Forget the two-person pop-up tent, biblical bevies of insects and days with nothing more than a campfire-smoke shower — camping can be just as luxurious as staying in a top-shelf hotel but without sacrificing the experience of the great outdoors. We’ve explored the wilderness of the extravagant camping world to bring you some deluxe options for when looking to embrace nature in style.
Simply mentioning the word “Montana” should set your mind racing with flashes of sweeping vistas and rugged landscapes, and while The Resort at Paws Up certainly encompasses that pioneer-esque imagery, it also throws in an element of undeniable opulence. At the moment, there are four luxury camps to choose from — there’s the Moonlight Camp, Creekside Camp, Pinnacle Camp and River Camp — each featuring views and characteristics all their own. In June, the newest luxury camp, Cliffside Camp, will join the roster. Resting on the banks of the Blackfoot River (the setting for the Norman Maclean novella A River Runs Through It), Cliffside Camp features four two-bedroom tent suites and two one-bedroom honeymoon tents, each as luxuriously rustic as the last. Every suite has in-room bathrooms (no dirt holes on this camping trip), air conditioning and, if you doubted the term “luxury camping” before, a camp butler and chef.
After a long day adventuring through the elements of the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile, returning to the domes of EcoCamp Patagonia will make any natural adversity you faced during the day float away in the breeze. These domes, built in the shape of ancient Kaweskar tribe dwellings, are maximized for providing you all the comforts of home while never sacrificing the beauty of your surroundings. The Suite Domes feature plush king or twin-sized beds, an enclosed porch, a wood-burning stove and fully equipped bathroom, with Patagonian decorations adding a touch of natural charm. Watch the sunset from your private terrace and then, when the stars come out, gaze at the twinkling sky in the comfort of the dome thanks to the ceiling windows.
In contrast to the multi-camp setups of other exorbitant camping destinations, this getaway in the Lone Star State’s Hill Country is a secluded slice of paradise for just two people. A single safari tent has been transformed into a blend of unspoiled charm and modern amenity for your comfort. A king-size bed with goose down pillows, claw foot bathtub and Turkish cotton towels will make your morning memorable while the hammock and feather-cushioned sofa looking out over the sweeping, Texas wilderness will make spending time with your loved one a calm and delightful experience. While the tent (if you can even really call it that) has heating and cooling systems, you can also hop in the nearby titular creek for some natural cool during the blazing Texas summer.
Photos Courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up and Cascada Expediciones