Why hole up in a boring hotel room when you could immerse yourself in the beauty of your chosen vacation setting with luxurious camping accommodations? Luxury and camping might seem like two words that don’t go together, but these 15 resorts will change your perception with many of the amenities you’d expect from a hotel contained within oversized tents, right in the woods or on the riverbank.
Maui Retreat, Hawaii
Billed ‘the greenest spot on Maui,’ the Maui Retreat is an eco-friendly getaway right on the ocean offering rooms in a spacious main house as well as a gorgeous ‘Bamboo Temple,’ the first permitted bamboo structure in the United States. This aptly named oasis is partially open to the outdoors with a dome-shaped bamboo roof, but it comes equipped with a full kitchen and even a private outdoor shower.
RimRock Inn, Oregon
Tucked in the mountains of Northeast Oregon is RimRock Inn, a ‘tough meets romantic’ resort where guests stay in tipis and tents. The tipis are off-grid with no electricity, phones or TV, but all the comforts of home. Each fully outfitted authentic tipi is hand painted and sleeps two to six people.
The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
The Resort at Paws Up in Montana features a gorgeous ‘River Camp’ offering luxury camping on the banks of the Blackfoot River complete with comfy beds, electricity, ensuite bathrooms, a spacious deck and even your own personal camping butler.
Yurt Village at Falling Waters Resort, North Carolina
The Falling Water Adventure Resort in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina offers a series of rustic yurts for travelers – essentially, big round tents with wooden lattice frames. Each one has its own queen-sized bed as well as amenities like coffee makers and refrigerators, yet the experience is much more immersed in the beautiful forest environment than it would be at an ordinary hotel.
Costanoa, Pescadero Beach California
The relaxing Costanoa Lodge is an eco resort located just yards from the Pacific Ocean and connected to four state parks. You can enjoy all of the beauty that this incredible location has to offer from the comfort of a ‘tent bungalow,’ which have wood or metal frames covered in waterproof canvas walls as well as working windows and locking doors.
Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, Colorado
Located just across the mountain from Telluride in a historic corner of Colorado, the Dunton Hot Springs Resort offers the ‘Cresto Ranch,’ featuring 8 luxury tents with ensuite bathrooms. Each tent is set on a wooden platform and includes a king bed, a gas stove and a six-foot soaking tub.
Forest Treehouses, South Carolina
Look out onto the tranquil Edisto River in South Carolina from your own private treehouse getaway. Each one sleeps two to four guests and can be privately accessed by canoe. They’re made of natural, mostly locally harvested materials and are screened in, with dining decks and outdoor grills.
Moose Creek Ranch, Grand Teton National Park
Camp in luxury near Jackson Hole at Moose Creek Ranch in the Grand Teton National Park. The ‘glamping tents’ at this getaway feature interior wood stoves, outdoor fire pits and shaded ouches along with queen size beds.
Vintage Airstreams in Big Sur, California
Airstream trailers offer cheerful accommodations at the seaside Big Sur Getaway in California. Each trailer has been restored by hand so you can get the experience of vacationing in classic ’60s style without purchasing one of your own.
Yurts on San Juan Island, Washington State
Just off the coast of Washington State on the San Juan Islands, this resort on 38 acres of waterfront property offers rustic yurts sleeping two people each just a stone’s throw from a spa with tempting soaking tubs.
Treebones Resort Big Sur Camp, California
Another resort in Big Sur called Treebones offers a one-of-a-kind eco-friendly seaside getaway with 16 yurts, a heated ocean view pool, a cozy lodge with an organic restaurant and an outdoor sushi bar with amazing sunset views.
Glamping Tents in Adirondack Mountains, New York
Camp Orenda in New York’s Adirondack Mountains offers canvas-covered cabins for a camping experience that’s a bit more comfortable than average. Each one includes one or two comfortable beds, and guests get to enjoy healthy farm to table meals served fireside.
Luxury Tents in Sequioa National Park
Explore California’s Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks from the deluxe camping accommodations of the Sequoia High Sierra Camp, which features an Etruscan-inspired guest lodge and canvas-covered cabins with incredible views.
One of the world’s most unusual hotels, Kokopelli’s Cave is a cave house built into the vertical cliffs of Tertiary Ojo Alamo sandstone, overlooking the La Plata river valley of New Mexico. The cave has a spacious living room, waterfall shower and jacuzzi.