Explore These Unique Luxury Glamping Experiences

The world in which we live has indisputably gone digital, and it’s nearly impossible to spend more than an hour without looking at a screen. As a result, camping, one of the best ways to unplug, has unfortunately lost its allure in recent years. Besides lacking Wi-Fi, the wilderness is also largely devoid of the basic comforts people associate with a well-deserved vacation, or at least it used to be. Enter glamping: The growing camping trend that fuses the luxury of a resort with lush natural settings. Those deterred by the daunting tasks of building fires and pitching tents need not worry any longer.

Once a niche area of interest for travelers, locales for glamping are now on the map, and off the grid, worldwide. In fact, many five-star, world-renowned resorts in exotic venues have constructed glamping sites as offshoots of some of their most luxurious properties. The Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos, for example, boasts six hilltop tents, which sit in a secluded, forested area while still offering the pool, spa, and restaurants of the main resort.

Those who wish for a more authentically rustic and venturesome experience, however, might find Off the Map Travel’s new Norway Lofoten Islands glamping trip to be the perfect vacation. Travelers will sleep in lavish teepees inspired by the art of the area’s indigenous people and surrounded by resplendent landscape.

The Lofoten Islands, abundant with alpine wonders from fjords and mountains to charming fishing villages, are an archipelago on the Norwegian Sea, just above the Arctic Circle. Priced at approximately $1960 per person, Off the Maps Travel’s three-day excursion offers near-complete immersion into nature. Guests are guided on a breathtaking hike spanning the islands summits, as well as a kayaking adventure through impossibly blue seas.

Despite its northern location, the region has surprisingly mild temperatures and uncharacteristically warm waters thanks to the Gulf Stream, ensuring the utmost comfort. During the months of June and July, visitors are also treated to the splendor of the Midnight Sun, or 24 hours of uninterrupted sunlight.

Norwegian culture is also a focal point of the trip, which includes visits to a goat farm and local museums. After each busy day, guests return to their glamorous teepees, sleek in design and adorned with thoughtful embroidery. For a different type of holiday, some time spent in a teepee may be just the thing.

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52 Dorchester Road, Darien, CT
Reminiscent of a bygone era, this iconic 1930s brick estate is poised to be brought back to its former glory. Envision Gatsby-meets-2018 with a grand entrance, generously sized rooms, high ceilings, fumed wood paneling and arched doors, newly refinished floors and a freshly painted interior throughout much of the house. Set on 4.5 private acres with a pool, cabana and mature plantings, this property is a rare find. Vintage details for a future masterpiece.

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57 Miller Lane East, East Hampton
Charming East Hampton cottage renovated in 2013 was transformed into a 2,500+/- sq. ft. dream home. On the first level are two bedrooms, a bath, open living areas, and a sunroom. The bluestone sun porch overlooks a beautiful pool and pool house with garden. Upstairs master suite features a bath with marble herringbone floor with nickel Samuel Heath shower fixtures. Custom window treatments, Phillip Jeffries wallpaper throughout and Sonos inside and outside.

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64 Birchwood Lane, Bridgehampton
6,100 SF Barn-style home conveniently located between Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor. With six bedrooms, six full baths and two half baths, this home will entertain family and friends all year round with two fireplaces, one of which is in the spacious master suite. Enter into a Grand entry foyer, 10’–11’ ceilings throughout main level and into a designer kitchen. Relax outside with beautiful landscaping and a heated gunite pool. Integrated concierge through Chaloners for an effortless Bridgehampton lifestyle.

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20 Hook Pond Lane, East Hampton
On a private lane in the Hook Pond estate area is a new home designed by Abstract Builders. The 10,000 SF home (on 3 levels) is perfectly sited on a 1.6 acre lot to take full advantage of the pond and ocean views. Dramatic open kitchen, dining and living space opens to the outside; includes 7 ensuite bedrooms, plus light-filled lower level with billiards, viewing room, wine cellar and sauna. Outside, landscaped grounds surround a gunite pool, spa and pool house.

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76 Windmill Lane, Bridgehampton
On 2+/- acres, landscaped for complete privacy, this complex consists of three interconnected enameled clad steel barns custom designed by Jack Ceglic, with radiant heat concrete floors, maintenance free exteriors and grand, open spaces. The 4,600+/- sq. ft. main house offers custom kitchen, master and guest suites, library and half bath. All rooms open to large mahogany terrace. The guest house/studio has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and separate study. Heated gunite lap pool.

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5 Green Pond Road, New Milford, CT
Litchfield County's fabled Candlelight Farms Airport. This is a rare opportunity to own one of CT's few grass strip airports. Moments from Candlewood Lake and all that Litchfield County offers. Bucolic 35 acre setting with 2,900 ft. turf runway. The collector-quality hangar boasts a steel framed, 6,000 sq ft structure with automatic doors. Spacious enough to store up to 10 Piper Cub size planes. Perfect for a private user, a collective of enthusiasts or a commercial investment.

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11 Musket Ridge Road, Wilton CT
Perched at the top of a roaring Silvermine River waterfall on almost 4 acres, the property spreads out into Wilton and New Canaan. Every inch of this home has been perfected to capture the timeless appeal of the river while exuding ultimate refinement and good taste. The architect-designed home captures river views and sounds, and almost every room opens to one of the magnificent decks or to a private balcony. Call Ileana Barns Slavin Associates-William Raveis at (203) 246-7215.

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