From opulent yurts to suites on stilts, discover the very best places to go glamping in the UK and abroad
The magic of the Yorkshire countryside awaits you at Jollydays. Luxurious, vintage style tents, complete with four-posters, log burners and even roll-top baths, stand amid lush woodland thick with birds. Delicious breakfast baskets and supper hampers are delivered to your tent for the ultimate camping indulgence. Summer rates from £655 per week. For more details, see the Jollydays website.
Want to experience Australia at its wildest without compromising on
luxury? Paperbark Camp is the place for you. Set above the ground, among
soaring eucalyptus and fascinating paperbarks, the Camp's lavish tents
feature a stunning decor, hardwood floors and sumptuous linens. If you
are lucky, you may even get to spot a passing kangaroo while you take a
shower in the open air ensuite. Dinner is in the treetop Gunyah, where
you can dine alfresco while watching the antics of the local possums.
From £219.47 through Mr & Mrs Smith.
You'll capture the spirit of Edwardian safaris at the magnificent Gorah Elephant Camp. The lavish safari tents, which look out on the savannah, are beautifully decorated and feature canopied beds. Dinner is in the romantic setting of Gorah house, or alfresco in the verandah that overlooks the watering hole?so you can take in the vast, starry African sky as you enjoy delicious barbecued food. From £415.50 through Mr & Mrs Smith.
For a glamping experience with a difference, nothing beats the Chewton Glen Treehouses. As you'd expect from one of Britain's most luxurious hotels, the treehouses ooze chic and luxe. Scrumptious hampers are delivered to your ?suite on stilts' through a secret hatch and you won't even need to climb done for a fabulous spa treatment?the beauty therapist will come to you instead. You can book a treehouse suite or a whole treehouse, with prices starting from £750. For more details, see the Chewton Glen website.
Fancy a safari experience without legging it to Africa? Try the Livingstone lodge instead. After an afternoon safari across 100 acres of land where lions, cheetahs, elephants and gorillas roam free, you'll dine in an atmospheric Laapa, sampling piri piri chicken or seasoned slices of fillet cooked on an open fire, the head to your authentic, luxurious safari lodge for the night. Go for the premium Rhino, Cheetah or Lion tents, which have either a four-poster or a double sledge bed. The following morning you'll have a chance to enjoy a second, shorter safari. Summer rates from £120 per person. For more details, see the Livingstone Lodge website.
Many of the domes at this unusual glamping site look like something out of Blade Runner, encased as they are in striking stainless steel frames. All have comfy beds, luxurious linen and wood burning stoves, but for a unique experience, try the gigantic SuperDome, where the swinging double bed dangles from the roof. You can try your hand at cooking dinner on the outdoor stove, or, on a lucky day, enjoy the Best Beef Ever cooked on the rocket stove (yes, really) by your hosts. All around you stretches the Forest of Dean in its breathtaking beauty. Prices start from £345 for a simple dome. For more details, see the Dome Garden website.
An elegant decor, luxurious linen and squashy sofas await you inside the yurts of the Priory Bay Hotel. Two candlelit lanterns guard the stable door entrance and, outside, the private terrace opens onto the leafy trees, the beach and the sea beyond. You can enjoy barbecued lobster alfresco, spy owls as they come out in the evening and, if you can bear to wake up at down, take in a breathtaking island sunrise. From £200 per night through Canopy & Stars.