Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Cheng Ying Xuan
Versi Bahasa Indonesia: https://indonesia.tripcanvas.co/id/bali/tempat-glamping/
So you’ve planned a super vacation with your friends or relatives and have in mind some camping but not too sure die-hard camping is what you want? Not ready for the rough stuff?
How about trying out glamping instead? (Yes, glamping = glamorous camping!)
If you haven’t heard of this term, check out this infographic below:
Why camp when you can glamp? Infuse some glam to your camping!
1. Your “Out-of-Africa” glamping experience – Sebatu Sanctuary
Enter Glamorous Camping at Sebatu Sanctuary! Forget about sandy tents, sharing toilets and showers, the time and energy that goes into the set up and pack down for just a couple of nights; it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors of the lush tropical forest in all comfort and luxury.
If you’ve always dreamt of that grand jungle African escape, rest assured that you don’t have to travel too far to get a perfecto ‘camping’ experience. Enjoy an eco experience at Sebatu Sanctuary, where you can experience the romance of camping under the stars, while being in total comfort of luxury tents.
Photo Via Yuliahadi
We mean it when we say that staying in the glamorous tents will give you the total ‘back to nature’ experience without missing any of the luxuries of daily life – even the bathrooms are located semi-outdoors and come with a bathtub that allows for romantic bathing under the stars. You can even use the resort’s pool with lovely rainforest views!
Photo Via Explorista
The tents are equipped with insulation and are air-conditioned. And if you feel homesick and need to get to the kitchen to feel better, you will be glad to know that the property features a separate kitchen out of bamboo, which includes a refrigerator, microwave, sink, and stove!
Get some quality organic eats prepared for you here too at the onsite Evicurious Restaurant, and enjoy their juice and espresso bar (except on Mondays) – they even grow their own Arabica coffee and roast it on site!
With proper beds, Wi-Fi, shower, bath tubs, A/C, TV and more, we are not quite sure you will even want to camp again after experiencing glamping at Sebatu Sanctuary!2. A barefoot luxury beachfront glamping experience – Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Glamping and Dive Centre
Have you ever wondered what hidden gems are tucked away in the west of Bali?
This luxury beach glamping resort bordering West Bali National Park and surrounded by lush jungle and mangrove forests will get you completely obsessed with glamping! Time to forget all about the hustle and bustle of the more touristy sides of the island. It might take you slightly more than 3.5 hours’ drive to get here from the airport, but it’s totally worth it!
Photo Via Bsconsulting, Twinklywigglytoes
The luxury tents at Menjangan Dynasty Resort are of high standards and are packed with your much-loved creature comforts (electricity, beds with linens, high-pressure showers and more) while still allowing you to be right in the middle of nature!
You’ll feel like you’re back in a luxe summer camp with their collection of high-end tents right by the beachfront. And needless to say; you’ve got world class snorkeling right out your front door (or, erm, tent flap)! If you’re up for some added luxury, we recommend the Cliff Tent Villa which comes with your very own private plunge pool!
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Photo Via Chyuna18, Ellchintya
Your staycation at the glamping site looks adventurous but trust us as it is 100% comfortable. The surrounding environment is kept as natural as possible, so you can wake up to the chirping of birds and fall asleep with the natural white noise of bugs and you only need to take a few steps to an incredible underwater world.
Photo Via Ellchintya
You’d almost forget you are camping glamping – check out the resort’s infinity pool!
Photo Via Chyuna18
So if you are looking to sleep on a queen-size bed while not missing the peace in the middle of nature, these glamping tents make fantastic weekend getaways. Now that you entered the world of glamping, the fancified version of roughing it out, you might put a cross on all of the camping plans you’ve got!
Boots and trendy bikinis are all that you are required to pack, or anything fancy is also fine!
3. Opt for a bubblicious stay by the beach – Bubble Hotel
This Bubble tent is a new trend that’s gaining popularity in a few countries. Your accommodation is literally a bubble on the beach!
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Can you imagine waking up on stretches of soft sand beaches while the sea crashes merely metres away from you?
