Forget about shlepping a tent and sleeping bag to your next nature destination. Glamping is the glamorous version of camping and people all over the world are raving about it from avid outdoors people to celebrities and large families. It’s a great way to experience the great outdoors while still having the comforts of home. We love it because its brings you to places that big hotels just can’t take you. Generally glamping also uses less power and creates less waste than a typical hotel or resort and allows you to get closer than you ever imagined with the sounds and sights of nature. Glamping resorts have popped up all over the world, from the plains of Africa, to dreamy beaches in Europe and Mountain side retreats in the Alps. Here are a few of our favorite.
Pure Pods New Zealand
Immerse yourself in a beautiful New Zealand landscapes when staying in a PurePod. Powered primarily with Solar energy, fueled with Biofuel, and utilizing an expert water infiltration and waste water treatment system, these pods have a minimal environmental impact. Stay comfortable while engaging in nature, for each pure pod is insulated in glass. The peaceful ambiance of these secluded pods allows for the perfect romantic getaway.
Tiger Tops Nepal
Tiger Tops embodies luxury and safari-style travel, maintaining a commitment to conservation and ecotourism. You will have a true jungle vacation in Nepal: exploring the Bardia National park, enjoying organic meals, experiencing daily Nepalese village life. Spend your days on a river safari, bathe the resident elephants, or just relax at the Tiger Top lodges. Bring your animal loving friends along for the ride!
Selva Negra Nicaragua
Selva Negra is located in the highlands of northern Nicaragua and offers various sized bungalows surrounded by extravagant gardens. With an organic farm, and bird friendly coffee estate you can easily search for wildlife or relax in the pure mountain air. The intimate one bedroom bungalows are perfect for couples in need of a romantic escape. While families or small groups can enjoy the multiple bedroom bungalows. Furnished with sustainably harvested wood beds and solar-heated showers, the Selva Negra ecolodges are committed to high standards of ecotourism. Enjoy the view of the nearby lake, or the sweet scent of coffee from the local processing facility in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. For younger folks traveling on a budget they also have a youth hostel on site that sleeps 6. http://www.selvanegra.com/en/
Cadmos Village Croatia
For the more adventurous glamper, a visit to Cadmos Village may just be the perfect vacation. Stay in a luxurious tree house located in the region of Konavle, near the village of Komaji. The entire Cadmos Village relies on alternative renewable energy sources including: solar and wind. Visit the onsite adventure park and spend the day on the 4 zip-lines or the giant swing. Dabble in archery or take a hike through the unique oak woodland. There is so much to do, you’ll want to bring the whole family! http://www.cadmosvillage.com/product/treehouse/
Finca las Nieves, Oaxaca Mexico
Coffee lovers will not want to miss visiting this extraordinary coffee farm and eco-lodge! Finca las Nieves, located in the middle of the Sierra Madre Oriental, has been producing quality organic coffee since 1880. Today the farm works diligently to protect and conserve its fabulous heritage of forest and fauna. Stay overnight and see for yourself how the coffee gets from bean to cup! They offer hands-on farming activities for their guests, a luxurious cafe in which to relax and of course there is the surrounding forest to explore. http://fincalasnieves.mx/
The Sauvagesses-Du-Cran-Rouge Camp, Quebec Canada
The Sauvagesses-Du-Cran-Rouge Camp in the Pourvoirie de Lac-Moreau, Quebec Canada, offers an authentic group glamping experience. Enjoy the deluxe canvas tents mounted on wooden platforms, situated beside the Malbaie River. Indulge in a boreal forest-inspired fine dining experience, sit by the campfire, or star gaze long into the night. The camp’s sustainability practices are to be admired: they have implemented an Eco-responsible code of ethics and management, have committed to landscape protection, wildlife conservation, and have even established awareness building programs.
Nguyen Shack, Vietnam
Discover Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and stay at Nguyen Shack. The spacious bungalows have balconies overlooking the Ong Tim river and accommodate couples or friends nicely. Take a 15 minute taxi and arrive in the heart of the Mekong Delta where freshwater rivers, fruit gardens and the famous Cai Rang Floating Market awaits. Otherwise take a soothing boat or bicycle ride through the countryside and explore the vast rice fields. Nguyen Shack focuses on sustainability by promoting environmental awareness and utilizing natural materials; from production to disposal, the products they use cause minimal environmental damage. They also offer other sustainable bungalows in the towns of Phong Nha, Ninh Binh and Saigon.
Paradu Tuscany Resort Italy
A stay at the Paradu Tuscany Resort is sure to be relaxing. Located within earshot of the crashing waves in the Province of Livorno, Italy the lodge tents accommodate up to 6 adults, making it a perfect place to stay with a group of friends or family. Unwind on the resort’s private beach or explore the local wineries and nearby Tuscany villages. Paradu respects the environment by using recycled materials and minimizing energy consumption: they encourage their guests to follow their philosophy and do the same. http://www.paraduresort.com/en/lodge-tents.php
EcoCamp Patagonia Chile
If you enjoy traveling alone, but look forward to meeting others on your journey, stay in a dome at EcoCamp Patagonia! The camp is situated in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park and the domes are insulated, cozy, and have ceiling windows perfect for stargazing. During the day go on a guided trek or wildlife excursion, and in the evening wine and dine with a new community of friends. EcoCamp Patagonia maintains the utmost standards for sustainability: they have a multifaceted responsible tourism plan, which covers green technology to conservation and much more.
Tom’s Eco Lodges- UK
A stay at Tom’s Eco Lodge provides for a unique UK glamping experience, for it is situated at Tapnell Farm, a repurposed dairy farm. Stay in a Safari Tent, Wood Cabin, Modulog, or Pod and enjoy the wide open farm, the sandy beaches, the delicious local food, and the resident hot tubs. Suitable for couples, families, or friends, the farm has activities for every type of traveler. The lodges are built with natural materials and their presence causes minimal damage on the existing land. The farm treats its wastewater with a natural and efficient septic system, and uses solar power whenever possible. They are also committed to landscape and biodiversity conservation. Activities include hiking, coasteering, paddle boarding, climbing, animal encounters, target shooting and much more.
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