Getting away from it all doesn’t mean you have to spend the night shivering in a flimsy tent. Modern luxury camping — also known as glamping — delivers modern convenience and elegance while also serving up a heaping helping of nature.
There’s more than one way to glamp. You can book a comfortable and luxurious cabana anywhere in the world through Glamping Hub, or create your own sumptuous getaway from scratch. GOBankingRates checked out both options, so click through and see which glamorous vacation rental is your favorite.
Lovely Safari Cabin Tent Near Warner Springs, California
- Nightly rate: $219
This safari-style cabin tent offers a wide range of relaxing activities. Kick back on a heated queen bed or soak in a claw foot tub while you take in expansive views of Southern California’s forested hills. Or, sip a glass of wine in the hot tub on the view deck and cozy up by the wood stove on a chilly autumn evening. Whip up a gourmet meal in the fully-equipped kitchen or have a cookout on the charcoal barbecue — it even has a pizza oven attachment. Pine plank floors, handcrafted willow furniture and twig accents add a cozy feel, and a small fenced yard makes this an ideal getaway for dog lovers.
Stunning Vacation Rental With Plunge Pool in Andalucia, Spain
- Nightly rate: $475
Treat yourself to the ultimate in glamping holidays in the Costa del Sol region of Andalucia, Spain. You’ll enjoy every modern amenity in this luxury camping tent, which comes equipped with a plasma TV, CD player, WiFi, a wine cabinet and a fully outfitted kitchen. Spend your days relaxing on a daybed or in a hammock on your private garden terrace with stunning views reaching all the way to the African coast. Unwind in the sauna and get spa treatments on-site. Don’t worry about packing your “special pillow” either — you’ll get to choose from a variety of pillows to ensure you get the best night’s sleep possible. Glamping is a great way to travel like a millionaire without the millionaire budget.
Unique All-Inclusive Luxury Camping in Stylish Tents in Sahara Desert, Morocco
- Nightly rate: $261
Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture when you stay in this tent with a king-sized bed, solar electricity and private bathroom with a flushing toilet and hot shower. Tucked amid the desert dunes of Erg Chigaga, the luxury desert camp surrounds you with plush Moroccan furnishings, where you can relax with a traditional Moroccan water pipe or a glass of champagne. Head to the luxury dining tent to savor traditional Moroccan cuisine or have it served up at tables for two beneath the expansive desert sky. Take a day trip to Zagora or Marrakesh, hike the dunes or try your skill at sand surfing. At day’s end, watch the dunes blaze gold and mauve in the setting sun followed by a billion stars lighting up the night sky.
Romantic Tent Rental for Couples’ Getaway Near Asheville, North Carolina
- Nightly rate: $169
Snuggle up with your sweetie in a romantic platform tent hidden away in the woods north of Asheville. The draped interior and crystal chandelier set a dreamy background that complements boutique furnishings and a whimsical twig queen bed. Relax on the shaded deck on a padded wicker chaise lounge while sipping coffee or a complimentary cold drink from the mini-fridge. Enjoy the sights and fragrance of the natural surroundings as you clean up in a private outdoor shower with an on-demand hot water heater. The hosts provide lush towels, shower products and even a hair dryer. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast featuring baked goods from an on-site bakery and unwind in the evening around a campfire prepared for you by your hosts.
Stunning Luxury Tent Rentals in the Heart of Nature Near Florence, Italy
- Nightly rate: $111
Enjoy “la dolce vita” in a luxury camping tent nestled in the olive groves and vineyards of the Tuscan countryside. Kick back on the queen bed and soak in the views of rolling hills and vineyards just outside your tent door. Enjoy air conditioning, a private bathroom and electricity inside, or wander outside to take a dip in a swimming pool, whip up a meal with veggies from the organic garden in the shared kitchen or just relax in a lounge area. If you can pull yourself away from the tranquil views, head to nearby Trequanda and check out Gothic Romanesque architecture dating to the early 1300s or head to Castelnuovo for a Thursday market that’s been ongoing since 1430. Pretend you’re a celebrity — Florence is a vacation hot spot of the rich and famous.
Beautiful Tent Rentals Set on a Camping Resort near Yellowstone National Park
- Nightly Rate: $647
Gaze out at the towering Sawatch Mountains and meandering Eagle River from your luxury camping tent in Big Sky, Montana. Wake to a complimentary breakfast and end each day with a campfire and smores before sinking back into a king-sized log bed with luxury bedding. During the day, take a trip to Yellowstone National Park, located just 60 miles away, or stick closer to camp for fly fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing and more. Your glamping tent comes with electricity, running water, a private bathroom and housekeeping services. The elegant interior has plank flooring, upscale furnishings and an electric moose antler chandelier for a touch of woodsy luxury.
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Luxury Tents for a Unique Getaway in the French Countryside of Brittany
- Nightly rate: $145
Make a luxury camping tent your headquarters for adventure in the Brittany countryside of northwestern France. Spend the night in the Caidal Tent to nestle into colorful and opulent Moroccan decor before venturing out to explore medieval towns or soak up the sun on beaches flanked by soaring cliffs. Or just stay at your countryside tent to enjoy a hot stone massage or relax in the Nordic spa’s hot tub, steam bath or sauna.
