Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Big Island

By Jessica Armstrong

How 'bout that boat ride in? We know Kauai sure made a huge impression, but we saved the biggest and best for last! What is a trip to Hawaii without visiting the grandest island of them all: The Big Island.

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Not only is the selection of glamping accommodations on the Big Island, well…big—and so are the adventures. A peek at your Big Island bucket list would likely reveal volcanoes, black sand beaches, Kona coffee, history, culture, and waterfalls, right? If so, then you’re in luck because we have handpicked these Big Island tours not only because will they show you the best the Big Island has to offer, they’ll do so in a way that makes your Hawaiian vacation simply spectacular.

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The Volcano Van: No trip to the Big Island would be complete without touring the volcanoes and surrounding areas, and that’s where The Volcano Van comes in. Tour the famous Kilauea (caldera, summit, and steaming bluffs), Thurston Lava Tube, Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots, Waimea Town, Akaka Falls, Onomea Bay, and so much more. They can even customize a tour just for your party. Plus, their knowledgeable guides are flexible, keep groups small (or private if you prefer), and focus on fun.

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Safari Helicopters: Do you want to easily tour the Big Island and enjoy the best seat in the house, too? Want to explore the volcanoes and lava in the safest way possible? Then an island tour with Safari Helicopters is the way to go. Their expert guides will have you zooming over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to spot bubbling lava lakes, craters, and lava tree forests. You’ll even see entire neighborhoods that have been consumed by the unforgiving lava. Then, “cool off” with views of waterfalls and the Hilo Bayfront if you’d like…ahhh!

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Hawaii Forest and Trail: There are tours; and there are tours that offer a profound insight into the natural history, geology, and flora and fauna that make the Big Island so unique. That insight, imparted by expert guides with a passion for the island, is what you’ll find at Hawaii Forest and Trail. Their half-day and full-day tours cover a variety of breathtaking experiences: hiking pristine rain forests; stargazing atop Mauna Kea; bird watching for some of the world’s rarest and endangered species; zooming along a zip line; swimming amazing waterfalls; and touring Kona coffee farms. There’s something for everyone at Hawaii Forest and Trail.

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Hawaii Forest and Trail: There are tours; and there are tours that offer a profound insight into the natural history, geology, and flora and fauna that make the Big Island so unique. That insight, imparted by expert guides with a passion for the island, is what you’ll find at Hawaii Forest and Trail. Their half-day and full-day tours cover a variety of breathtaking experiences: hiking pristine rain forests; stargazing atop Mauna Kea; bird-watching for some of the world’s rarest and endangered species; zooming along a zip-line; swimming amazing waterfalls; and touring Kona coffee farms. There’s something for everyone at Hawaii Forest and Trail.

Hope you all enjoyed the best activities and adventures brought to you by Hawaii Guide!


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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.

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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!

Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Maui

By Jessica Armstrong

Hey, glampers—we have got a special treat for you! Summer is coming fast, and nothing screams kowabunga like a glamping getaway to Hawaii. Our friends over at Guides of US have provided you with the best activities Hawaii has to offer. When planning your one-of-a-kind stay, it's important to know what activities are going to make this experience that much more epic.

Follow along the next few weeks, as we cruise from island to island, catching the gnarliest waves and exploring the most enchanting coves—all just steps away from your very own luxury glamping rental.

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Glamping is one of the trendiest and most memorable ways to experience The Aloha State’s gorgeous natural wonders. But how do you know which activities are the perfect complement to your glamping experience? How do you get the best up-close-and-personal experience, whether you’re looking to hike, fly, or paddle your cares away? Look no further than our island-by-island guide to the best glamping activities in Hawaii.

As a glamper, you want an adventure that will give you an intimate understanding of Hawaii’s unique landscapes, waters, flora, and fauna. That, and plenty of excitement, of course! Pack your bags—it's time to head to Maui!

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From the otherworldly and sacred slopes of Haleakala to the legendary Road to Hana, Maui is a glamper’s paradise—and let’s not forget Maui’s gorgeous beaches and pristine waters filled with some of the most fascinating marine life on the planet. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly excursion or a wild ride on the waves, these Maui tours are the perfect way to round out your Valley Isle glamping experience.

Maui Kayak Adventures: Kayak and snorkel with Certified Marine Naturalists who are eager to share their love of and respect for Maui’s waters with you. Swim with the curious Hawaiian green sea turtles at Turtle Town, spot spinner dolphins at Honolua Bay, or watch the majestic humpback whales in winter. The view from a kayak is simply unbelievable! Hard-core paddlers can even do the Molokini Challenge—out and back—and earn serious bragging rights along with views of unforgettable scenery.

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Hawaiian Paddle Sports: Honored by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association for their sustainable marine practices and dedicated to using their business to effect positive changes in Hawaii, Hawaiian Paddle Sports is committed to both the environment and to providing you with a superior adventure. Book a private surf or stand-up paddleboard lesson with their Certified Marine Naturalists; customize a kayak and snorkeling tour based on your desired destination and fitness level; surf the waves an outrigger canoe; and watch the humpback whales put on a show in winter. Simply amazing!

