If you think that camping is too rough for you, then why not try glamorous camping or glamping for short? We have selected the coolest glamping spots in the world to inspire you to plan your next travel destination.
Glamping has become a popular way to travel in recent years, with more and more glamping hotspots popping up to cater to those who love the outdoors and the finer things in life.
Gone are the days of slumming it in a basic two-man tent, washing your clothes by hand and cooking on a portable stove.
Enter the times of sleeping in beds in a beautiful, spacious tent, equipped with tables and chairs, rugs and even fairy lights.
Whether you are on a solo travel adventure, on a reunion with friends or family or you are seeking a romantic getaway, glamping could be the ultimate original way to go.
What is Glamping?
But what does glamping exactly means? The term has been coined from the two words: Glamorous + Camping.
It is, in fact, referring to a luxury way to camp, or if not always properly luxury, still with all the comforts and necessities taken care of.
The tents are already set, spacious, and nice furnished, just like a regular hotel room.
Glamping resorts are normally located in a bucolic environment where guests can get in full contact with mother nature but still enjoy the perks and comforts of a fully serviced hotel.
Types of Glamping tents
There are different kinds of glamping tents, although all luxurious and comfortable:
Glamping teepees (or glamping tipi) A teepee is a conically shaped tent that resembles the one used by American Indians of the Plains and Great Lakes Region. The original ones were usually made with animal skins although the new stylish teepees are made of solid synthetic material.
Yurts for glamping – Those ones are circular tents of felt or skins on a collapsible framework, typically used by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia, and Turkey. Because of their shapes which leave more space compared to teepees, glamping yurts are more popular.
Glamping safari tents – Today, safari tents are the premier lodging for an upscale African safari but are used also as a glamping style everywhere.
Sometimes it is also considered glamping when the accommodation is a wooden hut or a particular luxury shelter made of different materials or situated in a peculiar location, as the ones we will talk about in this post.
Glamping in Australia
Capertee Eco Retreat
📍 Capertee, New South Wales (Australia) · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲
A laid-back luxury retreat to escape from the city hustle but at less than 3-hour drive and close to restaurants and shops. These tents are designed for adults only.
The accommodation features:
- king size bed
- reading lamps
- dining table for two
- log fire in the main room
- ensuite bathroom
- kitchenette with a Nespresso machine
Leather straps allow the walls to be completely opened up or closed down as you prefer.
On the deck, you can enjoy soothing views over the river from the sun-lounges overlooking the tranquil Turon River. Enjoy waking up to the sounds of the bush, the chatter of the birds, and the animals that come to the river for a drink.
A is solar-powered lighting and a ceiling fan will cool you down in summer, while a log fire heating will warm you up in the cool winters.
Everything has been designed for your comfort and well-being.
Spread out over 6000 acres, Turon Gates is an authentic bush hideaway, tranquil and unspoiled only 2.5 hours from Sydney. It is located in the Blue Mountains close to Katoomba, Mudgee, Bathurst & Lithgow.
Among the things to do in the surroundings:
- Horseback riding up the river.
- Mountain Bike along the fire trails.
- Bird watching
- Canoeing (canoes are available for hire or bring your own kayak or canoe).
- Swimming in the river
- Just chilling
- Turon Gates is environmentally friendly and they use only gas and solar energy.
- There is no mobile phone reception down in the valley and there is no TV, telephone or wifi in the tent for your complete rest and relaxation.
Another stunning option is Paperbark Camp in Jarvis Bay, about 190 km (110 miles) South of Sydney. It’s a beautiful luxury retreat in the bush right by the beautiful Jarvey Bay.
Reviews say the food is amazing and the hospitality is outstanding.
Among all the glamping spots in California, I have selected what I believe to be the coolest one for this post.
Colleen’s Cabana at Wellspring Ranch- Come Rejuvenate
📍 Cayucos – California (US) · 2 guests · 1 private bedroom · 1 bed · 1 private bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲💲
Wellspring ranch glamping California is a dream come true for Jennifer and Richard, owners of the place since 1997, after abandoning the city life for a more nature-conscious and eco-friendly lifestyle.
They indeed managed to make their vision come true with this stunning property that lives on solar panels, and a permaculture garden.
What they offer to their guests is a body and mind holistic retreat, a soulful cuisine, and a connection with nature without giving up on luxury.
The variety of accommodation includes spacious and elegantly furnished yurts, chic cabañas, and a high-end version of the air stream.
Couples, family, or single travelers like myself will find here an ideal retreat to spend a few days entertained by the endless activities options.
