What Is Glamping & Why Collective Retreats Is Different

What Is Glamping & Why Collective Retreats Is Different

Giving up your plush bed, temperature-controlled living space, and stocked fridge to sleep outdoors can make it difficult to truly enjoy a getaway in nature. If you have been hesitant to commit to a camping trip because you don’t want to give up your everyday luxuries, a friend may have suggested glamping as an alternative.

Glamping, also known as luxury camping or glamorous camping, aims to solve the discomfort that can come with camping. However, if a trip is truly going to add glamor to the camping experience, you might expect to be accommodated in ways besides your accommodations.

At Collective Retreats, we have evolved beyond glamping, turning weekend getaways into deluxe luxury retreats. If you’ve been unconvinced by the idea of roughing it in order to enjoy outdoor activities, Collective Retreats offers wellness activities, gourmet culinary experiences, and high-end accommodations that enhance your time in nature with comfort and care.


What Is Glamping?

Glamping (glam-camping) has become an increasingly popular vacation option in the last few years, offering an outdoor alternative for people who don’t enjoy the stripped-down nature of camping. When you camp, you’re far away from the conveniences and comforts of home, such as air conditioning, wi-fi, and a warm, comfy bed. Glamping accommodations go beyond a typical camper experience by providing more comfortable accommodations.

Traditional camping means sleeping in a sleeping bag or on a blow-up air mattress, relying on a portable generator for power, and turning the woods into your bathroom. That lack of creature comforts and amenities can take away from the joy and beauty of spending your time outdoors for some.

Different services can offer you a variety of luxury tents, yurts, treehouses, or even airstream trailers that offer king-sized beds, electricity, running water, and many other types of accommodation. However, glamping destinations are still located in remote areas, giving glampers the opportunity to have classic camping adventures during the day.

Unfortunately, when you choose a glamping site, they have nothing more to offer than comfortable accommodation.


What Makes Collective Retreats Different?

Going beyond accommodation offerings provided by glamping tents, booking with Collective Retreats gives you access to wellness experiences, culinary options that will impress any foodie, and activities that will immerse you in nature.


Wellness Offerings

Nature is one of the best places to focus on wellness because of the beauty and tranquility surrounding us, allowing us to go deeper as we de-stress our minds and bodies.

While meditating, people often play the sounds of rushing water, birds chirping, or leaves swaying in the wind. Hearing those sounds in real life will only enhance your wellness experience as you embrace the peacefulness of the great outdoors.

Each of our Collective Retreats ranches offers different wellness offerings, ranging from massages to hikes to mediations. A concierge will be at your service to book wellness activities whenever you would like, and we will provide you with any supplies you need to fully embrace the experience.


Location-Specific Adventures

It’s easy to fall back on the same activities during a camping trip, like hiking in a national park, reading in a hammock, rafting down a broad river, to name a few. However, we believe that camping should uncover the unique qualities of the area where you’re staying.

Every state has something wonderful to offer campers, but it can be difficult to find the best spots and figure out logistics. During your stay at Collective Retreats, you will have access to a variety of daily activities that highlight the culture and charm of the state surrounding you.


Gourmet Culinary Programs

Even though you can rely on a comfortable space for relaxation, a plush bed for sleeping, and a private bathroom when you sign up for most glamping experiences, you are still responsible for your meals throughout the day. If you have ever been on a camping trip where you are responsible for the food, you understand that fire pit meals every day can take away from your overall experience, especially if you’re accustomed to gourmet offerings on vacation.

With Collective Retreats, we want every part of your trip to be luxurious, especially your meals. We hope your trip is filled with hiking, exploring, and location-specific activities, so you need to be properly nourished with delicious foods.

When booking a stay with Collective Retreats, you will have access to gourmet food made by our on-retreat chef. Our menu is crafted to incorporate local produce and reflect the local cuisine. Additionally, any food allergies or intolerances will be respected, and you will have options available for every meal.


What’s There To Do on a Collective Retreats Getaway?

One of the most wonderful aspects of Collective Retreats is the variety of food and experiences, depending on the location you book. There might even be a Collective Retreats ranch right outside your city, making the trip to a remote paradise just a short drive away.



When choosing a spot for a Collective Retreats getaway, Texas Hill Country has everything you could ask for and more. The unparalleled scenery made up of rolling hills and lush foliage provides the perfect serene backdrop for your stay.

If you are interested in trying meditation, we have crafted an experience that will make you feel as relaxed and centered as possible. Recline on the yoga mat and fuzzy blanket that are provided to you beforehand as the noises from sound bowls lull you into tranquility.

If your muscles feel tight, book an in-tent massage that is sure to loosen any knots in your body and give you an hour of pure relaxation.

For an activity that builds on Texan culture, book a horseback riding trip or use your own branding tool to customize a piece of memorabilia. The horseback riding tour will give you a unique perspective of the ranch as you are led by a local expert on a two-hour tour.

During our Bubbly and Branding activity, you can use a branding tool to press a unique print on a personal cutting board, which serves as the perfect souvenir from your Texas Hill Country vacation.



Another beautiful and tranquil destination for a Collective Retreats getaway sits right outside of Vail, Colorado. There is no shortage of wellness activities at this location either, giving you access to a wellness trail and a supplemented picnic lunch.

The wellness trail is a short hike that is designed to give you the space and prompts for reflection and meditation, all while you are admiring the gorgeous views of the area.

If you want to immerse yourself in nature with a high-quality meal in hand, book a private picnic with our concierge. You will be given a private location and picnic basket full of food and drinks, which will make for a relaxing and restorative experience.

You can’t go on an outdoor trip in Colorado without taking advantage of the adventure and beauty offered by the mountains. Vail is one of the fly fishing capitals of the country, thanks to the countless rivers and streams that run through the mountains. Cast a line in the water with the supplies offered by the retreat for a unique and memorable experience.

If you prefer something more adventurous, you can spend an afternoon exploring the ranch via mountain bike.


More Than Just Accommodations

While staying in an upscale tent or cabin can make your outdoor getaway qualify as glamping, only Collective Retreats provides high-quality accommodations with access to a variety of exclusive activities that are designed for both excitement and relaxation.



Spend Time in Nature to Reduce Stress and Anxiety | American Heart Association

Mind & Body: What Hiking Does for Your Mental and Physical Health | Washington Trails Association

What is Fly Fishing? | Blue Ridge Mountain Life

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