Love the idea of the great outdoors, but can’t quite do without your creature comforts? We’re talking more of the hot tubbing and less of the mosquito swatting that comes with camping. Home or away, this is glamping at its finest.
DE ETCHYNGHAM, UK
THE SCENE: A little retro, a little chic. Geodomes, woodland and wildflowers – oh my! Named after a sixteenth-century medieval castle, you’ll find De Etchyngham on the site where Glottenham castle once stood, overlooking picturesque woodland and lakes.
THE SELLING POINT: Perfect for those in search of slow paced living, serene scenes or that elusive electronic detox.
THE SUITCASE: Warm and wet weather gear – so trusty Wellington boots or leather ankle-grazing hiking boots and parkas are just some of your must-haves. In other words, come prepared for an English summer!
MONTESCUDAIO TREEHOUSE, ITALY
THE SCENE: Laidback luxe. Yes, this is an actual treehouse built around a large oak tree overlooking the sea. It comes with a private yurt that serves as a living room, houses up to five guests and has private bathroom facilities nearby. Need we say more?
THE SELLING POINT: Where else can you take in panoramic views of the Tuscan archipelago while getting a dose of R&R? Be warned, living with your feet on the ground may seem like a foreign concept when you touch down.
THE SUITCASE: Airy kimono tops, bold-hued slip dresses, straw hats, espadrilles – opt for leather ones for an on-trend take – and oversized shades.
BOT-CONAN LODGE, FRANCE
THE SCENE: Outdoorsy. With its own private beach, woodland on all sides and a fishing town nearby, Bot-Conan Lodge in Brittany is an oasis away from the bright lights of the big city. Safari lodges are fitted with outdoor kitchens and separate luxury bathrooms, while the meadow leading down to the beach has plenty of space for sunbathing and stargazing.
THE SELLING POINT: If you’re not sold on the whole private sandy beach idea, we’re not sure what will sway you.
THE SUITCASE: Pack safari-style khaki jackets, jersey tees, distressed denim shorts (switching to lace-trim shorts at night) and a wide-brimmed hat.
THE SCENE: Urban glam. Former factory turned hip glamping site, Hüttenpalast houses restored vintage caravans in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. Each one has individually designed interiors with whitewashed walls and luxury sofas. This is the caravan getaway of your city-slicker dreams.
THE SELLING POINT: It’s unique, it’s indoors – meaning it’s perfect for novice or nervous campers – and it will have you talking about it for months to come.
THE SUITCASE: Remember to take anything that shows off your style prowess. Oversized cover-ups, slogan tees, leather shorts, the works.
OTRO MONDO ECO DOME CAMPING, SPAIN
THE SCENE: Eco-everything - from smart domes to solar-powered showers, Otro Mundo is a camping site with true eco-credentials. The secluded spot is hidden in the Sierra del Segura – a mountainous region in Spain – and boasts a nearby beach. Nature lovers, this is the getaway of your dreams.
THE SELLING POINT: Otro Mondo gets major points for being sustainability driven, but the best part, without a doubt, is the unspoiled scenery and clean air.
THE SUITCASE: Light layers of linen playsuits and jumpsuits, crochet shorts and silk maxi dresses and, of course, beachwear – say yes to that bandeau bikini you’ve been eyeing for weeks.