14 Glamping Hot Spots for 2014

By Abby Jeffords

If you still have not tried glamping, we have just one question for you: What are you waiting for? The range of amazing destinations and wide variety of accommodations has never been larger or better, so no matter what kind of getaway you are hankering for, there's something for you. Forget laying off chocolate and promising to go to the gym twice a day—your New Year’s resolution should be simple. Go glamping!

To make things a bit simpler, and to give you a pictorial glimpse into what could be in store for your luxury camping adventures in 2014, we’ve selected 14 of our top recommended sites from around the world. If you find yourself subconsciously clicking the “Request booking” button, don’t be surprised!

Glamping Tree House in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, CA

Clamber high into the trees of the Santa Cruz Mountains and spend the night surrounded by the sounds of the forest canopy in this beautifully handcrafted tree house. Hiking, biking, birdwatching, fishing, and all sorts of other fun activiites await. Some of California's best beaches are just a short drive away, too.

Charming Beachfront Casitas in Tulum, Mexico

You may need shoes to travel to this deliciously sunny destination, but once you arrive, it’s back in the bag they go. Walk out the door of your charming, whitewashed casita, right into the toasty sand of the Mexican coast. Stroll past comfy lounge chairs right up to the crystal-clear, blue waters lapping quietly against the shoreline. Fill your days with yoga, cooking classes, or even Spanish lessons, but don’t forget to leave ample time to recline on the beach in the soul-warming sunshine.

Peaceful Cedar Green House in Silverton, Oregon

It’s almost like a trip back in time. Wake up in this converted green house, which is located in the middle of a farm and surrounded by lush green gardens in Silverton, Oregon. Enjoy the natural cedar hot tub as the afternoon light pours in

Glamorous Airstream Near Costa del Sol, Southern Spain

This stunning limited edition Airstream allows you to enjoy the charm of an Andalusian backdrop while also soaking up luxurious ammenties you'd expect in a hotel.

Elegant Safari Tents in Carolinian Canada

On the leafy banks of a glassy pond, a chic and cozy canvas sanctuary waits for lucky travelers to discover her. Deep in the Carolinian forest of Ontario, you can get back to nature, roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire, observing the busy lives of the local wildlife, and enjoying the sound sounds of the rustling trees overhead. Endless outdoor activities are at your fingertips and a quiet tented refuge is there when it’s time to wind down and relax.

Charming Treehouse Site Near Faro, Portugal

Just fifteen minutes away from gorgeous beaches, this lofty hideaway is the perfect Portuguese retreat. High up in the branches of a 100-year-old walnut tree, your little piece of heaven awaits. Listen to the sound of the happily gurgling mountain stream below and gaze up at the infinite canopy of stars above.

Exclusive Luxury Canvas Cabins in Olympia, Washington

You won’t see any sandy dunes or African big game outside of this safari tent. Just the dense greenery of towering douglas firs. The rich smell of pine will permeate your senses as you lie in your luxurious, cloud-like bed beneath a thin but strong canvas roof. Warmly colored textiles and dark woods welcome you into a forest sanctuary like no other, and the surrounding landscapes of Washington’s Millersylvania State Park will make every day a new adventure in the wild.

Renovated and Original Desert Homestead, California

Nothing compares to the stark and wild beauty of southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park, and this cool and quirky glamping site is the perfect place from which to experience it. Located just minutes from the Joshua Tree National Park entrance, this cabin offers an ideal location—tucked away, but not too far from the rest of the world.

Stunning Deluxe Tents and Tipis in Yellowstone, Montana

Experience the glories of Yellowstone National Park from the comfort of one of these luxurious safari tents. Just minutes away from some of the most spectacular parkland in America, your airy, tented getaway will feel like heaven on earth. Explre nature’s wonders during the day, and nights should be equally wondrous, with nothing between you and the stars but a lovely canvas room.

Mediterranean Beach Coast Lodging Tents in Tuscany, Italy

Exquisite in every way, this incredible Tuscan glamping site will erase any memories you had of previous beach holidays. You’ll find yourself just a hop, skip and a jump away from pristine, white sands and the warm cobalt waves of the Mediterranean, where you can while away the daytime hours in sunny tranquility. Your nearby glamping tent is like an outdoor hotel, with quality bedding, sofas for lounging, and even room service. And from your private porch, a magnificent view of…yup you got it…the sparkling sea.

Luxurious Oasis Camp in Indian Jungle - Sher Bagh

Sparkling on the edges of Rathambore National Park, you’ll find this Indian safari gem, with beautiful tents outfitted with every luxury you could ever want or need. Explore the dense greenery and discover the wild game of the jungle, take a dip in the hand-crafted swimming pool, enjoy a glorious massage, take a ride on a camel, or simply swing the day away in a hammock. Every luxurious moment at this site will be a memory you’ll treasure til the end of time.

Romantic Safari Tent Perched High Atop a Ridge in Precious Hill Country, Texas

Texas Hill Country is some of the wildest, wide open terrain in the U.S – a postcard of the Old West. But these lodgings are something else altogether…and that something is definitely something. Safari tents on steroids, these ultra-posh accommodations will knock your socks off. An enormous goose down-covered beds you’ll want to stay in all day, a luxurious washroom with a vintage claw foot tub and thick towels and robes, a full kitchenette for the traveling chef, and a lounge with seating you’ll melt into. All of this luxury atop a hill overlooking a creek and acres of far green Texas country that is ripe for exploring.

Unique A-Frame Cabin in the Mountains of San Jacinto, Southern California

Don’t let the sparkling lights of Palm Springs ensnare you. Just keep on going and make your way into the San Jacinto Mountains to this quiet and dreamily secluded A-frame cabin. A-frames are always surprisingly spacious inside and this one is no exception, with rustic-chic furnishings, a large fireplace, a full kitchen, enough bed space to sleep 6 people, and a gorgeous view into the peaceful woods. Who needs to party with the crowds in Palm Springs when a little slice of private heaven is just a heartbeat away?

Luxury Tipis in Ancient Desert Hills of the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, California

When you step through the canvas doorway of a tipi, you will truly understand what it means to go glamping. As one of the simplest lodging structures in the world, a tipi is astoundingly spacious, functional in almost all kinds of weather, and can remain rustic or be dressed to the nines. Apart from these incredible tipis in the Mojave Desert, you'll also appreciate the incredible surroundings. Fantastic hikes, views, and adventures await.

Exotic, Safari Escape along Zambezi River near Victoria Falls, Zambia

Finally, here’s the African safari escape you’ve been waiting for. On the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, you’re a breath away from the tumbling waters and thundering roar of Victoria Falls. But you may never want to leave the confines of your lodging when you see what’s in store. These safari cottages are the ultimate in luxury, with dark handcrafted wood furniture, deep, rich colors and bright fresh linens. Plunge pools, open air living rooms, lounge chairs overhanging the river, fine dining, and body soothing spa services are sample of the heavenly things at your fingertips. And the views…absolutely magical.