Summer nights are for sleeping out under the stars. Pitching tents, however, isn't for everyone. Fortunately, companies like Hipcamp, Tentrr, and Airbnb are making it easier now than ever before to camp without putting in any dirty work, and sometimes, the campsites listed on these platforms are more luxe than a five-star resort.
People have dubbed this lavish style of camping "glamping," which—to quote aptly named booking site glamping.com—"is where stunning nature meets modern luxury." With this trend, sipping champagne around a campfire is no longer an oxymoron. Sleeping outside is not always synonymous with "roughing it" these days; rather, glampers are treated to extravagant treehouses, teepees, campervans that look like props in a movie from the '60s, and translucent dome tents that offer views of the Northern Lights. Even cities like New York and Chicago have joined the movement, now offering cozy outdoor accommodation options for a unique, urban escape. From a hut in the remote desert of Morocco to an igloo in the snowy mountains of Austria, here are 20 glamping sites from around the world that are so dream-worthy they might even turn a diva into an outdoorsy girl.
20 EcoCamp Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Chile
A unique, green glowing, spherical abode in the shadow of the soaring mountains that make up Torres del Paine National Park, this is "the world's first geodesic dome hotel." Patagonia is the ultimate South American mountain escape, featuring glaciers that are defined by blue icebergs, vast grasslands, granite pinnacles and more. This region of Chile is a nature-lover's paradise, and in the heart of it is EcoCamp Patagonia. This picture-perfect sustainable resort opened in 2001 and hopes to eventually become a CO2-free lodge, according to its website. It utilizes solar energy to power the huts, which are designed after the region's traditional Kawesquar inhabitants'.
19 Whitepod, Monthey, Switzerland
Another hotel with a major focus on sustainability, Switzerland's Whitepod hotel is about as luxury as alpine accommodation gets. The resort is comprised of 18 domes, or "pods," each heated by a pellet stove and boasting a stunning view of the surrounding mountains. The domes are designed to use very little material and be as energy efficient as possible. The pods' geodesic architectural style, defined by a network of self-supporting triangles, allows for continuous airflow, meaning less energy is spent trying to regulate temperatures inside. The property is so environmentally focused that the staff lives nearby and walks to and from work, which is what guests are expected to do, too. But who could be mad about the walk with such spectacular scenery?
18 AKA Central Park, New York City, New York
At this hotel, you no longer need to leave the city to sleep under the stars—or the ones you can see through New York City lights, anyway. The Outdoor Bedroom at AKA Central Park is redefining the penthouse suite. Like any five-star hotel room, The Outdoor Bedroom is equipped with a romantic fireplace, wraparound terrace with a view of the New York City skyline, and a butler who will serve you s'mores, Urbandaddy says, except this indulgent room doesn't have a roof. The comfy king bed sits below a wide-open sky. And while the milky way might be difficult to see through city lights, the terrace includes a fancy telescope to help you gaze at the stars.
17 Desert Luxury Camp, Meknes-Tafilalet, Morocco
From 58th Street in Manhattan to the middle of the Moroccan desert. Imagine yourself in the Sahara, surrounded by nothing but sand dunes and camels. That's what it's like to stay at the Desert Luxury Camp in Meknes-Tafilalet. Of course, these white canvas tents—charmingly decorated with lanterns, colorful rugs and cushions in traditional Moroccan style—come with king-size beds, showers and flush toilets. After arriving on the back of a camel, guests can order a cocktail from one of two tented restaurants on the property and admire the vast orange abyss of Erg Chebbi.
16 Campera Hotel, Ensenada, Mexico
Mexico's Campera Hotel lets guests sleep amongst the grapevines of the Valle de Guadalupe wine region, comprised of more than 80 wineries. The hotel offers 10 transparent spherical tents that were designed in France and have become popular throughout Europe, but in North America, the Campera Hotel is one of a kind. While the bottom half of the tent is covered for privacy, the top half looks out upon the open sky. The bubble suites are small and simple—with only a full-size bed for two and a bathroom—but feature a minibar stocked with local wine, of course.
