The Travel Curator Picks The Best Adult Summer Camps For The Kids At Heart
As summer sojourns become an increasing priority, we chatted with travel expert Melanie Brandman of Travel Curatorfor exploration inspiration. Per Melanie's whole-hearted warm-weather suggestion, summer camps are no longer just for hormonally charged preteens. With a bit of "up-sizing," they work equally well for the jet set, especially when the time-tested experiences are offered in far-flung and highly coveted places abroad. After perusing her top picks, we’re thinking that a weekend spent around a campfire braiding chic "friendship" bracelets and crafting artisanal S'mores is in order. Kumbaya, indeed.
For the Love of Glamping When “glamping”—glam camping—first started trending, it immediately made me think of the tents at The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Rathambhore. A breathtaking collection of private luxury tents with finely embroidered canopies, luxurious bathrooms and private walled gardens, The Oberoi Vanyavilas is on the edge of a tiger reserve, which considerably ups the summer-camp ante. With Shere Khan just around the corner, these nature hikes aren't your mother's bird-watch.
For the Science Geek The stunning Molori Safari Lodge in South Africa's expansive Madikwe Game Reserve is an impossibly intimate hideaway. Considered the most luxurious and private game lodge in the region, Molori counts stealthy VIPs such as Kate Moss as fans. My mates and I love unplugging in the main lodge and having our run of the gorgeous stand-alone villas, all expertly designed so that the outdoors come in. The ultimate summer camp-esque experience? Molori Safari Lodge is home to one of the largest privately owned telescopes in Southern Africa, which makes for an awe-inspiring evening in the private planetarium. Here, Astro Tourism takes a walk on the wild side.
For the Bikini Bod Summer camp was always a time when I would sneak crisps and chocolate into my cabin to avoid the less-than-fabulous cafeteria options. As maintaining a beach-ready physique is now a focus for most, I would highly recommend Bikini Bootcamp at AMANSALA. The resort is an eco-friendly beach property tucked away in Tulum, Mexico… but don’t let the relaxed vibe fool you. For the dedicated fitness enthusiast, Bikini Bootcamp prescribes an intense yoga regimen to help you detox and get in shape, all while working on your tan. (Hopefully your sports bra will leave nice lines.)
For the Aspiring Equestrian The desert paradise of Scottsdale, Arizona features a Cowboy College ideal for Annie Oakleys-in-training. Guests can learn to rope and ride with the best of 'em, building up their arsenal of authentic cowboy skills. City slickers, fear not: Cowboy College includes a two-day tutorial to "life at the ranch," as well as four days of camping, where you'll work side by side with real cowboys. Now if only Brokeback Mountain's Jake Gyllenhaal was included, I'd be there with spurs on.