WHEN I had my feet under the editor’s desk at Camping magazine, ‘glamping’ was only just making an entrance. Today, this amalgam of glamour and camping has grown exponentially as campers seek the back-to-nature experience, but with a few luxurious mod cons thrown in.
Glamping has, in fact, been around for decades, with its roots in the early 1900s through African safaris, where wealthy travellers, already accustomed to comfort and luxury, were not prepared to sacrifice either, and their campsites and pampered wilderness lifestyles reflected it. Now we see the modern equivalent with the springing up of yurts and tipis, pods, bell tents, tent cabins and tree houses, en suite washrooms and private verandas.
Adding to the list, One Off Places has announced the launch of a luxury glamping site set in a valley surrounded by pine forests in rural Slovenia. The site is beautifully positioned beneath a slope of evergreen pine trees and is made up of ten tented lodges, each sleeping four people, with a private deck and an outdoor hot tub.
Inside, you will find chic furnishings, double beds, en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, all giving a distinct touch of luxury. Beyond the private hot tub is a central circular swimming pool, a carefully tended herb and vegetable garden, a wellness centre, shop and restaurant.
Essential Journeys spoke with Tabitha Symonds, founder and director of oneoffplaces.co.uk, who told us: “Glamping takes many forms, but few of them are as sumptuous and stylish as this brand new offering, which boasts splendid architecture, chic interiors and oasis-like surroundings. So if you’re looking to get away from it all and relax in peace and privacy, then you’ve come to the right place.”
Characterised by fragrant herbs underfoot and in the air, the Herbal Glamping Resort blends extravagance and luxury with nature and tranquillity. On site you can take part in workshops learning how to infuse herbs into teas and jams, and make use of their wellness centre and spa.
STAY: The price is from £160 to £230 per tent per night, including breakfast.