Host Spotlight: Franny and Fenton

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Franny and Fenton and their picturesque villa near Jimena de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain.

Franny, Fenton, and their two children at their glamping retreat.
Keep on reading to hear more about their property below!

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?


We had our first child in London, and we realized it was no place for our baby, Bamboo, so we footed it to Spain, a place I knew well, and Fenton had gotten to know through me. We got married here, we have long-time friends living here, and it felt right. When we arrived, the doors to this this amazing finca (country estate) in the Andalusian hillside opened for us, and we jumped at the opportunity to take it on.

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?


I have always worked in hospitality. Restaurant managing to retreat hosting, I have always welcomed strangers in some way and made them feel at home! I've always been drawn to this type of work. Running retreats in London with Franny was the bigger step into this field, as we knew we wanted to host retreats in a beautiful location, but in order for us to make our mark, we knew that having our own venue from which to do so would be ideal.


I have always loved hosting at home, and I think opening a venue to the public that is as beautiful as this one was the icing on the cake!

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?


We are the only finca for miles around. All you can see are rolling hills of avocados, oranges, and olive groves, as well as farm animals. Set in a natural park known for its birds of prey, it's a fantastic place to be outdoors exploring the wildlife. At night with no light pollution, you can marvel at the stars to your heart's content. I strongly recommend a visit around the full moon. It's AMAZING.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?


The design. Designed on a Argentinan finca mixed with the terraces of an Indian palace, the outside it something special for Andalusia. But so the interior—full of hand-picked, antique furniture and artwork that inspire each room to be something different.

No room looks the same. No room tells the same story. The owner is an art collector, and some very special pieces can be seen on the walls. There are antique doors made into four-meter-long tables that you know you wouldn't see anywhere else.

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?


We love welcoming new people and seeing their faces upon arrival. Especially when they've been traveling for the better part of the day! We always hope our guests arrive during the daytime, so they can see the views. We've been told, however, that their stays have actually been more special when they arrive at night and see the house lit up so cozy, only to wake up in the morning to breathtaking views!

The challenge is to make sure everything keeps running smoothly. We are fully booked for most of the year, with little time to do major maintenance. Thankfully, our dream team, Miguel and Vanessa, who live on-site, keep everything ticking by, looking good, and smelling better! Generally speaking, post-wedding clean-up tends to require the most effort from everyone.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.


Our first wedding! A group of 20 stayed with us from America. They were so approachable, and Fenton was in charge of making sure everything ran smoothly for them. It was an April wedding, so the weather wasn't guaranteed, but it was the most beautiful ceremony for 40 people—held looking over the hills and sunset, followed by dinner and drinks under the tent on the lower terrace. It was a special one for us to host, such a powerful intimate wedding, especially as our first, and to have Fenton be such a huge part of it.

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?


Views, peace, and Fenton. (This isn't a joke—everyone falls in love with him!)

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.


We offer retreats, Reiki, massage, yoga, personal training, sound healing, weddings, horse riding, clay making...all sorts of things! It's fantastic! We also do in-house catering, everything from traditional asados, or barbecues, to vegan food. We cater to our guests. If they want a boat ride at 11 a.m., followed by an afternoon of massages and a huge paella on the bottom terrace, we can do it all!

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?


It would have to be the Dalai Lama! In the past, we have had a few lamas come and visit the land, and they have said it is a sacred place. For me to have the Dalai Lama come so I could meet him and host him would be truly a blessing. I would sneak my daughters up there, too, so they could meet him!

10.Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glampsite you would like to share with us?


In 2020, we hope to launch a Kickstarter to start raising funds to turn the stables and the goat house into an extra accommodation. They would serve as overflow for weddings, but as their own thing, they'd also be the perfect place for retreats, artist retreats, or family holidays. The view from there are just as beautiful, and the gardens offer the ideal location for an asado by the lake!

