Travel Pulse’s 4 Best Glamping Destinations

Travel Pulse has named the 4 best glamping locations around the world, and the reviews are in.

The four best locations for glampers are, The Resort at Paws up in Montana, Whitepod in Switzerland, Longitude 131 in Australia and the Hobbit House in England.

Each glamping destination has a unique touch of the outdoors with the luxury of a hotel.

The locations will offer varying amenities, but the goal of glamourous camping is to provide a real experience in nature, with the comforts of the indoors and these places do just that.

Check out Travel Pulse’s article: The 4 Best Glamping Locations Worldwide for more information on these luxurious resorts.

The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

Whitepod, Switzerland

Longitude 131, Australia

Hobbit House, England

Glamping on the Wild Side

Glamping is an adventure if anything, and if you are looking for ideas that are offbeat, unusual, or maybe even downright strange, you have a choice of unusual glamping accommodations around the world. Interestingly, the highest concentration of the truly offbeat seems to be in Europe, and in the UK in particular.

casa cubes
We’ll start off in Asia, where Casa de la Flora offers something unusual, intriguing, and highly luxurious. If you want your weird on the outside, but want it luxurious and modern on the inside, you’ll be happy with these cutting-edge cubes providing “architecture and unique design amid tropical nature.” The architects pay tribute to the namesake “flora” with living grass carpets covering the roofs of the villas.

From cubes to pods: Whitepod eco-luxury hotel and alpine experience blends the unusual with the natural seamlessly. The pods truly look like they belong in the landscape, especially in winter, when guests of this four-season resort can take advantage of the private ski slopes and dog sledding.

For a true “man cave” experience, check out Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita in Italy, an amazing hotel of caves in the village of Matera in southern Italy. The proprietors of these ancient caves take their luxury seriously, going so far as to say, “Prehistoric man might never have ventured outside the caves if they had bathrooms like these.”

glamping thorpe bbq
Wagon ho! You won’t find the next two wagon accommodations on the frontier of the American West as you might expect. This first one, featuring a “gypsy wagon” as well as a “shepherd’s hut,” a “horse lorry,” and a “love shack” is located near Banbury, England, about an hour and thirty minutes drive northwest of London, should you decide to travel by modern vehicle.

NZ Wagon
You’ll find another wagon spot in New Zealand. The hosts of Wagonstays, Mike and Jasmine want you to know that their wagon has “all the authenticity and atmosphere from 1870, but with the comfort and luxury of home,” which is in evidence with satellite television, computer controlled showers, and glass doors that lead to a balcony.

tree pod
You’ve heard of pods and tree houses, but how about a pod in a tree? These glamping globes are referred to as “tree tents,” with the Red Kite Tree Tent resort found where else but the UK, this time in Wales. One look at it and you’ll immediately see how this round rental would make any Ewok envious. You can learn more by reading a previous blog entry by Kelly Thomson.

Next up is Ecocamp Glenshee, another UK property that relishes the offbeat accommodation, with a myriad of oddball abodes from which to choose: wooden pods, a “monster” yurt, and “shielings,” or shepherd’s huts, which are found here in the beautiful wilds of Scotland. The Monster Yurt is furnished with “mementos from the Near East,” and Shieling Mohr has a llama theme, and you can go llama trekking with resident llamas Jet, Atticus, and Bradford.

canopy stars big green bus
If all these choices aren’t enough to decide, you can go to the listing of Canopy & Stars, “a colourful collection of quirky accommodation.” These curators of crazy crash pads list glamping properties across much of Europe, and feature wonderfully oddball accommodations ranging from hobbit houses and tree houses to boats, pods, and even a big green bus! No matter how you go glamping, it’s an adventure, so why be normal? Indulge your inner glamping geek at any of these offbeat accommodations.

Whitepod – Switzerland’s Winter/Summer Eco Retreat

Some destinations you just have to “see to believe” – Whitepod in Switzerland falls squarely in this category. Dome-shaped pods 1700 meters up in the Swiss Alps is the stuff of glamping genius.

At first glance Whitepod’s geodesic domes look like igloos, and efforts are made so they blend in with the surrounding landscape. In winter the white canvas matches the blanket of snow covering the mountainside and in summer they are covered in green material to match the mountain vegetation. Guests have access to 3 private lifts which can be operated 24 hours a day upon request. Staying in a pod on the mountain is probably not your first thought when planning a ski vacation, but now that you know, good luck trying to get it out of your head.

insidePhoto: Whitepod website

Whitepod describes their experience as going back to summer camp as an adult except with the comfort of a 5-star hotel. The dome pods are anchored to wooden platforms. The large bay windows provide a breathtaking view of the Alps and let in a healthy dose of sunshine. Each pod is decorated with unique antiques from the region along with a king-size bed, full bathroom, wood-burning stove, and a terrace. The pods are set up to accommodate 2 to 4 people.

Whitepod is a successful combination of ecotourism and luxury. It’s an understatement to say that Whitepod is an alternative to a hotel room. Isolate yourself from urban pollution and sleep in a pristine alpine environment. Whitepod limits its impact on the environment by minimizing daily electricity and water consumption, reducing waste production, and favoring renewable resources. You’ll quickly notice that Whitepod has taken great care not to sacrifice any comforts. For relaxation you can visit a Finnish sauna, Japanese bath, or get a massage at the chalet Les Cerniers.

summerPhoto: Whitepod website

The Pod-house and Les Cerniers restaurant will take care of you if you’re hungry. The Pod-house is the central meeting point of the camp as well as the breakfast area with hot and cold buffet. Les Cerniers offers traditional but refined cuisine. Camping without preparing your own food is a fundamental part of glamping.

Whitepod’s public meeting spots are heated by wood until nine in the evening. Guests going back home after dinner find the pods are still warm from being heated all day. High-quality insulation ensures that the very minimum of the heating goes to waste. When it’s really cold out, you might have to add more wood at night. The staff explains how to work everything upon the guests’ arrival. And, if you need to get up and go there’s a little electric heater in the bathrooms keeping them warm constantly.

dogsledPhoto: Whitepod website

Guests have their choice of traditional and more adventurous types of mountain recreation.  In the winter skiing and snowboarding for beginners and intermediates is available on runs totaling 7 km and is accessed via the 2 private chairlifts. The winter is also great for experiencing dog-sledding, snowshoeing, and snow-trekking. In the summertime, hiking, paragliding, dog karting, photography workshops, and survival course are among the variety of options.

Whitepod was inspired by the desire to create a peaceful, regenerative experience in a place of beauty with virtually no impact on the surrounding environment. Learn more about making a reservation at Whitepod.