There’s nothing like sleeping in the wilderness. The fresh air, the big open sky, the incredible stars above you. It gives you a brand new perspective on just about everything. And now, sleeping out doesn’t need to be sleeping rough, in fact, absolutely the opposite as a new emergence of luxury boutique hotels bring you the opportunity to sleep wild, in complete and utter luxury.
Here are our top 5 luxe-wild boutique hotels!
- Arkaba Station and Walk, South Australia
Some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery can be discovered and explored from Arkaba Station and venturing out on foot with expert guides will give you a unique perspective on this fractured landscape of rugged gorges. Go in style with a 4 day / 3 night ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ walking safari – don’t worry, there are plenty of luxury touches on this immersive bush experience – take a look at the “bed and swag below”! You’ll cross Wilpena Pound and wander around 40,000 acres of Arkaba’s private wildlife conservancy, which is truly one of Australia’s most spectacular outback landscapes.
2. Nkoromobo Mobile Camp, Maasai Mara, Kenya
This is a real camping and safari experience with spectacular wildlife viewing and photography at its heart. Between July and October the vast migration of wildebeest and zebra pass as they flood the Mara plains, running the gauntlet of lions and crocodiles as they attempt their famous river-crossings. Sleep under canvas in tents with drop down window flaps, director style chairs and simple cots and enjoy stripped away camping – with lots of little indulgencies; toilets may be long drop but a bucket shower with plenty of hot water under the stars is one of life’s luxuries. There isn’t running water but you’ll be brought hot water to wash at sunrise when the sky turns a pinky red before your early morning game drive.
3. Ecocamp, Patagonia, Chile
Explore this spectacular landscape on an epic multi-sport adrenaline pumping adventure. In the inspiring Torres del Paine National Park you can hike to the base of the Tres Torres, cycle to Laguna Azul, kayak, horse-ride and even track pumas. Sleep in innovative domes, big enough to stand in and long enough for full length beds with warm fluffy fleece sheets. An incredible experience.
4. Sal Salis, Western Australia
Taking its inspiration from luxury African safari camps, Sal Salis brings the concept of ‘wild bush luxury’ to a remote and spectacularly beautiful part of Australia. With just nine spacious wilderness tents (and fear not, these don’t lack creature comforts – a ridiculously comfy bed, 100% cotton linen, a choice of squashy pillows and an en suite bathroom with a state of the art composting loo, native herb soaps and eco-friendly shampoos!) staying here is an unbeatable experience.
It’s laid-back luxury Australian style designed to complement the extraordinary landscape and nature-based activities that you’ll be doing during the day. Drift snorkel in the amazingly turquoise sea literally steps from your tent, spend the day swimming with gentle giants of the sea, the whale sharks, hike gorges or take a boat cruise on Yardie Creek and at the end of the day, tuck into contemporary Australian cuisine as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean turning the sky a rich orange and as kangaroos and wallaroos appear from the bush for their evening graze.
5. Sabuk Lodge, Northern Kenya
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River, which tumbles down over giant boulders beneath the lodge all year round, Sabuk Lodge is a remote romantic hideaway built out of knobbly wood, thatch and stone with just six guest cottages and an intimate fun atmosphere where you can experience the wilderness, excitement and beauty of the Kenyan bush far from the madding crowd.
The lodge itself is still a family home and inside is comfortably, elegant and rustically stylish, there are sofas with colourful cushions to throw yourself onto, woven rugs and through it all runs gnarled wood, stone boulders and makuti thatch. This is the kind of place that will make you want to adopt the Kenya safari lifestyle; wake up at dawn for tea and a game drive, indulge in a lazy bush breakfast and escape the midday heat by splashing in the river or the stunning, cliff-top infinity pool, take a little siesta before a late afternoon bush walk and tracking lesson from your Samburu guide and then return to the lamp lit lodge for dinner and later bed, to be lulled to sleep by the non-stop quiet thunder of the river below….
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