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 wine...wow, 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.

Guest Spotlight: Algarve, Portugal

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 Portugal! Lauren, one of our Managers of Business Development, stayed at this unique camping tent in Aljezur in west Algarve, Portugal.

I came to this glamping site with my boyfriend for a relaxing weekend for his birthday, and we had the best time. Immediately upon arrival, you could see the oasis that Mario and Joanna have created; each tent has been built with so much care and detail. The property is absolutely stunning—from the hanging dream catchers and hammocks to the roaming chickens and beautiful vistas of the surrounding forest, valley, and lake. There is no shortage of beauty!

Mario and Joana are so charming and have thought of everything. The tent was equipped with towels, fresh fruit, and an enormous walkout deck, which is attached to the back of the tent and overlooks the valley. They even went out of their way to put a telescope in our tent for us to look at the full moon, which we did and it was gorgeous!


Our favorite spot in the tent was the spacious patio that overlooked the forest and valley. We enjoyed a nice bottle of wine (or two) and sunned and relaxed out there most of the day. We spent all day in the comfortable wooden chairs, and I managed to finish a whole book while the fat, camp kitty, Banksy, sat in my lap and napped and purred.

The tent was incredibly cozy, clean, and so pretty. Even the compost toilets were easy, convenient, and did not smell at all. Their property is so eco-friendly, but has all of the luxuries of a modern accommodation.

We managed to get the best of everything while we were there: a cozy rainstorm, bright sunshine during the day, and a full moon come nighttime. We woke up to a dewy sunrise and a full breakfast of fresh eggs with homemade bread, jams, and juices, which were all delicious.

The free-range chickens, two big pups, and very friendly kitty make the property so pleasant and warm. The property is close to Aljezur's city center and the beach. The bliss was tangible. We had an absolutely fantastic time and will definitely be back.


To stay where Lauren and her boyfriend stayed, click here, and for more incredible accommodations in Portugal, keep exploring here on Glamping Hub!

Guest Spotlight: Costa Rica

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 Costa Rica! Caroline, our Director of Business Development, stayed at one of these beautiful, eco-friendly suites in Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

1. Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post-stay.

Before: Relaxing, remote, and rustic.
After: Unique, tropical, and secluded.

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

I was traveling with my friend Shayla, and this was our second glamping accommodation on our trip traveling around Costa Rica. My favorite memory during our stay was relaxing in the pool while looking out at the forest. The pool feels like it is in the middle of the wild—it almost feels like a natural pool, as it blends into the surroundings so well.

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

The accommodation was truly unique, especially after our earlier stay in a tree house that was incredibly basic. The structure of the property was very interesting; you are in close proximity to the neighboring guests in private rooms, but it manages to feel like you are secluded.

The shower is made to feel like you are suspended in the rainforest and looking out at the trees. The floor-to-ceiling glass creates a very open space, allowing you to truly appreciate your surroundings. Each balcony also has a suspended floating bed, which is incredibly relaxing to lie on while listening to all of the animals singing.

4. 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 area of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais is an adventure traveler's dream. It is slightly off the beaten path, due to the transportation links and roads being poorly maintained; however, it is a mini-paradise. From climbing waterfalls, zip-lining, horse back riding, and some of the best swells for surfers on the pacific side of Costa Rica, it's any outdoor lover's ideal haven.

It is also relatively undeveloped. There are many nice local restaurants and some culinary delights, but there are no big resorts, which has allowed the area to retain its charm. I would recommend a trip here in November.

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

The host has two very friendly German Shepherds. As an animal lover, it was a pleasant surprise to see them trotting around the grounds. The accommodation also has a communal Jacuzzi that is great for relaxing in after a long day of surfing or exploring.

6. 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?

David Attenborough. I would have him explain the area to me and educate me on the local flora and fauna surrounding our suite.

7. 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!

Anything from the local surroundings. The fresh fruit and fish in the area around Santa Teresa was incredible.

8. 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 to combine activities with relaxation, and Costa Rica and the Puntarenas area are perfect for this—you really can cater to all needs and have the best of both worlds. I really enjoyed surfing in Santa Teresa, especially at sunset, which is early, but it is very nice to be in the water as the sun fades and then trek back through the jungle.

We also hired ATVs and went on a small day trip to the local waterfalls of Montezuma—the perfect mini-adventure. It took around 40 minutes to get to the waterfalls, driving across the country side and backroads. We then hiked up the river to get to the big pool and waterfall, where the locals were swimming and jumping from the highest parts of the falls. It felt like a hidden paradise.

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

Anyone wanting to relax and explore! It is great for couples or friends traveling. Each suite is fully-equipped, and you can easily enjoy the local town of Santa Teresa or stay secluded and relaxed at the accommodation.

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

When traveling around Costa Rica, glamping is an absolute must! I would always recommend glamping. I think once you try it, other accommodations simply can't compare. For me, it's the only way!


Click here to keep exploring where to go glamping in Costa Rica or here to stay and glamp as Caroline did!

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!