Why Glamping is the Best

Why Glamping is the Best Way to Travel

Being green doesn’t have to mean giving up luxury. Many properties and destinations offer all the luxuries you want, while still being mindful and respectful of nature and their communities. As such, they have taken great precautions to minimize the physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts of being where they are.

As a traveler, adopt sustainable practices such as using cloth bags, reducing single use plastic, eating locally grown food, and using your trip to learn about the local flora and fauna.

Eco Glamping in Peru

Peru Eco Camp is a sustainable camping experience. The site uses solar energy, natural water sources, and has an organic garden. Their goal is to create as little environmental impact as possible. Your stay will be in one of their fully insulated eco domes. This resort also uses local, fresh, and organic food in all their meals. Your stay also includes guided hikes around Machu Picchu, a bucket-list destination.

Mexican Jungle Hideaway

Akumal Natura is an eco resort set in the tropical jungle of Quintana Roo, Mexico. This property is committed to caring for and protecting the local fauna and flora, and the natural cenote which is perfect for a refreshing swim. Here you’ll stay in a thatched roof bungalow with cloth walls. In addition, Akumal Natura has a rescue that works to protect and rescue/rehab over 22 species of animals in the area. This resort lets you relax and rejuvenate yet also learn about the local plants and wildlife.

Nicaraguan Tree Experience

TreeCasa Resort in Nicaragua focuses on sustainability, community, wellness and exploration all in one. It’s everything you’re looking for in an green travel, glamping trip. They balance their commitment to supporting the local ecosystem while also offering guests a relaxing luxury trip full of adventure, yoga, and farm-to-table food. If you are looking for a truly inspiring eco-minded vacation, TreeCasa is a top pick.

So, if you’re looking for an eco-minded trip, it doesn’t get much better than glamping, with endless options ranging from intimate and simple to luxurious and glamorous.

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Adventures for Couples

    Romantic Adventures for Couples

It’s that time of year, post Christmas and New Year’s, when you might just be craving a romantic getaway with your significant other. Maybe you want something a little out of the ordinary for this time of year. Somewhere that’s not just a nice hotel where it feels generic and overdone. We have some great options for some super romantic, super natural, super beautiful glamping locations for that perfect romantic escape. 

Now you may be asking yourself, “Are they crazy? Tent? In Winter?” Hear us out, though. Snuggling with your loved one next to your own fire pit. Cuddling under a heated blanket, with a hot water bottle to keep you warm on top of your luxury plush mattress. While a tent seems like an unlikely choice this time of year, reconsider. Ventana Big Sur has you covered for the cool nights post hikes and spending time in the surrounding redwoods. There is also access to the full resort, which includes on-site dining, a spa, and relaxing Japanese hot bath.  

Dunton Hot Springs is a former ghost town-turned-resort.

Dunton Hot Springs is an all-inclusive converted ghost town of cabins in the perfect wintery getaway. Not only do you have these delicious cozy wood cabins, but also the actual hot springs. Keep warm with several different options for the hot springs, including a private dip for the springs inside your own cabin in the Well House. During the day check out the mountains, go snowshoeing, head to the spa, or just explore. Then, nestle up by a fire in the evening with your honey. If you don’t want to leave your furry family member at home, some cabins allow pets. 

Arizona’s Cozy Peach has an offbeat vibe.

Looking for something a little kooky, vintage, and sweet? The Cozy Peach has 9 different remodeled vintage airstreams and trailers to choose from. Maybe you’re trying to get away from the snow for a romantic weekend. If so, you’ll love the Arizona weather here as well as the vintage bikes you can rent to explore the property and have a romantic picnic lunch. If you’d rather stay indoors, these trailers come with flat screen tvs and lots of cozy spaces to snuggle the time away. 

Romantic Getaway for Two

And off we went. Alone. My husband and I. On a few days’ break and escape from the crazy world. Why just the two of us? Because the children are suddenly grown up and of course it is no longer “cool” to go to holidays with your mother and father. Well, this is completely normal in a family development, is it not? We said, “If your life gives you lemons, make a lemonade.” You know this solution, right?

