27 Luxury Camping Adventures That Will Make You an Outdoors Person
Want to spend more time in the great outdoors without forgoing the finer things in life like high thread counts, flushing toilets, hot showers, chandeliers, wine lists, and butlers? Try glamping at these luxury camping sites that redefine the act of roughing it and will make even the unhappiest of campers want to go play outside.
Discovery Rottnest Island
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Rotto, as the natives call it, is one of Western Australia’s most popular day trips and weekend getaway spots. It is quickly becoming a favorite of luxury camping fans as well as this brand new down under wonder in Perth is already earning rave reviews with its location just behind the sugary dunes and pristine Pinky Beach, 83 extra-large tents with bathrooms, sustainable practices, and two restaurants. The best tents have ocean views through floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, wood floors, and furnished decks.
Huttopia White Mountains
The White Mountains are calling and you should go. Although it is less than three hours by car from Boston, couples and families will be transported to a whole new world or chirping birds, babbling brooks, and trees as far as the eyes can see at this luxury camping outpost in Albany, New Hampshire. Huttopia has three kinds of tents, all of which come stocked with linens, cookware, dishware, and mini-fridges. The Trappeurs are lakeside and add private bathrooms and showers. Or if you want to ease into this whole camping thing a little slower, book the chalet—it’s built entirely of wood and heated with a wood stove.
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Chile’s Torres Del Paine National Park, with its soaring condors, sawtooth peaks, dramatic ice fields, crystal clear lakes, and colorful wildflowers is one of the prettiest places on earth. So it is really saying something that you will look for excuses to stay on property, the first luxury camping to open in South America, instead of hunting for pumas or ascending a mountain on an included tour. The yurts are that awesome with their slightly Scandinavian vibe, furry area rugs, linen slippers, central heating, flushing toilets, stargazing dome, and handmade textiles. Level up by booking one with a hot tub on the deck that overlooks a lake and mountain range. It gets even harder to motivate when attentive, friendly staff members host nightly wine tastings and smoke a whole sheep in a special room gaucho style or the resident cats request pets.
Dreher Island State Park
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For those who want to dip their toe in the luxury camping pond without foregoing a sturdy roof over their heads, electricity, or lockable doors, check into one of 10 lakeside camper cabins at this secluded state park in Lake Murray, South Carolina with excellent bass fishing and bird watching. (Purple martins flutter around from June to August.) The 12×12 blocks are furnished with a double bed and a set of bunks, temperature control, picnic table, and indoor lighting, but don’t have running water. All cooking must be done outside with the provided water spigot, fire ring, and grill. To give up even fewer creature comforts, rent a villa there or at another South Carolina state park called Devil’s Fork. They’re even wired for automatic coffeemakers (provided), satellite TV and an Internet connection. Looking for something more rustic? Try one of these best campsites in every state.
East Wind Hotel
Say goodbye to city hustle and hello to hygee (a hip Danish philosophy where you attain cozy contentment and well-being by enjoying life’s simple pleasures) at this Scandinavian-inspired retreat in the Catskills in Windham, New York. While they offer regular rooms inside the revamped 1920s lodge, it is the three A-frame lushnas (think of it as a teepee meets a cabin) that are truly worth the journey thanks to Frette linens on queen beds, plaid Fairbault blankets, Zenology bath products, a triangular picture window (perfect for gazing out at fresh snow), and a private bathroom with a sauna. Barbecue kits are available upon request or join the communal dinner breakfast of German pancakes and housemade granola.
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Get some peace and quiet in the Panhandle in Milton, Florida at this 352-acre eco-resort with trails, private sandbars on the creek, cycling paths, and Florida pine groves. Tiny house cabanas have outdoor showers, stainless steel open-air kitchens, and a personal fire pit while glamping tents are connected by boardwalks and share a bathhouse. Or instead, elevate your sabbatical by booking the contemporary treehouse. Surrounded by mature magnolia trees and raised away from the ground, lap up the luxury of climate control, a covered deck, and a Jacuzzi.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
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Accessible only by seaplane, helicopter, or boat, this British Columbia, Vancouver Island compound of 25 prospector tents may be inspired by the turn of the century with vintage oil lamps and antiques, but its amenities and service levels are thoroughly current. Porches peek out at the water’s edge of an intertidal estuary teaming with marine and birdlife. If it starts to sprinkle as rainforests are wont to do, curl up with a great book in the squishy duvet and warm yourself by the cast iron stove. After an active day doing included activities like SUP, sea-kayaking, paintball, rappelling, surfing, and bear and whale watching, relax in the outdoor cedar shower or cash in the complimentary massage. The all-inclusive program also covers food and beverages. Here are some more luxurious glamping adventures to look into.
Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo
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Gonna go out on a limb and assume you’ve never brought a fine art print to a campsite. Us either, but it is common practice at this 1,700-acre dude ranch on the Kissimmee River in River Ranch, Florida. Also standard in the western chic teepees are double-sided hearths, wood paneling that looks reclaimed, antler sconces, full private bathrooms, and a ceiling fan. Enjoy coffee delivered every morning in a rocking chair on the patio. The personal concierge will ensure the campfire is lit every evening and handles signup for included activities like archery, zip-lining, horseback riding, airboat/pontoon rentals, and Saturday night’s main events, the titular rodeo and hayrides.
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In a bit of rebranding almost as clever as the concept glamping itself, this outfit on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, known for its oysters and shark cage dives, has taken sparse early Australian-style covered wagons and rechristened them “swagons.” It’s actually a nod to the local term for the type of canvas bedroll they have outfitted them with (swag beds) but we prefer to think of these old outback trailers reborn and infused with swagger. The best part is that the cover rolls back for easy viewing of the spectacular twinkling skies over Gawler Ranges National Park.
Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA Holiday
This is not your grandpa’s KOA. Many of the classic campgrounds across the United States are getting glam makeovers including this one on California’s central coast in Watsonville. While still possible to rough it in a regular tent or pull up in an RV, couples can also avoid sleeping on uneven ground and instead walk from the private patio through French doors to snooze in a four-poster bed with real sheets. The new camping cabins also feature a Keurig coffee bar and refrigerator. Not on a romantic rendezvous for two? Deluxe cabins and Airstreams sleep four or six and have cable and bathrooms inside. It’s a mile from Manresa State Beach, but the pool, water play area, outdoor movies, jumping pillow, ice cream bike, and a human hamster ball give multiple reasons to kick it within KOA walls.