Enjoy Nature Without Sacrificing Comfort
If you love being in the great outdoors, but cringe at the idea of squeezing into a sleeping bag in a cramped tent, glamping may be for you. Let’s face it, not everyone is made to rough it in the wild. And you shouldn’t have to to be able to appreciate nature. Glamping is a perfect alternative for those who want to enjoy nature, but prefer the comforts of a luxurious hotel stay. It’s also a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle and do something different for a change.
What It Is
Glamorous + camping = glamping. Glamping is camping while still utilizing the luxuries of a hotel. Forget the complicated tent instructions and equipment, squeezing into close musky quarters and the lumpy hard-packed ground. Glamping allows you to enjoy posh surroundings while still enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Glamping can come with a cost. While the low end is under a $100, prices can easily escalate into several hundred, and even thousands of dollars.
Glamp-sites can take the form of tipis, yurts, canvas wall tents, tent cabins, bell tents, camping trailers and even tree houses.
A blue hand-crafted wood caravan perches in a private tropical garden in a small town called Ajijic, Mexico. For $50 a night, guests can relax in chaise lounges in the garden, watch a DVD while laying in a king-size bed and even use the internet with WIFI.
Or stay in a treehouse in Puerto Rico for $110 a night. Located just minutes from the Caribbean Beach, two treehouses stand on 12 acres surrounded by ancient mango trees and a network of paths. Wake up in a queen-size bed draped in mosquito net, with an incredible view.
For $400, you can sleep in a palm-thatched cabin floating on stilts on Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Each cabin has a hammock, a private terrace, hot water in a private bedroom and a sitting area.
Camp in a prospector-style tent with a king-size bed, in-floor heating and an indoor/outdoor shower in the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia, Canada. For upwards of $5,000, the tents feature thermostat-controlled propane wood stoves, opulent rugs, silver and china, antique furnishings and candles.
Take Your Pick
There’s no reason to get dirty and smelly to stay amidst earth’s natural beauty. Glamping offers an alternative to those who prefer more deluxe accommodations or who simply want to try something different. You can find the perfect glamp-site to suite your individual taste, style, location and budget.