There are few things I dislike more in this world than dirt, bugs, half-cooked food, and the fear of a bear attack, so as you can imagine, going camping has never been at the top of my bucket list. That is until I was introduced to the world of glamping. Yup, glamping, as in camping glamorously, which sounds like an exponentially better experience, in my opinion.
Glamping combines the outdoorsy feeling of camping with the experience of a hotel so you can bask in nature without missing out on your fav reality shows on E! Here are some of the best glamping sites in the world.
Big Sur, California
Treebones Resort is located in South Big Sur and has a perfect view of the Pacific Ocean, with several yurts, oceanfront campsites, and even a stunning little spot created from tree branches by Big Sur-based artist Jayson Fann. The spaces have comfortable beds, hot and cold running water, and indoor and outdoor seating. The resort also features a pool and hot tub, a restaurant with organic, locally grown food and a sushi bar. Hamburgers and hot dogs no more!
Camp Kalahari is located in the Kalahari Desert in Africa and is one of three campsites on one million acres of a private wildlife reserve. With only 11 tents available, Camp Kalahari is the perfect place to have a relaxing stay while also adventuring and taking in the sights and sounds of African Wildlife. The camp features canvas tents, ensuite bathrooms, and open-air showers. There’s also a common library, living and dining area, and swimming pool. You’ll commonly spot brown hyenas, zebras, cheetahs, and more.
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
After a day of diving, come home to a private tented villa that features a living room, bathroom, fully-furnished bedroom, private porch, and a stunning infinity pool. The five-star Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru also features a restaurant and bar, room service, and fitness center. Join the on-site marine conservation team in one of many on-going conservation projects.
Hôtel de Glace
If you’re planning ahead for some winter fun consider staying at the Hôtel de Glace located in Quebec, Canada, open from early January to late March with a truly magical atmosphere and an experience you’ll never forget. Guests can visit the Nordic relaxation area that features an outdoor spa and sauna, or for the active guests, an indoor waterpark, outdoor winter playground, and dog sledding excursions are available.
Collective Governors Island
New York City, New York
You’d never guess that this beautiful glamping oasis is just a quick ferry ride from downtown Manhattan; there’s even a view of the Statue of Liberty from the site. The tents have stunning décor and full electricity, comfortable bedding, and private or shared bathroom. Some of the bigger tents include complimentary breakfast and s’mores kits. Each evening opt into having a chef create a multi-course menu enjoyed either in the privacy of your own tent or at the on-site restaurant, Three Peaks.
Les Bulles de Bordeaux
Have you ever thought of what it’d be like to literally live inside of a bubble? At Les Bulles de Bordeaux you can find out for yourself. Each of their bubble accommodations features its own bathroom with shower, electricity, and heating. There’s also an option for a private terrace spa featuring a warm bath while taking in the view. I can’t stop thinking about how good Les Bulles de Bordeaux would look on my Instagram feed…