Wellspring Ranch is an exclusive nature preserve on the California Coast. Close by (20-minute scenic drive) to either the Paso Robles wine country or the beach.
Eco Camp Temecula
📍 Warner Springs
Located in Warner Springs, 26.1 miles from Julian, on 6 acres on the beautifully scenic Highway 79, less than 30 minutes from the old town of Temecula, CA, 1.5 hours from both San Diego and Palm Desert, less than 2 hours from Los Angeles, and just 2 minutes walk from the Emerald Creek Winery Tasting Room.
Eco-Camps Temecula provides an amazing luxury stay to sleep under the stars & between the vines on the the North Mountain Wine Trail.
Surrounded by wild flowers and a whole lot of greenery you will find fabulous glamping tents at Eco-Camps new Temecula location to fully enjoy all that the area of Warner Springs offers.
Each glamping tent comes with its own en-suite bathroom and shower. You will also find all the necessary kitchen wear to do your own cooking.
Among the activities in the area, you can star watching, wine testing and hiking.
California is an epic destination for outdoor lovers, with a variety of landscapes, and awesome weather all year round. And for all of us who love to be in nature without necessarily having to rough it, I have good news. Quite unique California glamping sites are available all over the state allowing us to enjoy every bit of our adventure.
Glamping in Chile
📍 Chile chico – Aysen Region · 3 guests · 1 bedroom · 3 beds · 10 shared baths ⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲
Minimalist but lovely decorated domes with unbeatable views over the General Carrera Lake.
Each dome includes a comfortable bed, wood-burning stove, native wood furniture, stylish lighting, and a large terrace to enjoy the views.
The common facilities include a kitchen, terraces, and 10 shared bathrooms.
In this complex, you can also sign up for amazing activities to explore the surrounding area
Read more and check availability on Airbnb
The ultimate luxury Glamping experience.
When I saw this post featured in this article my first thought was: I just want to be there, right now. The luxury domes, inspired by the Kaweskars, a group of nomads living in the area, are located at the foot of the most famous Chilean mountains Torres del Paine, well known for its amazing hikes.
You will be able to enjoy the comforts and the outstanding service of the finest 5-star retreat, in full immersion with nature. And you cannot avoid feeling its powerful presence.
And everything is taken care of, though, you just need to book your stay and then relax and enjoy mother nature manifesting in its multiple ways: a starred sky, that you can watch from your ceiling windows, waterfalls, glacier hikes, and delicious Chilean food.
Eco-camp Patagonia prides to be 100% sustainable, relying on solar/hydro energy and composting toilets among other things.
Glamping spots and beautiful homes in Ecuador
Spectacular 3 bedroom chalet in the middle of the Cloud forest at only 1 mile from Mindo. The mountain-style wood decoration and colorful covers create a cozy and warm environment. As I explain in my Ecuador travel guide, among the place you must visit in Ecuador you must include Mindo Cloud Forest and staying in a home like this for a few days it’s the best way to enjoy it.
Flip Flop House – Puerto Villamil – Isabela Island – Galapagos
Traveling to the Galapagos Islands is a dream come true and staying in this beautiful home while you are exploring Isabela Island will make your trip even more unforgettable. Flip Flop House in Puerto Villamil is one of the cutest places to stay in the Galapagos Islands.
Finch-house – Puerto Ayora – Galapagos
If you are planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands you must include Puerto Ayora in your itinerary. The harbor town in Santa Cruz Island has so many activities to offer and a cute village where to enjoy amazing beaches, friendly wildlife, and a laidback island life. The best way to enjoy your Galapagos Islands Vacations is by renting a home and live like a local. The Finch house is a great two-bedroom option for your stay in Puerto Ayora with comfortable amenities and facilities and a spectacular location close to the center.
Book your stay on Booking.com
GLAMPING IN FINLAND
Magical Pond Nature Igloos
📍 Kuusamo – Finland (US) · 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 private bath ⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲
Located at 8 km from Ruka Ski Resort, in the Finnish Lapland, this magical place is nestled within a pine forest and far enough from artificial light to observe Northern Lights on a clear-sky day.
The rooms are minimally decorated in a modern style with glass walls to be able to admire the northern light and the surrounding natural wonders.
In Lammintupa Winter Village where the igloo is located, you can also enjoy different types of activities husky and reindeer safaris and ice-carting.
It is recommendable to contact the resort before booking, to arrange meals as the restaurant is open only upon request.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Glamping isn’t just for the summer.
Wrap up warm and head for the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland for a winter wonderland. Experience the mesmerizing views of the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of your own glass igloo.