Solar-Powered Luxury Yurt on Hudson Valley Horse Farm with Hot Tub
- Nightly rate: $133
Get back to nature in a 700-square-foot yurt set on a scenic Hudson Valley horse farm. Sink back in a hot tub, create a pizza pie and fire it in the wood-fired pizza oven or just sit outside on the private deck and listen to a babbling stream. The spacious tent has a bedroom with queen bed, small kitchen, private full bathroom, living room, dining table and sleeping loft. Cozy up by the wood stove with a good book or sit outside by the fire pit. A 5-foot skylight at the apex of the yurt lets in plenty of natural lighting.
Beautifully Decorated and Spacious Tent Rental Overlooking Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
- Nightly rate: $486
Spend your days enjoying panoramic views of Lake Wanaka as you lounge on a hammock or comfy bean bag and your nights snuggled into a queen bed inside a spacious luxury camping tent. A 10-minute uphill walk with your luggage rewards you with a private site on a peninsula overlooking the lake. Cook on a propane barbecue grill in the covered outdoor kitchen equipped with cabinets, utensils, cabinetry and cooler. The 16-foot round tents have foot-friendly carpeting, solar lighting and comfy furnishings.
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Do It Yourself Glamping
Whether you want to make a glamorous glamping holiday in your own backyard or head off for a couple of weeks in a remote spot in a national forest, it’s easy to create your own canvas castle. Although you could spend several years and thousands of dollars designing the perfect luxury getaway, there are a few basics you can find on Amazon that you’ll want to include to get you started.
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A Portable Palace
The basis of a luxury camping experience is a palatial tent, so don’t be afraid to go big. A Dream House Heavy Duty Glamping Tent Safari Tent gives you up to a 16-foot diameter — just over 200 square feet — to give you plenty of room for a big bed and luxury furnishings with space to move around. The bell tent is easily set up by two people and is made from breathable yet waterproof cotton canvas. These luxury motorhomes are also portable palaces.
A Big, Comfy Bed
While a memory foam mattress on a traditional bed pedestal might be practical for a permanent glamp-out in a backyard tent, you’ll want something more portable for an away-from-it-all experience. The Coleman Queen Airbed Cot has a folding steel frame that lifts you 22 inches above the cold ground. A ComfortStrong coil system gives support for a good night’s sleep and a sewn-in cover keeps the air mattress from sliding around. Best of all, it inflates with a battery-operated pump that’s included with the bed. The entire apparatus folds into a carrying case in a matter of minutes. A good night’s sleep is always worth the money.
Forget about squirming down into a noisy sleeping bag. Deck out your bed in comfort with luxury bedding. HC Collection Hotel Luxury Platinum Collection 1800 Series offers wrinkle-free brushed microfiber that will look inviting night after night. The sheets are more breathable and softer in feel than Egyptian Cotton. Choose basic white to match the color of your canvas tent or choose from vibrant non-fading colors to match your glamping site’s color scheme. Remember to add a warm comforter and duvet cover to chase away the early morning chill.
Solar Mood Lighting
Cost: $17 per strand
Glam up your glamping spot inside and out with solar lighting. Grab a couple of 72-foot strings of Binval Solar Fairy String Lights, and your campsite will automatically light up with a fairytale ambiance as the sun goes down. The lights continue lighting for 8 hours and shut off during morning light. Each 72-foot strand has 200 lights with eight different modes to create the perfect lighting.
Light the inside of your tent with LED pillar candles and solar lanterns to create a romantic ambiance. Get a set of flickering flameless candles in heights ranging from 5 to 9 inches for around $30 on Amazon. For more special indoor ambiance, get a few color-changing inflatable solar lights at $15 each.
Cost: $30 each
Make your glamping site barefoot-friendly with a large area rug. Position inexpensive 5-by-8 rugs on each side of your bed to keep your toes warm when you emerge from under the covers. Add an 8-by-10 rug to the center of the lounging area where you’ll relax and get dressed.
Keep in mind your glamping decor when buying a rug. Persian rugs can add a touch of elegance and the wool fabric does a good job of insulating from the cold ground. Rag rugs are lighter in weight and are easier to clean if your dog or kids track mud all over them. Sheepskin or faux fur rugs add an extra bit of outdoorsy ambiance.
Price: $102 each
Leave uncomfortable camping stools and folding chairs at home and invest in some lightweight resin wicker Adirondack chairs. The all-weather chairs come equipped with comfy cushions and an exotic look that will add elegance to your glamping site whether you decide to use them inside or out. Add some throw pillows for an extra touch of elegance and comfort.
Methodology: Prices were accurate as of September 5, 2017, with booking dates of October 16 through 18. For properties with no availability on those dates, the closest available date was used. Properties requiring a seven-day stay were researched for the week of October 16-23.
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