Continuing our series of top 5 best beaches and luxury hotels around the world, in this article I pick the top 5 best luxury tented camp hotels for glamping in Bali, Asia.
For the ultimate luxury glamping experience, in a world class diving location, look no further than Menjangan Dynasty Resort Beach Camp and Dive Centre. The Menjangan Dynasty Resortm (pictured above), is an eco-friendly, tented, boutique resort which is set on 16 hectares of land on a quiet peninsula beside a gorgeous white sandy beach in Northwest Bali. This is ultra-luxurious glamping and facilities include an all-day dining restaurant; Pasir Putih, an infinity swimming pool, a spa and a dive club and water sports centre.
The tented rooms and villas maintain the charm and mood of luxurious safari accommodation with natural materials and muted colours plus the odd quirky touch here and there. There are 24 Beach Camp Tents as well as 2 stunning one-bedroom Cliff Tent Villas and 2 two-bedroom Cliff Tent Villas as well. This is about as far from old-school camping as you can get and much closer to a luxury five-star hotel. The Beach Camp Tents are 39.5 sqm and include a large decking area with day bed and loungers. The villas are 61sqm and 82sqm and even include a private infinity plunge pool. Combine the feeling of sleeping in the great outdoors with only canvas between you and the stars, with flat screen TVs, air conditioning and Wi-Fi and you get the idea. There is even a luxury bathroom with hand-painted tiled floor, a monsoon shower, a well-lit vanity unit with washbasin and mirror and a toilet with a bamboo screen for privacy.
A seriously impressive infinity swimming pool is set right on the cliff edge and there is also a beachside swimming pool surrounded by bamboo cabanas and beanbags on the white sandy beach for the more sedate moments of your visit. The turquoise sea is calm and inviting; perfect for kayaking, canoeing, or stand-up paddle boarding. The 5-star PADI dive resort centre and water sports centre is perfect for year-round professionally-guided scuba diving and snorkelling excursions and the reefs around Menjangan Island are only a half hour boat ride from the resort where spectacular marine life is just waiting to be explored.
Sandat Glamping Tents offer a low-key eco-resort built by local craftsmen set between jungle and rice fields in a beautifully maintained lush garden.
If you choose to book uber luxurious tents you will really feel (and hear!) the nature all around you. The jungle comes alive at night so if you are a light sleeper, bring your ear plugs! The tent itself can only be described as amazing. The beds and bathrooms are deeply stylish, and although there are no TVs, Wi-Fi coverage is excellent. The tents and lumbungs all offer an individual pool and veranda with complete privacy, for your very own slice of jungle luxury.
Ubud is just 10 minutes away by free shuttle where you can visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, have a massage or eat at one of the many excellent restaurants. Sandat Glamping Tents also sits about an hour from the capital, Denpasar.
Sandat Glamping Tents are a unique and and glamorous way to camp. A way to enjoy nature without missing out on any of the luxury of a five-star resort. A unique and enchanting way to see another side of the magical Island of Bali.
Sandat Glamping also features in my best luxury wilderness resorts in Asia.
The Fivelements Puri Ahimsa located near Ubud and around the sacred Ayung river, which carves its way through the jungle valley. Each of the nine tented suites have open verandas overlooking the river’s swirling currents and offering spiritual enlightenment. Private bamboo enclosures house a large open-air bathtub for romantic bathing. Other modern amenities include air-conditioning, sound system with iPod dock, Wi-Fi hairdryer and a generous array of toiletries completing the luxury glamping experience.
From just $65 per night, The Bamboo Eco Cottage is our least expensive glamping option in Bali. This bamboo cottage is a secluded eco-retreat, down a quiet footpath nestled in the rice fields and only a five-minute walk to central Ubud. Open-air basket weave bedrooms with mini-loft lead to the modern elegant bathroom and outdoor living area. This a truly unique Bali experience.
There’s no air conditioning, but the bamboo walls allow the cool breeze to filter in, to keep you comfortable while the mosquito net keeps the mosquitoes away. A complimentary cell phone is provided for you upon check-in so you can have access to the complete menu and room service and wi-fi connection is included.
This bamboo-roofed, rather than tented resort, is the closest you will come to experiencing natural Bali without modern distractions. At night you will see fireflies and hear the rushing river, crickets and the distant sounds of the temple.
For something equally romantic and back to nature, take a look at my top 5 best overwater villas in the Caribbean, my top wilderness lodges in the world and my top 5 best luxury hotels and resorts in the Maldives.
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