relaxation. So will the absence of TVs and in-tent WiFi (don’t worry, there’s WiFi in the central Lodge).

But, for all those doers out there, Truffle Lodge is far from boring.  In fact, there is so much to do in the surrounding area, you’ll wish you spent an extra night.

Accommodations Glamping Tent Tent Interior

You’ll be able to experience glamping in its purest sense here. Each of the property’s African-style safari tents, crafted in South Africa, features a large, private deck with a table, rocking chairs and hammock. The deck, and your canvas room, look out to the Derwent River and the picturesque hills of the Derwent Valley beyond.

Luxurious Bathrooms

Inside, you’ll have plenty of space to spread out. These very spacious tents come with a comfortable king-sized bed with luxurious, linen bedding. You’ll also find an ensuite bathroom with hot water, a rainfall shower and a flush toilet. The star, however, is the gorgeous handmade wooden soaking tub — yet another ideal spot to just relax and be.

Dining

Follow the timber walkway from your tent to the riverfront Lodge. This common gathering area boasts a large deck to take in the surrounds and a cozy indoor lounge area. You’ll also find an indoor and outdoor fireplace — both perfect spots to curl up with a glass of Tasmanian wine.

Breakfast and dinner at Truffle Lodge are included and served in the communal dining room. And while the term “farm to table” may be overused, at Truffle Lodge it couldn’t be more accurate. As just one example of the owners’ commitment to supporting the surrounding community, meals here feature plenty of fresh and locally grown produce and meat. The owners call it “simple yet rustic comfort food” and guests simply call it “delicious.”

Cocktail Hour

If you’re not off exploring the region, be sure to swing by the Lodge for afternoon drinks, served daily at 3:00pm. Later, arrive to dinner a half hour early (at 7pm) for pre-dinner drinks. It’s a perfect time to converse with your fellow guests and swap stories of your day’s adventures.

After a restful night’s sleep, make your way back to the Lodge for breakfast. Be sure to sample the homemade jams, produced by local women from the Valley’s bounty of fresh fruits.

Relaxation

At Truffle Lodge, it’s all about being able to do as little or as much as you’d like. Slower-pace pastimes include walking the property, reading a book on your tent’s deck, or going for a dip in the river. Get more in touch with the land by helping to harvest hazelnuts from the Lodge’s hazelnut orchard or collect wild field mushrooms which spring up after it rains. Both are utilized in the Lodge’s cuisine, and will soon be served in forthcoming long-table dinners held in the orchard.

As for the Lodge’s namesake truffles, the truffle orchard is currently being cultivated. Guests can now learn all about truffle husbandry, and soon, take part in the harvesting.

Active Adventures at Truffle Lodge

If you’re seeking something slightly more active, go for a spin on one of the Lodge’s fat tire bikes or cast a line in the river. In either case, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The world’s only two species of monotreme (egg-laying mammals), the platypus and the echidna, can both be seen on the property.

Come nightfall, continue your pursuit of relaxation by gathering around the roaring bonfire. Thanks to the lack of light pollution, the stars will dazzle and the magical Aurora Australis (aka, the southern lights) may put on a show.

Nearby Vineyards & Breweries          

Off property, the area is brimming with things to do. Visit some of the surrounding valley’s award-winning vineyards — five are within a 15-20 minute drive.

In contrast, those who prefer beer, just a few minutes down the road the village of Bushy Park is home to the largest hop fields in Australia. It’s obvious then that you’ll find plenty of delicious craft beers and ciders nearby as well. And if wine and beer weren’t enough, a handful of distinguished distilleries are also well worth a visit.

Communing with Nature

Switching gears, opportunities to get even closer to nature abound. At just 30 minutes away, one of the closest is Mt. Field National Park, home to the stunning Russell Falls and some of the tallest trees in the world. To get closer to some of Tasmania’s cute critters, consider a visit to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

Wherever your journeys away from Truffle Lodge take you, know that the drive will be spectacular and an experience in itself. While you’re out, also be sure to stop at one of the region’s many farmstands to sample the local fruit and produce.

Bigger Thrills

As mentioned at the outset, those seeking thrills will also find Truffle Lodge to be the perfect home base.

The Lodge can help arrange fly fishing trips (Tasmania is one of the world’s premier fly fishing destinations with a thriving population of trout), mountain biking experiences (Australia’s longest downhill mountain biking route is nearby), and more challenging treks in the surrounding wilds.

Helicopter adventures to remote rivers for fly fishing and mountaintops for trekking, can also be arranged.

What Are You Waiting For?

Truffle Lodge is best suited for couples seeking a unique and romantic escape. For oenophiles, foodies and nature lovers, it’s also well worth the pilgrimage.

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