Luxury tents, also known as glamping tents, combine traditional camping with the luxury and amenities of a high-end hotel room. Not surprisingly, these have become increasingly popular in recent years as campers seek unique and comfortable accommodations while staying close to nature.
Keep reading to learn more about these tents!
The History of Luxury Tents
Luxury tents are not a recent phenomenon; in fact, they have a fascinating history dating back centuries!
Nomadic tribes and explorers originally used them as portable dwellings, and often adorned them with intricate designs and fabrics, showcasing the craftsmanship of the people who made them.
Over time, the concept of luxury tents evolved into the glamping experience that we know today, providing a comfortable and lavish way to connect your family with nature.
Different Types of Glamping Tents
Since glamping tents are just “normal” full of tweaks, features & quirks, the combination of luxury and different types of tents are super wide.
Then it cannot come as a surprise that it’s very easy to cater to different personal preferences and environments if you look for it. Take a look, you can have:
These offer a unique blend of comfort and adventure, allowing you & your family to experience the wild while enjoying modern amenities.
Spacious Interiors: safari tents are known for their roomy interiors, providing a lot of space for your family to live and sleep comfortably
Elevated Wooden Floors: many safari tents have elevated wooden floors that keep you above ground, adding a layer of comfort and protection from insects (you should combine this with mosquito nets!)
En-Suite Bathrooms: luxury safari tents often include private en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets
Adventure and Luxury: finally, glamping safari tents are just super comfortable and offer you the thrill of camping in the wilderness without sacrificing luxury and convenience
That being said, safari tents are not for everyone.
Safari tents are normally used for wildlife safaris and nature adventures in Africa and other wildlife-rich regions (so don’t go buy a safari tent if you’re planning a camping trip in a mountain just because it looks cool).
Glamping tents in bell shapes are iconic for their distinctive bell shapes & luxurious interiors and are a popular choice for glamping due to their aesthetic appeal and ease of setup.
Easy Setup: bell tents are relatively easy to set up, making them a good choice for both experienced and newbie campers (hey, we’ve all been there!)
Stylish Interiors: these normally feature stylish furnishings, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in case you’re planning a lunch with friends or a romantic dinner with your partner
Ventilation: bell tents usually have good ventilation with windows and vents keeping the air flowing
Versatility: they are versatile and can be used in various settings, from campgrounds to festivals
While bell tents are definitely a better choice for most scenarios than safari tents, you should still not use them all the time.
For the best experience, we recommend you use glamping bell tents for:
Glamping experiences for couples or small groups looking for a unique and comfortable camping experience
Festivals and events where attendees want a comfortable and stylish shelter (instead of squeezing in 3 friends in a 2-person tent; yes, we’ve done it before!)
We’ve covered yurts in the past, so feel free to check the article if you want to know more about these.
Very simply, yurts are circular, portable tents with a history starting in Central Asia. As the years go by, yurts have gained popularity as unique glamping accommodations and we see more groups using it than a decade ago.
All-Weather Comfort: yurts are well-insulated and can withstand various climates, making them suitable for year-round use (needless to say, within reason: don’t take a small yurt, no matter how luxurious, to a place where storms are likely to happen)
Spacious Interiors: their circular design maximizes interior space, making them ideal for families or larger groups
Eco-Friendly: yurts often incorporate sustainable materials and practices, appealing to eco-conscious travelers
Traditional Charm: yurts also offer a blend of tradition and comfort, allowing you to experience a piece of Central Asian culture even if camping in a national park in America
Yurts are definitely more versatile and serve a range of purposes:
Year-round glamping in diverse climates, including cold and snowy environments (again, within reason)
Retreats and workshops due to their ample space and unique ambiance
We bet you’ve seen these in movies! In the older movies, there’s always a fancy family with a super nice treehouse tent where the children play – we personally love these!
In a nutshell, and in case you haven’t seen them before, treehouse tents are a thrilling and unique form of glamping where the tent is elevated in trees, providing a bird’s-eye view of the surroundings.
Breathtaking Views: treehouse tents offer stunning panoramic views and a sense of adventure
Privacy and Seclusion: being perched in the trees often provides a higher level of privacy and seclusion than staying a different type of tent
Adventure and Romance: treehouse tents are perfect for adventurous couples and those seeking a romantic getaway
Unique Experience: staying in a treehouse tent is an unforgettable experience that appeals to both adults and children
Treehouse tents are primarily used for:
Romantic getaways and special occasions
Adventure-themed glamping experiences for nature enthusiasts
Providing your children with an experience they have never lived
A final word on treehouse tents: the other side of the coin of having breathtaking views and more privacy is that you will have to be extra cautious when setting up the tent.
We will release a detailed article on how you should do it soon, but in the meantime please be careful if your next camping trip is going to be in one of these.
Tipis (a.k.a. teepees)
These are your best friends if you’re looking for a rustic yet comfortable camping experience.
