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What Exactly Does a Camping Butler Do? We Go to Paws Up to Find Out

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  Site Where: 40060 Paws Up Road [map], Greenough, MT, United States, 59823
June 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

We recently moseyed up to Montana’s A River Runs Through It country to go glamping at one of our all-time fantasy hotels: Paws Up. While we were there, we checked out their newest luxury campsite, Pinnacle Camp, nestled along a bend of the Blackfoot River.

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Do Go Back To Big Sur, As Long As It's At Treebones

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  Site Where: 71895 Hwy 1 [map], Big Sur, CA, United States, 93920
May 2, 2011 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember The Thrills?

It says a lot about the place you’re staying when a yurt is the pedestrian option, but that’s how we felt when we booked two nights at Treebones Resort the week before last.

See, the reason we were really heading up to Big Sur was because we wanted to stay in The Nest – the treehouse perched on a bluff overlooking Highway 1 and the Pacific. But, thanks to its being booked up months in advance, The Nest was only free on our second night. So the first, we luxed up in a yurt.

Our yurt, 12, qualified as a partial ocean view – although we didn’t get much enjoyment from said view because our first day was freezing cold. But there were two chairs on the deck that we could have enjoyed it from, had we brought our longjohns.

The yurt itself was basic but spotless and comfy, too: a queen bed with, for once, a pretty quilt, a futon, a sink (with an eminently stealable bar of handmade lemongrass soap, spring water from their own underground aquifer and compostable cups) and towels. There was a small heater and, for those (um, us) who were still too cold with that, reception had more to loan out. The end result? Toasty.

As for the bathrooms, there were male and female blocks of toilets and showers up by the reception and lounge area – three showers and three toilets for the women, and two showers for the men – as well as one male and female toilet over the far side of the site. They were pretty clean, considering there are the inhabitants of 16 yurts using them. And we never saw a line for the showers over the two days.

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Only While Glamping Can You See Lions and Get Spa Treatments

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  Site Where: P.O. Box 63109, Serengeti, Tanzania
April 26, 2011 at 2:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you've always wanted to go on an African safari, but aren't really that into roughing it, the Bilila Lodge Kempinski in Tanzania can help you out with a three-night glamping package that will let you see the animals in the Serengeti and get pampered at the same time.

As part of the Beauty and the Beast package, you get to stay in a room—no tents here—overlooking the plains of the national park, giving you a chance to observe the wildlife from your sun deck. Your days will be spent out in the bush, alongside veteran guides on game drives in search of the elusive Big Five—lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants—or floating overhead in a hot air balloon.

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Flying The Nest Isn't Easy When It's In Big Sur

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  Site Where: 71895 Hwy 1 [map], Big Sur, CA, United States, 93920
April 25, 2011 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are hotels that look like Chinese gods, motels in the shape of a dog and now we present our lodging from last Monday night: a human-sized bird’s nest perched on top of Highway 1 in Big Sur.

The treehouse, which is actually called The Nest is one of the accommodation options at Treebones Resort – you can either choose a yurt (more on those another time), full-on camping, or this. Although, if you book the nest, you’ll be required to pitch a tent just below it, in case the weather’s too bad to sleep in the nest (it’s bang on a ridge overlooking Highway 1 and the Pacific, so it’s the windiest part of the property). And seeing as Big Sur is, as we found out this weekend, pretty damp and foggy anyway, whatever the time of year, it’s not a bed for the fainthearted.

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Glamping in The Outback: Arkaba Station

April 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen lets us tag along as he explores the wild, far reaches of Australia, visiting some of the most untouched landscapes down under, and bringing you inside looks at some of the continent’s most distinctive hotel experiences.

Though we’ve told you about Arkaba Station before in a previous installment of our Glamping Series, I actually got the chance to travel to the dramatic red hills and ancient rock landscape of South Australia’s Flinders Range and stay at the historical homestead myself…and the experience did not disappoint one bit.

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Camp Royale is Definitely the Most Affordable Royal Wedding Package Yet

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  Site Where: Clapham Common
March 24, 2011 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Royal Wedding will be over with in just over a month, which probably explains why the Royal packages are being rolled out faster than ever. We’ve found you the weirdest, the most expensive, the seediest, the sweetest and now the cheapest.

