Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Kauai

By Jessica Armstrong

Hope you all enjoyed the last set of epic Maui activities, because Kauai's glamping guide is packed with even more to see and do.

This week's Hawaii Guide, brings us: Kauai. Glamping is meant to give us access to the great outdoors: its natural splendor, raw beauty, and fresh breezes. And where is the best place in Hawaii to find all of these, you ask? The Garden Isle, of course.

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From quaint beach cottages to lovely cabins for two, Kauai has the perfect glamping setting for you and your party. No matter which glamping accommodations you choose, rest assured that your surroundings will be nothing short of awe-inspiring, as nature rules supreme on the island. Deep valleys, lush rain forests, epic waterfalls, the NaPali Coast, and perhaps the best hiking in Hawaii await you. So grab your surfboards, hiking boots, and beach towels, because Kauai and these amazing activities to give a go are calling.

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Holo-Holo Charters: Explore the glorious NaPali Coast on a custom-built catamaran made for Kauai’s waters. You’ll enjoy snorkeling with Hawaiian green sea turtles, endangered monk seals, and a rainbow of tropical fish. And there’s plenty to see above water, as well- sparkling waterfalls, lush valleys, and ancient sea caves are yours to admire. You even have the option to head to The Forbidden Island of Niihau and snorkel around Lehua Crater, home to Hawaii’s most remote and pristine snorkeling and native bird sanctuary. A delicious continental breakfast, deli-style lunch, and assorted beverages round out their epic adventures.

Kauai Hiking Adventures: If you’ve never hiked The Garden Isle with Kauai Hiking Adventures, you have no idea what you’re missing! KHA’s expert guides believe in exploring the land in a respectful way while discovering the island’s beauty. Their half-day and full-day hikes are great for all types of hikers and fitness levels; whether you’re looking for a leisurely rainforest or beach stroll or a challenging hike to the NaPali’s coastal ridge tops. Let Kauai Hiking Adventures help you find your perfect trail.

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Tread Lightly Kauai Tours: Perhaps no one knows Kauai better than the company’s owner and guide, Jay Dorrance. A Kauai explorer since the 1970’s, Jay’s love and respect for The Garden Isle shines through in his light hiking tours, and he will customize your private tour to meet your needs. Know exactly what you’d like to see? Jay will take you there. Not sure where to go but want to "go where the locals go?" No problem. Head to famous movie locations, lovely waterfalls, bamboo forests, charming old towns, ancient Hawaiian structures, and so much more. Enjoy all these adventures, as well as loads of information you’ll never find in any guidebook.

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Capt. Andy’s: First, choose your NaPali adventure: laid-back sailing or thrilling high-speed rafting. Second, decide when you’d like to tour. How about a relaxing sunset dinner and cruise? Or maybe a fun sunset sail with appetizers, drinks, and live Hawaiian music? You can even set sail in the morning and enjoy a big adventure, complete with continental breakfast, snorkeling and exploring galore, a BBQ lunch, and drinks. No matter what time of day it is, it’s always a good time to explore the NaPali Coast with Capt. Andy’s.

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Safari Helicopters: Much of Kauai is difficult to access by land, as the terrain is just too remote, harsh, or inaccessible. That’s why a helicopter tour is the easiest and fastest way to see the best sights The Garden Isle has to offer. Soar over waterfalls, including the famous “Jurassic Park Waterfall” and Wailua Falls from Fantasy Island. Gaze into Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Dip down into the Hanalei Valley’s tropical rain forest. Land at the Kauai Wildlife Refuge. There’s so much to explore and no other helicopter tour company brings it all to you like Safari Helicopters.

Be sure to catch the next feature, when Hawaii Guide shows us a killer time on the Big Island!


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Glamping to Commence on ING's International Headquarters, Workers to go GlampING

By David Pope

Yes, you read that right. Glamping Hub is partnering with ING to give the finance giant's 3,200 global professionals a way to relax from the rigors of their day, by constructing glamping tents on the roof of the multinational headquarters and office buildings throughout the world.

The plan, labeled "GlampING," will begin on April 10 and will encourage the hard-working employees to take well-deserved breaks and upstairs getaways, in a variety of safari tents, tipis, and yurts.