Unique Design: tipis have a distinct and iconic shape, adding a unique touch to your camping adventure
Cozy Atmosphere: the conical shape and traditional materials create a cozy and inviting ambiance
Historical Connection: staying in a tipi allows you to connect with the rich history and traditions of Native American culture
Simplicity: tipis offer a simple and back-to-basics camping experience, perfect for those seeking a minimalist getaway
Tipis are commonly used for:
Cultural and historical experiences, allowing you to appreciate Native American heritage
Retreats and gatherings where people are looking for a rustic and communal camping experience
Now that we’ve shown you how different your luxury tents can be, you may ask yourself, “but what are the advantages and uses of glamping tents in general”? Well, keep reading!
As we’ve said before, a glamping tent is a luxurious and glamorous camping accommodation designed to provide the comforts and amenities of a high-end hotel while allowing guests to immerse themselves in a natural and often remote environment.
Yes it really worth it the money? YES.
Luxury and Comfort: glamping tents offer the opportunity to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort and luxury; so even if you & your family are used to a certain quality of life, you won’t see camping as an impossible trip
Unique Accommodation: staying in a glamping tent is a memorable and unique experience, perfect for special occasions or romantic getaways; going camping in luxury glamping tents is a complete experience that you, your partner and children won’t forget. Can you imagine the luxury of having your kids play video games for 3 hours on a sofa and then go take a swim in the lake? This doesn’t have a price
Privacy and Seclusion: many glamping sites offer a sense of seclusion and tranquility, making it an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life; you also are unlikely to meet other campers if you choose your campsite carefully
Eco-Friendly: several glamping providers emphasize sustainable and eco-friendly practices, making it a responsible choice for environmentally-conscious travelers
When Should You Go Camping in a Luxury Tent Then?
If you love camping and have the money, we highly recommend going glamping at least once. You definitely have to try it.
Glamping tents are popular for romantic escapes, providing couples with a romantic and intimate atmosphere
They are often chosen for special occasions like anniversaries, honeymoons, or marriage proposals
Glamping tents are ideal for those who want to be closer to nature while enjoying the comforts of home
Some glamping sites are located in remote and adventurous locations, catering to travelers seeking a unique and thrilling experience
How Do Traditional Camping Tents Differ?
Now that you know a lot about glamping tents (hopefully!), it’s also useful to highlight the differences versus a more “normal” tent.
Traditional camping tents are made of fabric (usually nylon or canvas) and are supported by a frame of poles. These tents are designed for outdoor enthusiasts who prefer a more basic and rustic camping experience or don’t see the point in spending a lot of money in their adventure.
Here’s a closer look at traditional camping tents:
Traditional tents are known for their straightforward design. They typically consist of a single or double-layer fabric shell stretched over a frame of interconnected poles.
While not as weatherproof as some specialized tents, many traditional camping tents are designed to withstand moderate rain and wind. However, you can apply a waterproofing treatment for heavy rain.
Variety of Sizes
Traditional tents come in various sizes, from compact one-person tents to larger family-sized models.
The choice of size depends on the number of campers and the amount of gear you need to accommodate.
Many traditional tents include windows and vents to facilitate air circulation and reduce condensation inside the tent. Naturally, you will much less ventilation in these tents when compared to luxury ones.
Finally, traditional camping tents are generally cheaper than specialized tents designed for extreme conditions or luxury glamping.
As you can see, luxury tents provide an infinite number of possible combinations that you can use for your next camping trip.
Whether you want to camp in a safari or are thinking more about a rocky mountain, you can still plan a luxurious trip – you just have to look for the ideal tent according to your needs and do some planning.
Glamping tents are definitely expensive; however, they provide an experience that is completely different than “normal camping” and that you, your partner and your kids won’t forget!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Difference Between a Camping Tent and a Luxury Camping Tent?
A camping tent is a basic shelter designed primarily for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a minimalist camping experience. In contrast, a luxury camping tent is a more sophisticated and comfortable version of a tent.
Luxury tents combine the charm of camping with the amenities and comforts of a high-end hotel. Luxury camping tents typically include comfortable bedding, en-suite bathrooms, climate control, and stylish furnishings, offering a more lavish camping experience.
Can a Traditional Camping Tent be Used for Glamping?
Yes, it’s possible to adapt a traditional camping tent to glamping by enhancing it with luxury furnishings and amenities. However, always remember that traditional tents lack the built-in comforts and conveniences of purpose-built glamping tents, which may not provide the same level of luxury and comfort. In other words, it’s not a perfect solution.
What Should I Look For in a Glamping Tent for a Romantic Getaway?
Choosing the best glamping tent for a romantic getaway is always subjective. However, you should consider factors such as a comfortable bed with high-quality linens, a private outdoor space or deck for romantic moments, and a secluded location that offers privacy and intimacy. Additionally, some glamping tents are specifically designed for couples, with romantic touches like in-tent dining options or couples’ spa treatments. These will definitely surprise your partner.