Special Mother's Day Host Spotlight: Sonya and Kirsten

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, in honor of Mother's Day, we have a mother and daughter duo, Sonya and Kirsten, who run this gorgeous mountain retreat in New South Wales, Australia.

Let Sonya take you down memory lane and share her experience of running a glamping site with her daughter, Kirsten.

1. What's the best memory you have of traveling with your children?

We have always been a "Let's go away for the weekend!" kind of family, and all the children have always enjoyed the bush, horseback riding, and animals, just where there would be untouched nature and a river. It did not take any fancy offerings for us to enjoy the open country—we just loved visits from animals, the stars in the sky, and lovely clean country air.

2. What was your first glamping/camping experience with your children?

We started camping with our children when they were barely two years old.

3. How did you and your daughter get into the glamping business together? What inspired you?

As a family, we fell in love with some lovely countryside just 2.5 hours from Sydney; it was completely untouched and had a gorgeous crystal clear trout stream. My husband (the kids' father) was so enamored he went straight to the phone to ask if there was any land for sale on this lovely river.

It was meant to be—there were 3,000 acres for sale right on the very part of the river we had seen. At first, we built a little log cottage, next a vegetable and fruit garden, then a work shed, and it grew from there. It was not until three years ago, we discovered "glamptents" and how much fun they were.

4. If you could describe your property in three words, what would they be?

Adventure, mountain, and wilderness.

5. What types of experiences can people expect to have when they stay in your accommodation?

You do wake up to noises of the animals, and our valley is famous for its bird life (we have wedge tail eagles in our valley). Since we're in the mountains, you also do get that sharp cool start to the morning, which is so invigorating. You will see kangaroos coming for a drink or bounding past, too. All of this is very calming and gives you a wonderful feeling of well-being.

6. What makes your property unique?

I think having 6,000 acres of country trees, hills, and clear country air is priceless.

7. What's your favorite part about owning a glamping property together?

My daughter Kirsten and I work very well together. She looks after all the internet servicing, which is something that did not exist when we first started. She actually set up our website and found Glamping Hub, and we now get bookings from all over the world. I look after the practical side of bookings, cottage and glamping tent upkeep, and staff.

We will have seven glamping tents by the end of July, our original first one was such a great success, but they do only sleep two to three people. If there is a larger group wanting to come, we have bush cottages that sleep from six to 10 people, which are also popular for groups of young people and families.

We have horses—and ponies for children!—and do outrides through the bush. Kirsten is very much involved with the bush animals and horseback riding and looks after that, as well.

8. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Our glamping tents all have or will have wonderful large verandas that look over the prettiest part of our river. They are as private as possible and are very comfortable, and people love them.

Our guests feel like they are having a real bush experience—first in a canvas-style tent, lots of bushland surrounding, a private bathroom with a great rain shower bathroom and heating, and more.

We are in the mountains, and it can snow, but staying in a glamping tent adds that little bit extra, and people find it to be a real, and welcomed, change from city living. The tents are unique in every way, and coming here is an adventure from the minute you arrive 'til the minute you leave.


For a unique getaway to New South Wales, Sonya and Kirsten have glamping tents and a number of different cabin options, which you can find here, here, here, here, here, and here. Get inspired by this mother-daughter team and book a special trip to celebrate your mom this Mother's Day!

Where Our Famous Glamping-Loving Moms Should Spend Mother's Day 2017

By Jessica Armstrong

Looking to take a break from the spotlight to spend Mother's Day in a secluded and beautiful destination?

Michelle, Reese, Queen Bey, and all of you other lovely ladies, we have a special treat for you this year—and we can guarantee you won't want to indulge in this opportunity only once a year.

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Outfitted with the most lavish of luxuries and comforts to help guests relax and refresh, these glamping getaways are what every mama deserves this Mother's Day. Filled top-to-bottom with the most royal amenities and features that all leading ladies will not be able to get enough of, a glamping vacation or staycation is the perfect way to spend this special day, whether a solo getaway for mom or with the whole family in tow.

