Glamping: Escape To The Desert & Disconnect

By Leyda Hernández

A Rising Niche of Outdoor Hotels Offer Luxurious Accommodations to Fabulously Opt-Out

After traveling two weeks out of every month, I couldn't remember the last time I had a routine of any sort. Now, I was moving across the country, from Seattle to New York, with a burning need to both disconnect and reconnect to the people close to me. This feeling of detachment to any home inspired my mother and me to turn the event into a nine-day moving road trip across the country.

The truth is that in my life, opportunities to connect with my mom and disconnect from modern society were few and far between. It was the ultimate luxury, and we treated it as such. Glamping blends the escapism of camping with the glamorous accommodations of a 21st-century hotel. Several days in, after spending the afternoon exploring the Delicate Arch, we started on a new adventure to Under Canvas, a 40-acre glamping dessert retreat nine miles outside of Moab, Utah.

Glamping: How to Fabulously Opt Out

For the luxury of sleeping under the stars, premium tents with shared bathrooms start at $200 per night. An upgraded experience that includes a large suite with an adjacent tipi, a private ensuite bathroom, and possibly the greatest feature of all time, a freestanding bathtub, will cost you only $500 a night. It’s outdoor and ‘get back in touch with nature’ appeal also make it an incredibly convenient choice for those searching for pet-friendly accommodations. 

#SelfCare

Today, opting out is just as valid a form of self-care as an afternoon at the spa, and glamping is the perfect answer to opt out fabulously.  Wellness retreats have grown in popularity. Public opinion around health has shifted in recent years, and today, the majority of Americans recognize vacation retreats as an opportunity to heal physically and mentally (Statista).

Glamping is a competitive alternative to the traditional hotel experience.  For a traveler searching for a way to disconnect from the modern world in a way that feels effortless and personal, glamping is a refreshing alternative. In 2015, Americans spent $202.2 billion on wellness tourism alone, making up more than 35 percent of the global market (Global Wellness Institute). No longer a mere indulgence, but a lifestyle, the growing discovery, and exploration of wellness lifestyles opens us up to new possibilities. 

The Experience

Let's start with the lobby. At Under Canvas Moab, a massive tipi houses a spacious and beautifully decorated lounge with perfectly curated pieces that bring the beauty of the landscape outside indoors.  A fire pit in the center of the room provides a welcoming ambiance for guests coming in from an evening walk through the crisp desert air. A dangling chandelier frames dramatic canyons and towering plateaus just out of reach that it makes you forget what you were even there to do - check-in. 

In the evening, guests sit around an open bonfire and roast complimentary marshmallows and smores, each sharing stories of their travels, chronicling where they’d just been and where they are headed next. 

We all need somewhere we can escape to, getting away from it all. A luxury retreat isn't just beautiful accommodations; it offers the experience of a different reality and finally, breathe easy.