Top 7 glamping hotels around the world

By Akash Musku,

Who would have thought that camping in tents would become such a big trend? Waking up inside a tent surrounded by nature might sound like a ride back to the nomadic ages. But add a little luxury to it and you get the present big trend in travel: Glamping or Glamour camping. One step out of the tent and you find yourself enveloped by greens all around. If you are one of those people in dire need of such a retreat but do not want to compromise on comfort, this article is for you. Here, we give you a compilation of the 7 best glamping hotels where you can camp luxuriously.

Sandat Glamping Tents, Bali

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The first Glamping hotel in Bali, Sandat Glamping is truly a paradise in the finest sense of the word. Encapsulated by lush rice fields, it is only about 3 kilometers away from the lovely town of Ubud, the cultural capital of the island of Bali. On the way to Ubud you’ll pass through a series of quaint villages with typical thatch-roofed houses and flower gardens giving a glimpse into what you can expect from the hotel.

Sandat has 5 luxurious tents, each with their own garden and a private infinity pool. With curved terraces, the natural coloured safari-styled tents might actually be mistaken for the surrounding landscape if not observed closely. Only by stepping into the tent will you see what all the rage is about upon casting your eyes on the attention to detail, namely the intricately crafted handiwork. Glampers can choose to sleep in round beds or in canopy beds with finely polished woodwork. The tents are also decorated with wrought iron lamps, crystal chandeliers and authentic but peculiar Balinese artwork to give you a legitimate Balinese experience.

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Grove Lane Glamping Tended Camp, Ireland

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This one is for the adventure enthusiasts out there who, after a tiring session of hiking, kayaking or rappelling, want the comfort of home. At Grove Lane Glamping you can wake up to a spectacular view of lush-green Irish meadows, strap your boots on and explore the Killarney national park, and go kayaking on a lake or surfing in the Atlantic ocean. Suffice it to say it just doesn’t get any better than Grove Lane Glamping for adventure and nature aficionados.

The camp has three different tent types to choose from, depending on if you are travelling with your family or with a special someone. Secluded among trees in an orchard you can be rest assured you’ll have the privacy you want during your getaway. The tents are large enough to accommodate 4 people easily, so travelling with your little ones shouldn’t be a problem. Have a special request for your stay? Or do you want to make use of this perfect opportunity to pop the question? Just let the staff know and they’d be more than happy to arrange it for you.

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Harmony Glamping Tulum, Mexico

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Based on the green philosophy of glamping, Harmony Glamping Tulum is perhaps the most environmentally-friendly glamping hotel on the planet. Situated along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, the hotel is sandwiched between white sandy beaches and the lush Mayan jungle.  The hotel has five suites, each distinctly themed with a private bathroom amid a colourful garden. In addition, there are another six luxury bell tents which, as the names suggest, include all the comforts you might expect at a hotel.

The tents are made from environmentally-friendly materials and the beds are made from recycled pallets. Anything that can be reused is recycled and everything deemed harmful to the environment like plastic bags are forbidden. The hotel was built in such a way that it is naturally kept cool and bright by taking in more sunlight and sea breeze, thereby reducing dependency on electricity. The strategic location of the hotel offers many activities to keep you busy but we recommend exploring the majestic Mayan jungle.

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Knight’s Glamping at Leed’s Castle, England

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I love the English countryside. The quaint villages, medieval castles and beautiful landscapes always manage to rouse my imagination. Knight’s glamping in Kent is situated directly on the premises of Leed’s castle, offering a perfect mix of everything that I’ve come to love about the English countryside. So, if you are anything like me, you know Knight’s Glamping is something you just cannot miss out on.

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Eight traditional, brightly striped tents are set up in the form of a medieval village on the castle grounds. Inside the tents are four poster beds with cotton linen and stoves that burn wood. At Knight’s glamping, you get to explore the centuries-old castle by day and dine like medieval knights did over an open fire pit by night. And after a cozy night’s sleep, binge on fresh breakfast delivered right to the door of your tent. Can’t wait to share your glamping experience with the world? Well, with onsite WiFi you won’t have to wait.

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Lodges en Provence, France

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In the heart of the magnificent region of Provence lies Lodges en Provence, modeled after Canadian log cabins. Coupling the rustic charm of a wooden cabin with the comfort of home, it ticks all the boxes for a wilderness escapade. Perfect for bird watching and for long, peaceful walks in the natural reserve, this one sure can satiate the ranger in you.

With three different types of cabin at your disposal, choosing which one to lodge in might actually be difficult. Open from April to October, you can take a nap in a hammock, read under an Oak tree, or sleep under a thatched roof. There is also a special ‘Love Nest‘ cabin (open throughout the year) for the romantic couple, with a private Jacuzzi to keep you warm during the winter.

Villaggio Barricata, Italy

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No more annoying straps from heavy backpacks digging into your shoulders – sleep peacefully in one of the lodge tents or suites in Padua at Villaggio Barricata. Lay down in a romantic double, four-poster bed with your partner and enjoy twinkling stars through the thin roof of the tent at nights.

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Inside the lodge suite, you will find carefully crafted wooden furniture and are sure to experience a safari style stay. With an adjoining junior lodge that accommodates three children there is plenty of space for the little ones. And within the in suite bathroom, you can revitalise yourself with a relaxing bath. To cap it all off, the camp’s surroundings include the Po-Delta natural park and the Scanno beaches, offering guests many leisure activities.

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Treehotel, Sweden

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The last and the most creative glamping hotel I’d like to introduce you to is the Treehotel in Sweden. Sleeping in a suspended structure in the majestic Nordic forest, guests can revel in spectacular views of the Lule River from one of the six rooms. Designs include the Bird’s Nest, the UFO, and the unbelievable illusion called the Mirrorcube.

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All of these otherworldly tree houses have been designed by some of Sweden’s leading architects and offer a unique experience to visitors. Summer and winter lovers alike will revel in the experiences offered by the hotel in the stunning surroundings including snowshoe hiking and dog sledding in order to view the Northern Lights in the winter, and kayaking and fishing in the summer. A night in a tree house for adults never looked more enticing, did it?