If you think that camping is too rough for you, then why not try glamorous camping or glamping for short?
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.
MAP OF THE BEST GLAMPING SPOTS IN THE WORLD
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GLAMPING IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sydney is a bustling city in Australia, packed full of tourist attractions, nature walks, stunning beaches, and coastal routes to explore. If you’re in the Land Down Under and fancy staying somewhere different from the usual hotel, opt for a glamping experience in the incredible Blue Mountains National Park.
The Enchanted Cave overlooks the national park and is perfect for a romantic break for two people.
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 hospitality is outstanding.
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The best California Glamping sites
Treebones Resort – Big Sur Glamping
Among the coolest California glamping options, Treebones Resort is one of my favorites for its spacious luxury yurts and cabins with dramatic views of the ocean.
Two popular restaurants also overlooking the bay serve locally sustained cuisine, all surrounded by flowers and lush woods.
At the resort, they pride themselves on striving for sustainability practices, relying 50% on solar power, besides recycling and growing their own vegetables and chickens.
Among the activities available, guests can enjoy numerous hiking trails, explore Sand dollar beach or just enjoy a good book or a massage.
Last but not least you will find a friendly environment and world-class service.
GLAMPING IN CHILE
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 IN FINLAND
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.
Read reviews on TripAdvisor
GLAMPING IN BALI, INDONESIA
Firefly Bamboo Eco-Village
If you’re heading to Bali be sure to visit the stunning area of Ubud. Made famous for its Monkey Forest, rice paddies and the Bali Swing.
And if you’re looking for somewhere to flank, head to the Firefly Bamboo Eco-Village.
It’s only located a five-minute walk from central Ubud, but it’s nestled far enough away from the hustle and bustle, that you’ll enjoy a relaxing experience. Your bamboo lodge will be nestled amongst the rice paddies, ensuring you a therapeutic and relaxing stay.
Read reviews on TripAdvisor
GLAMPING IN MEXICO
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.
Read reviews on TripAdvisor
Also read: 23+ amazing things to do in the Riviera Maya
GLAMPING IN NEW YORK, USA
The stunning geodome is the perfect spot for glamping in New York (click here for more info).
Located in the grounds of a farm in the lovely Sullivan County, visitors are surrounded by nature and wildlife.
Close by is Catskill Park, Sam’s Point and Bethel Woods, all great places to explore during your stay.
Wash the stresses of the city away in the double outdoor showers, cook yourself a hearty treat on the outdoor grill, and sit and unwind in front of the fire pit.
If you fancy taking part in a spot of yoga too, there is a weekly class held at noon every Sunday.
For more information on the property and how to book it, go on Airbnb.
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, a full immersion within the African wilderness.
The passionate and attentive staff will make sure you have the most authentic safari experience, the perfect combination between wild and luxury.
Switzerland is the place of cheese, chocolate, and campsites. Luckily, it’s also no stranger to glamping with the charming and cozy Mongolian Yurts of Rochers-de-Naye Yurts. This luxury glamping resort is a particularly great choice with seven yurts, all located among the meadows on the summit of the Rochers-de-Naye mountain, around 6,709 feet high.
To reach the yurts visitors must take a scenic train journey from Montreux. Visit the cliff face restaurant for a spot of fondue and to watch the light glow over Lake Geneva. Whatever you decide to do, we’re pretty sure it’ll be magical.
Read reviews on TripAdvisor
GLAMPING IN TANZANIA, AFRICA
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 TripAdvisor review click here
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 which makes delicious coffee’. And to add even more glamour to that, the capsules are 100% recycled .
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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.
The Dandelion Hideaway, Leicestershire
Set in the tranquility of Leicestershire countryside The Stunning Dandelion Hideaway boasts a vintage-chic charming design with its 6 secluded canvas cottages evoking a romantic country house style.
The kitchens are equipped with an Aga-style range, the bathroom beautifully furnished, while bedrooms feature luxurious beds with cozy fluffy duvets and teddy bears.
Then you can watch the sunset from the veranda with a chilled glass in hand.
Very special for family retreats, kids will have a blast, mingling with mother nature creatures and adults too.
To prove how stunning it is, check out the reviews on TripAdvisor.
Ecopod Boutique Retreat in Argyll, Scotland
The Ecopod Boutique Retreat is a top pick for glamping on the west coast of Scotland. There are only two pods available at the retreat and the open-plan, sphere-shaped accommodation serves up some amazing views. From the mountains of Mull to the Loch Linnhe, you’ll definitely want to remember your camera for this getaway.
Ecopod Boutique provides guests with local produce and toiletries, as well as access to high tech audiovisual equipment, and cozy soft furnishings. An ideal option for eco-conscious travelers, the structure leaves no permanent damage to the land, while the actual structure is made only from sustainable materials.
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.
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.