Guest Spotlight: Serinda Swan

By Jessica Armstrong

Happy 2017 Glampers! We are kicking off a new year of guest spotlights with the amazing Serinda Swan.

This Christmas, the Canadian actress and her family wanted to "think outside the box" and experience a glamping getaway together to these stunning tents in British Columbia. We asked her to share some stories of her experience with us and can't wait to see where she goes next—hopefully bringing her adorable French Bulldog, Buddha, along for the journey again.

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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?

Pre-trip: Tranquil, beautiful, and relaxing.
Post-trip: Perfection, wonder, and celebration.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

This year, my family decided to "think outside the box." Nothing would be given in boxes or bags, with bows or with ribbons; instead, we would give each other the gift of time with one another. We decided to wrap ourselves up instead, walk through the forest, tie scarves around our necks, and pull on hats as we explored the sea coast recounting the past year and telling stories. I think my favorite memory was playing crib with my family by the fire laughing and drinking wine.

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

The property. Waking up to that via every more was incredible and not like anywhere else I have stayed, as its so secluded and private.

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?

Going in the winter was lovely, because you enjoyed the fire and hot soaker tubs, but in the summer, you would be out by the pool and kayaking so honestly I think any time of the year.

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

It's just as luxurious, if not more, than staying in a hotel. The staff at the property were so helpful and created the perfect environment to relax and disappear but always there if you needed them.

If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

I would ask to trade the "celebrity" for my grandmother, and we would have done the exact same things...laugh, hike, play crib, and sit by the fire.

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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!

Steaming hot coffee and the perfect breakfast consisting of eggs, toast, and copious amounts of avocado! Oh, and a hot Toddy!

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?

Usually when I go glamping, it's to get away and relax. I like to be in nature and explore new places, and I found that at the resort, the area has some of the best hiking I have ever done (you can hike to waterfalls or secret ocean coves—it really is quite spectacular).

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

My birthday! Just like Christmas, my birthday is a time I like to get all the people that are important to me together. I was born in July, so the weather would be incredible, and I know all my friends and family would love this property.

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

Of course! With glamping, you get the privacy and seclusion you are looking for, plus varying degrees of comfort you can choose from, so really, it's a perfect way to travel.

Follow the rest of Serinda's adventures on her social Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You might even see her on another Glamping Hub trip very soon!

Guest Spotlight: Shayla

By Jackie Dreyer

Friend of the Glamping Hub family, Shayla, took the girls getaway of a lifetime to Costa Rica, staying at multiple glamping sites, such as these luxury suites and villas in Puntarenas.

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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: Relaxing, nice, and private.
After: Luxury, charming, and romantic.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

My friend and I took a girls trip to Costa Rica, and Glamping Hub was the obvious choice. I have so many nice memories from our stay at this hotel, but a memory that I won’t forget is being outside on our private patio and enjoying the private pool off of our room.

The room opened up to a beautiful view of the Santa Teresa Beach. We felt as though we were in the middle of the jungle, as we listened to the howler monkeys and watched the sun set.

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

The best part of the accommodation is the villa itself. The villa is nicely decorated and very well detailed from the fresh robes provided to the indoor/outdoor shower. A beautiful view can be seen from every angle of the room, which makes it seem like you are the only one on the property. We stayed at other places in Santa Teresa and to put it simply—none compare.

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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 hotel is located in a tropical surfing town called Santa Teresa. The road leading to Santa Teresa is not paved and hard to get to, but once you arrive in the town, there is plenty to do. There is an array of restaurants and outdoor activities. The summer would be a nice time to go, in order to be able to enjoy the outdoor scenery and beach activities.

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

I was surprised how much privacy we had. Each villa is separated from the other villas and main lobby. Each independent villa allows guest to feel as though they are the only ones on the property.

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If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

I would invite Jude Law to accompany me on this glamping adventure so we could explore the beautiful property together. We would travel down the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on ATVs to Montezuma for a canopy tour and hike the waterfalls, and we would take surf lessons and watch the sunset on horses. At night, we would dine at the hotel's restaurant, and after dinner, we would go for a drink at the hotel bar near the main pool.

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!

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the hotel. I enjoyed the Costa Rican diet, trying different dishes made by Chef Jose Luis—a master of the palate! We ate dinner and breakfast at the restaurant.

