Move over traditional camping: there’s a new outdoor trend in town
Not yet ready to pitch a tent and exchange running water or other luxuries for a rough night under the stars? Don’t worry – neither are we. Fortunately, there’s a new trend in town and we’re ALL about it. Enter glamping. A portmanteau of glamorous + camping, this new outdoor experience allows you to get close to nature in a luxury bell tent while enjoying heating and cooling, plush bedding, hardwood floors, a fully furnished space, housekeepi… well, you get the picture.
We’re convinced that this hot new trend will appeal to even the biggest self-confessed city slicker, and it’s not hard to see why. Glamping brings us the best of both worlds: a combination of luxe hotel comfort with the thrill of the great outdoors.
Lee, the director of Twilight Glamping, explains it perfectly:
“Just like staying at a hotel, people want a hassle-free experience when they go away. And, that’s exactly what glamping provides. All that’s required of our guests is to just turn up. The tent is completely set up and styled for you, all ready for you to walk in. And, at the end of your stay, we will return to pack everything away.”
This means that the tent is fully set up before you arrive at your destination – talk about VIP treatment!
4 reasons to go glamping in Victoria
Glamping is for anyone: While the original target market may have been families and couples, there’s now a shift towards female-only activities: think hens day glamping, bridal showers, and even baby showers!
Get close to nature: With just a fabric wall that separates you from the outside world, you’re totally exposed to the natural elements in an exciting way that you just can’t experience in a hotel.
For something a little bit different: If you’re an unconventional bride, you’ll love a festival wedding. Imagine partying with your family and friends all night before retreating into your own luxe tents on site – no need to hire ubers or a bus to take your guests home!
Get that digital detox: Leave your phones and laptops behind as you get back to the basics – think early morning hikes, breathing in fresh air, time with family and friends, and NO Instagram or Facebook.*
*Even though glamping is a great way to get away from it all, some people still like to have the option to stay connected (after all, how will you be able to share that #INSTAWORTHY photo of your luxe tent?!) Most campsites do come with electricity, so you’re not completely sans communication with the outside world.
Where to go glamping in Victoria: just ask Twilight Glamping
Now that we’ve convinced you that glamping is the #NEXTBESTTHING, you’re probably dying to join the movement. So, where do you go? There’s only one place in Victoria you need to know: Terindah Estate.
Twilight Glamping has teamed up with the exclusive Bellarine Peninsula winery to provide 15 luxury bell tents near a private beach. Simply go online and book instantly. But you’ll have to get in quick, as Terindah glamping closes over the winter months!
Alternatively, you can book your outdoor experience anywhere along the Great Ocean Road, in the Geelong area, or on the Bellarine Peninsula, and Twilight Glamping will be more than happy to set up and take down your bell tents. Just ask and they’ll be more than happy to provide!
What to bring on your glamping experience
Glamping is designed to be hassle-free, so all you really need to tick off your checklist with Twilight Glamping is food and water (don't forget the marshmallows!), as well as comfortable clothing. The rest is all provided for you, such as:
- Luxury mattress – your choice of queen or twin singles
- Pallet bed base
- Jute rug
- Crisp bed linens
- Blankets and towels
- Rechargeable warm light USB lanterns
- Two chairs
- Side table and mirror
You can also upgrade your glamping experience to include a kettle, heaters, bar fridge, or even a cheese platter or breakfast in bed delivered straight to your tent!
We asked Lee: What's been your favourite event so far?
He said, “Weddings are the most fun – we deal closely with the bride and groom all the way through and suggest things along the way. We’re heavily involved in making their dreams a reality. When we’re on site, we have a huge team of people to help set up so it’s almost like a family gathering for us, too.”
So, is glamping a one-off experience? Absolutely not! Lee explains once people realise how relaxing and hassle-free glamping can be, they can’t wait to rebook. In fact, he gets so much repeat business that he’s constantly having to find fresh and new packages to provide for his returning guests. Watch this space for more exciting adventures on the horizon!
One last thing…
Oh, and we know you’re curious about one little detail – and the answer is yes: most of the campsites have modern bathroom facilities. #PHEW! And, if you’re camping on a private property, you can hire luxe toilets from Twilight Glamping’s business partner, Paddock Dreams.
Reconnecting with nature in a luxe tent isn’t starting to sound like a bad idea, after all, is it? See you there…
Love, LENZO x
Written by Melbourne blogger Maree Mikhaiel