Honeymoons

Romantic Glamping

The idea of camping isn’t everyone’s idea of the perfect honeymoon – chances are that you spend most of your time feeling dirty, get mozzie repellent in your sandwiches and drink warm champagne out of plastic cups.  But what if you could camp in luxury, and have incredible wilderness experiences at the same time?

Some of the camps around the world are as luxurious as any 5 star hotel, and a lot more memorable. It's not often that you can wake up in an incredibly soft king-size bed to the sounds of birds and nature, and be merely steps from some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world, which you can experience while you have your first coffee for the day.

To show just how luxurious high-end camping has become, Travel + Leisure just declared Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp in Botswana’s Okavango Delta the best hotel in the world. It received a score of 96.60 out of 100.

Located in the Moremi Game Reserve, the hotel, which is made up of two camps, offers unparalleled opulence in the thick of the wild.

The hotel is designed to take advantage of its natural surroundings: There are outdoor plunge pools, al fresco dining areas, and plenty of decks for wildlife viewing. Even the luxury tents have open windows for viewing the wildlife.  Rooms in the tents start at around $1,750 per person per night; rates include daily game drives, food, and drink.

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The stunning views from one of the world's best hotels, the Mombo Camp


Here are some of the other luxury camps that will ensure your honeymoon is memorable and authentic:


Longitude 131, Uluru - Australia

Surrounded by the rugged wilderness of the Simpson desert, Longitude 131º is the only place in the world where you can admire the postcard vista of Uluru (Ayer's Rock) without lifting your head from the pillow.

White-tented cabins, luxurious dining and tailor-made exploring make for an unbeatable escape.

Activities include sunset champagne toasts to Uluru, 5-star cuisine dinner under the stars, astronomy lectures and sky viewing, digideroo concert, sunset walks and canapes/champagne at the base of Uluru, sunrise walks and breakfast at the base of Uluru, tours of the Cultural centre and so many more.

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Experience the vastness of the Simpson Desert and the spectacle of Uluru at Longitude 131º

 

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, Tanzania

The camp's home is in the Ngorongoro National Park, Tanzania, on the rim of the crater.

The Park houses a huge variety of animals including lions, jackals, cheetahs, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, hippo, elephants and the elusive leopard.

There is also three main area tents: a dining tent, lounge, bar and lounge tent. The private campsite is located in Ngorongoro National Park on the crater rim.

The Camp consists of 12 luxury safari tents, with each tent offering an en suite bathroom and provides a room safe, hairdryer and mosquito nets.

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Stepping out of luxury into the African wilderness

 

Sandat Glamping Tents, Bali

The Sandat offers accommodation in a combination of tradtional Balinese Lumbung villas and luxurious Glamping tents, filled with Italian designer touches.

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Sandat Glamping Tents, Bali

 

There are five Luxury tents and three Lumbung villas to each accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and  + 2 children.

With private pools, delicious food and proximity to the arts centre of Ubud, Sandat Glamping is an amazing destination for a limited number of guests keen to not only discover Bali - but to connect with the local area, people and environment.


Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Located in lovely forest surroundings in the Chiang Rai province of northern Thailand, this camping resort has views of three countries – Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.

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The lush green foliage of the Golden Triangle Tented Camp

 


Activities include unforgettable elephant treks through jungles, stunning forest and mountain views, Mekong river excursions and rejuvenating natural whirlpool baths.

Complete with handcrafted furniture, mosquito nets, and a hand-hammered copper bathtub, the tents are amazing, as are the views. Three tents have custom-made wooden hot tubs on the decks, with views of the surrounding jungle.

Dine on regional and Western cuisine in a thatched-roof pavilion at Nong Yao, where the chef will prepare local cuisine with local spices especially for you.


Wilpena Pound Resort, South Australia

Another Australian outback glamping destination is the Wilpena Pound Resort in the remote and rugged Flinders Ranges of South Australia.

These luxury tents with king size beds and fully tiled en suite bathrooms are surrounded by native pine forests and are located just a pleasant walk from the entry to the enchanting Wilpena Pound.

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Enjoying incredible comfort while looking out at Wilpena Pound wilderness

 

Wilpena Pound is a huge natural amphitheatre formed hundreds of millions of years ago when the earth’s crust crumpled under the enormous forces of colliding tectonic plates. 

The only way into the Pound is by foot and once inside it is a wonderland of natural forest surrounded by stunning mountain peaks. Perhaps the best way  to appreciate the vast dimensions of  this extraordinary place is to take a light aircraft flight from the nearby runway.

