Article by Rachel Greenberg, originally written for NileGuide

The word “tent” usually conjures up images of sleeping bags, bug repellant and unsavory outdoor bathrooms. But these are not the kind of tents we’re talking about. The ultimate in experiential travel, these tent hotels may cost a pretty penny, but they offer an unparalleled way to experience the outdoors in total comfort.

1. Longitude 131: Central Australian Outback

Visiting the stunning rock formations of Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta in central Australia is a “must” for many adventure travelers. Although remote, the area is sacred to the Aboriginal tribe of the area. Looking for outdoor adventure without sacrificing luxury? Longitude 131 is an eco-friendly resort nestled in the outback.

2. Whitepod: The Swiss Alps

Located at the foot of the Dents-du-Midi mountain range and facing the Villars Ski Resort, the “rooms” at Whitepod aren’t exactly what you’d call “traditional” ski chalet rentals. Instead, the camp is made up of 15 high tech and eco-friendly pods. What they lack in tradition, they more than make up for in incredible views and  uber hip interiors.

3. Al Maha Resort – Dubai

Looking for a little quiet in the heart of ultra-busy Dubai? The Al Maha Resort is a desert oasis right outside the city. The forty-two guest tents that dot the arid landscape are perfect for viewing the indigenous flora and fauna of the Arabian desert. The private infinity pool isn’t too shabby either.

4. El Capitan Canyon – Santa Barbara

Part campground, part resort, El Capitan has a little something for everyone. Hidden among the redwoods on the Santa Barbara coast, the resort has a few incredible tent cabins to choose from – including an on-site outdoor massage cabin.

5. Four Seasons, Golden Triangle – Northern Thailand

The only thing that could make elephant treks through Thailand’s lush jungle even more enjoyable? Staying at the notoriously luxurious Four Seasons, Golden Triangle during your trip. The raised rooms are part tent, part tree house, and offer incredible views of the jungle below.

6. Kichwa Tembo Tented Safari Camp -Southwest Kenya

Located in the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Kichwa Tembo Tented Safari Camp is the perfect home base for an epic safari adventure. A remote location and tented rooms don’t stop the camp from providing the utmost in luxury to its guests – gourmet food, game drives, and spa services are all available.

7. The Resort at Paws Up – Western Montana

Along with incredible, permanent vacation cabins, The Resort at Paws Up also offers 28 private “glamping” tents where luxury meets camping on Montana’s great plains. Located along the Elk River, each tent comes with its own fire pit and access to a butler, chef and tent spa.