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Places to Lose Yourself... Secluded Campsites Around the World

Monday, April 3rd 2017


"I longed for real silence
the kind you can’t find
but stumble upon
in some cabin
somewhere
on a lake without a moon,
where you hear the cigarette burn
and the candles flicker
and your mind dances alive
to the symphonies in the black"
- Atticus

Searching for space for conscious introspection, we’re dreaming of time spent in nature to find hidden inner truths and forgotten musings. Find a simple and complete escape - an isolated patch of paradise and a temporary home to connect with the natural world and find your balance. Disengage from technological distractions and go off the grid, embracing the allure of seclusion and secret wanderings.

Perfect for pre-wedding reflections or spiritually inspired bachelorette parties, we’ve put together a list of dream campsites designed for pure seclusion. Be romanced by awe-inspiring mountains, desert landscapes and star-filled skies, by deep silences punctuated only by shifting sand and restless seas...

ERG CHIGAGA, MOROCCO
Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp

Situated in the centre of the Erg Chigaga Desert, Erg Chigaga Desert Camp offers complete seclusion and serenity. A luxury campsite of nomad tents and sumptuous suites, we love Erg Chigaga for sweeping views of Moroccan plains, a horizon dotted with rolling sand-dunes in shades of burnt sienna. Think candlelit nights and Berber furnishings, time spent immersed in untouched landscapes...

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, USA
Black Rock Campsite

An expansive landscape of golden, sunbaked plains surrounded by twisted rock and exposed granite; Joshua Tree is strewn with cacti and holds five fan palm oases. A fragile ecosystem of delicate lifeforms, we love Joshua Tree for slow mornings and quiet afternoons, the perfect place for self discovery and reflection. 

ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK, AUSTRALIA 
Longitude 131

A luxury wilderness retreat overlooking the sunburnt terrain of the Australian Outback, Longitude 131 epitomises opulent seclusion. A compound of only 15 tents, experience complete seclusion in one of Australia’s most sacred sites. Utterly serene and inherently peaceful, with uninterrupted views of Uluru… 

VALLE DEL COCORA, COLOMBIA
Camping Valle del Cocora Salento

With palm trees stretching infinitely into the heavens, Valle del Cocora is a forest of clouds flanked by rolling mountain foothills. A sea of wild grass and protected palms, we love Valle del Cocora for tropical camping in the heart of Colombia. Think canvas tents and woven hammocks, nights spent amongst native flora in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes. 

CRADLE MOUNTAIN, AUSTRALIA
Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain

Set in the Lake St Claire National Park, Cradle Mountain is surrounded by ancient rainforests and alpine heaths. Home to some of the most magnificent views Tasmania has to offer, we love Cradle Mountain for wintery travels in breathtaking scenery. Think icy streams cascading from rugged mountains and local wildlife drinking from glacial lakes…

PENZANCE, UK
Treen Farm Campsite

Tents speckle the Cornwall coastline, pitched in fields spilling with lush wildflowers. Overlooking inky seas and golden sands, slow down and watch waves crashing over moss covered rocks next to boats moored on the shore. A fully equipped site with picnic benches and a fire pit, we love Treen Farm for quintessential English tranquility. 

JERVIS BAY, AUSTRALIA
Paperbark Camp

A tented bush camp just two and a half hours from Sydney, Paperbark camp is a secluded escape perched in the treetops of the Shoalhaven. Our pick for city escapes and weekend staycations, for sumptuous forest treehouses surrounded by turquoise waters and deserted beaches… 

LAUGAVEGUR, ICELAND
Laugavegur Treck

Pitch a tent along one of the most incredible treks in the world. A breathtaking landscape spanning a spectrum of colors, where orange-capped hills and slopes stained brown meet mossy veneers and ebony sand. Soak in geothermal pools by day, and sleep amongst fields of white blossoms by night.

 

PARQUE NACIONAL NATURAL TAYRONA, COLOMBIA
Bahia Concha

Tracing the coast of the Caribbean, Tayrona lies at the foot of Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. With smooth shores in palettes of azure and turquoise, we love Tayrona for daytime slumbers on hammocks strung between palms, balmy sunsets and midnight swims...

FAROE ISLANDS, DENMARK
Húsavík Campsite 

An archipelago of 18 tiny remote islands, we love the Faroes for wild landscapes and uncharted terrain. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean between Norway and Iceland, expect dramatic fjords and cliff faces, abandoned villages and total isolation amongst panoramic views.

ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK, NEW ZEALAND
Totaranui Campground

Camp next to crystalline waters and sleep under a sky filled with stars. Soft tides are juxtaposed with dramatic cliffs, a coastline carved from granite and marble that juts from the sea to the skies. The waters surrounding the park are also a known nesting spot for fur seals and a playground for blue penguins.

COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK, ECUADOR 
Parque Nacional Cotopaxi 

Cotopaxi National Park's centerpiece and namesake is one of the world's tallest active volcanos, considered sacred by local Andean people. Surrounded by landscapes in mossy greens and earthy greys, natural springs filter off glacial peaks into scrubby bushland and grassy fields.

WHITSUNDAY ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
Whitehaven Beach

One of the world’s most beautiful beaches, we’re forever drawn to Whitehaven’s white sands and pristine shores. Known for its shifting tides that create a swirling constellation of colours, we love Whitehaven for beachside camping and tropical escapes.

Spicers Peak Lodge.

Wednesday, November 12th 2014

Imagine escaping to a majestic mountaintop for your ceremonial rituals. To a place where the air is cool and fresh, the landscape painted with rugged mountains, the space infinite. A place where the air smells of wood and of cedar, of earth and fire: a place where time is trivial and the silence enveloping. A place where you’re untouchable and can hear yourself think. Imagine being married in the kind of place that creeps into your soul and stays long after you leave. This is Spicers Peak Lodge...

Sun-soaked coastal ceremonies may come to mind when one thinks of a wedding in Queensland Australia. The summer heat, the salty breeze and beaches that seduce, but surprising to most be that there is so much more on offer. Spicers Peak Lodge, just 90 minutes from Brisbane city (2 ½ hours from the Gold Coast), located on Queensland Scenic Rim and in the mountains of the Great Dividing Range is seemingly worlds away from the often too familiar happenings of many weddings and awakens a longing for intimate celebrations of wholesome luxury. A well hidden gem, 8000 acres on a dramatic peak top location (reminiscent of those romantic winter ski chalets that come to mind when one thinks of places like Aspen and the French Alps), that the LANE team was lucky enough to experience on our ever continuing search for the most incredible wedding venues…..

After a winding drive on the dirt path that leads up the mountain to Peak Lodge you realise you are high, very high (this is Australia’s highest non alpine lodge) and are surrounded by breathtaking views, green fields, roaming cattle and the mountains of the Great Dividing range. At the top awaits a charming cedar lodge (covered in climbing ivy) with chimneys a blaze on a spring day, calling you to retreat. Thoughts of intimate destination style weddings that move effortlessly between festivities and celebrations over numerous days are imagined. This is the venue for those allured by the romance of seclusion, those that have that innate love of the wilderness and wide open spaces and those that want the intimacy of a destination wedding with touches of relaxed luxury.

From the awe-inspiring views to incredible food and luxe spa treatments, we quickly learn that Spicers Peak Lodge is effortless luxury. The touches are quiet and humble. They are personal and easy. It’s not the kind of luxury that’s pretentious or rigid, but rather the comforting kind that makes you feel like you’re staying in the beautiful home of an old friend. It’s quiet, welcoming and relaxing. You find logs of freshly chopped firewood at your door for the stone fireplace in your room and a handwritten note with chocolates by the bed. There are stacks of coffee table books and cashmere throws for warmth. The service is the same, with every step taken to make your stay comfortable. The staff know you by name, the car is parked and your bags await in your room (which is warmly lit by a blazing fire), all before you’ve had a chance to take in the incredible destination.

In the heat of the Australian summer many consider the coast the only option for a wedding, but the mountaintop location of Peak Lodge with the cool, fresh air makes this the perfect escape from the stifling summer heat. The days are pleasant and the light incredible, which means the celebrations can start early and continue all day. While the lodge has that beautiful rustic feeling of an almost winter-like ski chalet, the styling and aesthetic of weddings that would work at the space are endless. The stone fireplaces, dark wood accents and earthy materials combined with the focus on amazing food and wine have us imagining an effortlessly luxe wedding, ultimately refined, but with the nonchalance and relaxed mood of an intimate dinner party. Think raw beauty, romantic intimacy and natural surrounds. An outdoor dinner on the grass with one long timber table and a small gathering of guests sharing amazing food and company would be our pick. We recommending extending on the beautiful rustic touches that the space has with a mood that is purposefully restrained. Added refinement with oversized and artful arrangements of white and ivory peonies and roses.

