As an adventurous traveler, I am as enthralled by a cot in a UN refugee camp compound as I am by a dusty sleeping bag at Burning Man as I am by a pampering 5-star resort.
My recent trip to Kenya was heavier on the spare than the plush, but I was able to squeeze in one blissful night at the amazing Bateleur Camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Bateleur is one of the most spectacular "tented" camps in Africa. Gourmet food, attentive staff, spectacular surroundings, and tent-like rooms that are hard to leave, even when a safari calls. Best of all, Bateleur delivers its luxury experience with wit and imagination.
I am always on the lookout for lodging experiences that "Surprise and Delight," and Bateleur offered them at every turn. Here, I offer you photos of the two most surprising and delightful moments of my stay. Up top is plate of watermelon and gin delivered to my room shortly after arrival. Down below is one of the two hot water bottles placed at the foot of my bed while I was eating dinner in the main tented lobby. Talk about sweet dreams. These are the little moments that we take with us when we've had a great lodging experience. Have you had a small but sweet moment of lodging "surprise and delight" lately?