Have you somehow been sweet-talked by someone special to spend a few days with them in the woods? If this goes against your nature of plugging in your electronic gadgets to survive (your phone, hair dryer, computer, iPad, Wi-Fi, electric shaver, fridge, etc.), do not panic just yet. In fact, you have been asked to go into the wilderness at the perfect time: glamping now exists for the camping amateur. It’s a glamorous type of camping. Imagine hotel-equipped yurts, treehouses and luxury tents. The best part is that a lot of these sites come with bedrooms set up in the wild with hot tubs, air-conditioning, white-linen dinners and minibars.
Yes, glamour camping has become such the norm, that it is now offered around the world, from sites in Yellowstone Park, South American rain forests and for African safaris. According to Traci Carl, a mother of two and reporter for the Associated Press, this type of camping is easier than doing it all yourself in the wild, but can range from costly to very expensive. “Some affordable, bare-bones options exist, but glamping is often expensive, running anywhere from a few hundred dollars a night to more than $1,000.” said Carl. If nature is calling you from an electrical socket, here are 10 fierce glamping sites to consider visiting around the world.
1. A Yurt in Baja, Mexico
At the Ignacio Springs Bed and Breakfast you can sleep in a safari-themed luxury yurt on a date palm plantation next to a spring called el Río San Ignacio. You may never go back home.
2. A Treehouse Yurt in the Catskills, NY
At Harny Hill Retreat achieve some peace and quiet while sleeping in a treehouse yurt equipped with a king size bed and a spacious bathroom and kitchen. The dome sky light is great for star counting.
3. A Tree house Lodge in the Amazon Rainforest, Peru
Deep in the jungle, these comfy treehouses along the river’s edge—with a private bath and veranda with a hammock—sit high above the ground supported by stilts where the crocodiles swim below. Yikes.
4. A Tented Suite on a South African Safari
Marataba Safari Lodge offers a glamorous camping experience within canvas and stone accommodations that include private viewing decks where nature provides live entertainment.
5. A Posh Tent in Yellowstone Park
Yellowstone Under Canvas is a “glamping” site a few miles outside the park’s west entrance with a everything you need. For $150 a night, it’s much better than tolerating an overpriced motel.
6. A Luxury Tent in Southern France
At Le Grand Bois drink chilled French rosés and champagnes with fresh cheeses in a spacious and fully equipped luxury camping tent in the Drôme area of southern France. Oui Oui Oui!
7. A Tribal Tipi in the Pacific Northwest
The Sweet Life Tipi is decorated with traditional tribal symbols and includes rocking chairs, a queen-size memory-foam bed, a mini-fridge and outlets for your precious electronics. The bath hut is three-sided — the fourth wall is the forest, gulp!
8. A Cozy Cabin in Wales, UK
This octagon-shaped, eco-friendly cabin for two people in the woods is powered electrically by the nearby stream. Warm up in the spring-fed hot tub with some of the camp site’s own mulled wine. Cheers!
9. An Eco-Tipi in Algarve, Portugal
This family-run eco-retreat offers Native American-style tipis, communal showers, composting toilets and a swimming pool. Feel free to pick vegetables from the garden and make your own pizzas!
10. A Log Cabin in Lake George, NY
Lake George Escape packs in a family of six into one of its log cabins on its 175 acres of lush woods and meadow. Cabins have bathrooms, kitchen, and even cable and Wi-Fi. Just like home.