Glamping is a marvelous way to get out of the hustle and bustle of life and experience a little bit of luxury. All whilst pretending that you are an avid adventurer by leaving the comfort of your own couch and Netflix.
If you’ve never heard of glamping before then please do let me enlighten you. Glamping in it’s rawest form is glamorous camping = Glamping. There’s no pooping in a hole, day old dodgy white bread, and supermarket sausages. You won’t find any instant coffee. Instead, you’ll find yourself in the lap of luxury. Queen size beds, wifi, hot showers oh how the list goes on and on. It’s the perfect way to introduce a reluctant camper to the camping lifestyle. And also to ensure that they probably will never want to go and pitch a tent with you ever again.
Let’s be honest – camping is not everyone’s cup of tea. So to help us discover some of the best glamping experiences around the world we asked a few friendly travel bloggers to share their favorite glamping places.
Glamping amongst the grapevines, Victoria
Imagine waking up to the sounds of nature, sun rays peaking through the vines and freshly delivered coffee all in a secluded rural landscape. This is our story of glamping, disconnecting from the world and eating far too much good food. After a three hour journey in the car, desperate to escape the heat and pee, we quickly hot foot it out of the blistering Australian sun and around the corner to find ourselves a little slice of heaven amongst the grapevines of Cofield winery.
Really I could never have imagined the ultimate luxury that was awaiting us inside the small bell tent. Beyond the bunting and through the fairy lights. The tent is spacious, light and comes equip with literally everything I could ever need. The bed was a queen size spacious bed that James and I thoroughly enjoyed. The pillows were a plus! So often we get to places and end up regretting not taking our own pillows.
Cloud Safari, Queensland
Cat, Walk My World
Clouds Safari is in a terrific spot perched on the side of a hill overlooking Springbrook and Lamington National Parks in Queensland. It’s the perfect retreat after a full days hiking, or swimming in the nearby waterfalls. The interior is heavenly too; think four poster bed and a free standing bath. It’s fair to say I was sold on Clouds Safari from the moment I saw a picture of the bath tub! It’s definitely a place where all the little touches have been thought of: lots of mood lighting, candles and an all important coffee machine!
Another lovely touch is that the owners leave you a homemade pasta dinner that you just need to reheat, as well as a bottle of wine and chocolate, so there really is no reason to leave the tent! There’s also a BBQ on the deck for those warm evenings, which – let’s face it – is most of them in Australia. The secluded setting and stunning views will leave you wishing you booked a couple more nights in paradise.
Albury, New Zealand
Laura, Wander with Laura
We never set out to find a glamping experience. In fact, when scouring for accommodation in New Zealand, it didn’t even enter our minds. But when some last minute changes to our itinerary in peak summer season left us stuck, we found Owapa Retreat on Airbnb and it turned out to be the most amazing night of our three week road trip.
Located 45 minutes from Lake Tepako and within the Mackenzie region Dark Sky Reserve, it felt like we were totally in the middle of nowhere when we pulled up to an amazing wooden house, built by one of our hosts Craig. He and his wife Lisa led us to our tent for the night and wow – it was incredibly quaint and cosy! Think squishy cushions, soft blankets and a cabinet full of books and board games to keep us entertained. We also had a camping kitchen and chemical toilet just outside and it was with an air of contentment that we snuggled down into our deck chairs to watch the sun set.
It was when the sun went down that things got unexpectedly beautiful. While clouds covered overhead for a few hours around bedtime, we gave ourselves a 3am wake up call to poke our heads outside the tent. Above us was the most incredible mass of stars I’ve ever seen. Clusters so bright that I thought they could only exist in pictures scattered the sky and it was this moment that stays with me forever.
Herbal Glamping in Slovenia
Treehouses in Galicia, Spain
Inma, A World to Travel
We recently spent one night in a Galicia glamping site I had been wanting to stay for a long time: Cabanas do Barranco, in Serra de Outes. Really close to our base, I cannot believe it took us this long to uncover its gorgeousness! WiFi works like a charm and it will be all yours as every tree house has its own network. Happy now? Well, you should as commodities do not end there. TV with USB port to play your daily movie (sinner!), aircon, coffee and tea making facilities (on top of a fully equipped kitchen area!) and bluetooth music thread are some of the little things that will make you feel as if you were at your favorite coliving spot.
Carefully brought to life by Addomo architecture studio, the design took into account the intimacy of each building and the views of the nearby mountains of the Barbanza peninsula, Tremuzo, A Pena and Muros and Noia estuary. Every construction respected the existent forest trees and their roots, with come even more alive as the building shapes, lights and shades are defined by them. In short, Cabanas do Barranco are an excellent glamping option for a unique getaway place that will stay in your memory forever.
Torres Del Paine, Chile
Stefan, Nomadic Boys
Camping in Torres del Paine is one of the highlights of Patagonia. The W Circuit is a famous trek, almost a rite of passage within the trekking community. However, if like us you’re not too keen on roughing it in a tent, but still want to see the stunning landscape of this famous National Park, there is a more upscale alternative.
