The Best Glamping on the Big Island

By Lily Faulding

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Think big, because that is exactly what you are going to get. The Aloha State is the most isolated of all 50 states, meaning you will truly have your very own intimate vacation.

Picture yourself escaping from reality and retreating to a place full of natural wonders, such as tropical plantations, black sand beaches, and lava-strewn deserts. Try snorkelling with manta rays, sailing along the Konda Coast, or drive into one of the world’s most active volcanoes. You're bound to have the time of your life.

The Big Island urges glampers to put their feet up and indulge in a little pampering in the best glamping sites, too. There really is no place more welcoming than Hawaii. These guests certainly fell in love with the Big Island and these luxury accommodations. Hear what they had to say about it!

"The tree house is a truly unique experience" alt Treehouse Hotel Located Next to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii

“The tree house is a truly unique experience. It is close to the Volcano National Park, which is great. It definitely has more creature comforts then you'd ever expect to have in a tree house, but not as much as a hotel (obviously). The owner is really nice, the bed is super comfy, and the hot tub is certainly unique and a nice perk.”

"Gorgeous home with new construction" alt Exquisite Hawaiian Cottage Tucked Away in a Rainforest near Active Volcanoes

Gorgeous home with new construction. Extremely clean. Complete kitchen and open dining/living room that is perfect for a party of six. Each bedroom with a large and comfortable bed. The patio has a lovely hot tub and stacked wood, which is perfect for lighting a fire in the living room's wood stove.”

"One thousand stars!" alt Spa Eco Retreat in the Big Island, Hawaii

“We had the best time. So beautiful! Everything was wonderful from the pool to the yurts to the main house. One thousand stars! Location was away from all of the touristy junk but a close drive to all of the wonderful beaches. Make sure you take a dip in the pool :)”

“Their infinity pool was so tranquil! We zip-lined and ATV-ed while staying there so coming back to such a nice, quiet setting was beautiful. Our breakfast was included and I wasn't expecting much but a continental breakfast but wow! I still think the breakfast is what I am going to miss the most! Our chef/breakfast artist Rebecca was wonderful! Each morning we had a plateful of fruit—all grown right there on property!"

"We recommend this beautiful little paradise!" alt Chic Eco Yurt on Big Island in Pahoa, Hawaii

“We had a wonderful time. We give four stars for everything. It is a wonderful place. The yurt was bigger than we thought and a modern facilities like a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom are provided. Delia is an excellent host, you can tell she wants to do everything possible to make sure we are comfortable and and have a great time on the island, which we did! We recommend this beautiful little paradise!”

"We particularly love the luxurious hanging bed." alt Secluded, Stylish Tree House in Fern Forest on the Island of Hawaii

We thought we would add our very own review of this two-tiered, stylish tree house, as it is one of our personal favourites. We particularly love the luxurious hanging bed on the lower deck, which creates the perfect utopia to relax in while looking out of the floor-to-ceiling windows that give away to 360-degree views of the tropical forests.

The luxury tree house is surrounded by nature reserves and national parks, including Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Seclusion and intimacy are a big part of what guests can experience, truly enforcing the principles of principles of glamping.

Yearning to see more of what's in store in Hawaii? Find out all you need to and then some on our Discover Hawaii page! You'll be booking faster than you can say "Aloha."

Get Away for Valentine’s Day 2016

By Lily Faulding

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Whether you are getting away to rekindle your love, dying to pop the question, or coming back to the place where you spent your first date, we have something for you this February 14. Giving the gift of glamping at this romantic time of year is a much deeper and more profound way of showing your affection.

Bypass the dozen roses and mushy love letters, and whisk your better half off their feet by getting away for Valentine's Day 2016 to one of these dreamy accommodations. 2016 will certainly be the year you remember—and for all the right reasons.

One-of-a-Kind Log Cabin Rental near Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma alt

Why not move away from the traditional idea of Valentine’s Day and retreat to this eight person, one-of-a-kind log cabin. You can take the whole family or a group of your best friends away, even! This special day doesn’t just have to be about cute couples.

What's more? This luxury log cabin is in a fantastic location, just a few hours from Hot Springs and Little Rock, meaning youu'll be able to take in the captivating views of the stunning landscape.