True to the cause, we are adding in some luxury glamping tents, containers, and caravans, too! Sleeping in a luxury tent with views of the lake is sort of a must on our land—we just haven't done it yet!

We are also coming to the end of the second year of weddings, and this year has seen our best yet! In October, we'll be doing a big push and exposé on getting married here. One bride even rode in on a horse this year!

Curious to know more about Fenton, Franny, and their incredible glamping site? Book their villa or attend one of their Reiki retreats—the choice is yours!

Host Spotlight: Daria

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Daria, who manages a gorgeous couple's retreat in Casares—a charming town in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?

Meticulously designed to frame our natural setting within a stunning national park, our retreat has been created by passionate travelers with an eye for detail, a love of nature, and an innate desire to be different. Everything you see reflects the influences that have personally inspired us on our own journeys across the world.

We are not a standard hotel, but a family-run private retreat, where guests can step away from the stresses and commitments of everyday life and take time out to relax, refresh, and recharge. We pour our heart and soul into what we do. We don't sell rooms—we bring you a special one-of-a-kind experience.

Here, on our four-hectare woodland estate—complete with a unique exotic ambience—you will find a tranquil escape that's a world away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby coast. We offer absolute privacy with exceptional facilities and personalized service.

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?

Before creating our retreat property, we traveled across the world, visiting over 60 countries and being inspired by the amazing exotic ambience of Asia, as well as diverse cultures, interiors, and designs. With our passion for traveling and desire to create a slice of paradise that our guests could enjoy, the idea of our retreat was born.

A photo of the host, Daria, at the retreat.

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

We offer luxurious and private accommodations within a stunning natural setting. Our suites and tents offer the perfect glamorous setting within the niche glamping market. Our guests get to enjoy private and deluxe facilities while being surrounded by the natural environment.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

Absolute privacy and a very exotic setting that is hard to find in Europe. With a maximum of three couples on-site at any given time, this means our couples can enjoy the utmost in seclusion during a romantic and intimate time away with each other.

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

The main challenges faced are the weather and climate changes. Our property is located within a natural setting, with most of our facilities, like the heated infinity pool and terraces, located under open sky. It is paramount to us that our couples get to enjoy the most perfect setting and receive the top experience during their stay with us. When it starts raining with heavy winds, however, this is the biggest challenge for us and our guests, as the only thing we cannot change is the weather.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

Our property is often chosen by couples for a special occasion, such as anniversaries, birthdays, and more, and we do our absolute best to ensure they will receive this pure romance experience they seek.

One of the most wonderful and special stays that we've had was last year, when a gentleman flew from the U.K. to propose to the love of his life at the retreat. She had absolutely no idea of what was happening. He secretly flew to us, and we prepare one of our stunning suites for him with a beautiful bouquet of red roses, champagne on ice, and special music.

A photo of the happily engaged guest from the host's story.

When her friends brought her to the property for "lunch," all of the staff had to hide so she wouldn't know where she was. Her friends walked her to the suite, and he came out of the suite, got down on one knee, and proposed to her. The emotions, tears of joy, and happiness...the couple cried and we cried, and it was just the most beautiful moment ever.

The fact that our couples choose and trust us with such special occasions makes us feel so proud and grateful.

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

Stunning, paradise, and "out of this world."

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

What makes our property very special is that we personally take care of our guests; we never treat them as if they were strictly clients. As such, so many of them have become our friends and a part of the retreat's family over the years. The experience is as personal as it could really get.

We personally meet our guests upon arrival, with freshly squeezed orange juice and a cool aromatic towel for them in hand. We prepare each suite before their arrival, making sure there is music softly playing when they arrive and an exotic fragrance scent throughout the room—all to provide the most luxurious experience for them.

Most of our couples enjoy personal, special complimentary extras upon arrival to make their arrival extra romantic, too!

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

We invite everyone to come experience our romantic setting.

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glamping site you would like to share with us?

We have some special and wonderful upgrades planned for this season...stay tuned!

