This is the moneyed professional’s equivalent of convincing mum to let you sleep the night in the Wendy house, says Laura Chubb in The Independent. Though at The Woodsman’s Treehouse in Dorset, “playtime is about as luxurious as you can get when you’re spending the night up a tree”. The treehouse is set “deep in the sticks” in the West Country, and is wrapped around an oak among some yurts and huts. It’s like “walking into some sort of alternative commune, or an Ewok campsite”.
Everything in the treehouse is precisely crafted, making for a living area that is “cosier than a Dane sitting by a fire in a pair of overthick socks”. The lower deck features a playground slide that “whizzes you down to the leaf-covered woodland floor”. Guests can enjoy their own hot tub and sauna on the second floor, or an outdoor shower. Though the site itself is in a remote location near the tiny hamlet of Holditch, near Chard, the area has plenty to please upmarket glampers. Forde Abbey is an easy 45-minute walk away – it is a former medieval monastery with “beautifully presented gardens that are well worth a wander”.
• From £780 for two nights; Mallinson.co.uk
A stay by the British seaside
Waking up in bed to the smell of bacon cooking, then sitting on a fancy wooden porch with coffee isn’t what you’d normally associate with camping, says Joe Frost in The Sun. But it’s par for the course when you’re “glamping”, and the Ready Camp at Dartmouth, Devon, is a new addition to the growing number of “glampsites” in the country. Frost stayed in a two-bedroom safari tent that came with proper beds, a sofa and a kitchen/diner that opened out on to a large wooden porch with space for a barbecue. “All you have to do is turn up and relax.”
The sea view from the campsite is “just a teaser for the real treat moments down the road – the valley into Dartmouth”. A quaint harbour town, Dartmouth is rich in maritime heritage and coastal charm. Take one of the hour-long cruises that set out regularly from a pontoon on the river for a tour past the Britannia Royal Naval College, Agatha Christie’s former home and “countless other picture-postcard views”. In other words, despite the fancy new huts, this is a traditional trip to the seaside and still one of the best holidays that money can buy – “especially now Ready Camp has added a little glamour to the great outdoors”.
• From £27 a night; Campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
Living the good life in rural France
Le Monteil is a place to indulge your fantasties of moving to an empty part of France and trying out a bit of rural self-suffiency, says Clare Longrigg in The Guardian. From the farmhouse smallholding, where you’ll stay in gleaming white domes with log-burning stoves and views of the surrounding meadows and forest, you can walk for miles and not meet a soul – though you may well see wolves in the forest of Chabrières, a 15-minute drive away.
At the same time, your trip to the south central wilds needn’t mean suffering austerities. There are sofas, a proper bed and a shower in a bathroom. “When you wake in the morning, your can hear nothing but birdsong and your shoes are dry.”
• From €70 per night; LeMonteilRevolution.com
An eco-friendly sanctuary
A new luxury camp set to open in 2018 in Cambodia will be “unlike any other resort in Asia”, says Jim Dobson in Forbes. The Shinta Mani Wild Private Nature Sanctuary created by Bill Bensley, a “modern-day Willy Wonka” who creates new projects with wild enthusiasm and passion, is working to minimise the environmental impact of his resorts and create sustainable jobs for the locals.
Bensley discovered the site for his new project in a wildlife corridor connecting the Bokor National Park with the Kirirom National Park and ventured out to protect the 400-acre valley from poaching, mining and logging. At the resort, each luxury tent will be designed to perch over rapidly moving river and waterfalls and guests will be able to explore “the never travelled waterways” of the southeast of Cambodia aboard the resort’s own luxury expedition boats.