With everyone ordered to stay indoors, it’s normal for some of us to crave the outdoors and nature. And while camping is not everyone’s cup of tea, anyone who has experienced it knows just how revitalizing this activity can be when you’re right in the middle of nature.
Not the type who prefers leaving all the comforts the modern world provides? That shouldn’t stop you from giving glamping a try! If you haven’t experienced glamping, then this is the perfect time to consider it for your next vacay—of course, once the restrictions of going outdoors have loosened.
But first, what exactly is glamping? From its name, glamping is, simply put, the more elegant version of your regular camping trip. Think air-conditioned tents, wi-fi connection, and comfortable beds.
It’s an activity that hits the sweet spot between an outdoor adventure and a cozy stay so you get to experience the best of both worlds.
The good news is that there are now a lot of places that offer this kind of experience If you’ve been thinking of trying it for the first time, then this is probably your sign to book one of these stays below:
1. Nacpan Beach, Palawan
El Nido has always been popular for its picturesque spots and calm vibe. Nacpan Beach Glamping, which is only 45 minutes north of El Nido town, perfectly captures this famous tourist destination’s charm with its great beach view and powdery white sand.
Spending a night at one of the resort’s tents is a delight for anyone—it’s almost easy to forget that you’re there to camp!
Each glamping tent is furnished beautifully with native design and has two queen-size beds that can comfortably accommodate up to four people. The real catch, however, is the beautiful view of the mountains and the beach which is a stone’s throw away from the camping site itself. A stay at the resort starts at P8,000 per night.
2. The Glamp Zambales
For a more summer camp type of vibe, there is no better place to go to than The Glamp Zambales. Besides the comfortable accommodations and the beautiful scenery that you can experience during your stay, a night in this destination also comes with a foot massage, foot soak, and a s’mores kit which you can enjoy by the campfire.
What’s more, the place is only a four to five-hour drive away from the metro, making it easily accessible to those who do not want to fly. The camping site has currently postponed its operations due to the pandemic, but it is definitely a must-visit once it reopens!
3. Lampara Siargao
Do you want to experience a Bali-esque stay without actually flying out of the country? Lampara Siargao might be the closest thing that can get you this experience.
The beachfront boutique hostel is the perfect place to be if you’re looking for a quiet place to stay while being surrounded by the calming sound of beach waves and beautiful greenery. The hostel offers a wide selection of accommodation types like a full cabin, smaller tents, and even a dorm-type room which are all furnished with air-conditioning, bathroom and shower, and comfortable mattresses.
The prices are very friendly too—you can book accommodation for as low as P720 a night!
4. Beso Hilltop Retreat, Palawan
This retreat house in San Vicente, Palawan is the perfect place for those who are looking for a cozy place to stay on the expensive island without burning a hole in their wallets.
The camping site, which is just a mile away from White Beach, comes with a beautiful garden, a bar, and even a vegetarian selection of meals! Guests can choose between their luxury glamping style tent which is perfect for couples (starts at P350) and comes with a private porch or their six-bed dormitory (starts at P250) which is ideal for bigger groups.
5. Kwentong Dagat Zambales
Kwentong Dagat is simply put, what glamping dreams are made of. Found in a little fishing village of San Felipe, Zambales, this quiet destination is the best place you can book if you want an overall experience made up of cozy huts, delicious meals, and ultimate privacy.
The casual energy and provincial vibe that the site exudes are exactly what charms people to stay here—that and its amazing food selections that are specially curated for vegetarians! The seaside cottages are incredibly pretty, too, with their natural materials and earthy vibe that will make you want to stay here forever. Each nipa hut comes with a pair of double beds, a loft bed, air-conditioning, and complimentary breakfast.
A night here can start at P4,000 on weekdays and P4,800 on weekends.
Glamping is the perfect activity to try especially if you’ve been craving a break from the stress of daily life. With its perfect mix of nature, comfort, and convenience, you can find a temporary escape that can leave you relaxed and recharged, even for just a while.