Photo Via Lydiapical, Jipbottema
Since the tent is transparent, there are no secrets, it’s just a king-size bed in a bubble 10 metres from the sea. Needless to say, there isn’t air-conditioning.
Photo Via Jessicadddddd, Indonesia_rentvilla
Photo Via Balitabi
Each bubble can fit two people, but if you’re traveling in a group, the staff at Bubble Hotel can set up three more bubbles in close proximity. Upon request, breakfast sandwiches, lemonade, candlelight dinners, and campfires can also be prepared for you!
Now you’re probably wondering where to keep your bags and where the bathroom is. There’s actually a secure storage area provided to stash your things as well as a private toilet and shower area.
From your bed, you’ll get to enjoy unobscured views of the ocean as well as the stunning star-studded sky if you happen to stay on a clear night. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful Bali greenery, and if you’re keen to cook on the beach, you can request for a BBQ too!
4. It’s a luxe tent with a private outdoor jacuzzi – Escape Nomade
Oh la la ALERT! We love how camping took a crazy luxurious turn these past years!
Who knew enjoying the great outdoors and wilderness could come with so many comfortable amenities; besides a real bed, here you will even find a private jacuzzi to soak in!
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As a leading distributor of luxury tents around the world, you can expect something big when it comes to glamping at the Escape Nomade in Canggu.
Your tent experience is set atop a rooftop and promises endless views of rice paddy fields (It’s known as the first rooftop tent in the world!) – an authentic Indonesian experience with all the necessary comforts and luxuries (I mean, a jacuzzi in a tent is not something banal!), fully equipped and contemporary in style with comforting colours of the wild.
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Photo Via Thegreylayers, Noinidnoii
Besides spending the night in the tent, you can also opt for their daytime glamping experiences in Ubud – namely unique royal high-tea sessions and massages by Ayung River, as well as picnic lunches and dining in-tent.
Not many people have heard of these (yet!), so you can imagine the exclusivity!
Note: Only a certain a limited number of pre-booked guests are allowed to visit for afternoon tea and massages.
5. Go au-naturel in the paddy fields: Sandat Glamping Tents
In the middle of the rice fields of Ubud, you will find this spectacular gem known as Sandat Glamping Tents.
As one of the most well-known glamping sites in Bali, they offer 5 safari-style tents (each with a private infinity-edge plunge pool and a terrace looking out into the forest) and 3 lumbung cottages for travelers.
Decorated with great attention to detail, each tent has a theme that gets you in touch with Bali’s nature. From pure white shells to coffee plants, pearl chandeliers and hand-painted furniture, you will inevitably feel at home in the wild.
The interior is elegantly canopied with Italian designer touches, yet complemented with mesh windows and canvas walls to give the ‘camping’ feel. You can be assured that all materials used are local and natural, with its own style and natural colours.
A tempting infinity pool appears to flow into the paddy fields and past the swaying coconut palms.
To achieve perfect seclusion, the tents are separated by bamboo screens and vertical gardens, to give some much-needed privacy.
Two of the tents are actually suites which come with unusual canopied round beds.
Every tent comes with mosquito nets, wifi and even in-room dining, so you don’t need to give up on your modern comforts.
Some things to note though – If you choose to book these luxurious tents, you will still feel (and hear!) nature all around you, just as though you’re in a regular tent (imagine singing birds and insects).
The jungle comes alive at night so if you’re a light sleeper, bring earplugs!
Privacy is also similar to that in a tent – there’s only a curtain separating the bathroom from the living area.
Monkey Forest (2km, less than 15-min ride)
Ubud market (2km, less than 15-min ride)
Ubud’s art galleries, as well as the lotus ponds and shadow puppet performances at the Royal Palace, are just a short bike ride away through the hills. (2km, less than 20-min ride)
For a more rugged ride, cycling down Mount Batur, a nearby volcano, is a thrilling adventure you can attempt.
The less athletic will find a drink at the camp bar carved out of lava rock exciting enough.
Ubud town (less than a 15-min drive) – where you can find popular restaurants and cafes such as Ibu Oka, Seniman Coffee shop, Caramel Patisserie etc.