A mock-up of glamping tents on ING headquarters

With the diverse locations of ING's international buildings, the tents are to be designed in a variety of durable materials to withstand everything from harsh monsoons to the steady unquiet of Dutch spring nights. We're not kidding—they're tough.

And, in the style of glamping at its finest, they'll also be completely eco-friendly, using canvas recycled from natural materials, backpacks donated by former children, and sails taken from the confiscated yachts of Russian oligarchs.

Glamping tent mock-ups

On the other hand, the towering wax palm trees will not be locally-sourced and are to be shipped from central Colombia with an arrival date of April 28, as construction will commence the week before.

The blueprints, exclusively leaked to the Glamping Hub Blog, detail the preliminary plans, including the free-form layout of the tents. However, this is, of course, subject to change.

Blue prints of the GlampING Project

"We've always planned on doing something like this," explains Glamping Hub co-founder, Ruben Martinez. "I mean, why else would we name it GlampING Hub?"

And for those ING employees with furry friends? They needn't miss out either! GlampING. with Pets is coming soon, offering four-legged ING mascots the chance to relax alongside their tented masters.

Click here to see more!

Blogger Spotlight: Jane and Drew

By Jessica Armstrong

Newly married and founders of Outdoor Junkiez, Jane and Drew Farwell have taken the time to share their experiences with both glamping and camping with Glamping Hub, including what differentiates and unites both vacation styles.

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Outdoor Junkiez connects travelers with the gear and goods for exploring the beautiful islands of Hawaii, and they know that getting all the insider tips and need-to-knows while planning a vacation can sometimes be overwhelming. That's why these two campers-turned-glampers made a stay at a one of Glamping Hub's finest Maui eco-retreats that much easier to book with their go-to guide for the ultimate Maui stay.

Pull out your yoga mats and snorkels, and let Jane and Drew take you on the adventure from here.

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What truly makes an impact in defining the difference between camping and glamping?

Glamping, an idea originally created as a style of glamorous camping, has taken the next step with Glamping Hub. Just like our campsites have evolved over the past 30+ years, we now find campsites with showers and bathrooms, and we bring mattress pads, coolers full of frosty beverages, and anything we can cook on a stick. Yet camping remains nostalgically simple—a space to escape, sleep under the stars, and reek of campfire smoke for a good 48-72 hours.

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The defining difference between glamping and camping, aside from the gl- and the c-, is experiencing someone’s special place on their property, designed specifically for a tranquil and relaxing vacation.

With camping you need to be prepared for the elements, which for Hawaii can be quite minor—a couple of rain showers at night, critters attracted to the blazing fire, and the occasional rooster who will think they’re being helpful by waking you up at dawn.

All of this is part of the camping experience, and once the tent is folded back up, the campsite is swept for any left over trash, and you get back into your car, and you feel refreshed yet very, very, dirty (nothing a beach shower won’t mend).

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Our experience in Maui was just this. We had spent four nights camping in Hana and sleeping in a yurt on farm and felt alive, yet in need of a good waterfall shower, dinner, and a comfortable bed to lay our heads. In our efforts to redefine the way people buy, use, and rent outdoor equipment, we have seen also how the idea of glamping is no longer bringing a fancy cot to sleep on and a cast iron skillet for bacon in the morning...it is much more, but bacon is always a nice touch.

Glamping is focused on thinking (or sleeping) outside the box, to experience a 100% sustainable eco-retreat tucked back into the lush jungle and gardens of Maui. It gives you the opportunity to stay places you’d never thought you’d experience and brings a new perspective to your trip.

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Now having experienced glamping, will this influence your future outdoor getaways?

Drew and I grew up camping, him on the East Coast, me in California, and both in Washington and Hawaii. For us, camping has always been a one- or two-day escape from the hustle and bustle of town. This was the main reason we started Outdoor Junkiez here in Hawaii, provided the low-cost rental option for both travelers and residents to check out and see Hawaii in it’s rawest form.

Glamping Hub is the perfect component to balance out the more rugged style of vacationing while holding on to a lot of what we believe is a better way to travel. Staying in eco retreats, yurts, and 100% off-the-grid cottages, to name a few, is the perfect compliment to our conservation through recreation lifestyle.

Next on the list is to stay in one of the stunning tree houses listed...

