Top 3 Luxury Glamping Sites Around the World
Looking for a vacation a little off the beaten path, yet replete with life’s creature comforts? If you answered yes, then you should consider booking a glamping vacation. Glamping takes camping and elevates it to another level. You’ll be ensconced in nature without any of the pesky parts of camping, like setting up the tent or kindling the fire. In the morning, you will wake up to the sounds of birds chirping as the sun streams through your windows and sweeping views of a valley, desert, or mountains depending on your choice of location.
Glamping is offered all around the world from Chile to Morocco. At these luxury camping accommodations tents are replaced by geodomes, yurts, or lavish tents complete with amenities like sumptuous bedding, central heating, and ensuite bathrooms. “Glampsites” employ a small staff that prepares and serves meals as well as perform hospitality duties like room service and cleaning, just like at hotels. In addition, most glampsites offer daily activities such as wilderness excursions, yoga classes, or cooking demonstrations! Here are some of our favorite glamping destinations to give you inspiration for your next adventure.
Bolivia, a country of just 11 million, is located in central South America and home to the world’s largest salt flat. In the southwest area of the country lies the remnants of a prehistoric 42,000-year-old lake. The white, expansive, crystalline landscape seems to stretch on forever; Salar de Uyuni spans more than 4,000 square feet at an altitude of 12,000 ft. Due to the altitude, temperatures vary wildly between day and night, so pack layers and sunscreen. To make the most of the experience, stay at the Kachi Lodge in one of six raised domes built on platforms that jut out over the flat. Although remote and rustic, the domes feature comfortable interiors with private ensuite bathrooms. The domes have plenty of windows to take in the scenery during the day and a skylight to gaze at the stars through at night. Foodies, delight! The lodge has partnered with a well-known restaurant in La Paz to provide high-quality meals that showcase both local ingredients and Bolivian culture. For the active traveler, the lodge offers several day trips: visit the popular island of Inca Huasi, stroll through the quaint village of Coquesa and learn about the town’s mummies, or explore the nearby Pre-Columbian site of Alcaya.
2. Torres del Paine, Chile
Over 252,000 visitors flock annually to Torres del Paine National Park, drawn to its rugged beauty. The park, one of the largest in Chile, includes mountains, lakes, and glaciers and is home to guanacos, deer, puma, and foxes. Popular activities for visitors are fishing, hiking, and boating--or simply relaxing in the peace and quiet. Glampsites are set up both within the park and around the perimeter. Guests who want quick access to the park’s trails and a more social environment should book at Eco Camp. The camp offers a variety of environmentally-friendly domes that are dotted throughout the property and connected by a boardwalk. Meals are served in the community dome. Yoga classes and massages are offered onsite. Those looking for a more secluded experience are encouraged to check out Patagonia Camp, which is located in a reserve just outside of the park on the shores of Lake Toro. Unlike some glampsites in the area whose restaurants offer meals to non-guests, Patagonia Camp’s property is exclusive to its guests and the 5:1 guest to staff ratio ensures for quality customer service. Accommodations are Mongolian Yurt-style tents with central heating and an ensuite bath. Deluxe accommodations include a balcony overlooking Lake Toro with a jacuzzi. Both accommodations employ staff to prepare and serve meals, as well as offer optional daily activities like trekking, horse-back riding, kayaking, SUP, and fishing.
3. Mt. Fuji
For minimalist vibes and modern architecture, head to HOSHINOYA Fuji. The hotel, nestled in a forest on the shores of Lake Kawaguchi, offers stunning views of Mt. Fuji. The reception and dining are located together and feature lots of wood and minimalist design. The rooms are connected by a forest path that’s a short walk away. All of the rooms are built to face Mt. Fuji and feature floor to ceiling windows that open onto a balcony to maximize viewing of the mountain. Amenities include a private ensuite bathroom with hot water, free WiFi, refrigerator and minibar. You can relax in the comfort of your own private terrace which also includes a gas fireplace. If you’re in the mood to socialize, head to the terrace off of the dining hall to make s’mores by a campfire, read a book in a hammock, or participate in a pizza-making workshop. The entire place is incredibly peaceful, you can be sure to find your zen here and leave feeling recharged.
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