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Glamping, December 2013/January 2014, Travel Digest

  1. 1. GLAMPING Putting the glam into camping 22 December 2013 / January 2014, TRAVEL DIGEST Glamping is one of the latest buzzwords in the travel industry, bringing together both outdoor enthusiasts and luxury lovers. Combining the best of both worlds, this fusion of glamour and camping, SARAH WEEKS discovers, has become hugely popular overseas and is now the next big thing here.
  2. 2. GLAMPING Sandat Glamping Tents, Bali Underhill Valley Earth House, Waikato 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Cambodia W hen you think of camping, glamour is not the first thing that springs to mind. It usually involves pitching your own tent, unrolling your sleeping bag and building a fire. Experiencing the great outdoors is wonderful, but if you’re a fan of all things luxury like I am, a little upgrade won’t do any harm. Whether it’s a tent, yurt, airstream, hut, villa or treehouse – travellers are now seeking a unique wilderness experience with the modern amenities and comforts they’re used to. Nestled amongst the riverbanks of Kerikeri in the upper North Island is Pagoda Lodge, a Chinese-style accommodation that has expanded over the years to include a boat shed, gypsy caravans, safari tents and camping facilities. Owners Kathy and Stephen Frewen spent more than 20 years in Asia and were instantly attracted to the tranquil lifestyle this peaceful place brings. They’ve designed all of their accommodation to blend in with their natural surroundings for guests to enjoy the environment while having access to modern facilities. If you love camping but crave a bit of luxury, then their deck-mounted safari tents are just the ticket for you. Enjoying the best, uninterrupted views along the riverbank, each canvas tent is set upon a wooden deck complete with outdoor furniture to take in the majestic scenery. No matter which safari tent you book, you’ll enjoy your own private sanctuary. Leave your linen and towels at home as there’s no BYO required here, with each safari tent fully furnished with furniture, double beds, rugs, linen and electricity. What more could you want for a romantic weekend getaway? It’s the perfect retreat from everyday life. However, if you’re looking for something a little extra, the gypsy caravans appeal to those looking for an affordable romantic weekend. This is the most adorable accommodation you’ve ever stayed in with coloured glass windows, plush textiles and lace adorning the interior. All caravans have breathtaking water views, courtyards and screened planting for privacy. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to stay in one with a cast iron bath open to the stars, with a plentiful supply of hot water – a perfect romantic evening to complete your stay! Gypsy caravans are suitable all year round as they come with small oil heaters, so are ideal for an autumn or winter getaway. If you are a fan of the Hobbit, you’ll fall in love with the style of accommodation at Underhill Valley Earth House in the deep Waikato. As it’s name suggests, this stunning house is actually dug out of the earth of a hillside. Owners Jessie and Craig Moon take great care of this unique property. The house was actually built by Jessie’s Dad based on a dream he had of creating the perfect idyllic escape complete with a small pond for visiting ducks to enjoy. The property is part of Canopy Camping’s portfolio of nationwide glamping locations and is one of its newest members. Once you arrive on their property, you’ll be transported to a magical world on a quad bike down to their special hideaway. This property is the perfect escape from the modern world. Built into the hillside, this remarkable hobbit-style house has been beautifully handcrafted with rustic native timbers and ironwork, to create a sustainable and authentic space. Created over 15 years ago, Underhill has remained a closely guarded family secret – but is now shared with others. In fact, you’ll only find out the location and directions on how to get there once you book – something that adds to the mystique of this magical accommodation. Underhill Valley is the perfect romantic retreat for couples. Huge timber doors open wide to overlook a picturesque pond and farmland beyond. You’ll enjoy the warmth and ambience of an old coal range, soft glow of candlelight, and a glass of wine on a seat by the pond, under the stars. The owners can provide catered meals at an additional cost, or you can enjoy cooking your own meals with a gas cooker or coal range. In the winter months, snuggle into the luxurious, specially shaped bed with pure cotton linen, comfortable pillows and thick, wool duvet. Complete with composting toilet, rainfall shower and outdoor BBQ, you’ll find all of life’s necessities on your doorstep. Underhill is a truly special place to unwind, switch off and reconnect. Immerse yourself in the stillness and peace of Underhill Valley and take some time to fully enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Sandat Glamping Tents, located in the cultural heart of Bali, are nestled in a slice of heaven amongst green rice fields. Made with eco-friendly materials such as bamboo, mahogany and cotton, their five luxury tents allow guests to enjoy the exotic charm of this unspoilt place. These magnificent safari style tents are camouflaged with their natural surroundings in khaki colour cotton fabric. Glamping at Sandat offers exclusive TRAVEL DIGEST, December 2013 / January 2014 23