So, we did not make a fuss, but packed some clothes, two towels, and a sunscreen, and drove towards the sea. As during those old times of the first joint interwoven thoughts, words, and actions. Or, simply: as in the time when we first fell in love. At the time when a palm held a palm and understood the heart and the head, when words where not necessary. At a time when my thought was hugging his thought. And vice-versa.

Our holiday destination was Adria mobile home, in a beautiful environment just a few meters from the sea. It was really a couple of days like from a postcard. Peace in the environment, peace in the soul. Dinner for two on a luxurious terrace of the holiday home, with everything that creates a romantic atmosphere: a candle on the table, fragrant sticks, two glasses of chilled wine, some slices of cheese, Dalmatian prosciutto, and some juicy olives. All this was topped up with a conversation.

It was a nice conversational inventory of our family life, with retrospective, fragments of outstanding events, and a look into the future. And a lot of swimming and exploring the surroundings on a bicycle during the day, often along the trails, “fenced” with lavender. And accompanied by … tireless singing cicadas.

In such a place, at such a time and place, you realize that life is valuable and that you have to step off the everyday racing train every now and then, disconnect technical devices, and eliminate any disruptions that poison us at every turn.

It was only a few days, but still enough for the mental wellness, which we supported with morning runs and afternoon cycling. And, of course, conversation, which is the best therapy for interpersonal relationships. With a conversation that connects, enriches, relaxes, and promises many more such romantic days.

Launching a Glamping Resort

Launching a Glamping Resort Checklist (Part 2)

We have created a short checklist for you to follow!

Plan Attractions for Your Guests

You may think it is too early to plan the attractions but as a matter of fact they will be a part of your budget. Moreover, if you decide to get a loan for your resort, you will be more credible having everything well planned.

Select the attractions that fit your location. If you decide to open a glamping resort at the lake, think of providing canoes, pedaloes or SUPs. If you wish to have a yoga geodome think about yoga mats and blocks. If you are located at the suburbs you may want to have bikes available for your guests. Surprise your guests with pottery classes or cooking classes. Use your imagination and you will see the results in number of bookings.

Glamping Resort Checklist

Launching a Glamping Resort Checklist (part 1)

If you are planning to start a glamping business you should remember about some important bullet points. We have created a short checklist for you to follow.

 

Choose an Attractive Spot

First thing you need to do is to find a proper location for your glamping site. You need to take a few aspects under consideration. First of all, it must be a place that people want to visit. Remember that your guests will seek for a getaway. Remote locations are the most popular nowadays. Your guest will seek the contact with nature, changing the city lights to star lights.

What you should seek for?

Forests, farms, waterfronts, edges and villages might be a good idea.

Plan Your Business

Even though planning is something that takes time and might be troublesome it is definitely worth the hassle. At the beginning, think about financing and set your budget. If you are not investing your cash you may want to consider a finance lease, hire purchase, a bank loan, a commercial loan or maybe a family funding. Check all pros and cons, compare offers and calculate costs.

Set a date when you want to open your resort. It will keep you motivated if you have a deadline of your actions. The opening date should not be the only date you plan. It will be too distant what can negatively influence your work. Set milestones as they will keep you motivated, for example ordering glamping domes, launching your website, starting the Instagram profile, designing the interior, etc.

Select an Accommodation Type

Calculate the Return on Investment. If you select Glamping Domes their cost will be much lower than regular pods, for example the wooden ones. Geodomes are also easier and quicker to set up.

What does it mean?

That you will be able to launch your resort at lower cost and faster. Consequently, you will start earning money faster. Moreover, geodomes are the type of accommodation that is peaking nowadays. Why? They are less expensive yet more luxury than other types of glamping accommodation.

Just take a look at the growing trend of glamping domes. All the business reports already state that this trend is going to continue in 2021/22.

Get a Planning Permission

This is probably the most frequently asked question: “Do I need a planning permit to set up a glamping dome?”

The answer is: “It depends.”

