How to pick the best luxury tent: the biggest must-knows
Hiking, hunting, camping, and luxurious glamping are increasingly popular activities. The growing demand has triggered a tough global competition between manufacturers catering to campers’ varying needs. Glampers (campers who want to “camp glamorously”) take great care of comfort and want to enjoy a refined and comfortable outdoor experience. Many companies produce portable luxury houses that are made of high-quality materials and feature elements and accessories that can make a hiking trip into a little pleasure cruise.
General info about luxury tents
There are tons of factory and luxurious individual design solutions for this category of products. Manufacturers are doing their best to impress buyers and satisfy their aesthetic and utilitarian requirements. Many temporary shelters are good-sized and look like miniature rural houses. They provide a lot of space and are fit for all types of terrain. A good luxury tent should be able to make residents feel comfortable and keep them safely away from rain, snow, heat, cold, and wind. Most portable luxury houses are large in size. They are designed to accommodate a family and have enough space to fit cots, chairs, tables, bedside cabinets, and other pieces of furniture. Moreover, they are made to fit luxurious campgrounds where there are sources of electricity, water, and other amenities.
Shelters come with sturdy metal frames. Most of them are made of high-quality alloys. Canopies may include wooded walls and floorings, as well as glass doors and windows. Some luxury shelters get pretty close to city homes in terms of mod cons and feature bathroom areas, which can be equipped respectively. Your choice should depend on some fundamental factors, such as your budget, goals, preferences, taste, etc. The following paragraphs discuss the most important criteria of choice and describe some products that are currently available for sale.
Types of glamping shelters
Like regular tents, luxurious glamping little houses come in a variety of shapes, and each type has its own pros and cons.
Safari (wall) tents come in different shapes and designs, and there is one thing they have in common — vertical walls. Campers can stand and walk in your tiny shelter without bending. Glampers expect products to be light-weight and easy to handle and transport. It takes a team to erect a safari glamping canopy because most of them are large.
Bell-type canopies come in a wide variety of designs and sizes, and there are large-sized luxury versions as well. They are outstandingly stable, as the circumferential canvas rests on the central pole and is reinforced by guy ropes that are attached to pegs hammered into the ground. These products are popular among glampers as well, who choose large-size modifications, as they can house a large group of people.
Yurts have been around for centuries, and yurt-type temporary homes pretty much replicate the shape and structure of this old-time dwelling. All yurt-style temporary luxurious houses are circular. They include a metal frame with a tension band that supports the roof structure and prevents the walls from spreading. The walls and roof are usually made of canvas, tarpaulin, and plexiglass. These materials are durable and are known for their ability to withstand extreme outer conditions for many years.
“Domes” are universal, and they are fit for all types of campgrounds, camping sites, resorts, and wild locations. Large and spacious, they can accommodate a big family and can serve as event halls, cafés, conference and business presentation halls, etc. Manufacturers are experimenting with designs and take great care to make user-friendly and easy-to-pitch little residences. Most dome-type shelters have a spherical or rounded appearance, which helps campers use the space inside effectively.
There are so-called permanent luxurious shelters that are intended for use in one specific location for a long period of time. They are installed on platforms and are mostly used for business purposes — as dining facilities, for exhibitions and business presentations, celebrations, and various events. Such luxury tents should be installed professionally and connected to electricity and other networks. This appears to be a pricey option and not quite as good for mere glampers who want just to spend a couple of days outside of a city.
Whichever type of luxury tent you choose, one thing you know about them is that they are all pretty large and spacious. Another thing you should remember is how comfortable you are going to feel in your portable house. This is mainly about the interior.
Criteria of choice
As mentioned above, glampers want a tiny bit of luxurious life outdoors. Everyone has an individual idea of what the interior should look like. In any event, there should be enough space to fit in a good-sized bed, bedside cabinets, tables with chairs, and even a soaking tub. It is advisable to make a list of items you want to have inside your shelter and schematically style the inside of it. You will have an easier game if you already know what exactly you are going to purchase for the interior.
Number of rooms
Most likely, you are planning to glamp with your loved ones, friends, colleagues, etc. All of us appreciate privacy, so it is quite advisable to choose a luxury tent with several rooms. When purchasing a shelter, you should know how many people you are going to invite to your trips, who these people are, and some of their desires and preferences.
Security and safety
These are the fundamentals of camping. If you are looking for an all-season option, pick one that is made of weatherproof materials and features a reliable heavy-duty metal frame, high-quality guy lines, pegs, etc. Most likely, you are going to glamp in winter and therefore will need to keep your luxury tent warm inside. You will need to use one or two stoves. Please make sure that there is a stove area equipped with stove jacks, the wall near the flue pipe is made of a fire-proof material, and there are fire-proof mats in the stove area. Besides, if you are planning long camping trip, make sure that your pack includes light reflectors that will make your temporary luxurious home visible for drivers in the night.
Transportability and ease of setup
Manufacturers continue to take effort to make luxurious yet user-friendly and transportable products. To do so, they develop and implement innovative eco-friendly and lightweight aluminum metal frames and polyurethane canopies. However, they are a little less durable and waterproof than canvas. In turn, canvas is pretty bulky and heavy-weight. Companies are still trying to develop a huge yet light-weight luxury tent that would be as durable as a canvas shelter.
