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Muddy Shoes And Personal Development At Cresto Ranch Colorado

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  Site Where: 52068 Road 38 [map], Dolores, Colorado, United States, 81323
August 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM | by | ()

Since we love us some glamping, we were excited to learn last year that there was going to be an option closer to home than the African bush, with Colorado’s Dunton Hot Springs opening Cresto Ranch, a set of eight en-suite luxury tents four miles downriver from the main resort.

Open since June 1, and until October 31 for its seasonal closure, Cresto Ranch has partnered with Muddy Shoe Adventures to allow you to get your glamp on and have a ‘transformational adventure’ at the same time. What that means, we’ll tell you.

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Safari-Style Tented Camp Opening in Colorado's Dunton Springs

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  Site Where: 52068 West Ford Rd 38 [map], Dolores, CO, United States, 81323
July 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM | by | ()

Some call it “glamping”, but luxury tent camping is wildly popular, for those who want to experience the Great Outdoors in style and comfort. And when you can experience the wild sans endless transatlantic flight and precautionary malaria pill dosing? Even better? That’s why we were intrigued to learn about the September debut of Cresto Ranch, the new tented camp at Dunton Hot Springs, the restored "Ghost Town" turned resort area. Fall is a great time to visit this place near Telluride and the Colorado Rockies, as the weather is fair and the fishing is fine.

The camp consists of eight safari-style tents (they sleep two) constructed of cotton canvas and repurposed materials from the 1830's. decked out with a gas stove, bathroom, and even a lounging porch for late-night star gazing and views of the San Juan Mountains. If guests want to socialize, they can head to the main lodge, a 19th-century farmhouse that has been restored and fitted with a dining room, living room, and a wraparound deck.

Daytime means getting your Outward Bound spirit in gear and taking advantage of the surrounding 1,600 acre playground. Go river rafting, hop on a horse, a mountain bike, or take a hike, but if you prefer less strenuous activities that keep the “glam” in “glamping” take advantage of the free access to Dunton Hot Springs’ Bath House for a muscle-melting dip in the outdoor hot springs, hit the spa, or sign up for a photography lesson. Or, one can pay respect to Mother Nature’s fruits of the earth during a tour of the resort’s very own winery—Sutcliffe Vineyards—and end with a tasting, of course. Most likely you’ll see more of those grapes when dining family-style in the old Saloon restaurant.

Rates are $1,400 per night (kids 12 and younger pay just $200 a night, under 2s are free) and includes all meals,beverages, and most activities.

[Photo: Dunton Hot Springs]

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Lodgings at Coachella: Luxury On-Site Tents Still Open

April 24, 2008 at 1:23 PM | by | ()

Speaking of Palm Springs, Coachella takes place this weekend, starting on Thursday April 24. The hipstery music festival features a wide-range of musical acts from famous bands to underground faves and even some celeb stints (See: ScarJo Sings!).

The gig brings out a ton of people from all over the West Coast and beyond, who pretty much camp out for the entire weekend thus making traffic, parking, will-call, drinking, public displays of air-guitar skills and the like pretty freakin' messy.

Oh yeah, and hotel rooms, motel rooms and campsites book up fast.

This year, Coachella decided to unveil their own On-Site Lodging which is described as "Luxury Site Accommodations."

This new exclusive lodging area will include Breakfast (served 7am - 11am - menu will be posted at a later date), limited capacity, restrooms & showers, general store, food vendors, roaming food and ICE vendors, free private parking lot, drop off area, cell phone charging stations, added security, ATMs, recycling tent (bottles, camping gear) Outdoor chairs, shade tents and outdoor lighting, local newspapers, shuttles and more! (Massage Therapist for extra fee).

The beds are air mattresses and sleeping bags (which will be donated to the homeless after you use them) and are promised to be of the best quality.

But the shizz is expensive. A two-person tent with two onsite-camping tickets is going for $700. A four-person tent bumps up to $1,400. And the six-person tent is selling for $2,100. However, each ticket is good for the entire weekend.

LAist doesn't think it's all that more special than the regular campsites although the ATM is a big plus. And if you were interested in staying in hotels, a quick look at Expedia shows hotel rates are jacked up with motels even starting in at around $200 a night. These on-site tents might be the better way to go.

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Johnny Jet Goes Luxury Camping Down Under

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  Site Where: Yulara Drive Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Australia
March 5, 2008 at 5:01 PM | by | ()

We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.

The next VIP in the series is Johnny Jet, aka John DiScala, the man behind the extremely popular travel website and newsletter JohnnyJet.com. If there's ever a question you have about airlines, airfares, hotels, resorts and travel in general, Johnny Jet is the man to ask. And that's probably because he's been there. Twice. Enjoy.

It's an honor to be writing for HotelChatter.com and when they asked me to pick my favorite hotel - I had to think about it. It's been over 10 days and I'm still thinking about it. Seriously, reflecting back, I realize I might be one of the most spoiled or luckiest S.O.B.'s on earth as I have been fortunate to stay at some incredible places over the years.

However, to pick one that’s totally unique and definitely in my top 10 has to be Longitude 131. It’s far far away in Australia’s Red Center in the town of Uluru/Ayers Rock. The 15 luxury "tents" resort is built on a sand dune. It’s for adults-only (over 12) so forget about bringing the kids. It has won many awards, including The Robb Report’s Top Ten Haute Hotels in the World, and is eco-friendly.

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A Stay at The Four Seasons Tented Camps Inspires Couple to Save the Elephants

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  Site Where: 229 MOO 1 WIENG SUB DISTRICT, CHAING SAEN DISTRICT, Thailand, 57150
February 26, 2008 at 2:16 PM | by | ()

When you mention Manolo Blahnik, Four Seasons and elephants all in the same sentence, our ears will totally prick up.

Recently, the luxe shoe designer pledged his support to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation by doing what he does best, designing a (limited-edition) shoe.

Available as of March in the US the Blahnik designed D'orsay pump with patent brown trimming and patent brown 90mm heel will feature Congo leopard print pony (fake) leather. The shoes will exclusively be sold through Footcandy Shoe Stores in California but can be shipped anywhere in the world. It will retail at approximately $600 with proceeds going to the GTAEF conservation project.

Luckily for us, unluckily for our wallet, there is a FootCandy store just a few miles from our house. As for the shoe, we don't have a picture of it yet but it will look something like this.

Now you must be wondering, how does the Four Seasons play into all this?

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'Chalets on Stilts': Wolwedans' Luxury Tents

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  Site Where: P.O. Box 5048 , Windhoek, Namibia
February 19, 2008 at 1:10 PM | by | ()

If you're headed for Namibia's NamibRand Desert, make sure you have a reservation at the luxury camps of Wolwedans.

There's a reason celebrities like Charlize Theron and the couple known as "Brangelina" have come here (with Maddox and Zahara in tow). Surrounded by striking red sand dunes and mountain ranges, the vast complex features all manner of accomodations, from private chalets to a lodge big enough for a party of 12 -- it's desert camping in high style.

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