Glamping takes on a whole new meaning with the White Desert luxury camp situated in the most hostile environment on earth, Antarctica. The one and only luxury camp in the interior of Antarctica, White Desert has been operating for ten years and has been fully booked for the last five.
Welcoming a transformation in the way of a refurbishment, the White Desert camp has been made-over into a true luxury destination. Comprising of six sleeping pods with a maximum capacity of just twelve guests this resort is as exclusive as they come. The dining room, lounge and library have all benefitted from the recent refurbishment as did the six fibreglass pods. Each pod welcomes luxury fabric headboards, Saarinen chairs, fur throws, and extended on-suite bathrooms stocked with sustainable toiletries from David de Rothschild’s Lost Explorer brand.
Despite the remote and exclusive nature of the White Desert camp it has an easy and friendly feel to it, and it’s run along strict environmental guidelines. The six state-of-the-art sleeping pods have been designed for two people in each, and are fully heated and comfortably warm. On windy days these luxury glamping pods are blissfully quiet, and at over 20ft in diameter they are surprisingly spacious. Each features a double bed (for couples), a writing desk, wash area and toilet; for guests travelling separately the room can be partitioned.
The rest of the camp comprises of a shower pod, kitchen pod and two custom-made tents. These are completely unique, fusing cutting edge material with an old-world feel. Here the lounge and dining room can be found, with the latter serving up fantastic food from award winning chefs. The White Desert’s philosophy is simple, ‘Do as much or as little as you like. It’s your adventure.’
There are eleven staff members to look after the twelve guests on any one departure, which means they really can tailor each trip to the individual. They can design an itinerary that exactly suits guests, with an enormous amount of activities on offer just a few minutes’ walk from camp. They offer two itineraries; South Pole & Emperors and Mountains, the former being the most popular. Both take place over eight days, and give guests plenty of time and scope to enjoy all that the South Pole has to offer.
Each day the field guides will suggest a number of excursions and activities, these can range from easy and relaxing to adrenalin charged. From gentle treks to a series of ice tunnels or further towards the coast, where giant ice waves rise up from the ground in surreal formations. Those looking for a more relaxed trip can also choose from leisurely activities such as going for a picnic to visiting one of the local science bases. Guests looking for more excitement can be taught the skills of a polar explorer by the expert guides. From technical rock climbing, might abseils to kite-skiing, the guides will ensure everyone is warm, safe and doing whatever they want to do.
One of the most popular activities is the visit to Akta Bay to see the Emperor Penguins. A two hour flight from the main camp sees guests directly at the site of over 6,000 penguins and their young chicks. Both are totally unafraid of humans and will come within a few meters of the group, immersing guests in the noise, commotion and the sheer beauty of it all. Another highlight is taking the unique six-hour flight to reach the lowest point on earth, the South Pole. Landing at the Amundsen-Scott American science station there will be a walk to the designated marker, where guests will experience a place with no more East, South or West – only North.
The starting price for the 2016 season is €64,000 and previous guests include Saudi & Jordanian royals, TV presented Bear Grylls and even Prince Harry. For more information on this once in a life time glamping spot head to White Desert and start planning your adventure.