Matt Johnson

Creating Unforgettable Glamping Experiences: A Guide for Business Owners

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Dec 13, 2023

If you’re running a glamping destination, you’ve probably realized that creating unforgettable experiences isn’t just a nice touch—it’s essential for your business’s success. We’re going to show you exactly how you can transform your glamping spot into a haven that’ll have guests coming back for more.

Why unforgettable experiences matter.

Let’s start with the why. 

In the glamping business, experiences are everything. They’re what set you apart from traditional camping sites and even luxury hotels. 

When guests recall an incredible time at your place, they’re not just remembering the comfortable beds or the scenic views; they’re reminiscing about how they felt. That kind of emotional connection is marketing gold. 

Happy guests mean glowing reviews, social media buzz, and, most importantly, repeat business.

However, these experiences go beyond those you’re currently serving; they’ll also turn into recommendations to others. If your guests love it, they’ll tell their friends and family.

Crafting those unforgettable lodgings and amenities.

So, how do you create these memorable stays? 

It starts with your lodgings and amenities. 

Think beyond just a tent with a bed. We’re talking treehouses that give a bird’s eye view of the forest, eco-pods that blend seamlessly into the landscape, and bell tents decked out with all the comforts of home (and then some). 

Just take a look at what the owners of the WV glamping domes did with their destination. They had the great idea to make the lodging the centerpiece and namesake of their glamping hotspot. 

Interior of Glamping Dome with Bed and Windows

Now, they’re known for their lodging.

Glamping lodging ideas.

To help you get started, we’ve got some ideas you can consider for your glampground’s lodging—

  • Tree houses. Elevated structures among the branches offer a unique perspective of the surrounding nature. They often feature cozy interiors and are perfect for those who want an enchanting, fairy-tale-like experience.
  • Bell tents. Spacious, circular tents with a central pole are known for their charming and vintage aesthetic. These tents often come equipped with comfortable bedding and rustic furniture, blending outdoor adventure with comfort.
  • Yurts. Circular, domed tents originating from Central Asia. Modern yurts are often luxuriously furnished with comfortable beds, heating, and sometimes even plumbing, providing a unique cultural twist to glamping.
  • Safari tents. Inspired by African safaris, these large canvas tents offer a rugged yet luxurious camping experience. They often include full beds, en-suite bathrooms, and private decks for wildlife viewing.
  • Airstream trailers. Classic, retro-style aluminum trailers that have been refurbished for a comfortable stay. They offer a nostalgic and unique lodging experience with all the modern amenities. Over the years Airstream trailers have become synonymous with glamping.
  • Geodesic domes. Spherical structures offer panoramic views of the surroundings. These domes are often equipped with luxury interiors and can provide stargazing opportunities right from the comfort of your bed.
  • Pod cabins. Small, eco-friendly cabins designed with a minimalist approach. They often blend into the natural surroundings and offer a more secluded and intimate glamping experience.
  • Tipis. Traditional Native American conical tents, modernized for a comfortable stay. They offer a cultural experience, often decorated with indigenous art and furnished with cozy amenities.
Airstream Camper Lodging

Any of these ideas can be configured in a multitude of ways, so let your creative juices flow.

Ideas for glamping amenities.

Amenities are more than just fancy soap in the bathroom. It’s about creating a vibe. Imagine outdoor fire pits for storytelling, hot tubs under the stars, and private decks where guests can unwind in nature’s lap. Each amenity should be a chapter in the story of their stay.

  • Plush robes and slippers. Luxuriously soft robes and comfortable slippers are provided for guests to enhance the cozy, pampered feel. It is ideal for lounging inside the glamping unit or during short strolls in the surrounding area.
  • Outdoor hot tubs or jacuzzis. Private hot tubs or Jacuzzis are often positioned to offer scenic views. Perfect for relaxing after a day of outdoor activities, they add a touch of luxury and romance to the glamping experience.
  • High-quality bedding and mattresses. Premium mattresses with high-thread-count linens, fluffy pillows, and warm duvets. Ensures a restful sleep, which is essential for an authentic glamping experience.
  • Fully-equipped outdoor kitchen. A kitchen setup with amenities like a barbecue grill, a small fridge, and cooking utensils. Allows guests to cook and dine in the beauty of nature without compromising on convenience.
  • Private fire pit with seating area. A dedicated area for a fire pit surrounded by comfortable seating. It is ideal for evening gatherings, storytelling, or simply enjoying the starry night sky.
Elegant Dinner Served in a Glamping Tent

Activities: From romantic retreats to family fun glamping experiences.

Now, let’s talk activities since there’s more to a glamping destination than just comfy beds and firepits.

Activities for couples.

For couples, it could be about creating intimate experiences. 

Think sunset kayaking, couples’ massages in the open air, or a private dining experience under the stars. It’s all about creating those magical moments that couples will reminisce about for years.

Here are a few excellent ideas to create some unforgettable experiences for couples—

  • Couples Massage. A relaxing spa experience in a natural setting, perfect for unwinding and connecting with your partner.
  • Stargazing Nights. Lie back and gaze at the stars, perhaps with a telescope provided, for a romantic evening under the sky.
  • Private Cooking Classes. Learn to cook a new dish together using local ingredients, blending culinary skills with quality time.
  • Wine Tasting Tours. Explore local vineyards and taste various wines, a delightful activity for wine enthusiasts.
  • Sunrise or Sunset Hikes. Take guided hikes to picturesque spots to witness breathtaking sunrises or sunsets.
  • Canoeing or Kayaking. Paddle through serene waters, a peaceful way to explore the natural surroundings together.
Couple Kayaking at Destination Resort

Activities for families.

For families, it’s a different ball game. 

You want to offer activities that bring everyone together and create those joyful bonding experiences. Nature scavenger hunts, family-friendly hiking trails, or even a simple campfire marshmallow roast can do wonders. 

Here are a few family activities we’ve seen over the years—

  • Guided Nature Walks. Educational and scenic walks through the surrounding wilderness are perfect for families to learn about local flora and fauna together.
  • Outdoor Movie Nights. Setting up a screen under the stars for a family movie night, complete with popcorn and comfortable seating.
  • Scavenger Hunts. Organized scavenger hunts around the glamping site, encouraging exploration and teamwork among family members.
  • Wildlife Watching. Arranging sessions to observe local wildlife, either during the day or at night, to educate and fascinate both children and adults.
  • Family-Friendly Craft Workshops. Creative workshops, such as pottery or painting, using natural materials found in the area, fostering creativity and family bonding.

It’s about finding the right mix of adventure and relaxation that caters to all ages. 

By the way, most of these ideas are relatively cheap to put together.

It boils down to what type of glamping resort you want to deliver. It’s tough to be both a couples retreat and a family retreat. So, pick which direction you’re going with and run with it.

Create unforgettable experiences at your glamping destination.

Creating unforgettable experiences for your glamping guests isn’t just about adding value to their stay; it’s about adding value to your business. 

It’s about crafting stories that guests will love to tell and retell. 

Separate your site from the rest of the campgrounds and hotels, and give your patrons something to remember for years.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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