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9 of the World’s Most Gorgeous Glamping Destinations

If the idea of vacation conjures up plush linens and running water, you may be better suited to “glamping” than camping. Here are nine glamping destinations where you can enjoy the outdoors, without leaving the comforts of home behind.

Aman-i-Khas, Ranthambore National Park, India

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[st_content_ad]Although they are technically tents, Aman-i-Khas’ ten suites are probably nicer than any hotel room you’ve ever stayed in. Cotton drapes are used to create separate rooms within the luxury tents, and each one has a bedroom, living room, and bathroom—which includes a separate bathtub and shower. Set on the edge of Rnathambore National Park, this camp shares territory with tigers, crocodiles, leopards and approximately 300 different species of birds.

Although they are technically tents, Aman-i-Khas’ ten suites are probably nicer than any hotel room you’ve ever stayed in. Cotton drapes are used to create separate rooms within the luxury tents, and each one has a bedroom, living room, and bathroom—which includes a separate bathtub and shower. Set on the edge of Rnathambore National Park, this camp shares territory with tigers, crocodiles, leopards and approximately 300 different species of birds.

Sandy Pines Campground, Kennebunkport, Maine

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Editor Ashley Rossi recently stayed at Sand Pines and raved: “As one of the few true glamping experiences in New England, Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine offers not just safari tent glamping but A-frames, carriage houses, and traditional camping sites. With interiors outfitted by local designers and luxury amenities, you won’t feel like you’re roughing it. The campground also has an outdoor heated pool, a launching spot for kayaks and paddleboards, a general store selling anything from fire wood to steamed lobsters, and newly renovated bathhouses. It’s just about one mile from Kennebunkport’s less crowded beach, Goose Rocks, and you can purchase a beach permit parking pass through the campsite. And when you feel like heading into town for some local beer and oysters, you’re only 10-minutes away”.

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White Desert’s Whichaway Camp, Antarctica

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You don’t have to be a scientist to spend a night in Antarctica—you just have to be really, really rich. Then you can book a tour with White Desert that includes a stay at their Whichaway Camp, open from November through January each year. You’ll stay in a cozy pod that’s heated and powered by solar energy, and even has an en-suite shower. To get to the world’s most remote glamping destination, you’ll take a five and a half hour flight from Cape Town which lands on a runway made of ice in Antarctica’s interior, before being escorted to your camp on a rugged 4×4 vehicles.

West Stow Pods, Suffolk, England

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This family-run glamping spot has a variety of unique accommodations to choose from. If you’re a Lord of the Rings, book Pod Hollow, a “halfling-inspired subterranean dwelling” that’s built into the side of a grassy hill. Or, for something a little smaller, you can book a MegaPod, which is similar to a tiny-house and can sleep up to four people.

Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California

Deputy Executive Editor Christine Sarkis is booked in for some glamping at Inn Town Campground this summer. Here’s why she picked this spot: “Surround yourself with the Sierras at the glamp-centric Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California. Reserve a Riverside Retro RV and you’ll get a queen bed, twin bunks, a bathroom with a shower, and a tiny dining table and kitchenette (and both heat and air conditioning). All campers (there are regular campsites and RV sites as well) have access to The Commons, a gathering place with a camp store, hostel-style community kitchen, fireplace, game areas, and covered porch. There’s also a pool, fire pit, and barbeques, all nestled into a grove of oaks just a mile from downtown Nevada City. Walk or bike to town for restaurants, local wine tasting, art galleries, and theater. Or get outdoors for hiking, white-water rafting, or swimming”.

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Longitude 131, Uluru, Australia

Famous for hosting celebrities such as Oprah and Prince William, Longitude 131 is one of the most luxurious glamping destinations in Australia and possibly the world. Located in the red dunes of the desert overlooking Uluru, Longitude 131 has sixteen tented pavilions available. Although the walls and roof are tent-like, the wooden floor, king-size bed, climate-control system, and luxurious bathroom are more reminiscent of a five-star hotel. The crowning touch on the tents, however, is the fourth wall that’s made entirely out of a special one-way glass that allows guests to gaze out at the amazing Uluru views, without anyone being able to see in.

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Afrika Ecco Camp, Botswana

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The best part of camping is being able to wake up in a new location every day, but that usually means carrying all your supplies on your back while you hike. Not at Afrika Ecco Safaris, which is designed to be a completely mobile glamping destination so that the camp can follow wildlife as needed. Every night, you’ll return home to one of six canvas safari tents (complete with an ensuite bathroom) which will have already been set up for you. The only thing you have to do is relax.

Buubble Lodge, Iceland

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If you’re traveling a long way to see the Northern Lights, you don’t want to waste a minute of viewing time underneath a roof—but you also don’t want to freeze to death, which is where the Buubble Lodge comes in. The clear bubbles come equipped with comfortable beds, blankets, and eye masks (in case you want to sleep in). They are also located in a secret location to preserve guests’ privacy. A nearby service house has toilets, showers, and a self-service kitchen.

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White Pod, Valais, Switzerland

The White Pod’s eco-friendly are nestled in the Swiss Alps, and in the winter, the resort runs its own private ski lifts exclusively for guests. In the summer, you’ll have miles of hiking trails that begin at your doorstep. The pods start at more than $1,000 per night. The payoff: you’ll have a large king-size bed, a wood-burning stove, and a bathroom with running water. Splurge a little more and you can get breakfast delivered into your pod, satellite TV, Wifi, or an in-pod massage.

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Caroline Morse Teel wants to visit all of these glamping destinations. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline for photos from around the world. 

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Boston.com, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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E-mail her at cmorse@smartertravel.com.

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