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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Check out last week's Staff Picks post and browse more one-of-a-kind Spanish glamping treasures here!

Visiting California on a Budget

By Marta Gintowt

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Vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, but unfortunately, some well-earned money must inevitably be spent in order to arrive at your destination. California—one of the world´s most popular vacation spots—attracts tourist from near and far, due to its amazing beaches, pristine forests, and majestic mountains. Spending your outdoor getaway alongside chirping birds and a rushing river is the perfect setting to de-stress and recharge.

One thing you won't be stressing about, however, is the price of your glamping accommodation—thanks to this curated collection of extremely unique outdoor accommodations, all under $195 a night. Get ready to visit the California wilderness while maintaining a reasonable budget!

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1. Unusual California Cottage for Rent in San Rafael with Views of San Francisco Bay

For glampers who appreciate location alongside unique and quirky architecture, you'll love this magnificent cottage with views of the San Francisco Bay. With a cozy yet chic interior along with immediate access to the outdoors, guests will be in the lap of luxury without breaking the bank.

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2. Gorgeous Airstream Rental with San Francisco Bay Views in San Rafael

For about $100 a night, this exceptionally comfortable Airstream provides guests with elegant luxury without a high price tag. Located close to San Francisco, this Airstream is perfect for those who want to make the most of their stay without spending a fortune.

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3. Peaceful Safari Tent Camping in Coastal Woodlands near San Francisco

Experience luxury camping to the next level with these idyllic tents,
priced under $120 a night. Guests can feel one with nature while maintaining the utmost comfort during their stay. Surrounded by the amazing landscape of Mendocino, this glamping site will be sure to impress all who come stay here.

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4. Glamping Tree House in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, California

It is a dream of many, both young and old, to stay in their very own tree house, and with this property, that dream can become a reality! Fully outfitted with all necessary amenities, this tree house offers that one-of-a-kind feeling of sleeping up in the trees while making guests feel right at home.

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5. Spacious Pet-Friendly Yurt in Smith River National Recreation Area, Northern California

When you share your glamping stories with your friends, nothing will spark more questions and interest than saying you spent your weekend in a luxury yurt. Fully appointed with a full kitchen and an indoor bathroom all for about $154 a night, guests can experience the best of California while in style and still stick to their budget.

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6. Pet-Friendly Cabin with Rustic Interior near Big Bear, California

Escaping from everyday life in a bustling city has never been easier with this charming cabin near Big Bear, California. Reasonably priced and situated in an ideal location, guests can breathe in the fresh pine air and forget about their wallet.

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7. Rafting Excursions and Luxury Camping with Complimentary Breakfast on American River in California

For the adventurous glampers, these impeccable tents are ideal for those looking for simplistic luxury while on their frugal California vacation. With a complimentary breakfast every morning and rafting excursions, these tents sit right on the water and will not make a dent in your bank account.

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8. Gorgeous Riverfront Cabin in Woodland Seclusion with Hot Tub in Northern California

Venturing into northern California, glampers can encounter this charming cabin, fitted with everything from panoramic forest views to a bubbling hot tub, all for under $200 a night. Guests can make the most of their unforgettable California excursion without feeling guilty indulging in the luxury that they deserve.


For the intrepid explorer who is money conscious to the low-key first-time glamper looking to relax and disconnect, these special accommodations are sure to tempt anyone looking to spend vacation visiting California on a budget!

Eco-Friendly Accommodations around Los Angeles

By Isabelle Jefferies

As if we needed any more reasons to love glamping—there are now more opportunities than ever to enjoy a luxury getaway with the environment in mind. The fact that it's easier than it ever has been to visit a property that is eco-friendly is definitely great news in our eyes. A relaxing and luxurious vacation while getting to look after the planet at the same time? Yes, please!

Check out a selection of our favorite eco-friendly options. This particular bunch is located around L.A.—which just happens to be a city that is central to beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and plenty of cultural sights, too.

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First up, we're offering this eco-friendly Mercedes campervan rental. What's not to love about the thought of hitting the road in Cali without having to feel guilty about the environmental impact? Fun, easy to drive, and ultra fuel-efficient, there really is no better option for guests looking for an unforgettable road trip in the area around L.A.

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Want to be the serious envy of all your friends? Not only are these eco-friendly and ultra-lightweight travel campers super stylish, they are also climate controlled and feature many modern additions. The best part? They are 100% solar powered and require very little gas.