We went glamping in Torres del Paine with the Chile Patagonia Camp, staying in luxurious yurts. It was a very unique and memorable way to experience Torres del Paine. The yurts are are absolutely lush, each with private bathroom, comfy king sized beds and even central heating. All our meals were included, along with guides, who would take us into the park and back on daily trips.
The Chile Patagonia Camp is located near the entrance of the Torres del Paine National Park by the shores of Lake Toro, so you wake up to pretty spectacular landscapes each day. Definitely an experience we recommend for the more discerning travellers who want to experience trekking in Torres del Paine, but aren’t particularly keen on staying in tents!
Mt Daisen, Japan
Jessica, Notes of Nomads
‘First-class Backpackers Inn’ in Tottori Prefecture is bringing the luxury camping trend to Western Japan. Set on Mt. Daisen within the picturesque Daisen-Oki National Park, ‘FBI’ is the perfect place to unwind and get in touch with the great outdoors. Think expansive grounds with tents placed strategically for privacy and comfort, a trampoline set into the ground and a rather Instagramable swing in the forest!
The tents feature large double beds, a sofa and “chill out” area with beanbags, and are fully equipped with electricity and power outlets to charge your electronics, as well as heating to ward off the overnight chill. Many visitors to Japan adore Japanese washlet toilets and at FBI you don’t have to go without them – each toilet is located in its own private tipi with full Japanese amenities! While each shower comes with its own powder room where you can complete your bathroom routine in privacy and luxury.
The onsite restaurant is super hip and inviting, and features a number of upmarket burgers. What you absolutely shouldn’t miss out on here are the beverages – the drinks list goes on for pages on end with delectable cocktails, high-end spirits, as well as non-alcoholic options, including cosy, hot brews that make for the perfect end to a wonderful evening.
Massai Mara, Kenya
Kate, Travel For Difference
Camping in Kenya’s Maasai Mara is a magical experience on its own… But never did I expect to experience such sheer luxury from a place so far from modern civilisation.
Losokwan Luxury Tented Camp is one of those places that will forever be ingrained in my mind; the huge tents with queen size beds, the fully equipped ensuites with functioning hot water, the experienced chef that cooked incredible 3-course meals… And of course, the unbelievable private view of wildlife beyond belief.
This small, eco-friendly camp is one that lets wildlife roam undisturbed. So as giraffe, lion and elephants casually roam past, the camp’s guests have the ability to relax in the shared dining room and enjoy a home grown, 3-course delicacy before a day of exploring the savanna!
As the sun goes down, guests can enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before heading back to their private tent with a preheated bed and solar run lamps. The sound of wildlife strolling around the campsite is the perfect environment to drift off to sleep in peace.
Who wouldn’t love that?! This place truly is glamping in the most luxurious of forms!
Zambezi River, Nambia
Alya, Stingy Nomads
We usually go for the most budget accommodation that’s why normal camping is #1 on our list but sometimes after weeks of camping and sleeping in a tent you feel like sleeping in bed will be a real treat. It was in Namibia when we reached Caprivi Strip, after weeks of road tripping. We found Caprivi Houseboat Safaris lodge in iOverlander app, it looked very nice and had good reviews but when we saw glamping accommodation option we got very excited. The place is located on the bank of Zambezi river in Namibian wetlands you can see hippos or crocodiles from the restaurant deck.
The tents are fancy and spacious, the size of a small house or cabin, built on wooden decks with big zip open doors and windows. Inside it has a comfortable double bed (with soft mattress), small table, chairs, bed lamps, small tea/coffee set. It was our first glamping experience and we really enjoyed it; on the one hand you sleep in a tent but on the other hand you have all normal features of comfort. The tent has en-suite open-roof bathroom. It was amazing to shower under the dark Namibian sky with thousands of start and hear birds singing in the garden. In the morning you get very nice breakfast and good coffee while watching hippos floating in the river.
Isla Secas, Panama
Brett, Green Global Travel
We love nature and the outdoors, but my wife Mary prefers a bit of luxury while I don’t mind camping in the wilderness from time to time. For us, glamping offers the perfect compromise between our travel styles. We’ve been fortunate to experience glamping on multiple continents, but our most memorable experience was at Isla Secas, a private island resort off the southern coast of Panama. Located about an hour by boat from the famed Hannibal Shelf, the resort started out as a haven for deep sea fishermen, with the world-renowned Carter Andrews as resident fishing guide. But their upscale, solar-powered yurts were hardly what you’d call “roughing it.” Ours was bigger than my first apartment, with a full kitchen, widescreen TV, ceiling fans, and plumbing throughout. There was a palapa in the front for outdoor meals and massages, and the back patio afforded incredible ocean views as far as the eye could see. The meals were simply out of this world, especially when the chef made sashimi from the 150 pounds of Yellowfin Tuna we reeled in
Cambo Woodland Retreat, Scotland
Susanne, Adventures Around Scotland
When it comes to glamping in Scotland, the bell tents at Cambo Woodland Retreat take camping in style to a whole new level. Situated
in the grounds of a country estate, the tents come with some extra luxurious touches to guarantee a comfortable and romantic stay. A king size bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and cosy throws ensure a good night’s sleep, while the coffee table and armchairs are great for lounging about during the day.
