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Glamping can be more than just tents. It can be in pods, cabins, yurts, motorhomes, igloos, and even an old aircraft.
Here are some places where you can try glamping in the world.
If the thought of living in a vineyard appeals to you, Balgownie Estate Bendigo offers both bell tents and safari tents in the Bendigo wine region of Victoria, Australia.
The tents feature queen-sized beds, air conditioning and plush furnishings. Some tents even come with an eco-friendly hot tub!
Guests can dine at Balgownie Estate’s restaurant and sip wine from their private deck. The place is just a two-hour drive from Melbourne.
Said to be “set in a woodland glade” in the Scottish village of Glencoe, these rustic pods come with a verandah that faces a “bubbling brook”, as described in their website.
They are plush and comfortable on the inside with amenities such as central heating, WiFi, television, and mini pantry. Some of the pods also come with a hot tub outside.
The place is close to the Dragon’s Tooth estate, where you can enjoy activities such as Segway Tours, archery, cycling, and golfing. There is also a view of Loch Linnhe in the distance.
This one is still under construction, but worth a mention for its “quirkiness”. In fact, visitors have already been flocking to the site to check it out.
Your accommodation options include a decommissioned aircraft, more specifically a Boeing 767, a train, a tank, a helicopter, a double decker bus and a Black Cab.
Said to comprise all these and also a marina, the glamping village is located in Collooney, Ireland. There is also going to be an “Airport Terminal Building” which houses a cafe, bar, and meeting rooms.
Six-meter yurts let you enjoy that nomadic experience with posh furnishings at Florence Springs. Located in the harbour town of Tenby in Wales, these cosy yurts even have an eco wood burner hot tub.
Interiors are furnished with a double bed and single futons, as well as rugs, cushions, and sheep skins. There is a fully equipped, covered camp kitchen outside each yurt, as well as a campfire and picnic bench. You even have your own private garden.
Besides hanging out at your yurt, you can go on a coastal walk or spend time at the beach nearby. If you want more, there are also hobbit homes and treehouses at the site.
If you’d like to make like an Eskimo and live in an igloo, you can do so at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Even if it’s –40°C outside, the ice cool snow igloo keeps the cold and noise out; It is –3°C to –6°C inside. If that still sounds cold to you, don’t worry, you’ll be provided with down sleeping bags.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer something warmer but still want the experience of staying in an “igloo”, there are also glass igloos available. These come with a toilet and beds.
What’s interesting about this place is that if you come during the right season, you can go Aurora (Northern Lights) hunting. Other activities include husky safaris, reindeer safaris, snowmobile rides, skiing, and snowboarding.