To book an unforgettable stay with your special someone at Daria's retreat in Málaga, click here or here for the tents and here for the cabin!

Five must-see cities in Andalusia, Spain

By Eleanor Stanesby

Each year on February 28, the southern region of Spa
in, which is called Andalusia, celebrates el Día de Andalucía, or Andalusia Day, which is in honor of the day Andalusia officially became an autonomous community back in 1980.

Flag of Andalusia. Photo from Wikipedia.

Glamping Hub is proud of the fact that we not only have an office based in Seville, the capital of Andalusia, but also that our CEO is from here! To celebrate this regional holiday, we'd like to show you five of our favorite cities in the beautiful southern region of Spain.

Where to visit

1. Seville

As previously mentioned, Seville is the capital of Andalusia and definitely not one to miss on your travels in southern Spain. Rich with history and culture, Seville holds the largest Gothic church in the world, with its bell tower, La Giralda, giving arguably the best views of this stunning city.

Photo from Henrique Ferreira on Unsplash..

You can't go to Seville and not try the amazing local tapas, overwhelmed for choice as you meander the many small streets, each with buildings of their own unique character.

Photo from Johan Mouchet on Unsplash.

The Plaza de España, originally built for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo, is now one of the most-visited attractions in all of Spain. Rent a small boat and row the canal that lines the building to experience a different perspective of the incredible architecture.

Photo from Alev Takil on Unsplash.


Cádiz is the perfect pick for those who love to be at or near the beach, especially on those hot summer days! Known as the oldest inhabited city in the whole of Europe and home to the Spanish Navy, the city boasts over 100 watch towers, due to the fact that it is almost entirely surrounded by water. When here, be sure to visit the Cadiz Cathedral—it took 116 years to build, which can be seen throughout the changes in the style of architecture.

Photo from Flickr.

If seafood is your thing, you cannot leave here without eating it! No matter if from one of the local fish markets or a restaurant, the quality of the seafood here is bound to impress.

If you happen to be here during the Carnival of Cádiz, you're in for an additional treat. Music can be heard from all around the city, and exuberant costumes are worn in celebration—basically just one big fiesta!

Photo from Flickr.

3. Córdoba

Córdoba was one of the most important Roman cities during the Middle Ages and is known best in present day for its courtyards home to stunning and vibrant flowers and plants, all beautifully displayed. In fact, there is a local celebration each year in May called the Patios de Córdoba, where the city's courtyards, most of which belong to people's private homes, are put on display—proudly showing off one of the city's claims to fame.

Photo from Flickr.

The Mezquita of Córdoba is truly stunning, both in its physical design and the history and culture behind it. Built in the 10th century, the structure was first a mosque that was later turned into a cathedral—making a visit to this historical monument is well worth the entry price.

Photo from Wikipedia.


Referred to as Spain's "Moorish Jewel," Granada is one of the most-visited cities in Spain by tourists from all around the world. A trip to the majestic Alhambra, a former palace and fortress that will make your jaw drop, is in order—especially when coupled with the Sierra Nevada mountains as the backdrop.

Photo from Mariano Colombotto on Unsplash.

Catching the sunset at the Mirador de San Nicolas is a favorite among tourists and locals alike—one that typically includes a flamenco treet performance of flamenco as background music while the sun goes down. Meanwhile, the Alcaicería holds the Great Bazaar in Granada, where, since the 15th century, stalls have sold vibrant clothing and souvenirs, allowing its patrons to feel the city's intrinsic connection with northern Africa and Moorish culture.

Photo from Flickr.

5. Málaga

Málaga is a diverse city, from the incredible modernization of Spain's oldest operating port to the charming streets of the old town. While in the city, you have to visit the Alcazaba, a Moorish palace and fortress from the 11th century, which sits up on the hillside and holds secret courtyards and stunning views of the city and ocean.

Photo from Hiveminer.

