Seaside bliss on Italy’s central coast
For decades, Terre di Sacra, on the Tuscan coast at Capalbio, was the summer redoubt of italy bene. A private estate owned by the Puri Negri family, its collection of boho-chic villas and cottages borders the Burano Lagoon, part of a state nature reserve teeming with seabirds. They also enjoy the questionable advantage of the train screeching along the track just behind them and sit firmly near the two-lane Strada Provinciale Litoranea. This tends to have a self-selection effect on tenants, in a good way.
This year Margherita Puri Negri, new generation guardian of Terre di Sacra, will deploy Glamping Terre di Sacra, on a site next to La Dogana, which could be my favorite beach club in all of Italy (come for the lively scene, stay for the superb food and wine list). The tents, structures in wood and canvas, scattered in the Mediterranean maquis by the sea, range from the double lodge tent to the “maxi” family tent, which can accommodate up to five people. All have fridges and espresso machines inside (the superior, deluxe, and premium lodges also have small but nice kitchens) and private wooden decks with dining tables and/or lounge chairs. It is likely to become one of the best cheap seaside-style and nature-protected intersections in the country. Ilcampeggiodicapalbio.it, @glampingterredisacra; from around 228 €
Have fun in the US Virgin Islands
Lovango Resort + Beach Club, a private resort on Lovango Cay that’s a 15-minute boat ride from St John’s, is the busiest arrival of 2022 in the U.S. Virgin Islands and its first new build in decades. It has a lot in its DNA to recommend it: founded by Gwenn and Mark Snider (who have long delighted many stylish travelers to Winnetu on Martha’s Vineyard and the Nantucket Hotel), with interiors by Michael Cramer (the man behind the cult favorite destination Gurney’s, in Montauk on Long Island), a bar featuring home-brewed spirits, and an island boutique that stocks Paravel luggage and jewelry from CVC Stones.
For accommodation, there are villas that sleep up to nine people and “tree houses” – perched above the canopy – that sleep four. But consider Lovango’s smaller option, which is also arguably the sexiest: one of the glamping tents overlooking the water, with a mix of air conditioning and natural cooling systems, open raw wood decks with chairs for lounging and paneled canvas walls that push back, shaped like a curtain, to reveal 180-degree views (through screened windows, to keep those mozzies out). They’re eminently private, but also just steps from an open-air “lobby” with cart service to the beach club, bars, and restaurants. lovangovi.comfrom $995 per night
High canvas – and sustainability – in Mexico’s Riviera Maya
Tulum and canvas seem like a bohemian marriage made in heaven; If there’s a place to spend a beach vacation in a tent, it’s here. One of the few outposts of the small hospitality company focused on wellness and experience, Habitas Tulum was launched by British entrepreneur Oliver Ripley in 2017. All accommodation here, whether tucked away in the jungle or at the edge of the Caribbean, are tents. , with wooden floors, thatched palapa roofs and outdoor showers.
Mid-century-inspired furnishings and pretty kilims kick the style game up several notches, and the abundance of private space — gardens, terraces, hammocks, and in some cases, private pools — bring the luxury factor up. In keeping with all Habitas properties, the healing and adventure options are top-notch, with everything from energy and music therapies to inland swims. cenotes on the register. noshabitas.comfrom around $330 per night
Swedish surf camping
Gotland is Sweden’s not-so-secret secret island retreat, long a favorite summer spot for sailors, families, campers and surfers. Yes, surfers in Sweden; and from the end of May, one of the places they frequent is the Surflogiet camp by the sea, on the west coast of the island, a few minutes drive from the main port of Visby. It’s cool beach camping stripped down to its basics: white canvas tents, lined with dhurries, furnished with large Hästens beds, bedside tables, writing tables, a weird acoustic guitar.
Cushions and low tables are out front on the sand for breakfast, and there’s an alfresco restaurant and bar on-site — think sawn-log seating, fairy lights, and feet in the park. sand – for everything else. The sauna is bookable in two-hour increments, and yoga is offered five days a week, with a massage therapist on-site to do tent massages. With, of course, Baltic surf lessons for adults and children. surflogiet.comfrom around £212
To put the glamour glamping in Bali
Bill Bensley is the Harvard-trained architect who made a name for himself designing some of Asia’s most extravagant hotels and resorts – places where color, pattern, materials and original artistry converge from way to eliminate the very idea of minimalism from consciousness. Tents often feature in his design plans, from the fantastic Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos to Shinta Mani Wild, his own safari/conservation camp project deep in the rainforest of southern Cambodia. One of the most delightful iterations of Bensley’s dream is in Bali, which from this month is open to international travellers.
Although the 23 Capella Ubud accommodations are indeed made from (black) canvas, they are tents that emphasize the glamour in glamping, from silk-lined ceilings and striped ticking roller blinds, to ornate carved screens and freestanding copper tubs, to huge teak decks and pools that stretch above the jungle canopy for what seems like miles. It’s a jungle safari like an unbridled fantasy, calibrated for fun. And there’s a reason the resort has won accolades around the world: everything from the mixology to the spa experience is definitely creative. Cheap; but if your bucket list includes an unbridled jungle safari fantasy and you can afford it, it’s worth it for a night or two. capellahotels.comaround £640