T+L Reports: Fresh-Air Fabulous
Published: June 2009
No longer just the mainstay of African safaris, luxury tents are being pitched around the globe as the latest in stylish (and, often, affordable) hotels. At El Capitan Canyon (866/352-2729; www.elcapitancanyon.com; doubles from $135), a posh 300-acre resort set among sage and oak groves in Santa Barbara, guests can sleep in tents outfitted with rustic handcrafted beds and down comforters after days filled with surfing lessons, horseback riding, and massages. • Tucked into Vancouver Island's Bedwell River Valley, the prop planeaccessible Wilderness Outpost (888/333-5405; www.wildretreat.com; three-day package from $7,600, double, all-inclusive) offers guests opulent canvas "prospector" quarters furnished with Oriental rugs and remote-controlled woodstoves. Dinners here are strictly crystal-and-china affairs. • Bohemian luxury is de rigueur at Goa's Yogamagic CanvasEcotel (91-9370/565-717; www.yogamagic.net; doubles from $740 per week, including meals), where Ashtanga seekers stay in colorful hand-printed, solar-powered Rajasthani hunting tents with pillowed corners—and private terraces for sunset views. • Meanwhile, at Mille Etoiles (33-4/66-24-21-81; www.canvaschic.com; doubles from $360 for three nights, including daily breakfast) in the south of France's Ceze River Valley, the Edwardian-inspired yurts (four-poster beds, vintage lanterns) have become so popular that the camp is set to expand in the coming year. Why bother with five-star service when you can sleep under thousands?