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Published March 15th 2014
Glamorous camping: roughing it has never felt so smooth
My kind of camping: The Boutique Nature Guesthouse and Spa, near Byron Bay in New South Wales, where "each boutique suite is fully equipped with tea and coffee facilities, split-cycle air-conditioning and heating, bathrobes, bar refrigerator, LCD television, and DVD player." They also boast a pool, indoor and outdoor spas, shower, vanity, and, of course, flushing toilets
Glamping (glamorous camping) is something that Wikipedia describes as "a growing global phenomenon that combines camping with the luxury and amenities of a home or hotel." Australia is diving in to this "remote spa" headfirst, and setting an industry standard while we're at it.
For a mere $225/night, Cosy Tents near Daylesford, Victoria, promises that you, too, can "fall in love with nature again," in one of their European canvas tents and 1200 thread count bed linens.
You can even buy a pod to do some glamping in your own private locations. Your kids could do some glamping too, in your backyard, if you buy the winning ticket in this year's Kids Under Cover Challenge! It's a Melbourne event, but you can buy raffle tickets online if you're not from Melbourne.
What do you think of the idea of glamping? Have you ever been? Do you think one truly connects with nature, without having to "rough it?" Isn't the connecting in the roughing? If you're not going to sacrifice an ounce of comfort, wouldn't it be easier (and in some cases more affordable) to book in at a hotel?
For the unique accommodations in secluded landscapes and the adventure of it all, I'd be game to try most things at least once! The only question left, is where to first?
Great idea for an article, Dayna, and I love the places you've included! I've 'glamped' in 'permanent tents' in South Africa and loved it. It's hard to beat being able to sit out on the balcony of your 'tent' and watch elephants, giraffes and various antelopes turn up at the nearby waterhole. One on the bucket list is the 'igloo hotel' in Finland:http://www.kakslauttanen.fi - if you're lucky, you can lie in bed and look at the Aurora Borealis above you!