Alternatively, you can immediately head to any one of the many fantastic beaches on the Costa del Sol, i.e., the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With 15 beaches within the city limits, you'll have plenty of options to choose from, including the Playa de Guadalmar and the Playa del Campo de Golf-San Julián, which is popular with the area's kite-surfers.

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Eager to see more of Andalusia? Check out our complete collection of glamping accomodations across the south of Spain!

Guest Spotlight: Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to one of our incredible Glamping Hub staff members and her experience glamping in the south of Spain! Emily, one of our Customer Support Specialists, stayed at one of these eco-friendly yurt rentals in Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain.

Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post- stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Before our stay, I imagined the place to be secluded, primitive, and quiet. After my stay, I would describe this place as special, equipped, and homey. The place was still so secluded and quiet, so two out of three of my previous thoughts is not bad!

What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you've stayed?

This experience was like no other experience I've ever had. The yurts were beautiful! The beds were comfy, the place was spotless (no bugs to be seen, surprisingly!), and the decor was earthy and romantic. Solar-powered fairy lights were scattered among the trees and bushes, guiding you to your yurt along the footpaths—the perfect detail to shed further light in the yurt as the sun went down, too.
The yurt was surrounded by trees, and as Cadiz is a windy place, we could hear the bustling of the leaves and the wind circling the yurt as we drifted off to sleep. It was the best eight-hours-a-night I've ever had!

Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

The yurts are found down a gravel road a short drive from the center of town in Tarifa. It's far enough to feel disconnected but close enough to go in to the city if you wish.The acres of green land surrounding the place are home to horses, sheep, cows, and more—plus the views are breathtaking.

Summer is a great time of year, because the beach is only a short, eight-minute drive away, so you get the best of the mountains and beach. I do think this place would be equally as comfortable in other seasons, too, with perhaps a couple more blankets for bed time in the winter.

Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

I always thought glamping meant that you may be restricted in certain ways but that the beauty of nature would make up for those little restrictions or amenities one is used to when staying in a hotel. I was very mistaken!

Here, you have hot showers, proper toilets, and a fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge, an oven, and a stove! There was a beautiful seating area with a modern barbecue, so I enjoyed fine wine and delicious home-cooked food throughout my stay. I did not feel deprived of anything—in fact, the exact opposite—it was a home away from home.

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

The hosts provided us with an organic food hamper, which was a special treat for our group. We enjoyed tomatoes, avocados, fresh eggs, bread, chutneys, and marmalades that were all made by the host using products from their organic farm. They also gave us a bottle of their ecological, delicious! Needless to say, the hamper lasted all of one breakfast for our group.

Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

As this was a family trip, it was important that we could mix activities with downtime, and this place was perfect for that. There is a playground by the yurts, which is very charming: an old wooden boat converted into a climbing frame, in additino to a trampoline and two huge boxes of Lego. It was all perfect for keeping my two-year-old very occupied. That was my relaxation time and his activity time, which I spent chilling by the picnic tables outside of the yurt.

As I previously mentioned, we were extremely close to the beach and close to the mountains, which allowed us to go walking to digest all the food we consumed throughout the day. Both the kids and adults enjoyed animal watching and getting to know the on-site donkey, Pedro—not to mention Bimba and Bob, the two friendly dogs that roamed around the gardens. Off-site, there are many water sports to do, such as surfing, or you can go hiking in the mountains, too.

Fill in the end of the sentence: "This glamping site would be the perfect place for ___________________," and tell us why!

Everyone! Families because its kid-friendly,couples because its romantic, groups of friends because its close enough to whatever you want to do, whether it be city based or outdoorsy in nature. This place is ideal to spend quality time with whoever you want to—or even alone by yourself!

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

Yes and yes. I will definitely go glamping again. These experiences are like no other and so easy with kids. They make standard hotel stays seem boring and unadventurous, so for me, there is no going back!

To stay at this incredible yurt, click here, and for more options in Cadiz, Spain, keep exploring on Glamping Hub!

All photos were taken by Emily.