The real beauty of Peak Lodge is in the incredible destination, breathtaking views and the rawness of the natural surrounds, which will really resonate with those effortless bohemian brides. If you’re after a gypsy-esque celebration there is a secluded campfire style spot amongst the bush land with rustic timber tables, log seating and a bonfire. Full of charm for an intimate and spirited ceremony that exudes that real sense of bohemian and free-spirited heart, we imagine the log seating arranged in a circle around the fire with a clearing at the top for the exchanging of vows and a bride adorned in a billowing and flowing silhouette of paisley prints. We also imagine this space hosting the pre wedding night celebrations for the boys (think Moscow mules by the fire), while the girls have cocktails by the infinity pool (the espresso martinis are amazing) or get pampered at the retreat’s spa.

If food and wine is a focus, this is the heart of Peak Lodge and the venues award winning restaurant is famous for their 7 course degustation dinner with matched wines (which we were lucky enough to be treated to during our stay). Come dinnertime, drinks and canapés are served in the communal lounge room followed by the most unbelievable meal. Beautifully presented and from produce source from local and organic suppliers, each course is told in the most descriptive detail. If you're considering this space it is even worth a stay prior to your wedding just to sample the menu. The highlights for us were the lamb served with quinoa porridge, onions and buttermik and the baramundi with almond, orange and za’atar.

While Peak Lodge can accommodate weddings of up to 100, the lodge sleeps 26 and can be book exclusively (which we would recommend to really create that secluded sense of intimacy with close family and friends that extends over a weekend). There are also two private timber lodges at the bottom of the property that are perfect for couples on their wedding night. With a double door stone fireplace, an infinity hot tub on the mountain edge and the most majestic views, you'll never want to leave. While buses can transport guests to and from the venue, it’s 2 hours back to Brisbane (2 ½ to the Gold Coast), so we don’t really recommend this option. If you’re considering larger guest numbers there are a number of ways to make this incredible venue work. Spicers Canopy (also run by the Spicers group) is a campsite located at the bottom of the property that can accommodate around 10 tents of two people. Wedding options at Peak are bespoke, so there’s even a possibility of having something like Homecamp (pop up glamping for guests) set up on the property!

Our must read tips for this venue

- Pack layers! You are high on a mountain so even on a warm spring day it can be cool at Peak Lodge. For brides, we imagine a billowing gown with voluminous sleeves.
- For those considering a weekend getaway or a short stay, packages at Spicers Peak Lodge are all inclusive. Three meals, food, beverages and mini bar are included as well as the seven-course degustation dinner menu.

Things To Do
If you're considering a destination wedding celebration or even a hens weekend away at Spicers Peak Lodge here’s a list of our must dos…

- Have an afternoon picnic with a rustic cheese board and wine at one of the mountain lookouts. The northern lookout (also an amazing proposal spot) was the most dramatic and our favourite. The views and afternoon light magical!
- There’s nothing like the magic of listening to music and sharing stories around the property's bonfire.
- The resorts spa (Spa Anise) is amazing! We were treated to the Peak Signature Massage where your body is wrapped in hot towels before a full body massage with beautiful plant oils! Bliss!
- The 7-course degustation with matched wines is a must! Foodie or not the food is incredible and the most perfect way to spent an evening!

Styling Ideas

Refined Rustic
Leith & Brooke's Rustic Hunter Valley Wedding / Bridal Gowns: Voluminous SleevesReception Decor: Crystal Cut Glassware / Flowers: White Hydrangeas / Styled Shoot: Tres Chic /  Photography: Dramatic Landscapes / Cakes: Fig Adorned

Bohemian
Kara & Jeff Real Wedding / Bridal Gowns: Folk Silhouettes / Bridal Gowns: Bo & Luca LibertasDecor Hire: Timbermill Rentals / Theme: Summer Whites / Theme: Sheer Simplicity  /  Flowers: LilacsFlorist: Fleuriste / Cakes: Gillian Bell / Food Styling: Flower Food / Photography: Dramatic Landscapes / Favours: Smudgesticks / Food Styling: Mulled Wine / Decor: Exposed Festoon Lighting / Flowergirls: Tea Princess Bohemian Dreams Collection

Head over the Spicers Peak Lodge website to see more of this incredible venue. 

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