A portmanteau of “camping” and “glamour,” this new trend is buoyed by travelers who enjoy a bit of comfort but still want to enjoy the outdoors. They don’t want to completely rough it, but don’t want to be entirely removed from nature.
Glampers often stay in upscale versions of tents and cabins that combine rusticity and luxury. They might sleep under a canvas roof, but they’ll have access to a hot tub with an outstanding view. Or they may not have a built-in bathroom, but they’ll receive spa treatments in the forest.
This growing trend means there are glamping destinations around the world. Some of the most notable include:
Turtle Inn, Belize
Guests sleep in thatched cottages that open onto white-sand beaches. Amenities include swimming pools and a spa.
Stay in one of 15 white geodesic domes outfitted with wood-burning stoves and plush bedding. The domes open to views of the mountains and are within a few minutes of ski slopes.
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Thatched bungalows are decked out in modern furniture and perched over the Indian Ocean. Guests can visit the world’s first underwater spa as part of the property.
My mom and I recently dined at Mazi, a Greek restaurant in West Reading, Pennsylvania. We were in town for a family event and decided to take advantage of the lovely early fall evening by enjoying dinner outside. The restaurant is popular, so we called right when they opened to make a last-minute reservation. Thankfully, they had availability for outdoor seating.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Mercury Financial and Spirit Airlines announced the launch of Free Spirit Points Plus Mastercard, joining the Free Spirit Points Mastercard, which launched in February. Free Spirit Points Plus cardmembers will have the opportunity to earn points and status with Spirit Airlines.
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Elegant Hotels launched a special wedding offer add-on to its properties in Barbados. Something Elegant takes inspiration from the famous saying: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Guests booking a wedding package can add the offer to their big day.