The word “tent” usually conjures images of sleeping bags, bug repellant and repugnant 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: Australian Outback
Visiting the stunning rock formations of Uluru (or Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (formerly known as The Olgas) in the southwestern corner of Northern Territory is a “must” for adventure travelers and nature lovers. Although remote, these ancient rocks are sacred to the Aboriginal people.
The Australian Outback is home to rare plants, animals, and birds. See kangaroos, wallabies, emus and dingoes roaming freely in the red desert sands. Visitors can meet up with an Aboriginal guide and learn about traditional medicines, sacred rock art and special bushfood (bush tucker).
Looking for outdoor adventure without sacrificing luxury? Longitude 131 is an eco-friendly resort nestled in the outback and with views of the Uluru. Experience the great outback in luxury in the spiritual heart of Australia:
— Longitude 131° (@Longitude_131) March 2, 2017
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 Hotel 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.
Get inspired by this tweet with photo by Travel VIP:
— Travel VIP (@TravelVIP_US) April 15, 2017
In summer, Whitepod’s guests enjoy mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, dog-karting, horse riding and relaxing in the spa. When winter comes, Whitepod becomes a winter wonderland offering dog-sledding, Alpine skiing, snowshoe hiking and hiking tours.
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.
Experience a real dessert without the need to sweat in the comfort of your tent. Or get pampered in the Timeless Spa and soak in the cool waters of your private pool overlooking the sand dunes. Here’s an inspiring video posted on Instagram by Al Maha Resort:
Information: Al Maha Resort
4. El Capitan Canyon – Santa Barbara
Part campground, part resort, El Capitan Canyon 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.
Located 20 miles from Santa Barbara with views of the Pacific Coast, El Capitan Canyon creates a tranquil and uncluttered environment to help you unwind and get close to nature.
Imagine camping in this tent.
Information: El Capitan Canyon
5. Four Seasons Tented Camp 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 Tented Camp Golden Triangle, during your trip. The raised rooms are part tent, part tree house, and offer incredible views of the jungle below.
Could you imagine sleeping in one of these? Look at a tweet with a photo by FSThailand:
— Four Seasons Thai (@FSThailand) July 5, 2017
Information: Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
6. &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Safari Camp -Southwest Kenya
Located in the Masai Mara National Reserve, the &Beyond 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.
There’s a choice of 12 classic tents, 20 superior tents, 8 superior view tents including 3 family suites – all equipped with Wi-Fi so you can share your photos with the world like this tweet by &Beyond:
— andBeyond (@andbeyondtravel) June 26, 2017
Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya’s most famous reserve, located across the border from Tanzania’s well-known Serengeti National Park. If you’re there at the right time you may see the migration of millions of zebras and wildebeest (gnu). The Big Five and some of the 450 species of birds are spotted during game drives in Masai Mara.
Information: &Beyond Kichwa Tembo
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.
The Resort is in a 37,000-acre working ranch in western Montana with 10 miles of the Blackfoot River. And did you know –the resort has 100 miles of trails too?
— TheResort at Paws Up (@Paws_Up) July 1, 2017
Information: The Resort at Paws Up
This article has been updated with new information and photo links to the hotels’ Twitter and Instagram accounts. It was originally published on NileGuide on July 9, 2012 and was written by Rachel Greenberg.