The chef cooked a beautiful three-course meal for dinner. For breakfast, we had pancakes and a typical Costa Rican rice and bean dish. This hotel offers an incredible service that is hard to match.

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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?

I prefer a more relaxing getaway, and here, I didn’t need to worry about a thing. Guests are very relaxed from when they first arrive at the property and are handed a welcome drink to the end of their stay when a staff member is waiting to take their luggage to the taxi.

The delicious on-site restaurant really takes special care of their guests, as well. If you’re up for leaving the resort, the town of Santa Teresa has a lot of activities to offer, from surf lessons to canopy tours.

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

HONEYMOON. This property is both romantic and relaxing. Couples can come to relax without having to worry about a thing, because the resort staff is so helpful, and the villa itself has so many areas to kick back—whether it’s in the private pool, outdoor shower, or hammock.

The town offers nightlife, restaurants, and outdoor activities if you feel like leaving the property to explore the Nicoya coast.

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

Traveling opens one’s mind to appreciate the uniqueness of different cultures, and glamping allows you to experience where you are staying differently than any other accommodation I have stayed at before.

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While staying at this villa property, I experienced Costa Rican culture while still having the comfort of a 5-star accommodation. After my great glamping experience in Costa Rica, I can’t wait to continue glamping in my home state of Arizona.

For more glamping adventures and accommodations in Costa Rica, browse and book here!

4 Reasons to Visit Sayalonga, Malaga, this Winter

By Jessica Armstrong

This past weekend, I packed my bags, rented a car, and set my sites for Sayalonga, Malaga, to visit these luxury rentals with views of the stunning Costa del Sol—a trip I have been looking forward to for quite some time.

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Why Sayalonga, you ask? A trip to this beautiful white town in the mountains of Southern Spain will not disappoint—especially when making this glamping site your home away from home. Here are a few reasons why for when planning your winter, spring, summer, or fall getaway.

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1. The Views of Costa del Sol

Waking up to a gorgeous view of the ocean, olive trees, and mountainside villas along the coast is how I would prefer to wake up every morning. Only a short 7 k.m. away from the coast, it is still hard to believe that I really enjoyed the best of both worlds, mountain and sea, right from the comfort of my glamping accommodation.

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2. Hiking Trails Everywhere You Turn

Being a very outdoorsy person, I love a good hike to explore the surrounding areas. Having woken up to hike through the hillside among the olive trees to the short drive to hike through the National Park alongside the beautiful town of Cómpeta, there was so much to do an explore. Glampers have the many options of renting bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, and more to trek around the natural landscape.

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3. The Charming Breakfast at the Glamping Villa

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so starting the day off with eggs, breads, cheeses and meats, fresh orange juice, and one (or two) cups of coffee was the exact fuel I needed for a day of exploration. I have to hand it to the fabulous hosts for spoiling us our whole visit!

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4. Only a Short Drive 45 km drive to Malaga

Having a few days to explore it all, we wanted to really take advantage of the surrounding areas, and with Malaga only a short 50-minute drive away from Sayalonga, we couldn't help but stop on the way.

I highly recommend visiting Malaga in the winter season to see the beautiful Christmas light shows and walk the streets filled with holiday decorations. The views from the Castillo de Gibralfaro cannot be beat, and the uphill hike to the top was well worth it.

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The experience of luxury meets nature in Southern Spain was truly unique and special. A visit to the Costa del Sol any time of the year would be sure to bring relaxation, adventure, and restoration to your life.

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To check out the rest of Andalucia's unbeatable glamping sites, visit here, and don't forget to check out these tents and villas at the property I stayed at!

Guest Spotlight: Madison

By Jessica Armstrong

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This week, we're bringing you a guest spotlight featuring Madison, a winner of one of last year's Glamping Hub Giveaways! Read below as we interview her about her amazing stay in Spain with her sister:

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?

When I first saw Beautifully Decorated Yurts in Spanish Countryside of Malaga on Glamping Hub, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It certainly looked luxurious, but my previous experiences camping made me suspicious as to just how comfortable outdoor living could be. If I had to choose three words to describe my expectations, they would be: attractive, intriguing, and different.

