World's 30 Most Glamorous Camping Destinations for Food Slideshow
April 23, 2015
You don’t always have to 'rough it' at these 'glampsites'
30. Battlebridge Caravan and Camping, Leitrim, Ireland
Award-winning bar food and pints of Guinness are enjoyed around the campfire at this eco-pod campground cum pub. Top it all off with an Irish coffee and take a walk along the River Shannon.
29. Lakedale Resort, Friday Harbor, WA
This San Juan Island spot is one of the few glamping destinations offering foodie-tailored getaways. Lakedale’s Gourmet Glamping package includes a weekend stay in a Canvas Cabin, complimentary continental breakfast, a s’mores kit, and campfire cooking classes. A different chef from around the region is chosen for each session.
28. Poronui Waikato, New Zealand
Between fly-fishing, hunting, and horseback riding, you’re going to work up an appetite at Poronui, where the gourmet food is delightfully unpretentious. Whether enjoying a picnic lunch, impromptu canapés, or fresh fare at the shared dinner table, you can be assured you’re eating the best New Zealand has to offer. Ready to step outside your comfort zone? Try a Maori Cultural Experience in which an experienced guide introduces you to tribal land, customs, and cuisine.
27. Bloomsburys, Biddenden, England
You can choose between teepees and yurts at this glampsite set on the English countryside. Kick-start your day with a fresh brewed Cappuccino, Latte or Americano with a from-scratch scone on the side. Then move on to the heartier menu items like the Eggs Benedict, Smarden Sizzlers, or French Quiche. Spectacular Sunday dinner options include Lamb, Pork, and Beef Roasts, all paired with traditional Yorkshire Pudding. Homemade Meringue, served with Kentish Strawberries, Local Double Cream and Raspberry Coulis completes the meal. Walk it all off in the nearby woodlands.
26. Banyan Tree Madivaru, Ari Atoll, Maldives
An island sanctuary known for its breathtaking surroundings, this exclusive resort serves unique, exotic Indian Ocean cuisine. Dine on the white sandbar, under the stars, or in your private Pool Tent Villa. The deck at the Boa Keyo bar is ideal for kicking back with a cocktail and watching manta rays, dolphins, and turtles swim around the reef.
25. Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslauttanen, Saariselkä, Finland
If sleeping on ice sounds nice, Igloo Village is for you. Open from December through April, this frozen getaway boasts multiple dining options. Sip Lappish drinks and try Finnish apps at the Piano Bar, linger over a three-course dinner served on ice tables at the Snow Restaurant, listen to stories about Sami life and sample their native food at the Kota Restaurant, or watch your reindeer and salmon supper being cooked over open flame at the Smoke Sauna.
24. Home Valley Station, East Kimberly, Australia
Gaze at the stars from your Eco Tent or walk to The Dusty Bar & Grill for late-night, live entertainment at this remote glamping site. Enhance your Australian outback experience by indulging in the bar’s a la carte menu which includes dishes made with bush herbs, seeds, fruits and flowers native to the area.
23. Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
If you’ve ever wished you could grow wings and fly away, The Bird’s Nest at Treehotel may be for you. Big enough for a family of four, this circular Swedish splurge is suspended in a network of branches. Once your feet are firmly on the ground, head over to the hotel’s Britta’s Pensionat restaurant to indulge in a game buffet or three-course table service meal. Reindeer, Moose, and Bear are all on the menu, as are Arctic Char and Caviar of Kalix.
22. Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, Montezuma, Costa Rica
For those who love privacy, you can’t get much more secluded than a Tree Top Canopy perched high in this jungle paradise. Perfect for honeymooners or couples rekindling a spark, here a personal waiter will serve your three-course, candlelit dinner. For those traveling with an entourage in tow, the resort also offers Ocean View Tent Cabins alongside a grove of coconut trees.
21. Mara Explorer Tented Camp, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
With four game-viewing areas, you’re sure to spot hippos, giraffe, and even wildebeest from your private veranda on this nature reserve. Breakfast and dinner are served by the river’s edge or in the bush, while guests often opt to picnic on the plains for lunch.
