Camp out in style
Forget the stereotypical (and outdated) images of flimsy plastic on uncomfortable ground, grey skies and lackluster facilities; camping these days is often a much more pleasant affair. Unless you’re heading into the true wilderness, campsites are more than just somewhere to pitch your tent and fill your canteen. Indeed, even this area of the travel market hasn’t gone unnoticed by those looking to provide boutique or luxury travel.
Europe has a huge variety of luxury camping sites that still provides the beauty and closeness to nature, which is usually the main draw of this accommodation, with all the benefits of home like a hot bath and comfortable bedding. With some even offering camp-wide barbecue facilities, there’s no reason why you can’t mix-and-match traditionally very separate holiday styles.
The Flexicover Team looks at some of the best sites in Europe for a luxury camp stay.
Eco Retreats; Powys, Wales
On a huge organic farm in the remote Dyfi Forest in Wales, Eco Retreats aims to help campers reconnect with beauty and the rhythm of nature. The retreat offers a number of tipis (conical tents made of canvas or cloth on frame poles) that can accommodate five campers each and two yurts for up to six campers. Each tent is set up in meadows amidst the oak forest and underneath the starry sky, far from urban light pollution. Each tent is furnished with warm sheepskin rugs, double beds, wood burning stove and spring water shower. Plus as well as the outstanding natural environs, campers can take advantage of the complementary healing and evening meditation sessions.
Finca de Arrieta Eco Retreat; Lanzarote, Spain
Around 30km from this Canary Island’s capital at Arrecife, lies this boutique eco-estate, near to the picturesque fishing village of Arrieta. The estate has a number of renewable energy-powered places to stay including around ten yurts of varying luxury. The Eco Luxury Yurt Suite accommodates up to five people and is decorated with expensive fabrics, wood flooring and antique Mongolian hardwood furniture. It also includes a private wood tub bathroom as well as an outdoor kitchen and garden with Polynesian-style day bed. The estate is great for families looking to relax together, with a gorgeous beach within walking distance, solar-heated swimming pool and kids play area all available too.
Mongol Yurts; Vaud, Switzerland
Promising to be one of the most stunning places you’ll have ever camped, this site offers seven yurts set 2045m up, surrounded by Alpine meadows, on the summit of the Rochers-de-Naye. Accessible by hiking or by cogwheel train from Montreux, these fully insulated yurts are open all year round to campers. The Mongolian-style yurts are filled with authentic furnishings and sleep up to eight people, with proper electric heating for those colder nights. This is a fantastically cosy and comfortable way to see the mountains in their panoramic glory. Take full advantage of the setting and watch the sun set over Lake Geneva as you tuck into fondue at the Plein Roc restaurant.
Eco-Lodge Brejeira; Algarve, Portugal
Nestled close to the town of Silves, this retreat is a combination of eco-friendliness and eccentricity. You can choose from the traditional Mongolian yurt, whose raised veranda gives you a perfect view of the sunset, an old fashioned Dutch gypsy caravan or a converted fire truck! Each place accommodates two and has its own bathroom and compost toilet, which feeds into the vegetable garden. Two are fitted with kitchens or you can always head to the communal straw bale building where breakfast and three course dinners are served on request. It’s a wonderful base from where to explore the beaches, go on a hike or perhaps mountain bike through the Serra de Monchique.
Ecopod Boutique Retreat; Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Situated on the west coast of Scotland this isolated retreat really has you getting away from it all. The two spacious 70sqm geodesic domes (with a third on the way) sleep two per pod and are surprisingly luxurious. Both have fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, wood burning stoves, high-end audio-visual equipment and Wi-Fi. They also feature huge windows which offer sweeping views of Loch Linnhe and Castle Stalker; alternatively you can step outside the dome on to your own personal decking area and slip into the hot tub and literally soak in the panoramic views.
Over the years camping has evolved into an experience filled with adventure, exploration, fine dining as well as the escape to relaxation. Check out one of these luxury campsites for the perfect weekend getaway this year.
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