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While the glamping site certainly lived up to those characteristics, there was so much more to it than that. The yurt was exceptionally comfortable and everything was impressively well thought out, down to the last detail. Our hosts made us feel so welcome that it felt like a home from home. Post-stay, I would describe the site as cozy, charming, and idyllic.

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Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

I decided to go glamping with my sister, as we live in different cities and rarely get a chance to re-connect. Although we managed to do a lot of sightseeing during our stay, my favorite memory would have to be the first night, where we sat outside the yurt chatting and soaking in the scenery. We enjoyed a bottle of white wine together and sampled some locally produced meats and cheeses, all whilst watching the sun set over the rolling Spanish countryside.

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

What I loved most about staying in a yurt, particularly compared with staying in a conventional hotel, was the fact that it was embedded in nature. It was a unique experience, where I felt totally catered for while still experiencing the kind of tranquility that is only truly possible in a rural setting. The shower room was a special favorite, as walking along the cobbled path from the yurt to the shower in my bathrobe and then gazing out of the window into the Spanish hills felt rather magical. Washing my hair will never feel so special again!

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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?

These yurts are located about 20 minutes’ drive away from a town called Villanueva de Algaidas in a remote part of Andalucía, Spain. The glamping site itself is in an olive grove on a distinctly desert terrain, nestled deep within the mountains. Our hosts told us that the summers were particularly dry and hot, so I imagine the perfect time to stay would be during late summer and early autumn.
We went during mid-October and the weather was beautifully sunny, with cloudless blue skies and daytime temperatures regularly reaching over 20 °C. At night, the temperature dropped to the point where it wasn’t unbearably hot but was just warm enough to be comfortable.

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

I was genuinely surprised by how plush the experience was, particularly considering how isolated we were. It was the perfect marriage of what felt like a 5-star hotel and a peaceful camping site. The cuisine served at the Beautifully Decorated Yurts in Spanish Countryside of Malaga still makes my mouth water just thinking about it, and the yurt itself was unexpectedly comfy. The crystal clear pool was definitely the icing on the cake!

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If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

During our stay at the glamping site, I was reading All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy and it struck me how similar the Spanish countryside seemed to the way he described Texas. Our hosts told us that there was a ranch nearby and visitors could book a tour on horseback through the mountains. I have to believe that horse-riding through the Spanish mountains with McCarthy would have been an unforgettable experience, if only to re-ignite his memory of a bygone age and give me an invaluable insight into the lifestyle he so elegantly described.

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!

It may sound desperately impractical, but I would personally choose Ibérico ham and a lovely glass of white wine. The lightness of the wine perfectly complements the fattiness of the ham. At the glamping site, rather than using ice cubes, they froze grapes to put in your wine. It was a charming touch that made the experience just that little bit pleasanter.

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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?

We opted for a mix, enjoying a few relaxing days while dedicating a couple of days to more active pursuits. Our favorite activity was our hike around the Iznajar Reservoir. The lake itself was a deep turquoise and was surrounded by a sandy shore. It was completely deserted, so we had the makeshift beach all to ourselves for the day. We walked part of the way around the shore, swam in the lake, and bathed in the baking sun before devouring a sumptuous seafood lunch in a nearby restaurant.

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

This Spanish yurt property is made up of two rooms, two yurts, and one small apartment. The two rooms sleep two people, while the yurts and the apartment can easily accommodate four.
Personally I felt that the glamping site made the perfect escape for couples or friends looking to relax while still craving a unique experience. It was especially ideal for nature lovers, as the site is located near to a number of mountains, lakes, and national parks.

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

Glamping definitely surpassed my expectations and I couldn’t help but rave about my experience to my family and friends once I’d returned. I love being out in the countryside, and glamping was the ultimate way to indulge my passion for nature while still enjoying a relaxing getaway.

I’m already considering a second glamping trip next year, and would strongly recommend this property to anyone heading to Spain for their next holiday.

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Stay tuned for more Guest Spotlight features, and to book the yurt where Madison stayed, click here!

Guest Spotlight: Carolina + A Glamping Wedding

By Jackie Dreyer

Carolina, a friend of the Glamping Hub family, recently attended none other than a glamping wedding!

