Glamping has become increasing popular over the last decade or so, but how did it start, and where are some of the best resorts that might temp the most comfort-loving hotel goers out of their rooms and into the wilderness?
History of glamping
The word ‘glamping’ first began appearing in 2005, and in 2016 it was officially recognised and added to the Oxford English Dictionary. But while the word ‘glamping’ is still relatively new, the concept of luxury camping has been around for centuries. Ottoman sultans would have their palatial tents relocated from one military mission to the next, wealthy nomads would travel with their giant tents, along with carpets and servants. And we’ve all seen the old movies where rich gentry would take a safari holiday and sleep alongside the jungle animals.
Perhaps the most extravagant example of glamping from history was a political meeting in June 1520 between Henry VIII and Francis I of France. The two young kings, along with several thousand other participants, created a ‘campsite’ that took over an area of around 10,000 square metres in Balinghem, northern France. By today’s standards, with its music, dancing and feasting, it could be more likened to a festival than a meeting between royals. The staggering scene is depicted in the painting The Field of the Cloth of Gold and now hangs in the royal collection at Hampton Court, London.
So what’s glamping like today?
The above mentioned examples may have been luxurious for their times, but compared to today they are still lacking some of the amenities that have become standard. Electricity, hot running water and WI-FI, are the very least one can expect. Glamping has become popular with families and groups of friends (particularly those who can’t do without their hair-straighteners and mobile devices), as well as honeymooners who perhaps have a history of camping but want that extra special experience. Some resorts are so luxurious, you’ll struggle to find a difference between them and a high ranking hotel.
Slovenia has not been left behind with this modern twist of camping and boasts many resorts who can cater for the nature-loving traveler’s every wish. Helping to get Slovenia recognised as a glamper’s paradise is local company, GlamPro. Made up of a team of creative designers, architects, engineers, marketing and other experts, they develop unique projects and products in the glamping, resorts and tourism sector. GlamPro are an exclusive partner of the Adria Mobil Group, and are proud to have been involved in some of the world’s highest ranked glamping resorts.
For those of you who wish to enjoy all the natural beauty of their surroundings, but don’t want to get the hands dirty, here’s five of our favourite glamping resorts to help you plan your luxury getaway.
Garden Village Bled
Situated just a short walk from the southern shores of Lake Bled itself, Garden Village is perfectly placed to explore and soak up all the natural beauty of this popular region. Placed among the top 5 glamping resorts in the world (CNN & National Geographic), their accommodation ranges from tree houses, pier tents, studio apartments and, of course, glamping tents; where you’ll find comfortable, air conditioned private tents that also have their own bathrooms and mini-fridge.
Herbal Glamping Resort, Ljubno
Brought to you from the ‘Charming Slovenia’ brand, the Herbal Glamping Resort offers luxury at its highest level. Inside their glamorous tents you’ll wonder if you have stepped through a portal and landed in a five star hotel. The tents sleep up to four people, and are equipped with their own bathrooms, TV, Wi-Fi, and even a private outdoor jacuzzi. On the resort you will also have use of the large pool, sauna and fine dining restaurant.
This beautiful resort is just a short drive from Lake Bled. You’ll have use of their wellness centre, and each accomodation has its own private terrace where you can take in some of the spectacular views. Glamping Ribno is perfect for those who wish to partake in outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and fishing, and then relax in the breathtaking natural surroundings by night.
The beautiful Bella Krajina region of Slovenia is host to The Kopla Resort, which stands upon the exact site where the Manor House of Krasinec was built, around 1666. Its location is just 800m from River Kopla itself, where one can enjoy activities such as swimming and boating, as well as land-based recreations of cycling/hiking, horse riding and or even paintballing.
This luxury ‘glampsite’ is nestled in a wonderful and natural environment and surrounded by oak shade, where one can enjoy total privacy yet still be only a few kilometres from the popular seaside resort of Portorož. Their yurts all boast private bathrooms and queen-size beds, where you can lie and watch the stars through the central dome. On site they also have a seasonal swimming pool, and you can try their home-grown organic fruits and vegetables.
Photo credit L.stile Glamping