Introducing Camp Royale, the latest Royal Wedding package with three nights accomodation for only £75 (approx $120) including free Yorkshire tea—it’s a STEAL! But don’t get too excited just yet as there’s one thing we forgot to mention. Camp Royale is in fact a camp site set up on Clapham Common and tents are not included.

Wait, what?!

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My Own Private Island: Australia's Wilson Island

March 4, 2011 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be taking us on a guided tour of the globe’s most exclusive, luxurious, over-the-top vacation retreats in our new Private Islands Series. We’ll venture from the Bahamas to Fiji, from Africa’s crystalline Lake Tanganyika to the emerald waters of Cambodia, and everywhere in between. That is, everywhere you can be ruler of your own little island.

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with our exclusive series on Private Islands. We’ll be headed back to our usual coverage of run-of-the-mill hotels, but before we do, we’re casting away to a tiny coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef called Wilson Island.

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My Own Private Island: Tanzania's Lupita Island

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  Site Where: Tanzania
March 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be taking us on a guided tour of the globe’s most exclusive, luxurious, over-the-top vacation retreats in our new Private Islands Series. We’ll venture from the Bahamas to Fiji, from Africa’s crystalline Lake Tanganyika to the emerald waters of Cambodia, and everywhere in between. That is, everywhere you can be ruler of your own little island.

Today we travel to the pristine waters of Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika, where we find the tiny jewel of Lupita Island, a glamping lodge run by Firelight Expeditions as part of its safari packages.

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Places To Get Your Glamp On: Four Rivers Floating Lodge, Cambodia

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  Site Where: Tatai, Cambodia
February 11, 2011 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, we’ll be trekking across the globe with HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen as he tells us about the most exciting new glamping experiences out there. From the savannahs of Africa to the shores of Western Australia to the peaks of Patagonia, this is a full-fledged, five-star adventure to the most thrilling and luxurious camping resorts in the world.

So far this week, we’ve been to the savannahs of Africa, the Western Australia beach, the mountains of Patagonia and the Dubai desert. For the final installment of this edition of our Glamping Series we travel to the jungly hinterlands of the Cambodia-Thailand border…and the watery wonder that is the Four Rivers Floating Lodge.

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Places to Get your Glamp On: The Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

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  Site Where: Dubai Conservation Reserve, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
February 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, we’ll be trekking across the globe with HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen as he tells us about the most exciting new glamping experiences out there. From the savannahs of Africa to the shores of Western Australia to the peaks of Patagonia, this is a full-fledged, five-star adventure to the most thrilling and luxurious camping resorts in the world.

Today we’re upping the “glam” in glamping, and taking you to a tented desert resort in broad and barren sands of Dubai that has us dreaming of camel caravans and verdant oases. It’s called the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, and word has it that it’s one of LA-based fashion designer Catherine Malandrino’s favorite places on earth. That’s good enough for us.

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Places To Get Your Glamp On: Patagonia Camp, Chile

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  Site Where: Camino Milodon Porteno KM 74, Patagonia, Chile
February 9, 2011 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, we’ll be trekking across the globe with HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen as he tells us about the most exciting new glamping experiences out there. From the savannahs of Africa to the shores of Western Australia to the peaks of Patagonia, this is a full-fledged, five-star adventure to the most thrilling and luxurious camping resorts in the world.

Patagonia. That mysterious and exotic land at the end of the earth. Even the name conjures up the sense of adventure. Few places on earth boast natural settings that are more pristine and awe-inspiring. So naturally, this is one of the natural habitats for glamping.

Today, we’re going to take you to the shores of Lake Toro, near the famous gnarled spires of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia to visit a luxury experience like no other: Patagonia Camp.

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Places to Get Your Glamp On: Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Australia

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  Site Where: Exmouth, WA, Australia
February 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, we’ll be trekking across the globe with HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen as he tells us about the most exciting new glamping experiences out there. From the savannahs of Africa to the shores of Western Australia to the peaks of Patagonia, this is a full-fledged, five-star adventure to the most thrilling and luxurious camping resorts in the world.

With some of the most pristine, unspoiled wilderness in the world, not to mention the legacies of Steve Irwin and, um, Crocodile Dundee, is it any surprise that Australia is home to some of the most exciting, exclusive glamping experiences in the world? Today's is about as far from civilization as you can get, and comes with whale sharks. It's called Sal Salis, and it's located in a remote corner of Western Australia that is unlike any other place on earth.

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