One day of love? Why not make it a weekend? This accommodation makes it nice and easy for you, because when you stay for two nights, the third one is free!

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You may get plenty of flowers, jewelery, and homecooked meals, but doesn’t it all just blend in to one? Instead, retreat to these luxury cabins in Wyoming, and have a magical weekend away to make memories that will last a lifetime. The cabins are on a 10-acre property, where you can stroll hand-in-hand admiring the luscious wilderness and picturesque views.

You can even take a glass of bubbly up in a hot air balloon, and get lost in the moment while being surrounded by raw beauty—and we're not just talking about your sweetheart.

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Make your lover’s heart melt when you take them to this elegant, fully-equipped yurt in Colorado. Tucked away in Unaweep Canyon, this is the ideal location for your intimate getaway, since neighbors in the canyon are few and far between.

The luxury rental is encircled by lush wildlife, setting the scene to serenade the apple of your eye while gazing up at the stars. Forget the fancy, candlelit dinners and heart-shaped chocolates—staying in this yurt is an exceptional way to say those three special words.

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Set up your lover's nest in this charming gazebo in California, where you'll be able to take in breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean right from the comfort of your luxury queen-sized bed. Imagine waking up, simply stepping a foot outside, and hearing the tranquil sounds of the water trickling up against the shore.

Both on the beach and not far from either San Francisco nor the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, this enchanting rental has the best location for glamping couples to do a little bit of every type of activity over Valentine's Day weekend. An added bonus? The gazebo is pet-friendly, allowing your furry friend to form part of the fairytale, too.

Unique Airstream Accommodations near Downtown Petaluma, California alt

Mix it up, and glamp in these stylish, one-of-a-kind Airstreams. With plush interiors and all the creature comforts you would find at home, you can't go wrong. We're talking a full bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and a king-size bed with a memory foam mattress.

These Airstreams are centrally located in Sonoma Country, as well as close to the Napa Valley wineries, making it a (wine-)lover’s dream. Imagine sitting back with your feet up—a glass of wine in one hand, your spouse's hand in the other—and looking out at the most beautiful views. It doesn't get much better than that.

More February 14 getaways can be found in our collection of Best Rentals for Valentine's Day 2016—feel the love!

Festival Glamping in the U.K.

By Lily Faulding

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What do you think of when you see the word camping and festival in the same sentence? Yes, that's right—sleeping on a plastic bag, mud glued to your hair, and last week’s clothes still on. It may sound like a great idea at the time, but the reality of the situation is that you'll end up neither looking nor smelling like a rose, and the likelihood of you wanting to go for a night out in the next month (or six) is essentially non-existent.

It's time to swap grungy festival camping for stylish luxury glamping as you're booking tickets for this year's big-ticket events. Here are but a few of the countless, top-notch accommodations in the U.K. that will forever change your mind about staying over night at music festivals.

Lovely Bell Tents Settled in Isle of Wight Countryside

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These boutique bell tents are the ideal place to stay when you attend Bestival, since they are located on the Isle of Wight and sleep up to four people. They will be your sanctuary after a day of hearing music blare out of giant speakers (and, perhaps, having a little too much to drink).

Prepare to have the best of both worlds. When your favorite musicians are not playing, you can retreat to the beautiful coastline to blow off the cobwebs and enjoy surfing in the fiercely cold English waters. Alternatively, take a much-needed nap in the comfortable double-sized bed.

Electricity is provided in these luxury bell tents, along with bathroom facilities and running hot water. Who would have thought that shampoo, a phone charger, and a toilet roll were such a luxury?

Unique Vintage Caravan Rentals in the UK

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Enjoy Glastonbury in true fashionista style in this vintage caravan. It sleeps two people, and it'll make for the ideal paradise for when you stumble back from one of the best nights in history—and have to nurse a sore head in the morning.

This chic caravan has all the creature comforts of home, such as cooking facilities, a power supply, running water, and a bathroom compartment. Escape the crazy antics of adolescents in the middle of the countryside, and enjoy being surrounded by oxygen-rich air and luscious greenery.