Sneak peak at a few gems and true treasures right here:

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This beautiful safari tent in Carbondale, Colorado, will make every mother swoon the second they set their sights on its chic features and comfy four-poster bed.

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Tucked away in Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, this charming tree house is one for the whole family. Every A-list mother will want to share this one with her kids, creating memories to last a lifetime.

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This stunning cabin in Lake Tahoe screams nature meets glitz and glam. Wake up to a fresh cup of coffee and a view of the great outdoors like you have never seen it before.

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Open the door to your beautiful Tivoli barn to splurge in the coziness of a home away from home right off the Hudson River in Upstate New York.

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Luxury enthusiasts cannot get enough of this peaceful cozy cottage nestled into Oregon's woodlands. This is the perfect getaway for any celeb couple who wants to make like Kim and Kanye and head up to Oregon via their very own jet.

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For all of you moms out there reading this, don't forget to drop your loved ones some hints that what you're really craving isn't a weekend at the spa, but a glamping getaway!


Our famous glamping-loving mothers adore these sites, and you will, too! Check out some of our most luxurious spots for every special mama here.

6 Around-the-World Parenting Styles that Make your Mom Special

By Laura Camila Rivera

It doesn't matter if you're living the American dream or raised by the Spanish siesta lifestyle, your mom deserves to be spoiled rotten on Mother's Day. For us glampers, it's easy to take on new adventures, but home is always where Mom is. Mamas around the world have left their imprint on generations to come, so here's a quick look at different "mom-ing" strategies from around the world. Do you recognize any?

On safety

Did your mama walk you to school every morning or were you sent off on your own to instill independence? To this day, women around the world differ in this, and it may have a lot to do with who you are as a person now. In Japan, kids go to school by themselves and can be seen walking or even riding trains and buses by themselves. In Denmark, babies often nap outside in a warm stroller while mom has a cup of coffee with no worries. Meanwhile, lone kids in New York are a cause for worry and can even mean trouble for parents back home.

On birthday parties

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Latin American parties demand a lot of energy from Mamas around the world and tend to go on for hours after any preestablished end time. Birthday parties can be huge family events, especially quinceañeros! In Thailand, some people believe it's rude to celebrate on a day that mom went through so much pain. Instead, these holidays can be seen as a chance to make a monetary donation, donate blood, or do some charity work. It brings luck and good karma for the rest of the year, and kids barely seem to notice that the attention isn't on them!

On getting help

While all our mothers are clearly superheroes, this doesn't mean they need to raise their kids on their own. The phrase, "It takes a village," comes in handy in places like Brazil and Africa where it is very common to have nannies and maids to help lighten the load. In some places, it's even an expectation for financially stable families to provide jobs in the community. In New Zealand, midwives can visit the homes of recent moms for weeks after birth to help out, and in Thailand, grandma and grandpa are never too far away and may even move in to help mom get back to work sooner.

On sleeping arrangements

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How old were you when you started sleeping in your own room? Co-sleeping is a norm in places like India where space is limited or in Thailand. It isn't uncommon to see a mom sleeping in a bed with her child and dad sleeping somewhere else. This also means that kids stay up as late as their parents in a lot of places and don't adhere to a bedtime or sleep schedule. If mom's up, I'm up, we always say.

On discipline

If you've heard of la chancla, then you probably grew up in a Hispanic household where discipline consists of mom's sandal, and you've learned never to make that mistake again. Tantrums and hissy fits are a given when it comes to the terrible twos, but in Northern Ireland, people get involved. Strangers in the grocery store have no reservations about calming a baby with a temper, and in Turkey, waiters can pick up a fussy kid and bounce him around until he calms down.

On recreation

Date nights and romantic getaways are always hard in the first few years with a new kid, but some places write them out completely. In Jordan, women and men often socialize separately and, while the women may miss their partners, they have many ways to let their hair down and let loose when in the comfort of their girls nights. Family-friendly locations are common in Norway for everyone to spend time together. All around the world, when mom and dad can get away, they probably go glamping.

This Mother's Day, don't forget to say thank you for your mom's hard work by spoiling her rotten. We recommend a gift card to an around-the-world stay worthy of your around-the-world mom.