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Located in Bedoin, France, this stunning outdoor wedding took place in July 2016. The short and fast of this gorgeous event—because we'd rather let the photos do the talking!—is this:

  • All guests had a tent or a hotel close by, and breakfast was served outside in the morning before the wedding.

  • The ceremony was in a church and also at the town hall—and the view was amazing, as you'll soon see below.

  • There were around 200 guests at the wedding.

  • All five bathrooms were 100% eco-friendly.

  • There was a station for charging your phone and connecting to electricity.

  • They built the whole bar area on their own (including the letters!!).

  • The wedding gift for all of the guests was a lavender sachet with the guest's name on it.

Without further ado, get ready to ooh and aah over the ideal glamping wedding—and get some ideas for you own!

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Loved these bell tents? Find the perfect one for you here—and for more information on glamping weddings, you can't miss our Glamping Weddings portal!

Guest Spotlight : Ali & Drew

By Chloe Stein

This week, we're bringing you a guest spotlight featuring Ali & Drew, a California-based couple who love to escape the hustle and adventure together, hand in hand.

Our Interview with Ali

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?

Pre-trip: Unique, peaceful, and relaxing.

Post-trip: Romantic, genuine, and beautiful.

Our expectations were blown out of the water by this oasis. It was such a rad experience to get to escape reality and kick back together. We got to spend the most amazing times together, staring into the open landscape and literally just talking about our dreams. It was absolutely amazing to get away for a minute.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

I went glamping with my boyfriend, Drew Primrose. He surprised me for my birthday and had wine and a card waiting. Our favorite memory was on the first day. We decided to Jacuzzi and watch the sunset. Wine in hand, Jack Johnson on, cotton candy skies, we walked down to the hammock and sat and talked, laughed, and cried. We actually fell asleep it was so peaceful.

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

THE BATHTUB. It's heavenly.

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?

Very rural. Warner Springs was a place where I was expecting cows, horses, apple trees, etc. It was very desert-like. The perfect time to stay would definitely be spring. I could just imagine how amazing the breeze would be and perfect 70s and 80s temperatures. especially with the Jacuzzi and a fire. AMAZE.

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

IT'S SCARY! Drew has a deathly fear of snakes, and I'm just constantly paranoid, so sometimes when it would get extremely quiet and we would here anything move—even a stick—we would hide under the blankets and act like five-year-olds.

If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

We probably would have loved to have Bob Marley come over to our site. We love his music and carefree way of life. A live concert wouldn't be too shabby either.

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why?

We usually go for hot dogs and beans, super typical genuine camping food, but that is when we are in a tent. [Drew] is a big beer guy, and I'm a wine-o, so we enjoy our beverages.

We also have a tradition where we drink a bottle of whiskey and fill it with the sand or dirt where we are staying. This time, we stepped it up for my birthday.

It was so nice to have a FULL BLOWN kitchen in our getaway. We made homemade pizzas with unique toppings, tacos, sandwiches, and picnic snacks with my favorite coconut cake!

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?

We like activity. This summer has been very hectic, so it was nice to get away and relax, but we are usually super active people and love experiencing new adventures. This trip, we went to a couple wineries, had a picnic at Vail Lake, went to dinner, and hiked a little bit. It was 100 degrees almost every day, so being out in the hot, hot sun so inland called for more wine and the cold Jacuzzi.

Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ____________________.¨

Wanderlust lovers.

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Let us know why!

HELL YES. Camping, glamping, adventuring, anything—we are down. Drew and I are both huge beach bums, so our next destination will definitely be by the water.

Stay tuned for more Guest Spotlight features, and to book the safari tent where Ali and Drew stayed, click here!

Guest Spotlight: Glamping near San Diego

By Chloe Stein

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to real-life glampers—just like you and I—Heidi and Justin, who recently stayed at this top-notch safari tent in northern San Diego County, near Warner Springs, in California. Read on to hear all about their glamping experience!

When I booked my stay, I already felt that it was going to be an amazing getaway. I had anticipated it for months and envisioned myself out on the deck soaking in the jacuzzi or waking up to the sun rising through the open slat of the tent. After months of waiting, these moments became real.

I found myself enjoying the jacuzzi under the stars, and waking up to the sunrise, no longer wondering what those experiences would feel like. The reality of the stay exceeded my expectations in the sense that I was only able to previously think of the site as a great place to spend a few days. However, after actually getting to experience how special this place was, I wanted to stay even longer!