In each country the procedures look differently, so you should always consult local authorities. In the UK, you probably will not need it if you are planning to set up a glamping dome in your own garden, for a private use. In Poland, you will only need to have a construction notification in such case.

However, if you are planning a glamping resort, you need to go through the procedures. You will need a property plan, a site plan, a drainage plan and information about the geodesic domes (their size and technical specification).

Remember that if you need to attach any documentation to your application, FDomes Glamping Sales Team will be happy to assist you, providing the documents that might be useful.

Glamping in Cold Climates

When you plan to launch a glamping resort, one of the first questions that pop up in your mind is how to make the dome an all-year solution. Therefore, we have prepared a list of elements you should consider when purchasing FDomes Glamping, either for your personal use or business purposes. We have divided the essential accessories we offer into two groups – for cold and hot climates. In this blog post, let’s focus on the first group. Enjoy!

Feel the atmosphere

Imagine a winter wonderland – an incredible natural landscape covered in snow and you watching it through a huge bay window in a heated dome drinking a hot beverage. Sounds magical, right?

Traditional camping is mainly associated with the warmer season, but glamping can be enjoyed all year long even Above The Arctic Circle!

Do you wonder what is needed to change the regular geodesic dome into a winter dome? In this article, you can find the essential accessories that retain heat inside the FDomes Glamping and add a little touch to the interior design. Additionally, all of them are useful during The Summer Season.

Insulation liner

The insulation system keeps warmth inside the geodesic dome on cold days. It also acts as a vapour barrier, preventing moisture from building up inside the dome.

Selecting the proper insulation type is crucial to keep thermal comfort inside the dome. We offer two types of insulation: Standard Alum-Air Insulation and Insulation+.

The Standard Insulation Liner is made of fibre-free, non-allergic and non-irritant material with a tailored canvass headliner for enhanced appearance. A breathable, multi-foil insulation layer with descriptional lining provides efficient thermal insulation in every condition whilst being very thin and adaptable at the same time.

The Standard Alum-Air Insulation is recommended down to -15°C. However, if your FDomes Glamping stands in temperatures below -15 ° C, we recommend adding Insulation+. The additional insulation layer goes underneath the standard one and helps maintain the desired interior temperature on cold days. This option is equivalent to 13cm of styrofoam!

The primary purpose of the insulation is to retain heat, but it will also make the interior feel cosier. You can choose insulation in one of the three available colours: khaki, ecru and light grey.

Cosy heat (stove and chimney)

Stove

The wood-burning stove with a specially adjusted chimney makes the dome interior pleasant and warm, creating a unique glamping atmosphere that you can enjoy all year round. It is arranged with a ceramic combustion chamber and a steel base plate so that no hot elements stand too close to the dome wall and are isolated from the flooring.

Chimney

If you wish to use your own designer stove, you can select the chimney only. The chimney comes in an elegant anthracite colour that complements every insulation shade. The insulated chimney arrives with a laser-cut steel collar Mounted In One Of The Three Porthole Windows. It prevents unwanted heat transfers towards the membrane and waterproofs the opening.  

Skylodge Adventure Suites

If you’ve ever wanted to sleep suspended high up from a cliff in a transparent pod, look no further. Tucked away in the Sacred Valley of Peru and just a couple hours drive away from Cusco, this one-of-a-kind experience will take you cliffside above the Urubamba River.

 

Chances are you’ve seen this unique hotel somewhere on Facebook, Instagram or Buzzfeed if you enjoy perusing unique travel experiences. I can’t remember the exact platform on which I first saw this hotel, but just a quick video of the world’s first-ever “hanging lodge,” and I was immediately sold. My husband and I decided if we were ever going to Peru, we simply HAD to do this.

