Vacationing in the great outdoors doesn’t mean you have to rough it with a sleeping bag and tent. Glamping, short for glamorous camping, has become a popular option for travelers who want to be surrounded by nature, but not give up the comforts of home.
Consider it a fusion of camping and a hotel stay, where nature meets modern luxury. Instead of having to set up camp when you arrive, glampers check into camps with luxury furnished tents, many of which included heated hardwood floors, ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, and gourmet chefs.
Located in remote Canyon Point, Utah, Amangiri’s Camp Sarika takes glamping to a new level of luxury. Just a short drive from Amangiri resort, this sophisticated campground features ten canvas-topped pavilions, each beautifully furnished and with its own private plunge pool and firepit.
In addition to world-class service, Camp Sarika includes a restaurant, main pool, lounge, and a pair of spa suites, making camp an inviting spot to relax and unwind.
For glampers who want to get out and explore the resort’s otherworldly landscape, including Western vistas and slotted canyons, the resort features guided desert and mountain hikes.
Glampers who want to see our nation’s gorgeous national parks can check into an Under Canvas glampground near Mt. Rushmore, Smoky Mountains, Zion, Moab, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Glacier national parks. These luxe accommodations include safari tents with king-sized beds, wood-burning stoves, ensuite bathrooms, heated floors, and daily maid service.
While days can be spent hiking and exploring the national parks, you also have the option of daily camp activities and nightly campfires, complete with s’mores. After days spent enjoying the national parks, you can return to your private tent for a comfortable, good night’s sleep.
From May to October, you can “rough it” in the wilds of Greenough, Montana, at the Resort at Paws Up. Set on 37,000 acres of undeveloped land, with 100 miles of trails, the resort features 30 glamping tents amid several different glampgrounds. Beautifully furnished tents look like a Ralph Lauren ad, with rustic-chic décor, king-sized beds, hardwood floors, ensuite bathrooms, and the soothing sounds of the nearby Blackfoot River or Elk Creek just steps away. When you’re not fly-fishing, hiking, hot-air ballooning, or horseback riding, you can enjoy gourmet meals, sit around the campfire, watch the nightly star show in the sky and simply relax and unwind.
If you’re more of a Relais & Chateaux type, you can still enjoy the concept of glamping at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island—just with more of a bespoke glamping style. Set in the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, this intimate eco-friendly resort includes just 25 luxury tents. Guests arrive via floatplane from Vancouver or boat ride from Tofino on Vancouver Island to this sophisticated camp.
Accommodations include a king-sized bed, ensuite bathrooms with heated floors, antique dressers, heirloom china, and chef-created cuisine. Days might consist of learning to surf on a private beach, exploring the hidden inlets by kayak or horseback riding along a beautiful river, while evenings are for massages, gourmet meals, wine tastings, and quiet conversations. Availability starts in Spring 2021.