Three adventurous glamping holidays

Banish leaky tents and cold baked beans by bagging a luxury camping spot. Nicole Garcia Merida reports.

Cynefin Retreats
A crisp autumn night is the perfect time to visit Cynefin Retreats

Cosy minimalism in the Brecon Beacons

The area "is a nature-enthusiast's paradise, with endless hill and valley ranges and forests rich in diverse trees and foliage", adds Hampson. But if you're more of an indoor type, the pods also feature underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove. You'll enjoy it in any season, but a cold, crisp autumn night feels like the perfect time to go, whether you're looking to go hiking or finally finish reading that book.

Blend in with nature

970_MW_P41_travel_lindis

The pods at the Lindis in the pristine Ahuriri Valley in New Zealand offer such an immersive glamping experience that it's almost as though they're not even there. The pods are made with reflective one-way glass, meaning they merge into and reflect the landscape while allowing panoramic views of the vast surrounding fields and snowy mountain tops. "The pods are the epitome of rustic chic, with an emphasis on the chic," says Julie Delahaye in the Daily Mirror. They are decked out with luxury bedding, elegant wooden interiors and an en-suite bathroom.

Each pod comes with a private deck and a hot tub and the Lindis, the main hotel, is just a short walk away. It hosts an on-site restaurant with a delectable menu and a fully stocked bar.

It's ideal if you're concerned about your carbon footprint, too. "The pods boast some impressive eco-friendly credentials, such as geothermal heat pumps, rainwater harvesting systems and state of the art insulation," says Delahaye.

A desert oasis

They overlook burnt orange sand dunes and clear skies that will make you feel entirely off the grid. You won't be, though, as the complex boasts high-speed internet and cable television as well as an indoor pool and gym.

Al Badayer Oasis offers "customised desert experiences featuring dune bashing, buggies, quad biking, horse riding, desert safaris and camel tours," says Ahmed. Falcon shows and archery games, meanwhile, afford a "true taste of Emirati culture".

Recommended

Forgotten wonders of the world
Travel and holidays

Forgotten wonders of the world

There is plenty to see away from the main tourist trail, says Chris Carter
23 Oct 2020
Get out and enjoy the autumn
Travel and holidays

Get out and enjoy the autumn

It’s the season for hikes among the trees and cosy meals in pubs, says Nicole Garcia Merida.
16 Oct 2020
Travel: a cosy weekend in London at No.5 Maddox St
Travel and holidays

Travel: a cosy weekend in London at No.5 Maddox St

Chris Carter enjoys a city break in London, his home town.
9 Oct 2020
Where to take a skiing holiday this winter
Travel and holidays

Where to take a skiing holiday this winter

There are still several appealing options for a skiing holiday, despite Covid-19, says Chris Carter.
2 Oct 2020

Most Popular

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm
Bitcoin

The Bank of England should create a "Bitpound" digital currency and take the world by storm

The Bank of England could win the race to create a respectable digital currency if it moves quickly, says Matthew Lynn.
18 Oct 2020
Don’t miss this bus: take a bet on National Express
Trading

Don’t miss this bus: take a bet on National Express

Bus operator National Express is cheap, robust and ideally placed to ride the recovery. Matthew Partridge explains how traders can play it.
19 Oct 2020
Three stocks that can cope with Covid-19
Share tips

Three stocks that can cope with Covid-19

Professional investor Zehrid Osmani of the Martin Currie Global Portfolio Trust, picks three stocks that he thinks should be able to weather the coron…
12 Oct 2020