Redline Rafting: Looking for a fast and thrilling, yet safe, way to hit Maui’s hot spots and hidden gems all while enjoying personalized attention and the friendliness of a backyard barbecue? Look no further than Redline Rafting. Their guides will "talk story" over a delicious lunch, weave in old Hawaiian legends here and there, and share their extensive knowledge of Hawaii’s geology and marine life with you at every step of your adventure. Snorkel Molokini, spot the dolphins at La Perouse Bay, watch the whales in winter, or customize your own private day at sea.

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Pride of Maui: With over 30 years of experience in providing Molokini snorkeling adventures, Pride of Maui offers their guests outstanding service, amenities, attention, and fun. Snorkel with the kids and explore Molokini, Olowalu, Coral Gardens, and Turtle Town. Or try SNUBA diving: a great way to breathe freely without carrying a tank. If you’re a certified diver, a SCUBA tour is the ultimate underwater experience. Of course, winter whale sightings are guaranteed. With breakfast, BBQ lunch, and open bar options, as well as a glass-bottom boat for those who choose not to dive, Pride of Maui will make everyone’s Maui ocean adventure memorable.

Island Surfboard Rentals: Looking to surf and SUP on your own? Don’t want the hassle of driving around looking for a company and then having to return your equipment? Allow Island Surfboard Rentals to deliver and pick up your premium surfboard or paddle board right to your door—for free! Plus, you’ll get the right equipment for your needs and experience level, safety instructions, guidance, and tips on the best places to catch a wave. It’s fast, easy, and fun.

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FishMaui: Whether it’s your first time ocean fishing or you’re an experienced angler, you’ll absolutely love the thrill of fishing in Maui’s waters. Do a little deep sea fishing for marlin, ono, and ahi. Try your luck at reeling in a trevally, barracuda, or even a shark on a nearshore bottom fishing charter. You can even fish from the lovely white sand beach, if you prefer. Best of all, you’ll have the knowledge of expert guides who can help make your Hawaiian fishing dreams a reality.

Be sure to catch the next feature, when Hawaii Guide brings us the glitz, glam, and adventure, that Oahu has to offer!


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Staff Picks: The Best of the Best in Spain

By Jessica Armstrong

Staff Picks: Every two weeks, we'll be bringing you one of our staffer's favorite glamping sites. This week, Jessica is here to share which accommodations she's chosen!

A quick look through our incredible glamping offerings in Spain is enough to give anyone travel envy—I, myself, am dying to visit ever single one! Luckily, my time in Spain has given me the opportunity to visit, albeit briefly, a number of these properties—villas, yurts, and tents, to name a few!—but I'm still hopeful that, one day, I'll get to take a tree house for a spin, too.

Prepare to be inspired by my favorite glamping picks for the best of the best in Spain—you'll be booking a trans-Atlantic flight to España in no time!

1. Luxury Villas and Tents in Malaga

High above the coast of Malaga, these undeniably lovely glamping accommodations offer up the ultimate luxury vacation by the sea. While the site has two different types of accommodations on-site—both villas and tents—glampers can't go wrong no matter which accommodation they choose.

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For our stay, my boyfriend and I opted for the villa, as we went during the winter months, and the tents were being updated for spring. It's the perfect excuse to come back! I can't wait to experience the breathtaking view, the amazing service, and full Spanish breakfast all over again.

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2. Yoga Yurts at 30 minutes from Seville

Tucked away into the secluded valleys of southern Spain, this charming glamping property offers yogis and glampers the experience of a lifetime in these yurt rentals. With an offering of fully organic and delicious fruits and veggies (some even grown right on-site!) for guests, this glamping yoga retreat will feed your mind, body, and soul—leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed by check-out.

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Glampers have the option of staying in an apartment, yurt, or tent when visiting this unique yoga center for a getaway. What's more? You can go for a relaxing dip in the pool every day after practicing yoga and meditating. If it were up to me, I would nama-stay here forever.

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3. Safari Tents in Cadiz

Thanks to this property, you don't have to go all the way to Africa to experience an authentic safari tent. Located just a couple miles off the shore, these stunning tent rentals can be found in the natural parks right off of Cadiz proper.

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The warm weather, beautiful green scenery, and high-end features found in each tent are enough to make any traveler fall in love with southern Spain. Having visited these tents a couple times now, each experience has been unique and left me with new memories. Perfect for both couples or groups of friends, these luxury tents are definitely the best way to visit Cadiz.

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4. Tree houses in Galicia

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I've had my eye on these beauties for awhile, and I think it's finally time to make my dreams become reality. From the breathtaking treetop views right from the accommodation to the ultra-luxurious amenities, I don't know what's taken me so long to book a stay here. Just close your eyes and imagine waking up to those sky-high vistas every morning without ever having to leave your bed. Needless to say, off to Galicia, I will soon go!

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