Camping is one of the great American past times. People love getting back to nature, living among the elements, and becoming one with mother earth. But staying in a pop up tent, bathing in a river (if at all) or doing your “business” in the woods may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you want to go camping without actually having to rough it there is another option, it’s called glamping. Luxury camping is a popular option for those who want that camping experience without completely giving up the comforts of a hotel. Glamping refers to camping in the loosest terms, you don’t have to cook your own meals over a fire pit or on a camp stove or sleep on the hard grown in a sleeping bag. You will get all the luxuries of a first class hotel including plush beds, bath tubs, fine dining and upscale furnishings, only the room is made of canvas. There are glamping sites all over the world including North America, South America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Keep in mind that just because you are “camping” is a sense, you can expect to pay for first class accommodations. These are not discount or budget type vacations. You will pay for the glammped up camping experience.
Check out these glamping options:
The Ranch at Rock Creek
Accommodations are a cross between a tent and a log cabin, part canvas and part wood. They include king size beds, fire place, private bathroom, seating area and a kitchenette with a refrigerator and wine cooler. The two bedroom family tent is 810 sq ft. The dining room offers vivid flavors inspired by Italy, Spain and France. Your rate includes most activities and all your meals.
The resort offers both tents and cabins. The beautifully decorated tents include a king size bed and hardwood floors. The luxury bath house has private wash rooms with rain showers, heated floors, and organic spa products.
These pods provide you with a unique experience. Each pod has a full bathroom, wood burning stove, a terrace and large bay windows. You can enjoy fine dining in the upscale restaurant.
These beautifully decorated tents located in the Italian countryside are beyond romantic. The charming dining room has that old world feel to it and the food will not disappoint. Canonici is only a short distance from Venice.
Gorah Elephant Camp
Locations: South Africa
Each tent has its own deck with panoramic views of the Savannah plains. The solar powered tents are en-suite and both indoor and outdoor dining is offered. The outdoor restaurant overlooks a watering hole which makes for some exciting animal viewing while dine on the delicious cuisine. Gorah’s also offers game daily drives.