7 Gorgeous Glamping Rentals on the Coast
Serenity meets style in these tents, tipis, yurts, and treehouses by the sea.
There’s more to glamping than just access to a proper bed and shower. Even luxuries that you might have in a resort suite—top-notch bedding, pro-designed interiors, full-on kitchens—are making their way into the great outdoors. Here, seven places to glamp with the sound of the waves and the serenity of nature. Roughin’ it? We think not.
Tropical Treehouse, Fern Forest, Hawaii
From $200 per night; airbnb.com
Nestled in the middle of a Hawaiian bamboo jungle, this elevated off-the-grid hideaway is perfect for those looking to vacation in absolute peace. On the ground floor, relax in the hanging daybed while listening to the sounds of nature, or climb the ladder through the trapdoor to access the wraparound lanai and beautifully, sustainably decorated interiors. (Much of the materials were sourced locally from the Big Island.) Bonus? Each night you stay, a donation will be made to save trees in Papua New Guinea.
Eco Itaka, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
From $35 per night; tripadvisor.com
Skip the resort scene of Playa del Carmen and opt for a low-key stay just steps from the ocean. These posh thatched-roof tents feature elegantly decorated interiors with comfy beds, mini fridges, and chandeliers overhead. Guests also have access to two beach cruisers, a shared kitchen, and staff that can help book transportation, excursions, and food delivery.
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Oceanview Yurt, Santa Barbara, California
From $250 per night; airbnb.com
Santa Barbara is known for its stunning natural beauty, and this mountaintop yurt has top-notch views of it. Set atop Refugio Mountain overlooking the Channel Islands, the 30-foot yurt is situated on 20 acres of secluded oceanfront land. Inside, two bedrooms and a fully equipped bath (with Jacuzzi tub!) and kitchen make stays as seamless as a five-star hotel.
Sandy Pines Campground, Kennebunkport, Maine
From $174 per night; sandypinescamping.com
If you never thought you’d find design inspiration in a tent, think again. At Sandy Pines Campground, 12 professionally decorated safari-style tents and three tipis take glamping to another level. Each well-appointed tent features 430 square feet of living space with king beds, seating areas, indoor-outdoor rugs, local art, and inviting front porches.
Casa Tuia Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro, Portugal
From $142 per night; tripadvisor.com
With a fully equipped kitchen and bath, pool, woven furnishings, and an eye-catching wall made of weathered wood, it might seem like a stretch to say that a stay in this Carvoeiro, Portugal, hilltop setting is actually glamping. But the fabric walls and rooftop and the sounds of nature perforating through will convince you otherwise. The luxe setup offers easy access to Portugal’s beaches and golf courses, plus nearby restaurants, cafes, and a supermarket.
City Escape, Burlingame, California
From $275 per night; airbnb.com
Just 20 minutes from San Francisco, this rustic treehouse is a city lover’s version of a country escape. Nestled in a 150-year-old live oak in a quiet forested canyon, the treehouse boasts views of the Bay (and the luscious sunsets!) from its wraparound deck, cozy down bedding, and access to a kitchenette and bath in the neighboring log home.
Wilding Pines, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
From $472 per night; tripadvisor.com
The secluded beauty that comes with a stay in this luxurious Lotus Belle tent seems like the type you’d only have access to after backpacking for several days in the mountains. While it’s your decision how you arrive at this pristine lakefront paradise (foot, car, and kayak are all options), the payoff is equally as nice: two vibrantly decorated tents with comfy beds, Adirondack chairs, and rugs underfoot, plus a patio for gazing at the stars in the nighttime sky.