Luxury travel provider White Desert is set to launch a new camp, Echo, in November 2022. The one-of-a-kind experience comes with cutting-edge, futuristic sky pods, shaken martinis with 10,000-year-old ice, and a visit to the South Pole. By Eshita Srinivas
Merging sustainable travel with glamourous sensibilities, White Desert is known for its luxurious camps and private jet experiences in Antarctica. The company’s latest project, Echo, offers a unique glamping adventure inspired by astronauts and the age of space travel. Guests who sign up will have exclusive access to the most unexplored parts of the continent and Echo will be dismantled without a trace once the camping season draws to a close, ensuring a low, transitory environmental impact.
White Desert’s Echo will feature modern sky pods and luxurious furnishings
Set against the dramatic white-carpeted backdrop of Antarctica, the camp features six heated bedroom sky pods with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Interiors of the space which have been crafted from composite fibreglass and retro, space-age accessories paired with luxurious furnishing. This includes original pictures taken from the International Space Station by former astronaut colonel Terry Virts, a White Desert guest. The property also features a central lounge area, heated shower pods, and a modern dining space.
Each pod can house up to two people, capping the guest list at 12. This makes it ideal for exclusive-use groups and explorers that like the opportunity to experience luxurious living without damaging the environment. Patrons here will have access to an experienced team of chefs, hosts, and guides.
Guests are offered martinis shaken with 10,000-year-old ice and bucket-list-worthy tours
Once out of the plane, guests at this camp will be escorted to a private lounge where they can sip on martinis shaken with 10,000-year-old ice. The White Desert also has a host of adventurous activities lined up, including skiing, skidooing, 4×4 Artic truck driving, guided hiking, ice climbing, mountaineering, and more. Visitors will also have access to exclusive spots like Atka Bay which houses an Emperor Penguin colony as well as the South Pole.
Award-winning company White Dessert was launched by polar explorer duo Patrick and Robyn Woodhead to provide people, other than scientists and other explorers, to witness the wonders of Antarctica.
Prices start at INR 5,91,46,620 for a group of 12 or INR 49,28,885 per person. This includes a five-day tour, return flights, and transfers from Cape Town to Antarctica, along with accommodation, food, and other activities. INR 75,829 per person will be used by the company for conservation and sustainability initiatives.
For further information and bookings, visit the official website here.
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