20 .The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel, Andalucia, Spain
Prepare yourself to feast, Spanish style, at this yurt hotel in scenic Andalucia. Salad Niçoise and gourmet Paninis are among the savory lunch offerings. Cocktail hour tapas include Smoked Salmon Canapes and Boquerones while dinner, which is often served poolside, includes plates like Pan-fried Quail on Carrot Puree with a Red Wine Reduction or Empanadillas with Spinach, Feta and Pine Nuts. Pair your Panna Cotta dessert with a local brandy or an iced caramel sauce coffee with cream.
19. The High Lonesome Ranch, De Beque, Colorado
The Castle Rock Camp at this expansive ranch offers upscale safari tents with king beds and luxury bathrooms. Enjoy American fare, served family-style, at the lodge. The on-site orchard provides a fresh selection of fruit, while the garden supplies vegetables for side-dishes. In true farm-to-table style, most of the meat as well as the eggs on the menu come from animals raised on the ranch.
18. Desert Nights, Oman, Middle East
Expect to be spoiled at this 5-star resort boasting Bedouin tent suites at the edge of the Wahiba Sands. After a day spent dune bashing, quad biking, or sand boarding, kick back at The Oasis Bar for aperitifs, followed by fine dining at the Two Dunes Restaurant. For an authentic Omani experience, schedule a “Shuwa,” a traditional lamb barbecue around a campfire.
17. Wallett’s Court, Dover, England
Situated on the Kent coastline, this tipi camp features queen-sized beds and goose down duvets. The fish couldn’t be fresher at the restaurant at Wallett's Court; likely you’ll see the fishermen delivering Sea Bass, Lobster or Sole directly from the boat. Carnivorous visitors will appreciate the Roasted Rump of Lamb or the Matured steak with Béarnaise. Top it all off with Black Pudding. In addition to the dining room, guests can nosh in the conservatory, the lounge, or on the terrace. High Tea is also served daily, complete with finger sandwiches.
16. Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Perthshire, Scotland
With marina views, an open fire, and live music, dining at Loch Tay is a feast for the senses. Creativity and exceptional ingredients define menu items like the Boar Burger with Chorizo, Gammon Steak, “Rocket” Pizzas, Beer Battered Haddock, and Local Venison Sausage. Alfresco dining is encouraged and barbecues are hosted frequently throughout the summer.
15. Oberoi Vanyavilas, Rajasthan, India
Known as the venue where guests of Katy Perry and Russell Brand’s wedding stayed, this luxury jungle resort sits on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. In addition to a spa, fitness facilities, yoga classes, and elephant rides, Oberoi offers Thai and Indian cuisine in the dining room, sorbets by the pool, and fine spirits and cigars at the bar.
14. Senses Camping, Guarda, Portugal
An oasis of bell tents, the dining area at this glampsite is situated amongst an English style garden and a Portuguese farmhouse. The organic menu offers three courses that change daily. You can even pick your own vegetables.
13. Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Masai Mara National Reserve, Africa
This top-rated luxury tent resort features four poster, pillow-top beds and private bathrooms. The Fairmont Lifestyle Cuisine menu offers nutritious fare while Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menu tailors meals to those with diabetes, heart disease and gluten-free needs. Macrobiotic, raw and vegan options are also available. European, African and Asian dishes take center stage in the dining room.
12. Hôtel de Glace, Québec, Canada
Just outside Québec City, you’ll discover a winter wonderland at the Hôtel de Glace. A must-see for over a million people since it opened in 2001, this arctic destination includes snow vaults, ice sculptures, dog sled races, and an ice bar. Guests dine at Restaurant le Dijon, a swanky venue inspired by the area’s French heritage. Notable menu items include Braised Beef Ravioli and Beer Barbecued Pig for dinner and Vanilla Profiteroles topped with Dark Chocolate for dessert.
11. Rainforest Athirapally Treehouse, Kerala, India
For a childlike glamping experience, try the tree house accommodations; to dine like an adult, head to Foliage, the alfresco restaurant at Rainforest. Waterfall views add ambience to the exotic menu which includes native entrées as well as continental dishes. Don’t forget to take a dip in the pool or visit the library at this serene boutique hotel.
