Nature is calling - glamping delights

Luxury campsites are super if you’re searching for something different
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Maria Elisa Altese
18.06.2022 06:00

Spending time outdoors, being enchanted by a starlit sky far away from city lights, waking up amid nature and marveling at the colors of the dawn. Each of us, in one way or another, can fully appreciate the great outdoors by reconnecting with Mother Earth, all without giving up the comforts we cannot - or do not want to - do without. How? Through a revolution in the concept of camping, that is «glamping»: the ultimate combination of the freedom to reacquaint ourselves with nature and all the amenities of a luxury hotel. In short, the perfect blend that takes us from charming low-impact bubble rooms, to elaborate treehouses in the heart of the Dolomites, to orbs nestled in pristine landscapes. These are glamorous facilities in the most beautiful and coveted destinations, where the thrill of adventure blends with the comfort of a high-end hotel, and often also pet friendly. Demand for «glamping vacations» is rising significantly, but to be a five-star facility requires complete exclusivity. For example, offering the opportunity to sleep in a transparent bubble, under the stars, while surrounded by the sounds of nature. This is the experience offered by Atmosfera Bubble Glamping in Basilicata, Italy. A concept realized through low environmental impact land development. Stylish bubble-shaped rooms are made of high-quality certified materials and can withstand all kinds of outdoor temperatures. Its contemporary design is combined with reclaimed elements from the owners’ old farmhouse.

Not to mention the heated hot tub, which is located in the private outdoor area for maximum relaxation and the breakfast served in the room, with zero-mile products. Redefining the camping concept also includes the Caravan Park Sexten in the heart of the Dolomites. A pure luxury glamping, where four treehouses provide a unique scenery that allows you to find harmony of body and soul. Dwellings four meters above the ground, true «nests» in which to sip champagne, then relax in the sensory shower or inside the private sauna. For anyone, on the other hand, who wants to be charmed by the valley between Niella Belbo and Gorzegno (province of Cuneo, Piedmont) up to the Ligurian Apennines, there is Gaia’s Spheres: a place characterized by «geodesic spheres» that allow you to stay in close contact with nature to rediscover its scents, colors and sounds, forgetting the city chaos and the light pollution. Going back to the roots is an option with Glamping Canonici di San Marco in Mirano (Venice), or the first glamping to be created in Italy in 2009. The layouts and interior design reflect a discreet luxury, made of details.

It is a spot dedicated to nature tourism, with tents - made of recyclable and natural materials - that offer living space from 40 to 60 square meters and where people can contemplate the natural scenery undisturbed. It could not fail to include the lush nature of the Tuscan Maremma, where at Glamping il Sole you can regenerate your senses. Here you have the possibility to stay in different structures: a crystal geodesic dome through which you can see the colors of the sky at dawn, the same sky that at sunset offers us unique sceneries; or spend the night in a yurt (nomadic tent) furnished with rural and sober taste but rich in precious touches; there is also a huge Indian tepee overlooking the hills and finally a tree house 8 meters above the ground, on a magnificent oak tree. Relaxation has never been easier or more enjoyable with hot water tubs, swings and hammocks. There is no lack of opportunities to venture out on various exciting hikes and bike rides. Going down a few kilometers, in the Lazio Maremma, we find La Piantata in which enchanting tree houses guide us to a romantic, fairy-tale world. From the various dwellings, we find the Suite Bleue, which is suspended 8 meters above the ground in the branches of a centuries-old oak tree, surrounded by hills where lavender is grown and a delicate essential oil with relaxing, soothing and aromatic qualities is produced. The tree house features a room with a lavish four-poster bed that opens onto a panoramic terrace and totally embraces its surroundings in synergy. Experiential tourism is also spreading thanks to the Bubble Emotion at Relais dei Cesari on Lake Maggiore: a bubble that redefines the notion of luxury in contact with nature, a unique experience that has already won the hearts of those who have tried it. Staying in the sphere almost carries us to an incontaminated theatre-like universe, enabling us to find a new dimension, as if we were suddenly spectators of a creation that is novel as it is exclusive. To gourmets and all those who know how to enjoy good wine, the suggestion of a unique experience amid the Swiss vineyards. In Maienfeld and Jenins, Canton Graubünden, in the Schlaf-Fässer, original wooden bungalows with a unique shape. These are five 8,000-liter wine barrels that transform into magical dwellings with a double bed, living room and an attached private bathroom thanks to a second barrel: the view - that of the idyllic Graubünden Rhine Valley - takes your breath away. In Monthey, Canton Valais, we can spend time at the Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel. A truly unique destination in the heart of the Swiss Alps, 1,400 meters above sea level: we stay inside pristine, comfortable pods isolated from the chaos. These «pods» are designed to combine eco-friendliness and luxury. This is the magic of glamping: suddenly the world seems more beautiful, more silent, like a fairy-tale.