Wild sleeps: the world’s most adventurous hotels and pop-ups, for a sleepover with a twist

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We love a fluffy dressing gown as much as the next hotel hopper, and a miniature gin freebie will never go amiss. But what really stands the world’s most adventurous hotels apart from the rest is a dash of something different.

When we bed down somewhere extraordinary, it remains etched in our minds forever more. Nothing in the world beats a mind-blowing setting, with front-row access to the wilds of the Serengeti, or the Icelandic Northern Lights.

With that in mind, here are four of our favourite sleepovers around the globe to tick off your bucket list this year. Grab your passport and get set for a night like no other…

Bush Rover Suites, Tanzania

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The award-winning Bush Rover Suites are set in a series of converted Land Rovers in the depths of the Serengeti plains. Because the camp moves around Tanzania’s world-famous park in rhythm with the wildebeest migration, Bush Rover guests are gifted unparalleled safari views. Popping up by the Grumeti or Mara river, or overlooking a shallow crater at Kusini, Bush Rover Suites will always be located right off the tourist trail – for intimate wildlife encounters away from all the crowds. 

Get up-close to the greatest show on Earth

Not only will you get to experience the drama of the migration, dubbed “the greatest show on Earth”, up-close. At Bush Rover Suites, you’ll also be treated to smashing safari service. This includes sunset drinks on your private balcony, canapés by the campfire and hand-drawn baths (yes, the Land Rovers come with these, too). The ultimate wild night out…

Take a walk on the wild side in Tanzania

Ginto Island, the Philippines

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If life on the insanely picturesque island of Palawan is a bit too “been there, done that” for you, take off in a private boat instead. The hidden coves of the Bacuit Archipelago await, presenting a dream-like canvas of limestone karsts and powdery white bays.

Once you’re done exploring, you can find a bed for the night on the idyllic Ginto (or “Gold”) Island, which is totally exclusive to Flashpackers. This unique experience is all about the barefoot lifestyle, with a touch of luxury in the mix. Guests are treated to beach-side massages using local aloe vera and coconut products, and there’s also a private chef on-hand to whip up a BBQ or three. 

Tuck into freshly grilled seafood by the waves before retreating into boutique one-man mesh tents. A few nights of sleeping beneath the stars on your secret idyll, and you’ll feel like a whole new person. Robinson Crusoe, eat your heart out.

Bed down on the beach in the Philippines

Laguna Condor mountain refuge, Argentina

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Want to immerse yourself into the beating heart of the Patagonian wilderness? Laguna Condor mountain refuge is the place to do it. Based by the gorgeous Río de las Vueltas, in the shadow of the snow-capped Fitz Roy, life here unfurls to a slower pace. It’s all about unwinding in the tranquil landscapes surrounding El Chaltén, Argentina’s trekking capital; with gardens, trees, and alpine peaks stretching out on the horizon.

If you want to immerse yourself in the beating heart of the Patagonian wilderness, Laguna Condor mountain refuge is the place to do it. Based by the gorgeous Río de las Vueltas, in the shadow of the snow-capped Fitz Roy, life here beats to a slower pace. It’s all about unwinding in the unspoilt landscapes near El Chaltén, Argentina’s trekking capital; with gardens, trees, and alpine peaks stretching out on the horizon.

Life here beats to a slower pace

Spend your time here hiking to local waterfalls, kicking back in the beautiful outdoor bath, or enjoying a traditional lamb BBQ supper by roaring log fires. Come evening, you can retreat to your rustic log cabin for a truly chilled night’s sleep.

Roam free in Argentina

Hotel Rangá, Iceland

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Not many hotels come with their own stargazing observatory, but Hotel Rangá in Iceland is one of them. Boasting a remote riverside location in the south of the country, this retreat comes with magical night-time views – including the chance to glimpse those elusive Northern Lights.

As if starry delights weren’t enough, Hotel Rangá also has its own geothermal hot tubs to wallow in, surrounded by glacial beauty. And inside the timber-clad hotel, the treats just keep coming, with world-class Nordic cuisine: think Hákarl (fermented shark), Brennivín (a potent Icelandic spirit) and more. A true winter wonderland.

Spot the stars in Iceland

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