You should take into account the time of the year when you are going to camp. Temporary shelters differ according to seasonal use: there are one-season, two-season, three-season, four-season, and even five-season little houses, and they differ in the ability to withstand cold, rain, heavy snow, strong gales, and other outer influences. Failure to make a proper choice may lead to a lot of disappointment. A four- or five-season luxury tent house can be an all-in-one solution. However, it will cost a pretty penny, so please make sure your budget can handle it.
Browse websites and watch videos
Now that you have a bit of awareness of how to arrange a luxurious glamping trip, you can do a little research and take a closer look at what it is and how it works. There are websites and video guides and tutorials, where you can get first-hand information from experts and glampers.
Examples of luxury tents
All-Season Premium Outfitter Wall Tent with Stove Jack “Hexagon” meets all basic standards of glamping. It has a hexagonal shape, and it is big enough to house 3 to 8 persons, and provides an unprecedented level of comfort. With this shelter in your arsenal, you can enjoy a memorable, luxurious outdoor experience.
The package includes a two-layer PU canopy that prevents excessive condensation and helps maintain an optimal temperature balance inside regardless of the season: it will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. The shelter features a metal frame made of a sturdy aviation aluminum alloy. The floor has three layers, and it provides a hundred-per-cent protection against rainwater, reptiles, crawling insects, and other dangers from outside. All doors and windows are equipped with mosquito nets. The shelter features a zipper door and five-layer windows. The transparent layer is made of a high-quality PVC material. The stove jack is located at a distance from the wall, and the tension ropes feature light-reflecting elements that will make your shelter visible for drivers from a long distance.
Regatta Canvas Bell Tent can provide you the comfort of a rural house during your glamping, hunting, fishing, etc. trip. It includes a high-quality cotton canvas that ensures reliable protection against rainwater, snow, cold, and wind. There are several size options: 10-foot, 13-foot, and 16-foot, so you can choose one according to the size of your family or team.
This luxurious shelter comes with a waterproof polyvinyl zipper floor that will keep you warm even if you have set it up on cold ground. The stove jack fits a wide range of stoves and flue pipes, and it is made of heat-resistant materials. Many users note the product’s durability and endurance, although some say it is a little bulky and heavy-weight.
The Cabela’s Ultimate Alaknak is a large and spacious luxurious temporary house that comes with a durable waterproof canvas, a strong and reliable metal frame, tension ropes, pegs, and other accessories. Installation takes two or three persons, but the sturdy frame structure and tension ropes ensure stability even on a very windy day.
The canopy is made of a high-end water- and UV-resistant polyester material. Like most wall shelters, this one provides enough space for a medium-tall man to stand upright. There are vents with hook-and-loop closures all the way along the perimeter, so you can keep your little house ventilated. There is a zip-open floor panel for a stove, as well as gear pockets, fold-down wall shelves, and cup holders on the wall that will help you save space and make your dwelling very convenient.
The Cabela’s Ultimate Alaknak has a great number of advantages. It is strong, durable, and wind-resistant. However, it is a little bulky and therefore not easy to transport (unless you have a vehicle with a spacious trunk).
The Lotus Belle Glamping Tent is a good example of how a luxurious shelter can make your vacation a paradise. This temporary luxury house can accommodate up to six people, as there is enough space to put several beds, a dinner table, cabinets, and other pieces of furniture.
It is quite easy to install, and its structure ensures steadiness and stability in any terrain and weather. It comes with poles and tension ropes that are arranged in such a way as to hold it rock-solid even in high winds. This little luxurious house has large windows with transparent PVC layers, through which you can enjoy the view of your chosen location. The floor is velcroed to the walls, so there will not be a single hole to let a raindrop, insect, or wild animal in. The high-quality canopy is highly water- and rot-proof. There are roof vents that ensure stable air circulation. If you store it properly, it will serve your whole family for generations ahead.
Buying a luxury tent is something like buying a portable house. If you are an ardent glamper, this is going to be a good investment, on which a big share of your future life will depend. When buying a luxurious shelter, make sure that you know why you are buying it. Are you planning to camp out on holidays and bring a tiny bit of home glamour to your experience? Or are you running a business and considering a possibility of holding regular presentations and conferences? Are you going to camp out once a year or every weekend? Answer these questions and decide, what kind of shelter you want, and make sure you are going to have minimum difficulty transporting, handling, and cleaning it.
🏕 What does the term “glamping” stand for?
Glamping is the hybrid of “glamour” and “camping” and implies camping in a luxurious and refined fashion. Most glampers strive to preserve at least a tiny bit of home glamour while camping outside of their houses.
📦 What is a luxury tent?
Luxury tents are designed to provide maximum comfort for campers and are usually large enough to accommodate a group of people and some furniture. Many such shelters have several rooms and can be used for business purposes as well.
💡 How do I choose a glamping shelter?
Check various products and choose one that can help you enjoy a luxurious camping experience. Make sure that your temporary house can save you from heat in summer and from frost in winter, and you won’t have difficulty transporting and setting it up. Check posts, video guides, tutorials, and feedback from other glampers.