Today, the rules of tourism are changing. More and more people are moving away from the big one resorts all inclusive luxury and looking for a a more sustainable and close to nature experiencebut without sacrificing comfort and the rest they want on their vacations. That is why they are becoming more and more fashionable glamping.
“The glamping is a new type of camping which introduces comfort, originality and luxury in traditional camping, thus bringing this type of tourism closer to people who come from hotels and who until a few years ago did not know this world – explains Laura Mass, Miramar Campground Administrator-. With the arrival of glamping, camping is in fashion and more and more customers are interested in this product. The range of nationalities, ages and types of families there is greatly enlarged. The big advantage is the opportunity to enjoy the holidays in nature, in an incomparable environment”.
Elena Herrero Martin, manager of The Teepeeadds that the name comes from a mash-up of the terms ‘glitz’ and ‘camping’, ‘for what they are unique accommodation in nature where you can enjoy contact with the countryside while you have mod cons of your home and the luxury of a hotel”.
in turn Leticia Romero, owner of The Garden of Earthly Delightsagrees: “they strive to combine luxury accommodation and nature, offering very high standards of quality and comfort. Compared to traditional camping, it offers quality over quantity. High quality facilities and very small capacity and accommodation original and exotic, in addition to exceptional customer service. They coincide in contact with nature, but with very different facilities, services and capacity”.
“The main advantages it has over traditional camping is that the rooms are already created for customers to enjoy without worrying about anythingwith comfortable beds, a private bathroom, a restaurant, a spa center…” he concludes Alejandro Bosch Bruna, partner of Miluna.
This type of tourism is evaluated by many very diverse profiles, from millennia upper middle class, families with children from 0 to 10 years old, through image-conscious social media users and aesthetic and design-conscious customers.
Another advantage of this type of tourist accommodation is its commitment to sustainability. More than glamping They are generally aware of environmental care as they use nature for their business and therefore promote its care. Thus, many of them have Renewable sources as a form of energy, a waste recycling system or a charger for electric cars, among others. In addition, they usually offer decologs of good practices for clients.
There are many concepts for glamping and each offers different benefits. Discover some of the more original that you can find in Spain.
Camping Miramar (Tarragona)
Camping Miramar is located in Mont-roig del Camp, in the heart of the Costa Dorada. It is characterized by different types of accommodation: Vintage Caravans, Cinque Terre, Sea View, Tinys Mobile Home and Pools. The latter have a small private pool. “In addition, we also have pitches for those customers who want to visit the campsite with their own caravan or tent, some of them on the beach,” explains Laura Maas.
In its facilities it is possible to carry out activities such as yoga on the beach, massage services, children’s entertainment, outdoor cinema or concerts. In addition, from Miramar you can make hiking trailsmountain biking, sea activities, wine tourism, gastronomy, enjoy pristine beachessmall bays, visit towns with lots of charm and history, and also go to Port Aventura.
As for restorationthey have La Mar Salada, a Mediterranean food restaurant and Xiringuito del Miramar, on the beach where their customers can cool off with cocktail, beer, vermouth, etc. This year they opened a new event space called La Llotja which includes a food trucks of hamburgers and two caravans: a bar and a massage cabin. They also offer a supermarket-cafeteria, Mercat del Miramar.
“What sets us apart the most glamping is second Life which we give to our lodgings, thereby betting on sustainability. All of them have been renovated, giving them a new opportunity, creating unique and different locations between them. It is important to note that we ourselves are responsible for making the change, the staff of the campsite itself – emphasizes Mas-. It can be said that originality and innovation is what makes us unique. The constant search for improvements and the incorporation of innovative elements”.
All camping facilities are adapted for people with reduced mobility. However, accommodations at this time are not, as they are accommodations with a second Life and maintains the original structure.
Garden of Earthly Delights (Cáceres)
The Garden of Earthly Delights is a glamping which allows its customers to stay inside yurts traditional (dwelling used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia) of Mongolia, considered World Heritagewithout giving up all the comforts and high-quality equipment.
