Almost anybody can drive to their nearest state park, pay their $20, pick a campsite and plug in their RV – am I right? So, you’re a tent camper, and you do get some credit for that, you do. It does take you a bit more out of your element.
But when you’re ready for an otherworldly camping experience, here are five of the best glamping experiences that will give you a story to tell!
1. An Airstream on a Roof?
First up, here’s one that might not make much sense at first. For the price of a week in one of these reconditioned Airstreams, you could probably buy one of your own stateside! This Airstream sits on the roof of the luxurious Grand Daddy Hotel in Capetown, South Africa?
American style with a South African twist at the Grand Daddy.
That’s right, the hotel owners purchased, shipped and hauled seven vintage Airstream travel trailers to the roof of a world class hotel, where they have set up a rooftop trailer park that rivals the best in glamping accommodations. From the airy “Wine Country” with its mural of the Napa Valley, to the vintage map decor of “City Flights” these trailers come complete with luxurious sleeping quarters and a private bath.
Choose from seven uniquely decorated trailers.
2. Cozy Up In A Reclaimed Vacuum Factory
Next stop on our worldwide road trip is Germany, and the Hüttenpalast, a themed hotel built on the floor of a rehabbed vacuum factory! Here you will find a collection of vintage trailers and other small dwellings designed to bring the outdoors – indoors.
This is the mid-20th century classic, “Puck”.
From the Gypsie inspired “Nomad” to the ultra-modern, mid-century “Puck” the Hüttenpalast has a variety of cool glamping experiences for any taste. Their site doesn’t say much about amenities, but they do have food service and a garden with a sauna.
The interior of Puck features a clean, modern design.
3. Nest in Trees Near the Pacific Ocean
From here we head up to the trees for a couple of cool glamping experiences that we think are out of this world! The people at Treebones Resort win “Most Original” when it comes to their concept the “Human Nest”. At $150 a night, you’re paying for the experience and the view, more so than the accommodation: a large tangle of branches surrounding a platform with a mattress.
Treebones Resort in Big Sur’s “Human Nest” offers an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean.
But did we mention the view? From the nest you have a view of the Pacific Ocean that is completely unimpeded. Access is by way of a wooden ladder, so this one is not for the faint of heart, and bring your own sleeping bag. There will be no turn down service on the nest’s futon mattress.
Room for two under the stars in the “Human Nest”, one of the most unusual glamping experiences around.
4. Sleep in a Tree Tent in Wales
Next up, to the Wilds of Wales and another tree experience that is rather more “glam” than “glamp”. The people at Sheepskin Life offer some of the most comfortable canvas accommodations we have seen yet in their Red Kite Tree Tents. These colorful orbs are suspended above ground and are reachable by stairs and a platform attached to nearby trees.
A Red Kite Tree Tent with an attached deck.
The interiors feature carpeted floors, comfortable beds and wood stoves for cold nights in the forest. The location is fairly isolated for a true “Robin Hood” English forest experience. We think this one ranks among the coolest of the glamping experiences we looked at. No pets though, sorry.
Interior view of a Red Kite Tree Tent.
5. Ever Wanted to Sleep in a Hobbit Hole?
Last but not least, for the Tolkien fan, why not experience a little quality time in your very own Hobbit hole? The cabins at Rivendell Glamping Pods are barrel shaped in homage to the home of the famous diminutive hero, Bilbo Baggins of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fame.
The accommodations here are fairly spartan with a separate shower pod and open air kitchen available for guests. They do boast WiFi, a pub and a game room all nearby and the pods are joined by a large wooden deck, making it a great location for a group trip. The seaside is a twenty minute drive and the view is one of the best in England.
Interior view of a “glamping pod” revealing its Hobbit-esque architecture!
So, the next time you’re ready for an adventure, why not try something new? There are lots of interesting lodgings and cool glamping experiences to be had near you!