While glamping at Wilpena Pound, you can make the most of your splendid isolation, or you can take a ten minute wander to the resort for breakfast or fine dining. 

 

Ngala Tented Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Ngala Tented Camp is situated in &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced boundary with the world-renowned Kruger National Park, South Africa's largest wildlife sanctuary and one of the biggest game reserves in the world.

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The outlook from one of Ngala's tented suites

 

A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino.

With its name meaning lion in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala lives up to its promise, supporting several large prides of these powerful cats. African wild dog can also be spotted moving through the reserve.

Chic and contemporary, &Beyond Ngala Tented Camp is renowned for sophisticated tented accommodation in tranquil bush surrounds. It comprises nine luxurious tented suites set on raised platforms with outdoor showers, baths mounted on rough-hewn wooden bases, swirling overhead fans, air conditioning, electric blankets for winter and private wooden decks. The overall essence is African, with warm, earthy tones used throughout.


Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Canada

This Vancouver Island eco-safari destination has 20 guest tents - furnished with king size beds and antiques - as well a dedicated games tent and art tent, a zipline and a full range of wilderness activities. 

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The remote wilderness of the Clayoquot Resort


As Clayoquot specialises in remote experiences, guests may choose to be taken to a pristine and secluded beach to learn how to surf, have a First Nations guide escort them on a day long hike to the “Wild Side” interpretive trail and Flores Island, take on a mountain fed rushing river in a kayak, or experience a gentler ocean kayak cruise to private inlets and hidden coves.

Horsemanship and riding are signatures of the resort, with a range of talented horses for the beginner to the expert rider. Wildlife viewing is also part of daily life, whether guests go in search of black bears and whales or see the wildlife on the outskirts of camp. 

 

Kamu Lodge, Laos

On the banks of the mighty Mekong, Kamu Lodge is a deliberately rustic retreat. Beyond WiFi. Beyond satellite television. Beyond an unlimited flow of electric current. But upon the threshold of serendipity.

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The rice paddies of Kamu Lodge


Kamu Lodge Experience includes 20 safari-tents, each of which is equipped with a private thatch-covered veranda and rustic easy chairs.

During the day, visitors are welcome to participate in daily traditional activities of Kamu people: rice planting or harvesting, net fishing, crossbow shooting contest, gold panning.

If guests choose to stay 2 nights, they will enjoy trekking through the forest and picnic at the waterfalls during the second day. Local guides will share their knowledge of Kamu culture and traditions and give you information about the local flora and fauna. 

 

Pebble Point, Victoria, Australia

Pebble Point is an exclusive bush retreat nestled behind the cliff tops of the world famous Twelve Apostles along the west coast of Victoria.

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The beautiful, wild landscape of the Twelve Apostles

 

Situated within metres of 3 national parks, Pebble Point has 6 spacious luxury tents, each with their own ensuite with views over natural coastal woodlands.

You will enjoy relaxing on your private decks listening to the Southern Ocean waves or watching a full moon rise above the Otway Ranges, and a half hour walk will take you to viewing spots where you can watch the sunset over the Twelve Apostles.  During June to October you can see the migrating southern right whales.

Pebble Point is just 15 minutes from Port Campbell which has some lovely restaurant options, including Karoa Restaurant and Bar.

 

Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Queensland, Australia

Nightfall Wildness Camp replaces the complexities of everyday life with a slower pace, which takes its cue from the surrounding ancient Gondwana setting.

Think an off-the-beaten track Australian wilderness with soaring rhyolite cliff faces, tangled forests, crystal-clear tumbling waters and a star-filled night sky.

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Inside one of Nightfall's luxury tents


To this incredible landscape, Nightfall Camp adds architect-inspired luxury tent sleeping platforms, scrumptious home-grown organic cuisine, personalised service and a smorgasbord of experiences.

Sophisticated simplicity, beside the pristine headwaters of Christmas Creek and Queensland’s iconic world heritage Lamington National Park.

 

EcoCamp, Patagonia, Chile

Enjoy the Patagonian wilderness in a cozy, igloo-style dome. EcoCamp is tucked away in the very heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile.

Offering fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology, you can stay at one of the eco-friendly domes that range from standard to superior to plush suites.

By day you can enjoy guided treks and wildlife excursions through the beautiful Patagonian landscapes, at night you can relax and dine at one of the community domes, before falling asleep gazing at the spectacular starry sky through your dome ceiling.

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The igloos of EcoCamp, Patagonia

 

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