Our Interview with Heidi and Justin

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?

Prior to the trip, I was only able to base my opinion on pictures and details. To me, it seemed romantic, relaxing, and unique. After the stay, I would describe it as tranquil, enchanting, and perfect.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

I was accompanied by my favorite adventure partner, my boyfriend Justin. The whole experience was memorable, though I would say that collaborating on the most awesome pizza together and then enjoying drinks and playing cards by the fire certainly sticks out in my mind.

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

We enjoyed everything this safari tent cabin had to offer. The private location with a great panoramic view was remarkable. Also, the Jacuzzi on the deck, which was only steps away from the bed, which had a heated mattress, were much appreciated on a mildly cold, Southern California winter's night. I don't think it is fair to compare this place to other glamping sites, because each glamping site provides the opportunity for its own unique experience.

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?

This glamping site was located on a hillside, which was part of a private ranch in the Warner Springs area of North San Diego County. It was surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest and overlooked a picturesque valley and mountain landscape. There is a hammock located within the fenced-in yard (dog-friendly!); that was perfect for me to enjoy the surroundings and write in my adventure journal.

As for the overall region, there are a few wineries within five to 10 minutes of the property, perfect for a short afternoon wine-tasting session and a chance to grab a local bottle to bring back and enjoy in the evening! If you are looking for a hike, the property does have trailhead access that winds through the surrounding hillside, or you can find the Pacific Crest Trail by heading into Warner Springs.

I feel like the perfect time of year to stay here would be sometime in the spring with the milder weather pattern. The region can feel a bit sweltering in the summer, and temps can drop into the 30s in the winter. However, I honestly wouldn't pass up an opportunity to stay here at any point throughout the year.

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

Though we spend a lot of time outdoors and go camping whenever possible, the glamping experience is unique. You are able to stay in lodgings in which the owners have exhibited so much attention to detail and manage to provide all the comforts of home, while still giving you a very intimate experience with nature. The euphoric feeling you get from the experience leaves you almost feeling as if you should have booked the property for a longer period of time!

Our first experience glamping was an overnight stay at a redwood treehouse, located down a trail through a redwood grove about five minutes from where our car was parked. It was almost as if I was already getting sad about checking out the next day soon after I arrived and got settled!

If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

Since my boyfriend and I are avid music listeners, you could say that we did have celebrities there with us through the songs on the soudntrack we had created for the weekend.

As our stay at the property was, at times, a bit spiritual, it was as if Nahko and Medicine for the People or Trevor Hall were in the house. This peaceful slice of paradise also allowed The Green and Tarrus Riley to be present in setting the mood, and giving a nod to the rustic vibe of the place, Chris Stapleton could be heard through the speakers, too.

In spirit, these folks were there. Physically, however, we wouldn't have wanted anybody else there, celebrity or otherwise. Who the heck would want a third wheel on a romantic getaway?!?

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!

I'm not sure how these two items became a tradition, but on every camping, glamping, or road trip, we've always brought along a bottle of Cinnamon Whiskey and a box of fruit snacks! This is not to say that these items make a great combination. I wouldn't recommended these as part of a balanced diet. Yet, in the realm of improvisation that comes with packing food for camping/glamping getaways, these two items remain constant.

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?

I'm not sure that I have a preference, as it truly depends on what the area we are traveling to has to offer. Our outdoor-related trips usually involve a balance where time is spent out hiking and fishing, but also spent relaxing by the campfire. If we are near a city, then the getaway tends to be geared toward how much we can see, do, eat, and drink the duration of the trip, which we would refer to as a "POWER TOUR."

With regard to our stay at the glamping site, we opted for relaxation to the fullest. We ventured out to do a bit of wine tasting one afternoon, but were very eager to maximize our time spent at our safari tent cabin. I would say that if you are into wine, then wine tasting would be the best activity in the area. It allows for you to enjoy a glass of wine while taking in a usually beautiful view.

An option for the more active would be to go for a hike. There is a hike that takes you along the Pacific Crest Trail to an outcropping of boulders that form the shape of an eagle, which is appropriately called Eagle Rock.