Classic Campers for Rent Across Cornwall

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If you are a keen festival-goer, look no further than these vintage campervans. It beats pitching up a tent at 11 p.m. in frigid conditions, working out which plastic stick goes where and arguing over who lost the instructions. Go from one festival to another and be in control of your holiday, coming and going as you please.

The campervans include all the essential amenities for a home on the road, such as a fully equipped kitchen, a fridge/freezer, and a luxurious queen-size bed. Be ready for all your friends to be jealous.

Amazing Group-Sized Luxury Tent for Events in the UK

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Ditch plowing through mud and tripping over tent stakes that resemble an Olympian's obstacle course, and kick back in these high-end hippie tents with bespoke interiors. The whole family can experience the glamping experience, as it accommodates up to eight people; from those in their terrible twos to those who have had their fair share of camping days, everyone is welcome.

Prepare to truly experience luxury in these tents as the living and dining areas are fully furnished, there is full domestic power, and an optional butler service is available. Did we just die and go to heaven?

Upscale Outdoors Accommodations Snuggled in North Cornwall, England, UK

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To live the good life and glamp in style or to lay in a field with only a thin sheet of nylon to keep you dry, trying to hold a flashlight in your mouth just to find your makeup bag? Chose the former, and stay in these canvas tents. Their stylish and plush interiors mean you won't have to compromise comfort for a single second.

Stretch out in a luxury queen-size bed without having to snuggle up with a stranger, and step outside and instantly see breathtaking views, instead of fold-up chairs and empty cans and bottles scattered all over the ground. The only way to camp is the stylish way, and these upscale tents will certainly not disappoint.


Everything else you need to know about glamping in the U.K., you can find by clicking here! What are you waiting for?

Easter Weekend Breaks in the UK

By Lily Faulding

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It'll soon be time for the Easter Bunny to hop into your garden and hide chocolate eggs, ready for the big hunt to commence. Easter is a magical time, particularly for children, so why not make it extra special and spend your Easter weekend break somewhere extraordinary this year?

Go glamping in the U.K., and wake up to the mouth-watering smell of cinnamon from freshly baked hot cross buns, the sound of the birds tweeting telling you to come out and play, and the sun beaming down into your window. Talk about starting spring off with a bang!

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Tucked away on the Norfolk Broads, this beautiful six-person tent gives you an authentic taste of the rich English countryside. Be woken up by the cockerel as your alarm, and be ready to make lots of superb memories during this special time.

While the kids will be getting all excited—and eating enough chocolate to burst!—it is also a time to appreciate harvest and the animals that come with it. On this family-friendly working farm, you can do just that. Let your inner farmer shine, and take the kids to see the piglets, goats, and sheep, and perhaps even witness a spring lamb being welcomed into the world.

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Ditch that run-of-the-mill camping tent, and spruce up your spring weekend in these stylishly decorated and comfortable bell tents on the Isle of Wight. You will simultaneously be labeled trendy by your kids and be tucked away in a fantastic location overlooking the English Channel!

The best thing about the Isle of Wight is that its glorious beaches are never too far away, but you can always come back to the countryside to find blooming flowers and playful wildlife, allowing you to sleep beneath the stars in your very own utopia.

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Scotland is known for haggis, glacial glens, and expansive lochs, but there is much more to it than what meets the eye. This handmade hut in the Scottish Highlands gives you everything you need and more for an unforgettable Easter holiday.

It sleeps up to five people, making it the ideal intimate getaway for a small family to spend quality time together. Imagine stepping outside on a chilly Easter Sunday morning and filling your lungs with the crisp, fresh Scottish air, while looking across this magnificent loch and hearing nothing but the wind whistling along the frosty landscape.

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Cornwall is a place where many children make their childhood memories, so we say spend Easter weekend in this fairytale A-Frame cabin, and relive yours. This glamping accommodation is situated on the Lizard Peninsula, whose beauty and charm cannot even begin to be compared to the rest of Cornwall.

It is in the region that has a warmer climate of Britain—not that Britain and warm are ever used in the same sentence—but here you can enjoy the sun beaming down on your face while you enjoy some R&R. This luxury cabin sleeps two guests, and there is an extra fee for children. It is also pet-friendly, so your four-legged friend doesn't need to be stay at the kennel all weekend.