15 The Holidays, San Clemente, California
The Holidays in San Clemente makes trailer parks look cool. This postcard-worthy neighborhood of vintage mobile homes will transport you to the simple life of the 1960s. The colorful and cozy beachside rentals are quintessentially Californian and oozing with nostalgia, with charming striped awnings ideal for watching a fiery West Coast sunset. The trailers are positioned facing each other and with a fire pit in the center to foster community and old-time camping culture. The oceanfront campsite is dry, meaning there aren't electrical hookups, keeping true to The Holidays' vintage style.
14 Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
Sweden's Treehotel makes childhood treehouse dreams come true. "Come and taste the nature," its website beckons, at these pine forest oases. Guests can choose between a number of unique accommodation options at this Swedish retreat—including a human-sized Bird's Nest, a UFO, the optical illusionary Mirrorcube, and more—all of which will give them the once-in-a-lifetime experience of waking up in the treetops and falling asleep under the Northern Lights. Treehotel is open year-round, offering Western horse rides in the summer and forest skiing in the winter. It doesn't get more rustic than this hideaway in the quaint Swedish village of Harads.
13 Buubble, Reykjavik, Iceland
Like Mexico's Campera Hotel, this retreat in Iceland's capital city is also known for its see-through bubble pods, allowing guests to get as close to nature as possible. Unlike the ones at Campera Hotel, however, the rooms at Buubble are fully transparent. There's hardly a need for walls, considering the pods are surrounded on all sides by dense woods. The interior is refreshingly simple, having only a bed, so that guests are fully immersed in the pristine nature of Iceland. In the winters, this cozy bubble, despite being encased in snow, keeps its guests warm, and when the sun goes down, the translucent ceilings give a great show of the dancing aurora borealis above.
12 Buffalo Creek Vacations, Clyde, North Carolina
Clyde, North Carolina, is just a short drive from the hippie hub of Asheville, nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains. Buffalo Creek Vacations offers a true Appalachian experience: sleeping in a restored train car from the '60s. Guests of the company's coveted Caboose rental will be treated to bison roaming just outside their windows. The area is ideal for the adventurer, too, with ample hiking trails and waterfalls nearby, not to mention fishing, white water rafting, and more. This vintage train caboose is undoubtedly the most American way to glamp in the countryside.
11 Longitude 131, Uluru, Australia
Deep in The Outback, the Aboriginal Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people of Australia still live in the shadow of Uluru, the world-famous sacred rock. But Uluru is more than just a rock to Australia's native people; it's rather a "living cultural landscape," says redcentre.com.au. Now, with Longitude 131, people can experience this raw and spiritual land without so much as getting the red dust of the desert on their feet. This luxurious glamping site in the "Red Centre," offers panoramic views of Ayers Rock from its living rooms. The property has 16 tented pavilions nestled in ancient, orange dunes.
10 Yak Hair Nomadic Tents, Tibet, China
Sleeping beneath a blanket of yak hair is perhaps the fantasy you never had. The Gannan nomads of Tibet live amidst lush grasslands in these traditional black tents made of hair. Now, travelers can sleep in them, too. Surrounded by the untouched nature of China, these nomadic tents encourage a lifestyle of simplicity, offering only heat by a wood furnace and a dry toilet. While other tourists might leave Tibet with a pair of yak hair socks or other souvenirs, guests of this getaway will be able to say they called a customary yak hair tent their temporary home.
9 A-Z West, Joshua Tree, California
California-based artist Andrea Zittel has created a habitable art installation on the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Park. Her creation, A-Z West, includes what she calls "Experimental Living Cabins," which beckon the questions, "how to live?" and "what gives life meaning?" according to her website. With these hideaways, simplistic capsules with only a bed inside, Zittel wants her guests to become a part of the surrounding desert. The encampment is only a part of the 70-acre artwork that makes up A-Z West, which includes a number of outdoor exhibits to keep guests busy during their stay.
8 Wagon in the Woods, Alton, Hampshire
For glampers seeking a secluded haven in the English countryside, look no further than Hampshire's quaint Wagon in the Woods. This rustic rental resembles a covered wagon surrounded by pure and peaceful woodland, inhabited only by a herd of cows. The aptly named Wagon in the Woods embodies country living, with a copper teapot in the kitchen and a campfire stove in the yard for cooking dinners al fresco. On cool nights, guests are encouraged to take a dip in the secluded, fresh-water outdoor hot tub, which is heated by a wood-fired boiler, naturally.