So let’s be honest—the experience is not cheap. We paid something like $445 USD per person, plus $85 USD for the photo package. But let’s break down what it includes:

  • Pickup in Cusco
  • Transportation to Urubamba’s Sacred Valley
  • A quick Via Ferrata lesson
  • Gear/equipment to climb 400 meters up the mountain
  • A delicious multi-course dinner, complete with wine
  • Overnight stay
  • Breakfast with coffee
  • Ziplining down the mountain
  • Transportation to wherever you’re going next (most people get driven back to Cusco, but we asked to be transported to the Ollantaytambo train station as we were continuing on to Machu Picchu)

And as far as the photo package is concerned, it’s 100% worth the splurge. Our photographer, Diego, would speedily climb past us and hang off of cliffs to get the photos of us. It’s worth capturing the memories for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and also a lot safer than (and not nearly as stressful as) trying to take photographs yourself!

 

There are only three pods (each can hold 2-4 people), so reservations naturally run out quickly for this experience. We booked our sky pod six months in advance of our Peru trip, and already we snagged the last available slots! Each pod has beds, solar-powered lights, a bathroom (with a “dry toilet” system) and a 300 degree view of the valley below.

We got picked up in Cusco’s San Blas district around 2:00pm, and transported to the Sacred Valley. After a quick review of how to do Via Ferrata and getting fitted into our harnesses, we were on our way, climbing up the mountain. Random buses filled with tourists would occasionally stop below us to watch us climb, shouting at us and cheering us on.

At the 300 meter point (almost 1,000 feet!), we hit a suspension “bridge” of tightrope wires. We were told to walk across—and to push AWAY from the wall (toward nothingness) as we crossed the rope. Okay, no big deal. I reached up for the wires and made a comment about possibly being too short. One of our guides then proceeded to tell us that a 6-year-old did this, so we were fine. Alrighty then.

It’s hard to get to sleep here, not because it’s uncomfortable (the bed was sooo soft), but because sleep almost feels like a waste of time. Here we were, lying in a bed far above the ground and surrounded by incredible views of the valley below—what were we doing sleeping?! In hindsight, I definitely would’ve set an alarm to wake up more than an hour before breakfast so we could sit on our little patio with the pillows/blankets they provided for us and taken in the breathtaking views.

We ate our breakfast at 7:00am, which was complete with coffee, juice, eggs, granola, fruit, yogurt and luncheon meats/cheese. We then headed back to our individual pods to pack up and take some final photos in the room.

Diego, the photographer, was hanging off the side of a cliff with his camera and snapping shots from the outside looking in at us in the pod. We had a blast during this 20-minute photoshoot, and it definitely wasn’t something we could have done on our own!!!

Eco-Friendly Dome Tents

Eco-Friendly Dome Tents For Forest Resort

Geodesic Dome Tents for Forest Eco Resort

There is a tendency that more and more people spend their holidays breathing fresh air and getting close to green nature in forest resorts. So it is important for your forest resort to create a remarkable, unforgettable, one-of-a-kind eco destination with unique guest accommodations. And can be an asset to your resort business.

Glitzcamp provided 2 sets of dia.7m geodesic dome igloos for one of our clients, who wanted to build a Now this dome resort has become a famous tourist attraction in the local area.

Secluded in the forests of France, this incredible dome tent house is fully-equipped, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing respite. this luxury dome hotel can accommodate two guests comfortably for an amazing glamping getaway.

In the middle of the tent is a large comfortable king-size bed, while a sleek private bathroom is hidden behind the partition wall. Inside, the dome suite features a sitting area and a romantic fireplace, making it usable as year-round accommodation. Coming with a huge clear bay window, these dome tents allow guests to savor the forest views and the starry sky under the geodome.

In this project, our other 7m geodome tent is designed as a family tent for 3-4 people. For the same size, how can another dome achieve greater capacity? What are the similarities and differences between them? If you want to know, click Stunning Glamping Dome House For Forest Eco Retreat to find out.

Family Teambuilding

Whether it’s nutrition, cosmetics or relaxing. Well, perhaps because due to of all the abundance offered by the consumer industry of today, we want to sometimes run away from all of this. You know, there are no coincidences in life. It all happens for a reason.

