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10 of the best Glamping destinations for travel snobs

More comfortable than a tent but closer to nature than a B&B, it’s easy to see why ‘Glamping’ (or glamorous camping) is so popular. From tipis to eco huts to Mongolian style yurts here are some of the best up-scale camping experiences located in destinations that even the most hardened travel snob would approve of…

Mongolian Yurts, Vaud, Switzerland

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Perfect for those wishing to stay the night at an altitude of 2,000 meters, here you will find seven white Mongolian yurts perched on the summit of the Rochers-de-Naye. The authentic yurts (which can sleep up to eight) contain comfortable furnishings and camping equipment. Handily for the winter months they are also fully insulated and have the luxury of electric heating. Reachable via a cog railway from Montreux, once at the summit campsite you’ll find no roads, no noise, just plenty of great views of the surrounding Alps.

Le Château de Monfreville Campsite, Normandy, France

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For a unique glamping experience in France, try these traditional gypsy caravans in Normandy. These newly refurbished roulettes are idyllically positioned in the grounds of historic Château de Monfreville and are great for families. The rural resort has on-site games, a natural swimming pond and cute farm animals that children are welcome to help feed.

EcoCamp, Patagonia, Chile

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Easily one of the best Glamping destinations for travel snobs only accommodation of its type in Chile, the EcoCamp in Patagonia is home to some very innovative concepts. The interestingly shaped igloo-esque domes produce a minimal impact on the environment and even have their own composting device to process waste. All energy used at the site comes from 100% natural and renewable sources like water, sun and wind. The domes are comfortable and some even come with their own private bathroom, wood-heated stove and solar power – although the real draw by far is the beautiful scenery.

4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Koh Kong

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Located right on the Cambodian-Thai border and surrounded by jungle is the world’s first floating luxury tent resort. The eco-resort claims to be at one with the natural order and even engages with the local community in promoting environmental awareness. Each environmentally friendly hut contains luxury furnishings and even a few mod cons such as LCD tvs and internet access. If you tire of just hanging about and relaxing there’s also plenty of opportunities to try more strenuous activities such as rafting or jungle trekking.

Casas Karen, Cadiz, Spain

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More of a laid-back retreat than a campsite, this destination would suit anyone looking to experience a more peaceful side of Spain. The village of straw-thatched beach huts is positioned between pine trees and sand dunes and here you can relax in hammocks, meditate, try yoga or just dolphin-watch at the nearby beach. The site is also concerned about the environment and has its own on-site recycling wastewater system and composting area. Probably one of the most unique places to stay in Andalusia mainly attracting creative and bohemian types.

Hillfort Tipis, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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The UK has jumped on the bandwagon with a vengeance and now has over 105 glamping sites to choose from. One of the best of the bunch is this low impact eco-holiday site surrounded by acres of pretty Pembrokeshire countryside and coastline. All the tipis are resistant to out of control campfires and the Welsh natural elements. Furnishings are in a traditional North American Indian style with comfortable beds, colorful cushions and rugs. Camping equipment is also supplied.

Karijini Eco Retreat, Western Australia

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Karijini Eco Retreat combines affordable environmentally friendly accommodation with a taste of the Western Australian outback. The resort offers a mix of traditional camping or luxury eco tents but all have access to good quality shared toilet and shower facilities and BBQ equipment. The on-site alfresco restaurant will also allow you to make the most of the great views and the famous Australian hospitality.

Halvorseth Yurts & Camping, Prestfoss-Sigdal, Norway

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Located just two hours away from Oslo airport and deep in the heart of an ancient Scandinavian forest are these modern yurts. Norway’s first glamping destination Halvorseth offers the chance to get back to nature without forgoing your luxuries. Each yurt can accommodate up to four people and come fully equipped with kitchen, TV and inbuilt shower and toilet facilities.

Lua Cheia Beach Camp, Mafia Island, Tanzania

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For a Robinson Crusoe adventure head to Lua Cheia Beach located on an island just off the coast of Tanzania. This popular eco-friendly village is made up of six large tents that come with thatched “bandas” and verandahs which lead directly onto the beach. Each tent features solar-heating, solar-powered lighting and an en-suite bathroom built in a separate concrete block. The camp is in a great position for viewing the island’s sunsets and its private beach status also ensures plenty of peace and quiet.

Treebones Resort, California, USA

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This Big Sur resort takes advantage of one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The area, once owned by a recycling mill, is surrounded by both the Los Padres national forest and the pacific ocean – a perfect position for nature lovers. Here you’ll find 16 comfortably equipped yurts, a heated ocean-view pool, hot tub and a community lodge.


Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.


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    1 July, 2011 at 10:37 am

    This is a very interesting article. I hope I can visit one of these and let them share it with you. Your article is amazing!

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    27 June, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I have never heard of this before, but what a great concept! I am going to tell my husband about the one in Cambodia – we might have to check that out. It looks like Glamping might be a little more pricey than camping, though.

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    The Travel Chica

    26 June, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Funny! I had never heard this term before and had no idea these places existed. I’m not much of a camper (bugs and sleeping on rocks are not appealing to me). Maybe I need to look into glamping 🙂

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      Becky Moore

      26 June, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Scott, for the UK I can personally recommend the Hillfort Tipis in Pembrokeshire, great camp site and beautiful location.


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