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

This glamping site would be the perfect place for romance! Due to the beauty and privacy of the location, it truly allows for a couple to really connect and enjoy each other's company. In my experience, it was about enjoying time away from home with my special someone without any distractions!

Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

I recommend glamping to friends, family, and clients every chance I get. My boyfriend and I do a lot of tent camping, and people always comment that the pictures we come back with are beautiful, but that the idea of having to "rough it" is not something they are willing to commit to. So why not do some research into the happy medium that we call GLAMPING? I would certainly go glamping again. I'm always looking for that next unique accommodation. Thanks to Glamping Hub, the possibilities are numerous!

Stay tuned for more Guest Spotlights and to book the safari tent where Heidi and Justin stayed, click here!

Guest Spotlight: Lisette of "Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary"

By Hayley Donigan

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to blogger Lisette of "Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary," who recently went on a luxurious getaway in Washington at this upscale cabin near Glacier. Read on to hear about her luxury camping experience and a brief interview about her first time glamping!

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A while back, I mentioned we were going on a little family adventure. We finally went on our adventure and stayed in a modern cabin in the woods. We enjoyed the solitude and location of our cabin, but most important was the time we spent together as a family. Our time there reminded us that we feel most alive surrounded by trees and breathing in the fresh mountain air, but also how we hope to one day have a cabin of our own nestled in the woods.

We stayed at our cabin for two nights and brought with us enough groceries so that we had no reason to leave other than for our own choosing. Aside from an afternoon of snowshoeing, we mainly just hung out at our cabin. So often with hotel rooms, we end up paying a lot of money for a place we hardly spend any time in, but renting this house allowed us to stick to our routine while still being on vacation. Jasper was able to have his own room and sleep when he wanted to, while we were able to enjoy the hot tub and relax by the fireplace.

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We loved all the natural light and airiness of our cabin accompanied by the warmth of the natural wood ceilings and open stairwell. We also loved the two-story space in the living and dining area and spent a majority of our time as a family there. In case we had forgotten something, there was a small grocery store, a couple of restaurants, and a bakery in the town of Glacier, which was roughly one mile away from our cabin.

When we arrived, there was a nice blanket of snow surrounding our cabin. We had hoped to be there during another snow storm, but all we ended up with was rain. We still savored the pace of our days at the cabin, however—each morning, we would sleep in and have a leisurely breakfast. Before we knew it, the clock said "afternoon", so we would try to take advantage of as much daylight as possible during those short winter days. Nights were filled with lots of playing with Jasper and the reminder that this slice of his life, although exhausting at times, will be a flash before our very eyes.

Our Interview with Lisette

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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, I would have said woodsy, secluded, and quiet. The words I choose afterwards are modern, respite, and relaxing.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

I went with my husband and toddler son. Snowshoeing up at Mount Baker on a cold, windy day and then having a warm inviting cabin to come back to afterwards for hot soup and to relax by the fire was the best part.

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

The best part about our cabin was the vaulted ceilings and the wall of windows. We were able to feel like we were connected to nature, even while we were indoors.

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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 site is in a small community where they know your name and your coffee order if you are a local and are excited to see you if you are a visitor.

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

I was surprised by the variety of accommodations available. I always thought of glamping as primarily staying in a yurt, but glamping includes tents, tree houses, tipis, campervans, and more.

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If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

Hands down, I would choose Oprah! I would take her snowshoeing and insist on taking a zillion selfies with her, and then we would come back to the cabin and sit by the fire. We would talk and talk for hours like we were old friends while sipping on drinking chocolate. In the evening, we would go into town for a meal, and everyone would be shocked that Oprah came to town.

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!

Hot brownie sundaes with ice cream are always a good idea while on vacation.

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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?

I like a combination of the two, which makes winter getaways ideal. You can be active during the day and then cozy and relaxed at night.

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

I would say a young family who likes the outdoors, cooks their own meals, spends quality time together playing games, and loves sitting by the fire and enjoying hot tubs.

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

Yes, I would. It allows you to stay in unique places that you might not otherwise have access to or the energy to track down.

To find out more about Lisette and "Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary," be sure to check out her blog, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Guest Spotlight: Megan of "Mapping Megan"

By Hayley Donigan

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to blogger Megan of "Mapping Megan," who recently went on a luxurious getaway in Australia at this sleek cabin on the southern coast of New South Wales. Read on to hear her luxury camping experience and a brief interview about her first time glamping!