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What positive experiences in both can you share with our readers?

Living in Hawaii and promoting a platform to reduce the amount of waste entering our landfills, while also getting more and more people outside, has been the most positive experience we could ever ask for. Our connection to one another and this island we call home only grows stronger with each weekend get away.

You literally have to pinch yourself as you watch the sun set over the ocean into a fiery orange and purple haze, while humpbacks play in the water no more than 300 yards away. You get to disconnect—our phones are only used, if ever, to play music and record a video here and there to document and hopefully inspire others to get outside, too.

There's nothing better than falling asleep to crashing waves while shimmying into the sand to create the perfect sleeping body mold, only to wake up with the sun for a salty dip.

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Our experience in Maui while glamping at the Maui Eco Retreat was nothing short of wonderful. Being a part of someone’s land and their efforts to create a sustainable and relaxing environment is both humbling and inspiring. We did as much as time allowed us, from swimming in the waterfall pools and eating delicious Thai food to sleeping in a comfortable bed listening to the bamboo rustle in the wind.

Glamping gives an elevated experience to camping while still holding on to the idea that being outside is better than being inside. Also, the glamping amenities did not go unnoticed to this camping couple! A hot shower, fresh eggs to cook in the morning, and a beautiful deck to lounge, read, and relax on were all welcomed aspects to what glamping has to offer.

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What is one thing you will not forget about your stay in Maui?

Hopefully we will not forget a single moment from this trip, but if one would have to stick out, it would be skinny dipping in a jaw-dropping waterfall overlooking the ocean. It was cold, refreshing, and all to ourselves. I tell you, if you haven’t skinny dipped in a waterfall...you haven’t lived!

For your very own luxury getaway to Hawaii, browse the selection of one-of-a-kind tropical stays, here.


Be sure to catch up with Drew and Jane and their next adventures on their blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Top Glamping Spots in California for Seasoned Travelers

By Jessica Armstrong

The author of this special edition blog post is blogger and freelance writer, Valeri Hirst.

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The number of benefits to glamping is countless, including enjoying the great outdoors, the luxury of a hotel, and—best of all—the chance to meet other travelers who share your love of nature. It's a great way to make new friends or even find your soulmate!

If you want to find and reconnect with people you’ve met on your glamping trips, you can search them on Google and social media. Alternatively, you can use a people search site to be able to reach out to your newfound friends.

But of course, before you get to that, you need to know first where you can have the best luxury camping experiences! Here’s a list of the top glamping spots in California—the ultimate destination—for seasoned travelers.

Cozy Woodland Cottage with Loft in Idyllwild, California

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Just by looking at its exterior, you’ll immediately notice the rustic appeal of this cottage in Idyllwild, California, that mirrors the old school charm of cabins back in the day. But once you enter it, you’d be surprised at all the modern entertainment facilities, like a SmarTV with stereo sound and audio and video streaming. Its kitchen also comes fully equipped with items you’ll need to easily prepare your own meals.

If it gets too cold at night, this woodland cottage has an indoor fireplace where you can cozy up while you watch your favorite movie. And even if you don’t light up the fireplace, you’ll be kept warm since the accommodation is heated all year round.

The sleeping area is in the upstairs loft, which is delightfully furnished with comfy beds that will make you wake up feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. A washer and a dryer are also provided, so you don’t have to worry about running out of clothes to wear.

Aside from the many conveniences it offers, this cottage can also fit six people, making it perfect for families and groups of friends.

Peaceful Safari Tent Camping in Coastal Woodlands near San Francisco

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Northern California doesn’t only have good wine and grapes—it also has some of the best glamping destinations in the United States.

If you want well-designed tents with an outdoorsy appeal, then you’ll love this luxury camping site in Mendocino County, California. Each tent is elegantly furnished—complete with a comfortable bed, a dresser, bedside tables, and lamp lights for your convenience.

Magically Romantic Tree House Rental in Eucalyptus Grove in Sonoma County

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Tree houses have always been perceived as a magical hideaway. Relive that enchanting feeling of staying in a tree house with this glamping accommodation in Sonoma County, California.

