Luxury glamping experiences to add to your bucket list

Love the great outdoors but don’t want to rough it out? No worries! With the glamping trend growing in and around the Asian region, there are some stunning options available for travellers seeking luxurious nature retreats.

Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
  • Jetstar Asia
  • February 2019

When glamping (glamorous camping) first became a thing, luxury was a bed with throw pillows on it. However, like an unusually co-operative air mattress, the world’s love for camping has ballooned over the years.

The 2018 North American Camping Report stated that six million new North American households have started camping since 2014. The glamping industry has responded in kind. Glampsites all over the world have upped their game, in some cases resembling six-star eco-resorts. And as people find themselves bored of boutique hotels in big cities and seek something authentic and unique, glamping has emerged as a way to check these boxes.

Furthermore, it promises proximity to Mother Nature, a digital detox and, paradoxically, access to experiences that are highly Instagrammable — balm for the soul of any jaded urbanite. Many gorgeous new properties have sprung up. Between not needing to travel far and not needing to do any actual camping, this might be the next best thing to happen to lazy travellers since staycations.

Here are some glamping destinations to head to:

Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
At Shinta Mani Wild, each tent is perched over rivers and waterfalls, providing unparalleled views.

Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia

A three-hour drive from Phnom Penh, this 15-tent ultra-luxe resort is surrounded by three national parks. Glampers can look forward to experiences such as a picnic right next to a waterfall.

Cosy Tents, Daylesford
Sleep under the stars for as long as you want before retiring in a queen size bed in an elegantly decorated tent.

Cosy Tents, Daylesford

Just 75 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and 15 minutes away from romantic Daylesford, this grown-ups-only property offers guests nice little touches such as luxury linen and a wood stove for winter.

Sandat Glamping Tents, Ubud, Bali
The founders of this Sandat Glamping Tents are firm believers of sustainable and ethical tourism — the staff is entirely made up of locals and the structures are designed to have zero impact on the environment.

Sandat Glamping Tents, Bali

Choose between an eco-cabin or safari-style tent at this gorgeous resort. Whichever you pick, you get to enjoy luxurious perks like a private pool and the stunning scenery of terraced rice fields in Ubud.