10. Hintok River Camp, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Thai, barbecue, and buffet meals are the mainstays at the Hintok’s open-air diner overlooking the Kwai Noi Rivera. An extensive drink menu ensures you’ll never go thirsty. Air-conditioned safari tents and a spring-fed pool will make camping “cooler” than it has ever been.
9. Whitepod, Switzerland
A combination of 5-star accommodations and a pod campsite, this romantic Swiss destination includes catered meals at Les Cerniers Restaurant, where you can enjoy fondue while overlooking the Alps and Lake Geneva.
8. Entre Cielos, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina
Chefs hand select the ingredients that go into the elegant dishes at this mountainside getaway. Start your meal with Fig Carpaccio and Brie, followed by Malargüe Trout Salad and Braised Rabbit. For dessert, treat yourself to a Dulce de Leche Torta Rogel with apples, ice cream, and crunchy pecan topping.
7. Canvas Hotel, Nissedal, Norway
This bikers’ paradise boasts yurts with French vintage bathtubs and a seasonal menu specializing in local grilled seafood. Meals are prepared in front of you and served outside. Want a caffeinated wake-up call? Leave a pair of coffee cups outside your yurt at bedtime and they’ll be filled in the morning with fresh java.
6. Orenda, Johnsburg, NY
All-inclusive, gourmet meals are the hallmark of this Adirondack experience. Specialties like Rosemary-infused Pork Chops with Apple Pear Chutney, Char-Grilled BBQ Free Range Chicken, and the Blue Mountain Burger with Bleu Cheese and Apple Wood-Smoked Bacon are cooked over an open-flame in Dutch ovens and cast iron skillets.
5. Kichwa Tembo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Adjacent to the land where the final scene of “Out of Africa” was filmed, this luxurious camp consists of 18 suites in the heart of the wilderness. Private butlers provide meals served against the backdrop of Kenya’s majestic wildlife.
4. The Sequoia High Sierra Camp, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Many of the menu items at this Californian glampsite are tailored to health-conscious, vegetarian, and vegan visitors. After a hearty breakfast buffet, guests are invited to pack their own picnic to sustain them through their outdoor adventures. Dinner is decadent, with entrées like Gorgonzola Filet Mignon, Rack of Colorado Lamb, and Muscovy Duck. From-scratch desserts include Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Molten Cake with homemade ice cream.
3. Eco Beach, Broome, Australia
Home to fashion shows, yoga retreats, and weddings, this sprawling escape is swoon worthy even before speaking of the menu. Try the Biggy (fried eggs, mushroom, tomato, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and toast) or Benny’s (English muffin, poached eggs, bacon, and hollandaise sauce) for breakfast; munch on an Open Lamb Sandwich or a Tropical Barramundi Salad for lunch; and splurge on Australian Tiger Prawns or Salt & Pepper Squid for dinner. You can feast in the restaurant, on a private sand dune, or have it delivered to your room. Two times a week, a casual Kimberly BBQ is offered as well and Picnic Hampers are also available for those prone to wander during meal times.
2. Pueblo Barrancas, San Sebastián de la Pedrera, Uruguay
This eco-friendly resort features cabañas and stilted suite tents in the lush hills of San Sebastian de la Pedrera. Open all year long, Pueblo Barrancas serves homegrown and locally sourced specialties like Ravioli de Siri, Sole Citronelle, plus fresh-baked bread and a slew of soups and stews. After fueling up, participate in one of the resort’s many activities, including kite-surfing and whale watching.
1. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
This posh destination boasts jungle trails, an elephant camp, and luxury tents with handcrafted furnishings. Guests can start their evening in the tribal-themed Burma Bar, where local delicacies and canapés are served, then move on to the Nong Yao Restaurant for Western, Laotian, Thai, and Burmese cuisine, all made from ingredients picked from the on-site organic garden. Have a nightcap in the resort’s wine cellar, where custom cocktails are paired with white-glove service.