Upon reaching the deck, you’ll get one of the most breathtaking views of the Californian countryside. Once inside the house, you’ll see a couch where you can comfortably sit or lie down with your feet propped up. There’s also a canopied queen-size bed in the loft area that you can access by climbing a ladder. This is a fun experience for those who are a bit more agile than the rest. But if you’re not sure if your knees can take it, proceed with caution when booking this glamping facility.

You’ll also enjoy adequate natural light, as there are windows on all sides, some of which are intricately designed to fit the shabby chic theme of the tree house.

Breakfast is also offered to guests at the main house kitchen, so you can also avail of that if you wish and you’ll never have to worry about going hungry in the morning. Just make sure to advise the hosts, should you wish to partake in it.

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

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Though it looks small from the outside given its minimalist design, this uniquely shaped cabin up in the mountains of San Jacinto, California, can actually accommodate a lot of people. Inside, it has a king-size bed, a queen-size bed, and two inflatable beds, making it an ideal option for those glamping in big groups.

It has two bathrooms: a full-size one and a half-size one, so everyone can have enough time using the bathroom. The living room also has a wood-burning fireplace that you can light up to warm yourself up during cold nights.

Make the most out of detoxifying from the city lifestyle by eating healthy during your glamping trip with the help of the hand juicer and Ninja food processors that come with regular kitchen equipment in the cabin.

Lastly, what is glamping without entertainment? Through the cabin’s rental Wi-Fi, satellite television, and stereo system with iTunes Airplay, you can watch your favorite TV shows and YouTube channels or listen to your favorite playlist while retreating in this homey cabin.


If you’re looking for an extraordinary way to enjoy the places you’re visiting, give glamping a shot. Not only will you get a comfortable place to sleep in, but it will also give you a whole new perspective about what else that particular location has to offer.

Blogger Spotlight: Pamela

By Jessica Armstrong

We're not the only ones hollering out a big yee-haw to the glamping treasures of Texas! Just check out travel guru, Pamela, and her family's visit to the eco-cabins of Texas Hill Country. It will only take a second for you to be convinced that a visit down south is bucket list-worthy. As Pam and her family aim to accomplish 12 trips in 12 months, Glamping Hub could not say no to being part of such a unique opportunity.

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With over 300 glamping rentals in Texas alone, we cannot wait to see where Pam's next trip will take her—perhaps a glamping getaway abroad?

To find out more about the luxuries of Texas glamping and what made the biggest impression on this blogger extraordinaire, read her Glamping Hub interview below:

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What is your favorite thing about travel and glamping in Texas?

One of my favorite things about traveling and glamping in Texas has got to be how diverse Texas is. I love that the agriculture allows for so much different plant life everywhere we go. On our last trip, we picked up a fun cactus as a souvenir!

Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

A bit. I'm trying to experience a proper fall and winter this year, so during those times, I'll be on high alert for the prettiest destinations for fall foliage and snowflakes.

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What is your go-to must-have for traveling?

Dry shampoo. I usual exhaust myself with trips (even when "relaxing"), so dry shampoo is the best to keep me from feeling too gross.

What is your absolute favorite activity to do when glamping? Why?

I love to just RELAX. I do that by hiking, stargazing, or just laying around.

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If you could pack your bags to go glamping anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?

I'd absolutely LOVE to go glamping in Italy; I think every girl wants to get away to Italy once in her life. And I found the coolest cave to stay in, too!

Do you prefer glamping trips with a couple people or a large group?

I love to get away with just my husband and kids. Although trips with large groups is fun, I'm a control freak so they stress me out a bit. ;)

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What made the most lasting impression for you at the last accommodation you visited?

Seeing how comfortably we could live in around 200-ish square feet made me reexamine just how little I might need in my daily life.

This glamping site would be perfect for:

Groups, because it had mini cabins, so everyone would have their own area to escape but can come together in the outdoors.

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Can you please explain more about your 12 trips in 12 months Goal?

I came up with the idea (after a bit of wine) of taking 12 trips in 12 months with my husband and two kids. I have been too focused on being available for work (as had my husband) & not focusing on what really mattered to me. So this year we hope to take 12 trips together as a family and focus on making memories together. Because memories and family are what really matter.


To see where the next of her 12 trips will take her, check out Pamela's blog, Youtube Channel, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and head over to the Texas Getaways page to see where your next dream vacation will take you.