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This part of Australia is known as the “Eurobodalla Nature Coast," due to its natural environment and prolific wildlife, and glampers are invited to come and reconnect with that special someone in pure, private bliss.

Encompassed completely by a lush, green forest, these detailed and stylish accommodations are far from any noise and distractions, and this intimate, natural setting blended with spacious and ultra-modern cabins allows for the ultimate romantic escape. This is Australian glamping at its best.

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There are five cabins total here, and each is located at least 100 meters apart and separated by a screen of natural forest. The privacy here is unparalleled. Privacy is what this property is all about, and your cabin comes in a secluded setting, offering you your own private section of the Australian bush. Each cabin has its own vehicle access, and there is ample space to park.

The perks of seclusion? Floor-to-ceiling windows in each room allow you to enjoy a spa in total privacy, overlooking the natural bushland. Sip on champagne in the hot tub while watching as kookaburras and crimson rosellas come out to play.

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When you think of a cabin in the woods, “rustic” is one word which comes to mind. These “bowers” are anything but that. Each cabin has a king-size bed, a two-person spa, and a double shower with piped music to the spa room. Between the outdoor shower and the spa, we didn’t have the chance to take advantage of the shower indoors. There is a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and Wi-Fi access. Each cabin also includes a full-size washing machine and clothes dryer, as well as air conditioning and ceiling fans.

There is a genuine wood fireplace, a fully self-contained kitchen, and a private deck complete with a barbecue grill, meaning guests can be completely self-sufficient if they choose. Recline on your own private deck with a glass of wine over a sumptuous BBQ amongst the eucalypt forest. Pull out the bird seed from inside if you feel like inviting a few guests to join you. Each bower is set up with a bird feeder, too.

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Heated towel racks, candles, an impressive amount of literature on local adventure and sightseeing options, and even a modest selection of novels and magazines are provided. They have gone above and beyond to cater to everything you could possibly think to need.

Guests are welcomed with a complimentary breakfast hamper on arrival, which includes all of the best ingredients for a scrumptious breakfast. Bacon, tomatoes, sausages, fresh fruit, a selection of juices, croissants, and bread are all included. There are gourmet meal and picnic hamper options available, too; pre-order before arrival, and you will show up to a fridge that is fully stocked.

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Mark and Sue can arrange for luxury excursions, like surfing and yoga retreats or mountain biking and kayak tours. The property also organizes whale watching trips on either a charter boat or kayak, as well as visits to local art galleries and expeditions.

These sleek and romatic cabins in Broulee are one of Australia’s best kept secrets—stylish accommodations immersed in a natural forest unlike anything else you’re likely to find. The luxury, privacy, bush, and birds all make for an idyllic setting and one of the most sensational accommodation experiences in the world.

Our Interview with Megan

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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?

From photos and online reviews, we could tell before we got there that this glamping site was luxurious, secluded, and tranquil. In terms of our expectations living up to reality, it was all of that and more. We were BLOWN away! This was our first experience glamping—I’m not sure that we’ll ever go back to primitive tents again now knowing camping can be like this!

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

My husband and I took a romantic retreat, and it was wonderful to disconnect and step back from the excesses and complications of modern life. Sometimes you just need to seriously get away!

The whole experience was a favorite memory—the whole stay was pure bliss. I mean, an intimate, stylish cabin in your own private section of lush green forest—we never wanted to leave! A favorite memory, however, would definitely be sitting out on our BBQ deck in bathrobes as the rainbow lorikeets and crimson rosellas came down to our bird feeder. They’re the most unbelievably beautiful birds! Then again, there was enjoying champagne in the bath overlooking the rainforest and enjoying the luxury of an outdoor shower. It's too hard to choose just one highlight!

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

Attention to detail. Everything you could possibly imagine had been thought of, and that truly blew us away. It was the luxurious extra touches that made this stand out from previous accommodation experiences. They had gone the extra mile and not spared any expense.