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Breaking away from the traditional countryside escape, you can rent this canal boat. It sleeps eight people at a time, in groups of two travellers each, meaning you and your sweetheart can spend some quality time together. Its slow pace gives glampers the opportunity to admire the magnificent English landscape of rich greenery, rolling hills, and contrasting natural beauty of moors and dales.

You will pass through 200-year-old canals between Manchester and the Peak District, and on an extended travel, through Derbyshire and the Cheshire countryside. How idealistic does that sound?

Everything else you need to know about glamping in the U.K., you can find by clicking here! What are you waiting for?

Guest Spotlight: Jacob and Esther of "Local Adventurer"

By Lily Faulding

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to bloggers Jacob and Esther of "Local Adventurer," who recently stayed at this luxury A-frame cabin in Idllywild, California. Read on to hear their glamping experience, accompanied by a brief interview.

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Just a short drive away from Los Angeles or San Diego is a small town called Idllywild and the cutest A-Frame cabin we found on Glamping Hub. We love to camp, but it's not because we love sleeping uncomfortably on the ground. We love it because we want to experience the outdoors and nature. Glamping was the best of both worlds, where we could getaway but also have the comforts of home.

We ended up settling on Idyllwild, because we had some friends coming from LA while we were coming from San Diego. It was the perfect meeting place. As soon as we arrived at the A-Frame cabin, we were excited about getting to stay there and marveled at the design and detail, especially the stone shower. We were not roughing it in the least.

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There are a ton of hikes in the area, and we decided to go on a shorter one to get some exercise in and feel good about ourselves. Then we hit up the town of Idyllwild and browsed their shops and restaurants. In the evening, we headed back to the cabin to execute our grand plan for a Korean BBQ dinner. It was an epic glamping experience, and we were so happy to spend some quality time with friends away from technology (though they did have wifi).

The next morning, we grabbed breakfast at a small cafe in Idllywild, which was a great way to end a night away. We definitely can't wait to go glamping again!

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Our Interview with Jacob and Esther

Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post- stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Before: Cozy, Outdoorsy, Secluded After: Cozy, Comfortable, Woodsy
The A-Frame Cabin met our expectations in terms of inside the cabin. The site and photos did a great job showing that off. However, we expected the cabin to be more secluded rather than next to other cabins and homes.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

We went glamping with another couple. We were both just looking for a weekend getaway that didn't require a long drive so that we could unplug and recharge. Since we both live in different cities it was a great way for us to catch up, eat some Korean BBQ, and play games.

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What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

We loved the design of the cabin. It was the perfect size for the 4 of us, and we took advantage of all the different spaces. We've stayed at our cabins before that definitely didn't have the comforts of this one.

Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

There is a ton of camping in the surrounding areas, and since it's in SoCal, you can pretty much visit anytime during the year. If hiking isn't your thing, the small town of Idlywild gives you plenty to explore. They have events throughout the year too, so check to see what's going on.

Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

Glamping is all about being in the outdoors but with the comforts of everyday life. We honestly didn't expect to be as comfortable as we were though! We thought we would still be roughing it a bit more.

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If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

Aziz Ansari! We've really been into his book and show lately and feel like that he would be a blast to hang out with. Afterall, a quick getaway is a great way to Treat Yo'self!

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

We brought our own Korean BBQ and made use of the fully stocked kitchen! Besides that we brought some whiskey and soju to pair with all the food. Our bellies were happy.

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Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

We like to do a little bit of both. We want to feel challenged, but by the time we come back, we don't want to feel like we need another vacation. We spent the afternoon going on a nice hike, and then relaxed during the evening over food, drinks, and board games.

Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ____________________,” and tell us why!

This glamping site would be the perfect place for a weekend getaway. It's only 2 hours away from LA or San Diego, but it gets you far enough away from the city to relax and enjoy nature.

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

Absolutely! We love getting out in nature, but sometimes camping is just a bit too uncomfortable. This is a great way to getaway and still have a relaxing time.

To find out more about Jacob, Esther, and "Local Adventurer," be sure to check out their blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.