The mid 2000s saw the emergence of two ingenious new travel terms: staycation – the joy of holidaying in your homeland – and glamping – a clever portmanteau combining ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. Put the two ideas together, and it makes for a very modern and unique kind of holiday. The fact that ‘glamping’ was awarded a place in the The Oxford English Dictionary earlier this year shows it’s a phenomenon that’s here to stay.
The rise of glamping is part of a wider trend that sees travellers seeking out more authentic experiences by staying in home rentals and environmentally friendly lodgings. As travellers become more conscious of their carbon footprint and the environmental impact of travel, the demand for ‘green’ accommodation has risen globally. “We’re seeing huge growth in the glamping industry and more specifically within the luxury sector,” explains David Troya, founder of global operator Glamping Hub. “People can enjoy five-star accommodation in the most incredible locations. We’re very excited to see this extending across the Asia-Pacific region, particularly to Australia.”
Glamping in balmy Australia could be a romantic break in a safari tent in Queensland – complete with four-poster bed and open air bathtub – or a family holiday at an eco lodge in the Blue Mountains. Staying in outdoor accommodation doesn’t mean forfeiting style. Here’s a guide to some of Australia’s top glamping spots.
Stealing away to a remote forest setting with that special someone is the ultimate romantic adventure – and a lick of fine living takes it to the next level. Some glamping properties form part of a wider retreat and will happily bundle accommodation with spa and wellness elements into a full romantic getaway package.
A family holiday in Australia mean BBQs on the deck, spacious rooms and lots of open space for the kids to run around. Safari tents present a unique alternative to villas and cabins.
Imagine the fun of glamping with a group of good friends over a long weekend. Tipis and tents are easily configured for groups and are ideal for the more budget-conscious, while at the upper end, many gorgeous villas are well equipped to cater for those wanting a more luxury experience.
Going for a break away minus the stress of where to leave furry companions, is a luxury in itself. So a holiday a much loved family member can enjoy too, spells happiness for all. Many glamping properties, from lodges to cabins and camping grounds, welcome pets. For dog owners, many are in dog friendly woodland or beachside locations.
The temporary nature of tents and tipis means they can literally ‘pop up’ anywhere, allowing travellers to stay in beautifully remote locations with minimal impact on the environment. Glamping Hub’s ‘choose your own location’ service allows travellers to hire luxury bell tents that come with linen, blankets, lanterns, outdoor mats and even board games and books. Tent hire is a great solution for groups wanting to stay somewhere totally unique and private.
The beauty of glamping is that it offers a viable alternative to the usual hotel and resort holidays, with tipis, eco domes and treehouses all having their own unique character. Glamping will appeal to anyone looking for a holiday that’s a little out of the ordinary and is most suitable for those who appreciate being surrounded by the beauty of nature.
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