Business_news Extreme glamping: Luxury yurts, covered wagons with air conditioning, and $3 million RVs prove there’s still a market for high-end outdoorsy adventures

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People are paying hundreds of dollars per night to sleep in fancy tents with electricity and king-size beds.

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Glamping, or “glamorous camping,” is a luxurious alternative to traditional camping — and it can get really over-the-top.

Instead of sleeping on the ground in a typical tent, glamping might entail sleeping in a king-size bed with 1,500-thread-count linens or in an eco-friendly pod with a shower and kitchenette.

From egg-shaped pods to tricked-out RVs, here are some of the ways people are taking glamping to the next level.

Business_news Glamping, or “glamorous camping,” is an upscale alternative to traditional camping.


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Business_news Glamping can take many different forms, from ultra-luxurious tents with king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms to egg-shaped pods and tricked-out RVs.

A glamping pod at Rerik Campground in Germany.

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Business_news A company called Ecocapsule makes luxurious egg-shaped pods designed with solar panels and 750-watt retractable wind turbines so they can be 100% self-sufficient in a variety of environments.


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Business_news The pods include a work space, kitchenette, toilet, and shower.


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Business_news The bed can be folded out to sleep two people.


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Business_news Each pod costs $89,000 (€79,900), and some have been sold to private owners for individual use, according to Ecocapsule.


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Business_news The company is engaged in deals to sell pods to glamping and hotel companies in Europe, Australia, and the US, with expected guest costs of $200 to $277 (€180 to €250) per night, an Ecocapsule representative told business Insider.

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Business_news A Luxury resort in Bolivia called Kachi Lodge is made up of several domed pods located 12,000 feet above sea level on the largest salt flat in the world.

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Business_news Each pod comes with a private bathroom, a double bed with hotel-style bedding, heating, and a lounge area.


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Business_news According to the Kachi Lodge website, the camp is run using sustainable energy, with the goal of leaving a minimal impact on the environment.

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Business_news A two-night minimum stay in one of the resort’s domes costs $1,980 per person, and additional nights start at $990 per person.


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Business_news A campground in Germany offers both glamping pods and glamping lodges.

A glamping pod at Rerik Campground in Germany.

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Business_news The heated pods include a kitchenette and fridge, table and chairs, a bathroom, a double bed and a pullout sofa bed.


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Business_news The campground’s African safari-inspired lodges can sleep up to five people and include a bathroom and shower, a sitting room with a satellite TV, and a fully equipped kitchenette and refrigerator.


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Business_news The glamping cabins range in size from 790 square feet to 1,300 square feet. Some have multiple bedrooms, gas stoves, and soaking tubs.


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Business_news In the Sweet Grass cabin, the only three-room glamping cabin, guests can soak in a cedar tub on the patio. The cabins start at $1,800 per night in the winter and $3,200 during the summer and peak holiday season.


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Business_news At the Capitol Reef Resort in Utah, guests can glamp in covered wagons based on 19th-century designs. But beyond the exterior, these wagons are nothing like the ones pioneers slept in.


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Business_news They come with air conditioning, one king-size bed, and twin bunk beds, and there are private bathrooms just a few steps away. A night’s stay in one of the wagons starts at about $229 per person.


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Business_news Luxe trailers are yet another way to glamp. In the United Arab Emirates, about 85 miles from Dubai, is the Sedr Trailers Resort, which calls itself a “trailer hotel.”


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Business_news A night’s stay in one of the trailers starts at about $617.


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Business_news The interior has cedar floors, custom-made furniture, wool carpets, a kitchenette, and a fire pit.

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Business_news And glamping doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to secluded wilderness areas. “Urban glamping” locations have been popping up in cities like New York and Chicago. On Governors Island in New York City, people pay up to $700 a night to sleep in Luxury tents with a view of the city.

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Business_news Collective Retreats, which also has locations in Texas, Montana, and New York’s Hudson Valley, opened its Governors Island location — just an eight-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan — in July 2018.

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Business_news In the luxurious Summit Tents, guests sleep on 1,500-thread count sheets with a down comforter and a designer-curated blanket.


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Business_news Each Summit Tent has a private, en-suite bathroom with a rainfall-style shower and Turkish robes “for optimal lounging.”


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Luxury hotels are cashing in on the urban glamping trend. The Gwen Hotel in Chicago lets guests stay in a Luxury tent on the terrace of the hotel's top-floor Gwen Lux Suite during the summer months." id="even-luxury-hotels-are-cashing-in-on-the-urban-glamping-trend-the-gwen-hotel-in-chicago-lets-guests-stay-in-a-luxury-tent-on-the-terrace-of-the-hotels-top-floor-gwen-lux-suite-during-the-summer-months-31">

Business_news Even Luxury hotels are cashing in on the urban glamping trend. The Gwen Hotel in Chicago lets guests stay in a Luxury tent on the terrace of the hotel’s top-floor Gwen Lux Suite during the summer months.

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Business_news The Gwen Lex Suite costs $3,500 a night, and the glamping tent on the terrace is an additional $2,000, bringing the total cost per night up to a minimum of $5,500.


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Business_news Inside the tent is a queen-size bed, lamps, and floor cushions.


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Business_news With the addition of the tent on the terrace, the two-bedroom Gwen Lux Suite can sleep six guests.


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Business_news If glamping in your own backyard is more your style, you can buy a translucent garden dome on Amazon.


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Business_news The dome was recently selling for $1,199, but it’s currently unavailable.


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Business_news Then there are Luxury RVs, which are nicer than most people’s homes and can cost between $1 million and $3 million.

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The interior of a Prevost motor home.

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Business_news Canada-based manufacturer Prevost makes swanky RVs with luxe kitchens, slide-out all-around windows, and expansive floor space.

The interior of a Prevost motor home.

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Business_news Some Luxury RVs, like those from Oklahoma-based company Newell Coaches, even come with in-unit washer and dryers and multiple LED televisions. Newell Coaches’ RVs cost about $2 million.

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The interior of the 2018 45-foot Newell Coach.

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Business_news But for the ultimate RV glamping experience, there’s the EleMMent Palazzo Superior from Marchi Mobile. At $3 million, it’s the most expensive motor home in the world. It includes a king-size bed, a huge kitchen, a rainfall shower, a 40-inch TV, and an expandable rooftop deck.

Marchi Mobile’s EleMMent Palazzo.

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