It is full size Yerte Valley, less than 500 meters from the river and the dam and at the foot of the cliffs of Villavieja, next to an oak forest. Thanks to this location, there are many activities in the surroundings, in addition to the visits that the glamping itself offers in nearby areas such as Monfragüe (30 minutes by car), Plasencia (15 km), Hervás and Cáceres (45 minutes) or Hell’s Throat (20 minutes ).
“We are the first accommodation with a single catalog in Extremadura -explains the owner-, with two awards for innovation in tourism and sustainability. We provide expertise, expertise, your expertise, as each person is unique. We offer moments huge quality and we have strong sustainability and environmental values that we pass on to our customers. We believe that quality and sustainable tourism is possible”.
As part of their commitment to respecting the environment, they are located in a organic cherry farm, who have enriched by planting more than 400 trees, and a large part of their breakfasts are composed of organic products of their own production and preparation, such as homemade jams, quinces, vegan pâtés or biscuits. They also try to make them 0 km and have measures like electric car charger, 100% cotton bedding, amenities biodegradable/eco, high energy efficiency appliances, etc.
His audience is very diverse, mostly people with high purchasing power and even acquaintances looking for intimacy, as well as people who want to pamper themselves or celebrate a special date. “Accommodation offers us a plus romanticism, exclusivity and originality in a sustainable way. It offers a global and exclusive experience,” explains Romero.
“Each glamping has its own special touch. In this case, what sets us apart is that our rooms are typis from wood and we are in a pine forest in an idyllic environment like the Sierra de Gredos,” Elena Herrero tells us about The Teepee.
It is a quiet and exclusive environment where there is no space for tents or caravans, so the space is shared only with the other residents of six typis available. The bathrooms and showers are privateso you won’t need to share them.
The facilities have several areas where you can relax: in the summer there are various hammocks scattered around glamping and on haima tipiand for the winter they also have a sauna and a a place for a night campfire.
In all seasons, they have a dining room, which is closed and heated in the winter and outdoors in the summer. There are communal kitchens, picnic areas, a lounge with board games and swings with hammocks.
The activities that can be done in the surroundings are very diverse. For the more adventurous there is paragliding, canyoning or rafting. There are also many hiking routes and, depending on the season, you can do other types of routes such as mycological, bird watching or wine tasting.
As more cultural activities, you can visit the towns of Barranco de las 5 villas, with an unforgettable visit to Mombeltrán Castle and Cuevas del Águila, one of the main tourist attractions.
Your accommodation is prepared so that people with reduced mobility can stay by having access to the common dining area and a types Wheelchair accessible.
The glamping Miluna is mainly characterized by the fact that its rooms are transparent and the client can see everything around him lying down from his bed without being visible from the outside.
His rooms offer maximum comfort, as if it were a luxury hotel. They are rooms of 35-40m2, fully air-conditioned, with private bathroom, bed kind of sizetelescope in each, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities and even a hot tub it is located on the private plot outside and is heated to the desired temperature so that it can be used all year round.
“Another distinctive element is ours 100% customer orientation. We are always ready to listen to your requests and implement them. And what makes us happiest is making them feel at home,” Bosch points out.
For this purpose, they offer services such as various assortments with different types of chocolate, fruit, bottles of wine or cava, massages, bicycles, astronomical talks, photo sessions or floatarium (pool which is in a private room, heated and which contains very high density salt water which makes you float when you stretch. This is good for circulation, skin healing and disconnection).
The main activities that can be done around this hotel are: wine and butter tastings, cycling routes, hiking, horse riding and adventure activities, as well as visits to historic cities such as Ávila, Toledo or Madrid.
“Adjectives that describe our customers can be from: romantics, adventurers, astronomy lovers or even people who need to disconnect and relax and choose Miluna as the ideal destination,” concludes his spokesman.