Whether you want to sleep entirely exposed in one of their full glass options or you’d rather have the comfort of a chalet, this resort is as glamorous as they come.
GLAMPING IN MEXICO
Serenity Luxury Glamping – Riviera Maya
Located on the most beautiful beach in the Riviera Maya, the gorgeous luxury glamping has no equal in the area. The lovely original tents offer the comfort of luxury hotel rooms, just adding extra charm to it by mimicking the safari style, surrounded by lush vegetation, and at a few steps from the beautiful turquoise water and the white sand of the so popular Xpu-Ha beach. An unforgettable experience.
Cinco – Tulum
Located on the most tranquil stretch of Beach in Tulum, this luxury tent camp offers a great space where to relax at only a few steps from the beach. The bathrooms are shared but very stylish and clean. The best way to unwind and enjoy your time in Tulum far from the party places. The place also works as a Beach Club.
Book your stay on Booking.com
Camp – Santos Camp With All The Comforts
📍 Todos Santos – Baja California Sur Mexico · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲
Located in the quirky pueblo Magico of Baja California Sur, Todos Santos, 1.9 mi from La Poza Beach, Camp – Santos Camp offers a comfortable tent with spectacular views of the mountains.. All rooms have a patio with sea views and free WiFi.
Book your stay on Booking.com
GLAMPING IN NEW YORK, USA
Catskill Domeo- Magical, Romantic, and Unique Geodesic Dome
📍 Hensonville – New York (USA) · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ – 💲💲💲💲 –
CatskillDomeo, bringing nature inside! Soak up the cozy, romantic ambiance under the stars and moon skylights. This one-of-a-kind retreat features bespoke furniture and lighting, fabrics, and art inspired by mountain scenery and wildlife.
This Geodesic Dome is 12 feet tall at the peak, located in the host’s backyard.
Ground-level features custom-built birch furniture, love seat, large bay window, bedroom with full bed, table, chairs, bench/coffee table.
Bathroom: standing shower with RV toilet.
Small loft with sitting area, star and moon skylights add romantic atmosphere and sky view at night.
Dome is situated in the host’s backyard, 25 feet from the house. Located in town, not in the woods. Walking distance to local diner, bar, and restaurant. Location ideal for skiing, hiking, mt. biking, hunting, or just relaxing. Several golf courses nearby.
Firelight Camps Ithaca
📍 Ithaca – New York
This unique tented camp is located in Ithaca, New York on the grounds of La Tourelle hotel and features a spa for a full body and mind make over in amazing natural surroundings.
WiFi access is provided free of charge but only in public areas, to promote some kind of tech detox.
Each tent at Firelight Camps comes with a balcony with an outdoor seating area. A desk is also provided for guest convenience. The shared bathroom is stocked with free toiletries.
There is a fitness center available for you to use and a shared lounge. There is an array of outdoor activities that enjoyed in the surrounding area, including golfing and hiking.
Ithaca College is just 1.6 mi from the tented camp and Cornell University is 7 minutes’ drive.
GLAMPING SOUTH AFRICA
B’sorah Luxury Tented Camps Broederstroom
If you’re lucky enough to be in South Africa, make your way to Johannesburg for a break from city life at the B’sorah Luxury Tented Camps. This campsite is situated in the Mountains of Magaliesberg, where guests stay in an eco-friendly safari tent, complete with a double bed, flowers, and soft furnishings. There are loads of activities to take part in on the site, so you can either get active or simply relax and soak in the fantastic surroundings.
Tanda Tula Safari Camp, Kruger Park
Kruger Park may be known for its wildlife and stunning landscape, but did you also know that it’s home to glamping? Tanda Tula Safari Camp has all the luxuries of a hotel, including an outdoor shower, a large bath, and a chef.
The 12 elegant tents scattered around the unfenced property guarantee the utmost connection with nature, full immersion within the African wilderness.
The passionate and attentive staff will make sure you have the most authentic safari experience, the perfect combination of wild and luxury.
GLAMPING IN TANZANIA, AFRICA
Selous Impala Camp
This was my first approach to glamping and what a start! Located in the middle of Selous Camp, strategically built by a river. You will get to experience river and land safaris, besides the special walking one. Sometimes you don’t even have to leave the resort to see some of our friends from the savannah who come right there to visit us. In fact, you need to know that the resort is unfenced, which is the best part of it.
And of course, when you finish your adventure you can relax in your beautifully equipped room after a dip in the outdoor pool. Fine dining and outstanding service are guaranteed.