So, one day, three years ago, I was looking for something online and an ad for a different kind of holiday appeared on the side. Camp with  I already heard about this, but I did not know what exactly it meant. It’s a good thing that Mr. Google knows everything.
I quickly typed in the phrase to find out what it’s about. Reading increases my interest in this way of spending free time – vacationing. I’m very excited. But this is not enough for realization. I have to impress other members of the family for such a vacation to happen. Well, my husband will like it, I know that. What about our adolescents? Children in a period when everything sucks, »whatever, must we really, well if you insist, omg

 

You need the right tactic with a high dose of motivation. I want to make the decision together, and without moodiness and nagging. I talk to my husband, we make a plan, and decide that we will make the holiday thematic and also give it a title. And to make it in style of the young ones, we gave it the title “HF – Have fun and enjoy”. My daughter and son accepted it, but I did not manage to read their inner monologue about it. I wonder what they were thinking, ha ha …

 

  • With my daughter we will make a menu for the whole week and every dish, which we will create together (everyone will have a role), will be decorated with natural “accessories – decorations” from the camp.
  • The husband and son will make slings from twigs and one of the days we’ll have a contest by shooting at a tree.
  • We will look for ideas for original games in nature and with my husband we will recapture some from our childhood. So we will try to hit an item with pebbles, throw pebbles into a pot, count the bounces that flat stones will make off water’s surface when we throw them at the sea, play “steal the land”, hopscotch…

That we may sometimes spend 24 hours with our nearest and dearest is a privilege and a precious thing nowadays. Our daily rhythm is such that we hurry from work to task, from obligation to obligation, each along our own paths. Perhaps it is only in the evening that all of the family members sit together by the dinner table. If we even do.

That’s why we traded “all inclusive” with simplicity, which was, however, only such at first sight. We did not miss the hustle and bustle, mini disco, we came up with creative workshops ourselves, we were together all day – talked, read, splashed in the water, assembled, competed and laughed. This is a real holiday or better still, a family “all inclusive”.

What is glamping? Part 2

The substantive or, rather, the conceptual roots of glamping go back to the year 1900, when the intellectual strata of society travelled to Africa, Asia and America. They “organized” their stay in nature, in the middle of nowhere, but with perfect luxury, the basic ingredients of which were a butler (we can also say servant staff), water, sanitary facilities and luxuriously equipped living-sleeping space, with a touch of local culture.

This word is all too often used (misused) for marketing purposes, so it’s worth being cautious when a particular destination uses the term glamping when addressing its potential guests.

It consists of the best elements of the camping (direct residence in nature, clean air, “song” of nature, enjoyment of open fire, freedom, local culture), and unpleasant ones are exempted or upgraded – you do not set up the tent yourself, it’s already there, waiting for you; you will not lay on the ground but, instead, on a comfortable bed; you will not be cold nor shockingly hot, which will be ensured by the staff, who pleasantly cool or heat the tent; rain, storms, potential snow – from the warm and safe shelter of a glamping tent, you will be able to observe it all, without being cold or wet; waiting in line in common bathrooms and toilets – when glamping, you are provided with a bathroom, toiled and running water, often even a private Jacuzzi and sauna in the context of the tent; you will be able to spoil the gourmand in you with delicacies, available in the resort or brought to you by service staff, perhaps even the chef in person; when glamping, you will be able to enjoy an open fire without looking for and gathering suitable firewood, dry matches, a safe space… the fire will be lit by the resort staff.

Glamping most often consists of glamping tents, but this is not always the case. Living units can also be a yurta, a Gypsy or an American cart, Arab canopies, Indian tents, wooden towers, a tree house, an igloo, a retro-trailer, a Volkswagen van, a barrel, various types of containers – depending on the local culture and geographical location, however, only a few of these units in a location are not enough, do not justify the term GLAMPING.

In addition to the necessity of providing basic modern urban or, more precisely, civilized needs – running water, bathroom, sanitary facilities, bed, dry and safe space regardless of weather – glamping must also have a certain number of staff who care for the guests at a luxury level. In addition, this is a conceptually closed unit (resort), which is integrated into the local environment in the least abrasive way possible.