Glamping, or glamorous camping, is growing in popularity with couples and families who want to enjoy an outdoor experience without the downsides of putting up their own tent.
Glamping locations have been developed worldwide, but regardless of whether the accommodation is luxurious, holidaymakers cannot control the weather. It pays to think carefully about which clothes and footwear to take on a glamping trip. Click here for some ideas for the practical side of glamping – then you’ll be able to set off in the knowledge that every eventuality is covered.
The Guardian offers some good ideas for glamping destinations in the UK, and listed below are some of the best worldwide glamping locations for 2014.
Four Seasons Tented Camp, Thailand
Located in Northern Thailand, the beautiful setting for these luxurious glamping tents makes for an unforgettable holiday. All furnishings within the tents are locally handcrafted, and the stunning views can even be enjoyed from a hot tub situated on the outdoor deck area of each tent.
Tipi Algarve, Portugal
Only 45 minutes drive from Faro airport, Tipi Algarve is a luxurious retreat consisting of tents, tipis and yurts. Their spacious traditional North American tipis are made from cotton canvas, with a private kitchen and dining area outside. A real home from home, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery are all provided – there is even a hammock in which to enjoy lazy afternoons in the sun.
Perfect for summer or winter visits, Whitepod is an amazing glamping destination set in the Swiss Alps. Fifteen ‘pods’ sit on wooden platforms, offering stunning views in any season, and there is even protection from the winter snow. Each pod has a wood-burning stove, a king-sized bed, huge bay windows and a large terrace from which to enjoy the view.
The Lodges and Tree Houses at Primland, Virginia USA
Primland resort is set within 12,000 acres of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. A range of glamping options includes lodges, mountain homes and cottages, but the views from the tree houses are truly spectacular. The beautiful interiors and outdoor terraces high in the trees offer a unique experience with all the comforts of home.
El Capitan Canyon, California
Cabineering is a term that you may not have heard, but it is a form of glamping that is popular in America. ‘Nature lodging’ near the beach close to Santa Barbara offers luxury and relaxation, with all cedar cabins containing willow beds, down-style duvets and plenty of blankets.
Kiba Point, Tanzania
Kiba Point is a small lodge retreat with four rooms that are all open at the front. Raised up to take advantage of river views, they are perfectly placed for safely watching game. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water and a flushing toilet.
Glamping destinations such as these offer holidaymakers a unique experience without compromising on comfort and amenities. Also popular for honeymooners and hen parties, the Boho Weddings website offers some ideas and destinations for glamping Hen weekends.
Picture Credits: Tipi Algarve