  3. 3. GLAMPING hospitality to a limited number of guests to ensure peace and calm and an enchanting stay. The environment offers wellness, sleeping under the stars and immersing yourself in nature. Opened in July 2013, Sandat is one of the first glamping experiences of its kind in Bali. Kangaluna Camp on the edge of the Gawler Ranges National Park in South Australia offers guests luxury permanent tents with private facilities. Kangaluna is small, with only three two-roomed tents and a Swagon (four-metre long wagon), dining room and three staff rooms. Each tent is seven by five metres and separated into two bedrooms. The main bedroom has a queen double bed and the second, two singles. They are decorated artistically and the furniture made with recycled and local natural materials. The tents are designed to blend into the environment for guests to enjoy the bush in this very special part of Australia. Safari style tours are a part of the stay at Kangaluna, leaving every Monday from Port Lincoln airport and hotels, or if guests are self-driving they will be met at Wudinna on the northern Eyre Peninsula. Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris offer a rich outback wildlife tour catering for small groups running one to four days into the outback. There are set departures but this can be flexible and the tours offer the best of local food, comfortable transport and innovative luxury camping accommodation. Located just 2.5 hours drive south of Sydney, Paperbark Camp is a peaceful coastal bush retreat, combining unique tented accommodation with wonderful food and warm hospitality – it’s camping for grown ups! With advanced eco-accreditation it’s also sustainable and guests can be sure that by staying at the camp they are minimising their impact on the environment. The safari tents are discreetly placed in natural clearings on elevated timber platforms, allowing for privacy and security, as well as the benefits of natural ventilation. All tents have timber verandas, private en-suite and solar powered lighting, but for the ultimate in posh camping the four deluxe tents also have free standing bath tubs and larger outdoor lounge areas, perfect for curling up with a book, or enjoying a sundowner in the afternoon sun, at the end of a busy day. Of course a stay at the camp is not complete Holiday reading without experiencing dinner in the Gunyah. Dinner in the romantic and candle lit treetop dining room is a highlight. Paperbark Camp is the perfect place from which to explore Jervis Bay, a true paradise for those who love nature. 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, near the Thai border halfway between Bangkok and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, takes glamping to a whole new level with floating glamping. Guests can experience the full splendor of mother nature and sleep in the comfort of soft sheets and fluffy pillows in the safety of their tents, pitched on floating wooden platforms. Start your day waking up to the sights and muted sounds of the Cardamom Mountains. As the mist clears over the water, there is little to disturb the natural calm. Each of the 12 double and twin bed tented villas are a space age wonder, combining luxury with practicality. Cocooned in comfort and surrounded by top-quality furnishings and decoration, each villa has a flat-screen television, DVD player and mini-bar. You can take in the natural wonders from your private extra-large sun-lounger balcony, where you can enjoy an afternoon snack or a sunset cocktail. ✈ Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris Stay at Kangaluna Camp a simple luxury camp with private facilities. In this safe, comfortable and uncrowded environment, absorb the unpolluted sounds of nature and marvel at the intoxicating colours of the changing landscapes and the brightness of the stars. View prolific wildlife and choose to swim in a protected environment with sealions at Baird Bay to complement the tour. Contact details Order online: 24 December 2013 / January 2014, TRAVEL DIGEST PO Box 76 Wudinna SA 5652 Tel +61 8 86802045 Toll Free 1800 243343 (Aust only) F +61 8 86802045 Mob 0428827375 E