To check out the TripAdvisor review click here
Africa Safari Camp Lake Manyara
📍 Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania
Africa Safari Lake Manyara is a laid-back luxury safari lodge, right in between the lake and the Jangwani corridor and located between the foot of the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara.
The property boasts different accommodation types, including Luxury tents. Available for you to enjoy are also a swimming pool queue sun terrace a Lounge bar, Restaurant, Fitness & Massage Centre, Free WiFi, 24-hour reception and a Guest Relation Desk for all your questions, excursions or last-minute Safari trips.
GLAMPING IN TEXAS – US
Sinya on Lone Man Creek
It’s almost too easy to find glamping in Texas. For those hoping to get stuck into nature in the Lone Star State and still maintain a sense of glamor, you’re in luck.
You may be surprised to know that your Texas glamping experience can have an added African safari flair to it.
Sinya on Lone Man Creek is the perfect retreat for two travelers, only an hour drive from Austin, the site is a great way to escape city life and delve into a whole new continent.
The safari tent at Sinya overlooks the Lone Man Creek — a quiet spot, where you can spend your days hiking, swimming or swinging in the hammock.
You’ll find that luxury and eco-friendly practices go hand-in-hand at Sinya, so you can enjoy your vacation guilt-free.
The luxurious safari tent comes equipped with plush bedding and linens and a gorgeous claw-footed bathtub, as well as a Nespresso Virtuoline coffee brewing system that makes delicious coffee. And to add even more glamour to that, the capsules are 100% recycled.
GLAMPIMG IN THE UK
Camp Katur, Yorkshire
The United Kingdom is great for budding glampers. There are loads of beautiful parks to pitch up in, including the spectacular Lake District, Snowdonia, and the Peak District. If you’re looking for the best glamping location, head to North Yorkshire to Camp Katur, off the grid and pretty unique, it seems almost primed for the purpose of glamping.
Camp Katur is especially amazing, as visitors have a selection of accommodation to choose from. From teepees to cabins, geodomes to hobbit-style pods, Katur has you covered. They also have a bunch of fun activities to take part in, think Segway tours, quad biking, and a treetop adventure course.
Glamping in Portugal
Reserva Alecrim EcoSuite & Glamping
📍 Santiago de Cachem – Portugal
Set by a lake in the Alentejo countryside, Eco Suites Resort offers different types of environmentally-friendly suites with a wooden sun deck and fireplace. It features a small outdoor pool, vineyard, and organic vegetable garden.
Each air-conditioned suite either overlooks the lake or a natural landscape.
All suites contain a kitchenette with a microwave and fridge for self-catering. Breakfast is available on request, while a few restaurants can be found within a 10-minute drive.
The Eco Suites staff will be happy to help you with recommendations for local attractions and must-see sites.
Sines Beach is a 20-minute drive away, while Santiago do Cacém, with its medieval castle, is 5 miles away. The Santo André Lagoon Natural Park is located 7.5 miles away from Eco Suites and there is free parking on site.
Quinta Alma Ecological Retreat
With an excellent location 2.3 miles from Aljezur Castle and 5 miles from Arrifana Beach Surf Spot, Quinta Alma – this exquisite Ecological Retreat Farm offers elegant camp tents with free WiFi and a garden and a private 650 feet beautiful natural lake.
Every unit boasts a lovely patio with stunning views over the mountains and the surrounding nature.
There are plenty of activities you can do in the surrounding, from windsurfing, cycling and hiking and a bicycle rental service can be arranged.
Glamping Bell Tent Douro
The luxury way of camping, gives you the best of both world. Sleeping in a comfortable bed and sharing the bathroom and having electricity and feeling really close to nature.
Falling asleep watching the stars and waking up to the fantastic panorama over the Douro River at only 26 miles from the pretty city of Porto.
You can also enjoy a shared pool with superb views over the Douro River. Ideal for those looking to live a unique experience without giving up the comfort of a hotel bed.
Bicycle are available to explore the surroundings.
The best Glamping spots in Guatemala
El Picnic Atitlan
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Sololá, Tzununá,
Amazing luxury tent with unparalleled views over the lake, located between San Marco and Santa Cruz. The food is also one of the highlights of the inhouse restaurant.
If you love outdoors, you can go explore the surroundings on amazing hikes or birdwatching.
Hopefully, you have been inspired for your next glamorous camping trip, whatever part of the world you choose, enjoy combining the great outdoors with the even greater indoors of glamping. If you think there is a glamping spot that I have missed please let me know and I will be happy to check it out.