Love the outdoors but want to experience it in style? Try 'glamorous camping' – our guide to glamping hotspots are perfect for exploring mountains, deserts, and nature parks in Asia
If camping hasn’t been on your radar since your days in Scouts or Girl Guides, and the idea of pitching a tent under the stars conjures up visions of creepy crawlies and dinner out of a tin pot, then we think it’s time you took a look at the ultimate camping experience: glamour + camping = glamping! Take yourselves out of the city and mix up your usual tried-and-tested overseas vacation hot spots at one of these amazing glamping in Asia spots…
Hintok River Camp, Thailand
Relax in Hintok River Camp’s natural spring pool and soak up the River Kwai’s serene ambiance (well, as serene as it can be with your tribe in tow). Located near Hellfire Pass, you can trek with the kids and visit historical sites in the area as well as hang out with the resident sheep. The safari-tented resort also has a cute family play area.
Hintok River Camp, 109 Moo 9 Ban Wang Khamen, Tambon thasao Ampur Saiyoke, Kanchanaburi, 71150 Thailand; www.hintokrivercamp.com
Mahoora Luxury Safari Camp, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has been at the top of our ‘fave holiday ever’ list for quite some time now, but it looks like we need to get ourselves back there for a visit to one of the Mahoora Luxury Safari Camps. The wow factor at these glamping spots is all about the amazing wildlife you’ll be sharing the area with: keep an eye out for leopards and elephants! Conservation is high on the agenda too, which makes it an ideal pick for teaching your kids more about the environment.
Mahoora Luxury Safari Camp, various locations around Sri Lanka; www.mahoora.com
Amanwana Resort, Moyo Island, Indonesia
Choose from a jungle tent or an ocean tent, but either way you won’t beat a great outdoors experience than by waking up to the sights of Macaque monkeys and rusa deer making an appearance outside your tented suite each morning. Flora and fauna take centre-stage here in this unspoilt wilderness, while the Flores Sea boasts some of Indonesia’s most stunning snorkelling and scuba-diving spots for the mer-folk of the family.
Amanwana, Moyo Island, West Sumbawa Regency, Indonesia; www.aman.com
The Serai Jaisalmer, India
A tent with a private walled garden, heated dip pool and jacuzzi jets you say? Camping just got seriously luxurious at The Serai Jaisalmer where you’ll find 21 tents in a variety of styles all a far cry from a roll-out mat and sleeping bag. If you’re feeling especially decadent, try the royal tented suite which has its own spa and separate dining and lounge tent areas to really up the glamping-factor. It goes without saying that there are butlers on call too…
The Serai Jaisalmer, Village Bherwa, Chandan Jaisalmer 345001, India; www.sujanluxury.com/the-serai
The Beige, Siem Reap, Cambodia
We’ve already conquered Angkor Wat with a bubba in an Ergo, but we fancy ramping up the fun-factor with a return trip that includes glamping overnight at The Beige. Each tent is kitted out for maximum relaxation (think aircon and wifi!) which is just what you’ll need after a day of touring around the historical sites in the area. Once nighttime descends, soak up the jungle vibes from your private terrace – or head to the spa! Food is all prepared with a local flavour, is organic and mostly sourced from The Beige’s own farm. We also need to take a moment to talk about the infinity forest pool, which is suspended above the ground for a clear view of the surrounding forest, and the private driver and maid available to every residence! Kids are absolutely welcome, which seals the deal on this fam-friendly luxe pick.
The Beige, Svay Chek Road, Svay Chek Commune, Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia; www.the-beige.com
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Located in the natural surrounds of Northern Thailand’s border between Laos and Burma, Four Seasons Tented Camp is the perfect escape from city life with your older tweens and teens (kids age 10 and up only here, folks). Expect decadence all the way with tents boasting wooden hot tubs, outdoor showers, fully inclusive drinks and food packages. You’ll interact with elephants in their natural habitat, explore mountain trails and bamboo jungles and for the experience of a lifetime, catch the sun rising over the Laos mountains and Burmese plains, before heading back down to the elephant bathing pool.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand; www.fourseasons.com/goldentriangle
The Canopi Bintan Crystal Lagoon, Bintan
Easy-peasy is always a pull when it comes to travelling with kids in tow, and it doesn’t get much easier than hopping on a ferry over to Bintan. Canopi Bintan awaits you with tented decadence boasting four-poster beds, alfresco jacuzzis, and even private gardens with hammocks for star-gazing. Watersport fans will also be in heaven with a heap of aquatic activities including standup paddling, wakeboarding and jetovators.
Canopi Bintan Crystal Lagoon, Treasure Bay Bintan, Jln Raya Haji, Lagoi, Riau, Indonesia 29152; www.thecanopi.com
Raventree Glamping Resort, South Korea
Explore a different side of South Korea at Raventree Glamping Resort, just 40 minutes away from Gangnam (cue THAT song stuck in your head) and try an affordable glamping site that doesn’t scrimp on facilities. You’ll find an outdoor cinema, a pool and tons of children activities. The resort is open year round and we love the fact that once the snow falls it changes over from glamping to snowping!
Raventree Glamping Resort, 10 Wegoklee Seorak-myeon Gaypeong Gyunggi-do; www.facebook.com/raventreeglamping
4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Cambodia
Opt for the ultimate outdoor hideaway and book a glamping holiday at 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in Cambodia for a fam vacay with a difference. Kids (and adults) will soon forget all digital devices as they explore jungles and waterfalls in this stunning pocket of the world. The floating (yep: FLOATING!) tents are decked out with top-notch furnishings and mod-cons including flat screens: We can definitely picture ourselves on a private balcony sipping a cocktail or two soaking up the stunning views of Cardamom forest.
4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Koh Andet Island, Tatai, Cambodia; www.ecolodges.asia
Sandat Glamping Tents, Ubud, Bali
Reconnect with the family without the constant white noise of television and phones and head to Ubud’s rice fields for a luxury tent stay in the prettiest of locations. The five spiffy tents come complete with a private infinity pool, crafted bamboo beds and a luxe indoor bathroom!
Sandat Glamping Tents, Jalan Subak Sala, Banjar Sala, Pejeng Kawan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia; www.glampingsandat.com
Lead image: Hintok River Camp, Thailand
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