Checking in: Stay in a safari-style luxury tent at Dunya Camp

Plus: three properties that draw inspiration from the past and the reopening of the Forbes Five Star Ritz-Carlton, Naples

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Stay in one of six safari-style luxury tents at Dunya Camp

Photography by Lauren Granger

Camp in Style
Dunya Camp gets its name from an Arabic term meaning “closer,” which aptly represents this new glamping experience’s mission: to bring guests closer to nature, their loved ones, and themselves. This feeling of intimacy and immersion in nature comes easily when staying in one of the six safari-style luxury tents set among Summerville, Georgia’s rolling woodland hills. Three upgraded Sunset Grand tents feature private outdoor barrel saunas; inside all tents, a four-poster king-size bed, freestanding soaking tub, and stylish, safari-inspired decor enhance the high-end feel. Unzip the tent flaps to savor the gentle breeze and stunning views, soak in your personal cedar hot tub under the stars, and cook dinner on the gas grill or roast marshmallows by the firepit. You get all the seclusion and peace of the great outdoors without having to sacrifice the finer things: win-win.

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Historically Inspired
What’s old is new again at these recently opened properties that draw influences from the past

Zelda Dearest | Asheville, North Carolina
Inspired by Roaring ’20s icon Zelda Fitzgerald’s creative and independent spirit (she’s considered America’s first flapper), this 20-room boutique hotel spans three restored turn-of-the-century mansions in the South Slope neighborhood. Shades of pink and art deco patterns add a romantic vibe to the rooms as well as the cozy parlor cocktail bar.

Guest bathroom at Zelda Dearest

Photo courtesy of Zelda Dearest

The George Hotel | Georgetown, South Carolina
The coastal city’s first boutique property mixes 18th- and 19th-century fabrics and furnishings with modern design and amenities, including a chic seafood-focused restaurant and waterfront bar.

Printmaker’s Inn | Savannah, Georgia
The oldest building in Savannah is now one of the city’s newest accommodations. The combined 1693 Hills-Galloway House and 1884 Nichols House include eight historic suites with original plasterwork and ceiling medallions, period antiques, and renovated bathrooms with Savannah Bee Company toiletries.

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Ritzy Reno
After two years of renovations and a multimillion-dollar expansion, the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Naples has reopened its doors with a crisp, modern elegance to each of the 474 rooms, along with a host of new luxuries. Guests will enjoy the new veggie-forward restaurant Sofra as well as the lobby bar, helmed by a master sommelier who leads a luxe Champagne-tasting experience. The refreshed oceanfront pool area now offers 10 air-conditioned bungalows and 10 open-air cabanas, as well as family and adults-only pools. The 14-floor Vanderbilt Tower, open only to Club members, is the crown jewel of the revamp. Its Club Lounge is the Ritz-Carlton’s largest in North America, with private dining and exclusive programming.

The hotel’s lobby lounge and bar

Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Naples

This article appears in the Spring 2024 issue of Southbound.

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