Without The Tumble
Exotic resort getaways now bring guests closer to nature while offering luxury accommodations, fine-dining and sustainable design
Outdoor rain shower with massage jets? Check. Six-hundred thread-count Frette bed sheets? Check. Gourmet dinners paired with wines from boutique vineyards? Check. Imagine an exotic jaunt to a deserted island or in the river within a forest in Cambodia, which can only he located by its GPS coordinates, without having to put up with the hassle of living on rationed water or eating out of a can. If you like the idea of being at one with nature while enjoying a flute of your favourite Perrier Jouet champagne, then you might like to consider a bespoke glarnping holiday this December.
the state of globalisation today, glarnping (glamorous camping) has become more relevant than ever,”says Javiny Liin, managing director and
co-founder of Quotient TravelPlanner, a travel company that specialises in customised itineraries for private clients. spend so much time in our urban environments that we crave to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and get closer to nature. However, being spoilt, we still require our creature comforts at the end of the day. This is really the next stage in experiential travel.”
According to Lim, the company is seeing increased interests in Morocco, Rajasthan in India, Mongolia, the Australian outback, and Africa. is definitely the main thing for glampcrs in Africa, as well as for those who visit the wildlife parks in Rajasthan, such as the Ranthamborc Tiger Reserve,”Lim says. those who visit desert destinations, its about the experience of getting away from urban life. They enjoy doing some light adventure activities in the day and coming back to camp for a sundowner, a sumptuous meal and sleeping in comfort, hundreds of miles away from the nearest town. And finally, some are really into the unique and cutting-edge eco-architecture that is prevalent among many of todayluxury lodges.”
As the practice of glarnping gains popularity, the concept has evolved from just living outdoors in comfort and style to exploring new habitats and destinations to preserving nature and protecting wildlife through travel as well. If this has piqued your interest, here are fine examples of how lodges on three continents are upping the glarnping ante.
Reawakening On Easter Island
Situated on Easter island, with the iconic moai stone sculptures as backdrop, the Posada de Mike Rapu is easily one of the most isolated lodges in the world. Despite its remoteness, many endure the long journey to get there because upon arrival they are rewarded with the ultimate luxurv-maximum silence and privacy.
Named after Mike Rapu, a native rapanui (as Easter island and its inhabitants are known in the native Polynesian language) free diving legend and a partner in the project, the Posada de Mike Rapu was the first hotel in South America to obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the US Green Building Council.
Designed to integrate naturally with its environment, the lodgearchitecture features such endemic materials as volcanic rock, as well as wood carried to the island from the continent, to create shapes that complement the islandunique landscape.
main idea is that, from any spot in the hotel, guests could see the sea, the sky and grass,”explains Tania Joslin, the lodgemedia director for Southeast Asia.
All of the 30 rooms at the lodge arc television-free; instead, guests arc awed and inspired by the breathtaking and ever-changing ocean views. Hydro-massage baths and ultra-comfortable beds help guests relax after a day of exploration and adventure, which can range from
“The main idea is that, from any spot in the hotel, guests could see the sea, the sky and grass.”
hiking or biking on the island to scuba diving off the coast.
The cuisine, which is all-inclusive at Posada de Mike Rapu, is prepared by French chef Laurent Pasqualctto, who uses fresh and locally sourced ingredients that reflect Rapa Nuistrong marine tradition. Another culinary highlight is the accompanying wines selected from the different wine-producing regions of Chile.
Find Your Herd In Botswana
A stay at Abu Camp in Botswana is more than just a safari that takes you to the wilds of Africa. Instead, the unique opportunity to interact intimately with the herd of resident elephants will transform your perception of these endangered pachyderm. According to other guests whostayed at the resort previously, your experience with these gentle souls could very well inspire a new outlook in life.
Named after Abu (a bull elephant who, following a successful movie career, became a star attraction in Africafirst-ever elephant-back safari), the luxury tented camp is situated in 180,000 hectares of pristine wilderness area of the Okavango Delta. Activities at the camp focus on the elephant experience, which, in addition to elephant-back safaris, include bonding with the resident herd, observing wild herds, and understanding and discussing about elephant conservation and research.
In keeping with the delta environment and its inhabitants, the architecture and interior design at Abu Camp emphasise on the non-colour-natural hues that are seamlessly compatible with nature. The prolific use of textures-natural wood, linen, cotton, skins, cane, raffia, crystals, petrified tree trunks and even fish bones-also add to the variety of tactile experiences at the camp.
While the six tented villas are rustic in style, they are luxurious in nature. Each includes an en-suite bathroom facility, as well as an outdoor showerarea that boasts a large copper-skirted bath set under the open African sky.
For the ultimate camp experience, guests can also choose to spend the night in the Star Bed overlooking the elephant boma. Raised high above the ground, they rest beneath the canopy of stars and fall asleep to the rumblings and low snores of the elephants below.
Adrift In Cambodia
”is the most commonlv uttered word on a guestfirst approach to the 4Rivers Floating Lodge by boat down the Tatai River, deep in the cardamom rainforest of Cambodia. As the name suggests, the lodgemain tent and 12 guest tents are tethered to the riverbank and afloat in the river.
whole resort is floating,”says Anna Pawlik-Szocs, who owns the lodge with her husband Valentin. we decide to leave, we can pack everything up and leave behind no footprints! It is as if we were never there. It is a beautiful concept.”
The idea of the lodge came to Pawlik-Szocs and her husband when a close friend, a ranger for Wildlife Alliance, a conservation organisation that works to preserve the cardamom forests and mountains, invited them to visit the area. setting was just stunning and it gave enough inspiration
to Valentin to imagine floating bungalows,”savs Pawlik-Szocs.
To limit the use of wood, the tents are constructed with environmentally friendly composite materials. Each guest tent has a private balcony that offers a panoramic view of the river, as well as access to the river. The en-suite bathroom is equipped with a wooden tub that lends rustic charm to the stylish interior. Another eco-friendly feature of the lodge is a sophisticated waste water treatment system that protects the river from pollution.
While the gentle swaying of the river easily lulls one into a quiet nap, guests seeking more active pursuits can sign up for activities that range from kayaking on the river to trekking in the forests to swimming in nearby waterfalls. An evening highlight is a short boat ride to see the dancing fireflies that live on the island opposite the lodge.
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