All photos via Andrea Cacopardi and Sandat Glamping Tent
6. Romance under the stars beyond the Indian Ocean: Bali Dynasty Resort
Take a break from one of the most popular destinations in Bali and glamp at this hidden gem in Kuta.
Apart from having the usual resort rooms and amenities, Bali Dynasty Resort provides a great glamping alternative in the form of their luxury tent villa.
Set within a west-facing rooftop garden of the Bali Dynasty Resort, you’ll be able to drink in glorious sunsets from the outside of your tent.
The massive lawn overlooks the Indian Ocean, and instead of a private pool, you will have a jacuzzi – where you can both enjoy a glass of bubbly under the stars right before the shimmering ocean view.
The safari-inspired interior embraces an eco-friendly concept with sustainable materials, such as a recycled teakwood floor, bamboo pillars and polished sleek bamboo doors.
Under the draped canvas ceiling, the room is fitted with wardrobes, canvas roller blinds, bamboo lamps, and a built-in desk characterised by double crisscrossed legs that follow the shape of the director’s chair with which it is paired.
You’ll get to snuggle in a luxurious king-sized bed in the comforts of the air-conditioned tent, and girls will love the spacious dressing area (with a washbasin and mirror) which is behind the bed’s high leather-padded headboard.
In the open-air courtyard bathroom, you’ll find a walk-in monsoon shower and toilet. With its pebbled floor and high bamboo walls, you can be assured of absolute comfort and privacy.
And your luxurious camping experience doesn’t end here.
Guests are entitled to use all the facilities at Bali Dynasty Resort, including Ashoka Spa, the six restaurants, four bars (check out the Irish-themed bar and the H2O bar at upper deck), three swimming pools, exercise room, beach club, a renowned kids’ club, and complimentary departure lounge.
H2O bar at upper deck
Bali Dynasty Resort’s renowned kids’ club
The luxury tent villa is perfect for a couple retreat or honeymoon, or even as a private party venue for weddings and receptions.
Kuta beach, Discovery Shopping Mall and Waterbom Bali (a theme park) are less than 10 minutes away by foot from Bali Dynasty
Great dining places within walking distance (eg. Ma Joly)
Airport is less than 10 minutes away by car
All photos via modernwedding.com.au and Bali Dynasty Resort
Also read: Our Bali Dynasty Resort Review: 13 Exciting all-inclusive family activities you can enjoy on your beach holiday!
7. Wake up to dreams drifting in the forest: Sang Giri Mountain Tent Resort
Nestled in Jatiluwih, a UNESCO world heritage site, Sang Giri Mountain Tent Resort is located in central Bali. This retreat sanctuary will have you glamping with no doors and a 360-degree view of the dense rainforest.
In the early morning, you’ll be greeted by a misty fog hanging over the foliage – as though you’ve been resting on the clouds.
And when the sun starts rising, you’ll be able to catch that magical moment from the entrance of your room.
Your cosy bedroom overlooks the jungle, with a modern ensuite bathroom equipped with toilet and shower. There’s no need for air-conditioning, as the air is naturally cool up in the mountains.
The interiors also include a quaint little fireplace, where hot tea is served.
So no surprises if you’re so comfortable, that you wouldn’t notice you’re actually in a tent!
And at night, you can simply fall into slumber, lulled by the natural sounds of the jungle.
As for your meals, you can expect them to be of the highest quality as well – Pakis Restaurant in the resort offers a Western BBQ menu and specialises in Balinese cuisine, using edible wild grown rainforest vegetables, leaves and roots. Everything served is freshly plucked from the resort’s organic garden.
Do take note that the tent has no doors, so there’s no keeping out the insects – it’s a full jungle experience. You can request for mosquito nets (though there’s not many mosquitoes up in the mountain, they may still come around at night).
If you have meal preferences, feel free to let the chef know how you’d like your meal to be done – and there you’ll get it. It’s even an open kitchen concept, so you can see how your meal is cooked.
If you want to dine elsewhere, it’s a 40-minute walk to the nearest restaurants, so do ensure that you either drive or have a ride out.
And if you’re up for it, Sang Giri also offers many activities for nature lovers and adventure seekers.