Best places to glamp
(Photo: The Resort at Paws Up)
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Are you fond of the great outdoors … minus the mosquitoes, the dirt and the whole sleeping bag situation? If so, you might be more of a "glamper": You want to experience the majesty and tranquility of nature, but you don't want to forgo luxuries like a plush bed and privacy when nature calls. These eight glampsites — found everywhere from Montana to Australia — blend pristine natural beauty with luxurious accommodations ("glamping" combines "glamour" and "camp"). So leave your sleeping bag and your tent at home, and get ready not to rough it in the great outdoors.
The Resort at Paws Up
Not all glampsites offer amenities like butler service and spa treatments, but western Montana's Resort at Paws Up takes extravagant camping to a whole new level. This massive resort houses 30 one- and two-bedroom tents that come with access to a personal butler and chef. The spacious tents, which comfortably house couples or small families, also feature sumptuous beds, private bathrooms and even electricity.
When it comes to outdoor pursuits, the Resort at Paws Up has you covered. The resort facilitates fly fishing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and hot air ballooning, among other activities. If you'd rather just relax and enjoy the rugged landscape that once captivated the explorers Lewis and Clark, you'll have 37,000 acres to roam.
Les Cerniers, Valais, Switzerland
Whitepod, in southern Switzerland, bills itself as a five-star summer camp for adults. Each of the large tents — or "pods" — contains a comfortable king-size bed, a wood-burning stove and a private bathroom with a shower. The pods also each feature a mezzanine (or terrace), which offers the perfect perch for gazing at the nearby Alps. Activities like hiking and mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter will surely work up your appetite.
When hunger sets in, you can devour a fresh meal at the family-friendly restaurant inside the nearby Les Cerniers chalet. Should it rain during your stay, head to the Pod-house for a game, a movie or even a soak in the Japanese bath. And to ensure every bit of stress leaves your body before the end of your vacation, you can book a "Breuss" massage at the chalet. Whitepod, about 80 miles from Geneva, is accessible by car or train.