7 Finca Bellavista, Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica
Hidden away in the lush rainforest canopy of Costa Rica is Finca Bellavista, a treehouse hotel and ecolodge that adventurers dream about. This 600-acre resort is "an upscale community of arboreal abodes," Lonely Planet says. It prides itself on being off-the-grid, even growing a portion of its own food just below on the rainforest floor. Finca Bellavista's village of self-contained treehouses, which are powered entirely by solar energy, were built on stilts to allow for the terrestrial migration of animals, its website says, so glampers can live guilt-free amidst these leaves, knowing that no harm was done to the fauna for their stay at Finca Bellavista.
6 Forest Gully Farms, Santa Fe, Tennessee
Lord of the Rings lovers will melt over the hobbit houses of Forest Gully Farms. These tiny troll huts, tucked into the soil of Santa Fe, Tennessee, are the stuff of fantasy. Constructed of water-resistant white cedar walls and bamboo floors, the rooms at Forest Gully Farms are both cooled and heated by the earth that surrounds them, which makes them naturally eco-friendly. The owners of the property are horticulture enthusiasts who keep plants, herbs, animals, and bees. A night's stay in the Gully Huts, as their called, includes all three huts and the 15-acre farm, too.
5 Playa Viva Tree House, Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico
This is one Airbnb that is so architecturally over-the-top that it could be a tourist attraction on its own. The beachfront bamboo treehouse is raised six feet above ground. On the outside, it looks almost like a giant bamboo placemat that's been rolled up and placed artfully between the cacti and the palms—described by the website as "living piers"—just on the forefront of its own private beach. At the end of the cylindered bamboo hut, guests can pull back the curtains and watch the sun descend into the ocean from bed.
4 Shash Dine Eco-Retreat, Page, Arizona
Staying in a traditional Native American cedar log "hogan" is something few people outside of the Navajo community can say. Thanks to Arizona's Shash Dine Eco-Retreat, this cultural space is available to ordinary glampers like you and me. A Navajo hogan, according to Architectural Digest, is a dome-shaped, one-bedroom abode built right into the desert earth. Dating back to the 1400s, these Navajo dwellings were among the first tiny houses in the U.S. Today, glampers can stay in these hogans near Lake Powell, Echo Peaks and the famed Vermillion Cliffs, on a scenic property complete with roaming Angora goats and Churro sheep, in accordance with Navajo tradition.
3 The Roundhouse, Cornwall, England
At the southwestern tip of England, Cornwall is home to quaint harbor villages and hundreds of sandy beaches. It's also home to an Iron Age Roundhouse on quiet Bodrifty Farm, a 100-acre organic, family-owned farm. Built around a living tree, The Roundhouse is just 400 meters from the original Bodrifty Iron Age settlement that dates as far back as 600 B.C. Here, glampers not only get luxury accommodation, but a historic piece of Celtic Britain as well. This style of roundhouse was utilized by the Celtic Britons because it provided the greatest amount of space with the least amount of materials. Of course, with a four-poster bed and Egyptian cotton sheets, this glamping site is a bit more comfortable than they had it in the olden days.
2 Iglu-Village, Kühtai, Austria
Some people dream of sleeping on white sand beaches while others dream of sleeping in white powder snow. The latter would be thrilled to discover that an Iglu-Village in Austria gives people the opportunity to sleep in a real-life igloo in the Kühtai ski area. But guests need not worry about being cold, as the igloo comes equipped with cozy sheepskin and the bonfire rages each night where marshmallows are roasted on the regular. This Austrian snow dome hotel offers romantic igloo suites, igloo-making workshops, dogsledding with huskies, and more to fulfill all your cold-weather dreams.
1 Conestoga Ranch, Garden City, Utah
Glampers will get a real taste of the old West when they stay in a covered wagon at Conestoga Ranch. Based on the real thing from the 19th-century, these wagon rentals are simple—a king bed and a nearby bathroom—but their simplicity adds to the old-timey experience. Conestoga Ranch overlooks Utah's breathtaking Bear Lake and boasts an all-around Western ambiance meant to transport guests to simpler times. After a gourmet meal at the on-property Campfire Grill Restaurant, kick back in its 1800s-inspired furniture and enjoy the lake view.