Glamping Dictionary: Bell Tent

By Abby Jeffords

The bell tent is one of the more simple glamping structures. A successor of the tipi, it has a round frame with a peaked canvas roof held up with a single center pole. Additional reinforcement comes from ground-anchored ropes pulled taught from the tent’s sides. Much like safari tents, bell tents are typically created using canvas due to the fabric’s strength in inclement weather and resistance to mold and mildew.
Bell tents are perfect for glamping because their structure allows for a very roomy interior. Starting at about ten feet in diameter, they can sleep a couple to a whole family comfortably. But the things that make a simple bell tent into an authentic glamping experience are the luxurious features added within and the services and amenities provided to the lucky guests.

We’ve found just such an experience near Spain’s sunny Costa Del Sol, a stone’s throw from the Andalucian city of Malaga. This glamping site is nestled snuggly in the hills, surrounded by a forest of pine, oozing peace and tranquility. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, with calm pools, colorful gardens and, and stunning views of the verdant Guadalhorce Valley.

The property's five spacious bell tents dot the secluded property. Fresh white canvas walls surround sumptuous Moroccan-style bedrooms, decorated with sheepskin rugs, and comfy beds. Guests are greeted by a complimentary bottle of wine and wake up each morning to a delicious homemade breakfast. If you can bear to leave the coziness of your tent, days can be spent hiking to the nearby caves, swimming, yoga and meditation classes, relaxing massages, and visits to local villages.

Who’d have thought a little round canvas tent could be so fabulous!