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In-tent on luxury


Luxury camping with a difference (also known as 'glamping') is well and truly a part of the travel scene now. More and more pop-up accommodations are... well, popping up in the most unlikely of places.

Shunning the usual city locations or countryside retreats, the emphasis is on experiences and sites that will allow guests to wake up in unique locations that hotels either can't, or have a lot of difficulty in trying to, replicate.

As more travel outlets move to favouring character over convention, the Flexicover team has picked out five great places to indulge our need to get back to nature and sleep in the great outdoors and where a holiday to remember is guaranteed before it's even begun.

Whitepod; Switzerland

One of the very first such sites to open up, back in 2004, Whitepods are found in deepest Switzerland. Designed to blend in with their Alpine surroundings, the igloo-like structures are white in the winter, green in the spring - and there's just as much thought put into the interior, with luxury features like a wood-burning stove to keep guests warm. The site also holds private ski slopes and hiking trails to keep you busy. But you'll still have to rough it - unless the ground is frozen over, guests are expected to carry their own luggage from the main entrance to their pods!

Greystoke Mahale; Tanzania

Positioned at the foot of the Mahale Mountains National Park, this site is a three and a half hours domestic flight away from Arusha airport followed by a long boat ride across Tanganyika Lake. But you'll find it's well worth the effort - perched beside the turquoise waters, the campsite faces the calm lake in one direction and an expansive mountain range in the other. The area is glorious for its safaris and kayaking on the lake. Better still, the whole area is teeming with chimps with which you can interact in their natural environment, so there'll always be entertainment at hand.

Village flottant de Pressac; France

What's better than lakeside tents? Well, being on it, perhaps! The town of Pressac in mid-western France offers water lovers a chance to slumber in one of 20 floating cabins in the middle of a lake. Arriving by rowboat, guests are moored to their wooden cabin until the next day. In keeping with the eco-friendly sell, cabins are sturdy yet basic, electricity comes via solar panels, plus there's a dry loo and running water. Dining options include food baskets delivered to your cabin door or you can literally fish for your supper, trying your hand at catching trout or carp from your terrace.

&Beyond Chobe Under Canvas; Botswana

If The Jungle Book was right up your dirt path, then in Chobe National Park, nestled as inconspicuously as possible, guests sleep under the stars, alongside all manner of wildlife. With one of the highest concentrations of safari animals in Africa, there's a wealth of experiences to be enjoyed at this campsite - watch as elephant herds stroll past or spot lions, leopards and hyenas in the distance. To make sure the full breadth is seen and heard, the site moves its location every five or six days, so you'll never know what safari snapshot you'll see as you wake in the morning.

Khao Sok Tree House Resort; Thailand

If you think luxurious camping just involves sleeping on the ground, think again - it can also mean sleeping up to 15m off the ground in a treehouse. For those wanting to live out childhood fantasies, the team at Khao Sok has created a whole area for guests to clamber up to their tree-forts in the middle of the jungle depths, throw on their pyjamas and stay there overnight. It's not as rough and ready as you may think - each is furnished to high specifications and incorporates a bathroom, plus the complex has a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar.

So if you fancy heading somewhere that little bit different, it's good to know that Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.





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