For travellers who want to experience the joys of camping (starry skies, fireside stories and lazy days) without the schlepping or hardships of traditional camping, glamping has amassed a cult-like following.

Resorts offering alternative accommodations in the form of yurts, tree houses, tents, Airstreams, cabins and domes are popping up in, and around, some of North America and Europe’s biggest cities at price points that cater to all travellers.

The appeal lies not only in the great locales, hot showers and cozy beds, but endless lists of amenities: hot tubs, outdoor spas, gourmet meals and the variety of activities on offer—think yoga classes, horseback riding and ziplining.

Here are our picks for the top places to go glamping this year.

1. For a laid-back experience: Camp Olowalu, Maui

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This beachfront site is surrounded by palm trees and is an alternative to the area’s pricier villas and hotels—cabins and glamping tents (called “tentalows”) are available.

2. For the luxe glamour: Fronterra, Prince Edward County, Ontario

This resort features 10 prospector tents, each designed around Canadian history. There is also an organic farm, which guests can access, and a brewery.

3. For an urban Escape: Huttopia, various locations, France

This company has numerous sites located near some of France’s major cities, including Paris. Sites may feature cabins, tents and mini-caravans.

Read more: 26 Reasons to Travel in 2019, From ‘A’ to ‘Z’


[This story appears in the January 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]