For instance, there was outdoor lighting to highlight the surrounding forest if you chose to enjoy the spa after dark. Blinds for your floor to ceiling windows were provided so you could choose your level of connection with the wilderness outside. Heated towel racks, scented candles, a birdfeeder for the exotic birds—they go above and beyond to cater to everything you could possibly think to need.

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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 site is hidden away in 100 acres of natural forest along Australia’s southeast coast, and just over one kilometer away you have the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. There are rolling hills, native animals, and nearby national parks and state forests just waiting to be explored. There are over six miles of walking trails through the surrounding forest, and Illawong Nature Reserve is steps away and will lead you past native flora and fauna and eventually to North Broulee Beach.

The best time of year would be around October and November. This is shoulder season just coming into summer, so the weather is perfect, though mass tourism hasn’t yet hit!

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

How luxurious the accommodations were surprised me. I mean, this was above and beyond the standard we have experienced in many five-star hotels before, though with the rainforest right outside the door. We were expecting luxury camping, but I don’t think we were expecting something that rivaled an average hotel. For all intents and purposes, it was more a fully-functional cabin in the woods!

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If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

Richard Branson, because I’m absolutely certain that if I can get him in a relaxed atmosphere, I can convince him to send me as the first travel blogger on the moon once Virgin Galactic starts their commercial flights!

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!

Bacon and eggs. It’s simple, straightforward, and not something we often cook at home, so it’s quite the luxury to indulge! Beverage-wise, champagne is pretty fitting when you’re taking a luxury retreat!

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?

Generally, we opt for more active getaways, though I loved that when staying on a property like this, you can be as active or relaxed as you please.

You could head out on an epic all-day hike if you wanted to or stick to casual strolls along the beach. You could kick back on your private deck and enjoy the beautiful scenery on site, or you could head out for whale watching or water sports and then decompress in the evening. There really is something to suit every mood!

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

This glamping site would be the perfect place for me to live permanently! I would happily give everything away if I could live in this kind of paradise for the rest of my life. It’s the dream.

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

Absolutely, and absolutely. We’re now glamping addicts. Camping will never be the same again!

To find out more about Megan and "Mapping Megan," be sure to check out her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Guest Spotlight: Glamping in Malibu

By Hayley Donigan

Editor's Note: We'd like to introduce you to one of our incredible Glamping Hub staff members and the experience of her first time glamping! Hayley, from our marketing team, stayed at this glamping ranch in Malibu, California, while on holiday with her mother.

Take a moment to think about the last time you truly disconnected. No phone. No TV. That’s what I did for two nights in Malibu to kick off the new year, and as soon as I got there, I realized that it was long overdue. How many of us spend our days working and running errands without ever stopping to take a moment just for ourselves? I know I'm guilty of it.

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This incredible ranch in Southern California encourages you to reconnect with the things in life that really matter—in this picturesque wilderness setting, you are asked to leave your ego at the gates and completely forget about time. That’s just what I did when I got there; I didn’t use my phone at all, and I consciously spent my days with no rigid plan or need to accomplish anything.

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Not only are you nourishing your own soul when you stay here, but you are contributing to a fantastic cause—part of the proceeds of this site go to supporting its many rescued animals. For me, those animals really stole the show. You can tell that they are well loved, and the particularly friendly goat and donkeys made my trip. If you’d like, you can pay a little extra to feed, groom, and get up close to the animals, and you can even go on a riding adventure with the horses.

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Of course, you don’t have to be a huge animal-lover like me to enjoy all the benefits of the ranch’s serene atmosphere. The views alone are enough to convince anyone that they need a bit more nature in their lives. Tucked away in the mountains, there are great hiking trails nearby, but we chose to have a more leisurely stay and simply let our eyes do the exploring. Each night, the silence lulled me into a deep, much-needed slumber.

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Another huge bonus of the location of this site is that several great beaches are just a short, scenic drive away. We weren’t willing to brave the waves in January, but driving along the PCH proved very rejuvenating. We also discovered wineries, shops, spas, and restaurants nearby, so this site really does combine seclusion with convenience very nicely.

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I think you'd struggle to find another site quite like this unique ranch in California. With a yurt, a tipi, and a cabin all on-site, you can return again and again to have a completely different experience each time. I will certainly want to go back to say hello to my new furry friends and keep my inner peace levels in check.

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All photos were taken by and are copyright of our featured guest, Hayley.