The tents also have an electric power supply with quirky bedside lamps and fairy lights to provide some atmospheric illumination in the
evening and an electric cool box is ideal for keeping your wine chilled. When I arrived, I was welcomed with a luxury hamper containing local wine, chocolates, candles and massage oil so I could enjoy a total glamping experience.
Cooking can be done outside in the rustic woodland kitchen complete with a fire pit, bbq and gas hobs. If you prefer not to cook there are nearby restaurants and in the morning you can opt to have breakfast in the adjacent country house.
With woodland and beach walks on the doorstep, this is the best tented glamping stay I’ve experienced in Scotland.
Glamping in Golden, British Columbia
Jasmine, My Suitcase Journeys
Glamping in Golden – it sure doesn’t get any more glamorous than that! Located in Golden, British Columbia, Love and Lantern is possibly one of the cutest and most Instagram-friendly glamps offered via Glamping Hub. It is a lovely little tent that sleeps two and not only do you get quality bedding and pillows, there are washroom and shower facilities as well! A warm bed. A hot shower. It really is a luxurious camping adventure like none other. Super perfect for those who are maybe just warming up to the idea of sleeping in the middle of the woods. And even if you are an experienced camper, this is a great little treat to indulge yourself in as well. Highly recommended!
Jalman Meadows Eco Camp, Mongolia
James, Traveling Honeybird
Glamping in Mongolia? Is that even a thing? Mongolia land of blue skies, rugged horse riders and bandits who eat marmots and get the plague. Glamping here? You can enjoy a wonderful glamping and ecologically friendly experience in the Mongolia wilderness. In the uppermost parts of the Tuul River Valley, just a one day ride from the watershed of Asia, is Jalman Mountain and Jalman Meadows, a huge meadow along the Tuul River with a lot of wildflowers in the summer. It is located within the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, which is Mongolia’s only true wilderness area, extending all the way up to the Russian-Siberian frontier.
Elephant Hills, Thailand
Tamason, Travelling Book Junkie
If you are a fan of glamping then Elephant Hills within the Koh Sok National Park in Thailand is a must. Set in beautiful, lush green grounds, there is nothing basic about this camping experience. If fact, when sitting at breakfast looking out over the landscape, from the striking mountains to the cooling swimming pool below, this could be classed as paradise.
Some may question the luxurious nature of the accommodation – a tent after all is simply a tent right? – Wrong.
Whilst you are sleeping under canvas, you have a rather large, extremely comfortable bed to sleep in, with handcrafted drawers for all of your belongings and a charming en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water plus a selection of sweet smelling personalised Elephant Hills products to utilise.
Outside, you benefit from your own balcony complete with hammocks and a rustic table and chairs where you could spend time relaxing, listening to the soothing sounds of the jungle animals that surround this hidden haven.
This is an all-inclusive glamping experience which means that not only do they pick you up from your previous location, providing you with drinks and snacks for your journey, you are also offered a welcome drink on arrival, inclusive tours of the jungle, nightly entertainment and cooking lessons should you wish to participate. Plus, it should be noted, that the food we devoured was some of the best we experienced whilst in the country. However, the icing on the cake for most that visit this glamping location is the fact that you get to spend time up close with camps friendliest mammals – their family of rescued elephants.
Sleeping Trees, Cambodia
Tasha, Backpackers Wanderlust
Located on an isolated beach of Koh Rong Samloem in Cambodia is the ultimate island glamping experience at Sleeping Trees. There are multiple luxury tepees set up along the beach with views towards the ocean. With a concrete floor and mosquito net hanging over the bed you will have no problem keeping the sand and mosquitos out to enjoy your romantic stay.
The full double bed is everything you need when glamping and with multiple restaurants dotting the beach you don’t have to worry about slaving over a gas cooker. On an isolated Island you may not have the everyday luxurious you are use to in life such an electricity, wifi or cellphone reception, but what you will have is an ocean at your doorstep, the jungle in your backyard and an abundance of wildlife.
Once you have finished snorkelling with stingrays in the reef, catch a tan on one of the many hammocks which line the beach and watch the most beautiful sunset you will ever see. The glamping experience at Sleeping Trees in the perfect way to unwind to the chaotic city life in South East Asia without compromising on comfort.
Glamping is it all that it’s hyped up to be?
Yes, indeed it is. Personally, I love a sneaky glamping trip. I also adore the more adventuresome wild camping that James and I do. However, some days it is just nice to be able to turn up to a campsite that is fully set up and ready to roll. No digging holes, no worrying about where the sleeping bag has gone. Just a nice relaxing weekend away. Other than a bottle of wine what more could you ask for?
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