There is a little part of every one of us that longs for adventure. The modern day world cannot provide us with the thrill needed to satisfy this craving for excitement. The only way to really get out there and explore is to actually get out there. This means we need to venture off to a far away secluded area of nature. There is just one problem with this. When you go out into the unscathed areas of Mother Nature, you are forced to leave comforts of modern life behind. Of course, there is a way to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Camping typically means one cannot have a bed and must actually work for everything you need. You are required to find your entertainment, provide your own food, and even set up your place of dwelling. For most that is just too much time and effort to constitute a vacation.
There are typically two ways to go camping. The first is to pack up your backpack with whatever you need and head off into the woods. However, a good majority of people prefer not to sleep whenever they lay and like to shower on a regular basis. If that is your preferred method, you probably would want to rent a spot at a campsite. A site at a campground will normally cost between $10 to $40 depending on what amenities the camp offers. If you own a travel trailer or RV it may even be as high as $100 a night because of water and electrical offerings.
However, there is another way to camp. In fact, some would argue that is the only way to have an outdoor adventure. It is very costly, but it is an experience like no other. This is the option of staying at a highly luxurious camp. These camps all have tents, but they are not like the tents you are thinking of. These tents are bigger than some homes and come stocked with luxury amenities such as personal hot tubs, spas, and other outrageous furnishings that would make one forget they are not in the finest five star hotel. If you have a ton of cash to spend on an adventure filled with comforts, these are the places to stay.
10 Cresto Ranch -- $700 Per Night
Cresto Ranch is located in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado. The campground sits in the middle of a beautiful alpine valley in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The ranch is based near an old ghost town. The cabins have been restored from old buildings located at the town’s limits, giving the campground a historic and unique atmosphere. These cabins are fitted with all the highest quality furnishings of the modern day. Aside from the pristine rocky mountain hot springs, guests are invited to enjoy a number of activities provided by the camp including horseback riding, helicopter skiing, kayaking, and fly fishing. A night at the Cresto Ranch will cost you $700.
9 Amanwana -- $850 Per Night
Amanwana is the lone luxury camping resort on the Indonesia island of Moyo. A single night costs $850. Moyo is home to one of the most well preserved coral reefs in the world. Amanwana offers scuba and snorkeling gear for their guests to explore the surrounding waters. They also provide a cruise ship which transports guests to the islands Rinca and Komodo. These day adventures offer tourists an up-close view of some of the rarest and most amazing creatures on this earth including the Komodo dragon. Guests stay in huge tents, each with a deck made of exotic Indonesian hardwoods. The campsites are not right on top of each other. The tents are in secluded sections of the camp and allow for the guests to choose between an ocean view or their own private area of the jungle.
8 Aman-i-Khas -- $925 Per Night
Guests will pay $925 a night to stay at Aman-i-Khas, a 1,334 acre camp just a few miles outside of Ranthambore National Park in India. The tents are all modelled after the travelling tents the ancient Moghul people of India once used. This is the most popular place to stay for visitors of the national park. The camp provides both guided nature walks around the outskirts of the park and guided safari tours into the depths of the jungle.
7 Gorah Elephant Camp -- $938 Per Night
The biggest attraction at the Gorah Elephant Camp is, believe it or not, the elephants. The camp is located in the heart of Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. This park is the home of the world’s largest population of elephants. For $938 a night, campers get to stay in one of the eleven tent suites which are modeled after the campgrounds of safari hunters from the early 1900s. Each one has its own thatched canopy where the guest can look out on the beautiful surroundings without leaving the comfort of his or her place of dwelling.
6 Kasbah Tamadot -- $972 Per Night
Kasbah Tamadot is located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Marrakech, Morocco. This luxury camping resort and lodge were purchased in 1992 by Sir Richard Branson. Branson opens up rooms in the lodge and offers multiple luxury tents throughout the grounds. The tents are made of Berber and have their own private swimming pool. Guests are willing to pay $972 per night in order to experience Morocco the same way the world’s richest adrenaline junkie does.
5 Minaret Station -- $1176.50 Per Night
To stay at the New Zealand luxury campground Minaret Station, guests are willing to shell out $1176.50 per night. The campground, located at Lake Wanaka, is only accessible by helicopters. Each tent is made entirely of sheepskin and comes with a king size bed and private decks with hot tubs. While staying at Minaret Station, guests are invited to participate in the many activities provided by the camp. Such activities include hiking, wild game viewing, helicopter tours, fly fishing, jet boating, wine tasting, skiing, and guided hunting trips.
4 Chiawa Camp -- $1300 Per Night
Chiawa Camp in Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia is highly regarded as Africa’s finest safari operation. For $1,300 per night, guests can go on guided safari tours and hunting trips. They are also able to go canoeing and fishing. Chiawa Camp is home to one of the finest dining experiences in all of Africa. The dinner offers great food and a huge lounge and barroom complete with a sundeck that looks out on the entire national park.
3 Soneva Fushi -- $1482.50 Per Night
Soneva Fushi is located on the Kunfunadhoo Island in Maldives. The island is a popular tourist destination because of the beautiful coral reef that surrounds it. To stay a single night at this luxury camping resort costs $1,482.50. In return, guests not only get a luxury tent complete with all the top notch amenities expected, but they also get their own private butler. The first class service is accompanied with one amazing dining experience. There are nine different food and beverage options throughout the camp. The most popular is the wine tasting room, which features over 500 rare wines from all over the world. If you thought this was enough, there is also a full-size space observatory for one of the best star gazing experiences a person can have.
2 Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle -- $2467 Per Night
The Tented Camp Golden Triangle is owned and operated by the hotel chain Four Seasons. This camp is located in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It is very close to Southern Burma and Western, Laos. The camp is famous for providing its guests with elephant treks. Guests ride elephants through the bamboo jungles of Northern Thailand and venture up through the country’s mountain passes. After a long day of elephant riding, guests are given a complimentary 90 minute massage to return them to the peak level of relaxation. All the tents measure 581 square feet and include huge decks, hot tubs, customized bath tubs made of hand-hammered copper and even outdoor showers. The camp’s three dining options include a full bar, restaurant, and wine cellar which is stocked with rare wines from Southeast Asia. Guests are willing to pay $2,467 per night for the most unique way to experience Thailand.
1 Clayoquot Wilderness Resort -- $3900 Per Night
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Vancouver Island, Canada is the world’s most expensive luxury camping experience. A single night costs $3,900. The camp can only be accessed by a thirty minute boat ride or by taking the scenic route, a 45 minute private charter plane. There are no televisions or phones at the resort. The goal is for the camp’s guests to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and really be entertained by the great outdoors. Each tent has everything a person would need to create their very own outdoor adventure. Aside from scuba gear, fishing poles, and horseback riding equipment, the rooms are decked out with massage chairs, hot tubs, and saunas. The camp offers tons of activities including yoga classes, horseback riding, kayaking, whale watching, bear watching, hot spring swimming, archery, rifle shooting, zip-lines and much more. However, one of the most popular activities is a hiking and fishing expedition aided by helicopter to ensure the guests can plunge deep into the wilderness.