Spring is here, warm weather is on its way, and camping season is coming in full swing. If you’re yearning for the great outdoors but still want a luxury experience, why not try glamping? It’s the best of both worlds – the beauty of Mother Earth combined with the creature comforts you can’t live without. Here are four star hotels for glamping.
1. El Secreto – Belize
Nestled on the warm Caribbean shore, El Secreto is a barefoot luxury resort with a view of the Belize barrier reef. Choose from 13 individual thatched-roof villas that each have marble-finished bathrooms with tandem bathtubs, an outdoor jacuzzi and shower patio, a King size bed with 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, and dozens of other touches that give a 4-star hotel appeal. It is a great four star hotel for glamping and outdoors.
Lodging Accommodations: Villas
What to Do: Many visitors enjoy bike riding around the island, excursions to Mayan ruins, and various helicopter tours, but diving and snorkeling can’t be missed. Experienced divers can go out to the Barrier Reef, and non-divers have a bevy of snorkeling spots to explore.
Where to Dine: El Secreto Restaurant at the resort is considered the most beautiful and romantic setting on the island. Chefs combine international flavors with local Belizean cuisine for a delicious culinary experience.
2. The Lodge & Cottages at Primland – Virginia, USA
This treehouse resort is comfortably perched on 12,000 acres of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. This year, it was ranked on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List of the Top 100 Resorts and Hotels in the World. Each treehouse offers a whimsical experience that will whisk you back to your childhood fantasies, but with much better amenities. Definitely, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is on eof the best four star hotels for your outdoor adventures.
Lodging Accommodations: Treehouses
What to Do: Golf fans rejoice: the Highland golf course, designed by Donald Steele, is reminiscent of a Scottish course, winding its way through a mountainous landscape. The Spa at Primland weaves Native American healing and European spa rituals for maximum pampering. There’s also fly fishing, horseback riding, nature walks, and simply enjoying the incredible views.
Where to Dine: The resort prides itself on bringing the best taste experience possible. The chefs work closely with local growers to hand-pick the freshest and most innovative ingredients for an earthy and organic menu.
3. Sasaab – Kenya
This eco-friendly east African resort, situated on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River, provides stunning views of the North Frontier Distract and Mt. Kenya. The resort has 9 individual rooms (in tent form), each with its own mini plunge pool and “chill out space” in the form of verandah or mini-garden. The four star hotel will be great for your glamping.
Lodging Accommodations: Tents
What to Do: Watching wildlife and game from the privacy of your verandah is one of the quintessential experiences of visiting Kenya. Guided nature walks, bird watching and star gazing are popular, and SpaSaab is a must-visit with its world-class beauty and spa treatments. More adventurous types can take a game drive on an open vehicle to see the ‘Samburu Special Five’.
Where to Dine: At Sasaab, meals are included in your stay and are offered in various areas around the lodge. Private meals are available at your verandah or by your pool upon request. Cuisine is a seamless fusion of Kenyan produce with Moroccan flavors.