If you love camping, but prefer not to sacrifice your creature comforts, you may be happy to learn about the latest trend: luxury or glamour camping, a/k/a “glamping” — a way to explore remote parts of the globe while enjoying all the advantages of a luxury hotel.
Discerning travelers can find glamping locations in many unique places, although luxury tent safaris are particularly popular in Africa. Collective Retreats invites guests to destinations that inspire them to deepen their connection to the environment – by sleeping in the wild in luxury tents with plush beds, 1,500-thread-count linens, down comforters, chandeliers and private en-suite bathrooms. Locations include a working ranch in Vail, Colorado (with an on-site winery) and a backcountry retreat in Big Sky, Montana (with a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course).
For those who prefer to own their own glamping tent, Glampique will sell you a 12-foot by 18-foot tent, complete with a king-size memory-foam mattress, velvet couch, covered porch and five windows to maximize air flow. The company will also deliver and set it up – free – anywhere in the United States. Glampique tents start at $20,000.
Glamping is a far cry from the five-person tent currently gathering dust in your garage.