These Pics Will Change The Way You Think About Camping

By Dustin Walker on 20/Mar/2014

I love roughing it. For me, camping means heading into the bush with just a tent and a pack full of supplies.

But not everyone thinks sleeping in the mud and going without a shower for a week is best the way to relax. I get that. It’s why ‘glamping’ has grown so popular over the past few years. These posh campgrounds let people experience the wilderness without having to get down and dirty.

Now, some outdoor purists say that this activity shouldn’t even be called camping at all. But the way I see it, anything that motivates people to get outdoors – even if it is a somewhat swankier version of the outdoors – is a good thing.

What’s interesting is how some of these glitzy camping spots go far beyond a warm bed and running water: we’re talking butlers, luxurious treehouses and marble-clad ensuites. Just check out these 5 unique glamping spots to see just how haute the outdoors can get.

Treehouse Point (near Seattle, Washington, USA)

This isn’t anything like that ramshackle tree fort you cobbled together as a kid. Treehouse Point is pure luxe all the way.

Treehouse Point is pure luxe all the way.

These digs offer the kind of interiors you expect to find in a high-end B&B. Plush beds, cozy chairs and, of course, heat and electricity.

Treehouse Point offers the kind of interiors you expect to find in a high-end B&B.

There are four different tree houses set in the middle of a forest, located about a 30-minute drive from downtown Seattle.

There are four different tree houses set in the middle of a forest at Treehouse Point.
Photos: Crozier Photography/Treehouse Point

Tubohotel (near Mexico City, Mexico)

The idea of sleeping inside a recycled drainage pipe may not scream ‘glamping’ to most people, but trust me: the Tubohotel is high-end.

The Tubohotel is made from recycled drainage pipes.

This incredibly creative hotel features a plush queen-size bed and curtains for privacy. Step outside and there are picnic tables, BBQ units and a pool. Not quite as luxurious as other spots on this list, but it’s still far swankier than a tent.

The Tubohotel features a plush queen-size bed and curtains for privacy.
Photos: www.architizer.com

The Resort at Paws Up (Montana, USA)

Having a little trouble with the campfire? Just ask your butler to get it going for you. Yes, The Resort at Paws Up is so posh that each tent comes with hired help.

The Resort at Paws Up is so posh that it offers glampers a little hired help.

This is one of the swankiest glamping spots in the U.S., with gourmet cuisine, ensuite bathrooms and luxurious bedding. Prices range from $1,100 to $2,000 per night.

The Resort at Paws Up is one of the swankiest glamping spots in the U.S.
Photos: The Resort At Paws Up

Whitepod (Switzerland)

Winter camping can be tough. But staying at the Whitepod is enticingly easy. This eco-luxury escape features 40 pod-like tents equipped with a wood stove, comfortable bed and full bathroom.

Whitepod features 40 pod-like tents equipped with a wood stove, comfortable bed and full bathroom.

The pods are also open in the summer, but gets the most attention from winter travellers looking for somewhere cozy.

 Accommodations at Whitepod are also open during the summer.
Photos: Whitepod

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (Vancouver Island, Canada)

The sumptuous platform tents at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort have a luxury-safari vibe to them, with antique furniture, propane wood stoves and oriental rugs.

Tents at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort have a luxury-safari vibe to them.

Wander around the camp and you’ll find dining tents, a lounge tent and even a massage tent. But the best part is being surrounded by the beauty of Vancouver Island’s magnificent west coast.

Wander the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and you’ll find dining tents, a lounge tent and even a massage tent.
Photos: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Have you gone glamping? Do you consider it ‘real’ camping? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Dustin Walker on 20/Mar/2014
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