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For glampers hoping to be a little lazier during their getaway, fear not! Not all of our eco-friendly accommodations are mobile. Take, for example, This safari cabin tent near Warner Springs, which is made from recycled materials, including native incense cedar trees that were saved from the Cedar Fire of 2003. Aside from this lovely touch, there is a fireplace, a clawfoot bathtub, and breathtaking views to boot!

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Next up, how about a visit to the campsite that is home to these deluxe bell tents near San Francisco? There is food served on-site that is fresh, locally-sourced, delicious, nutritious, sustainable, and homemade. The perfect source of energy for an afternoon filled with massages and sunbathing!

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Finally, this secluded eco-pod in the Mojave Desert offers intimate accommodation for couples and is truly off-the-grid. It is the perfect spot to come and truly feel away from everything. Based on recommendations from previous guests, yoga on the deck at sunset is a must!


For even more examples of some of our best eco-friendly accommodations located all over the world, head on over to this page where there are countless rentals waiting to be discovered!

The Best Tree House Cabins in Southern California

By Laila Outaleb

Doesn't the idea of a secluded getaway in one of the best tree house cabins in Southern California excite you? We think it should! Rediscover your love for all things nature from the treetops, and get ready for a glamping vacation you'll be sure to cherish for years to come.


Luxurious Tree House Perched on the Mountains of Julian, California

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Perched on a mountain in Julian, California, this unique tree house cabin overlooks the breathtaking Cuyamaca Lake at an elevation of over 5,000 feet and boasts a modern interior decor, a private deck, and a home theater.

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When you’re ready to come down from your treetop paradise, explore dozens of secret forest paths, a private observation deck, and mountain biking and hiking trails. Enjoy your escape into this secluded forest paradise, all of a 12-minute drive from the town of Julian, which has all the modern comforts you could want.

The surrounding old growth trees are nearly 300 years old and provide an enchanting backdrop for a perfect tree house cabin stay. Cross over the amazing floating bridge, and climb up to the top of three large Coulter Pines—you’ll be looking down on thousands of acres of state parks and national forests.


Idyllic Dome-Shaped Tree House Nestled in Woods near Malibu, California

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With European-influenced decorations throughout, it'll be hard to find a tree house with a more comfortable and interesting atmosphere than this one—glampers will be planning their return trip before they have even left.

There are several different services available at this glamping site, such as private body massage therapy, Tai Chi, and different styles of private yoga. All private bodywork and massages are held outdoors on the expansive and private decking that surrounds this unique retreat rental, only aiding in insuring that glampers have the best vacation getaway.

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What's more? This glamping site is but a three to five-minute walk to one of the largest open space preserves in Southern California, with streams, waterfalls, cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and a view of the mountains—perfect for the adventurer inside of us all.


Wonderfully Rustic and Comfortable Tree House near Los Angeles

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The charm of this tree house cabin simply oozes out of every nook and cranny, from the little details in the decor to the comfortable and luxurious furniture both inside and out. Glampers are guaranteed to feel refreshed and relaxed at this glamping haven nestled in the stunning San Jacinto Mountains—set among tall pines, sweet smelling cedars, and legendary rocks that offer serene and picturesque views.

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Be sure to enjoy a carefree getaway in Southern California to escape the madness of city life. This is an ideal place for glampers of all ages can enjoy, with amenities and activities to suit every need. We bet you didn't have the slightest idea that a tree house could be as well equipped as this one, did you?


Stunning Artisan Tree House Rental Located on Secluded Ranch in Escondido, California

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This secluded tree house cabin is the epitome of glamping and offers amazing access to the outdoors while spending the night in this unique and luxurious accommodation. Situated near Cleveland National Forest and Hellhole Canyon Preserve, glampers will never be short of activities to take part in and sights to see, all while returning to the comfort of this rental that also boasts the best view of the valley below.

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Featuring a chic cushioned couch and a small wood-burning stove, the sitting area looks out over the deck and boasts amazing views of the surrounding property. Glampers will delight in the vintage-looking steel soaking tub, which also boasts views of the surrounding area, so they can enjoy a glass of wine while indulging in a hot bath.


Grab your glamping essentials and get ready to explore Southern California and the many beautiful attractions it offers now! From romantic tree house cabins to a place for the whole family and group to enjoy—we have just the place for you. It's time to make where you stay, why you stay.