Travel insights from Jenna Buege, associate editor of The Compass

Luxe Getaways for the Fanciful Traveler

Who said spending time in nature and roughing it have to be mutually exclusive? Sometimes we want to get away from it all without having to sacrifice the finer things in life. Enter glamping, luxury boot camps and fabulous getaways that combine the best of both worlds by offering all the perks of camping with the addition of modern and luxurious amenities. Of course, one of the best things about this up-and-coming trend are the destinations it will take you to, like treetop forts, elaborate yurts and rooms with unbeatable views. These getaways put their own twist on luxury travel.


Belfire Tipi, Roxbury, NY

Embark on an epic journey deep into the Catskill Mountains with an upscale camping experience at Belfire Tipi. Perched between a bubbling creek, lush maple trees and fields of wild flowers, the Belfire Tipi was designed with privacy and tranquility in mind. Here, guests can lounge among cozy decorative pillows as they warm themselves by the toasty indoor fire pit after a long day of exploring the beautiful surrounding landscape. As for amenities, travelers can expect Wi-Fi, an on-site kitchen and a full-size, fully furnished bed.

Capitol Reef Resort, Utah

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Have you ever dreamt of spending the night in a covered wagon? Satisfy all your obscure lodging desires with a glamping trip to Utah’s Capitol Reef Resort where guests can choose to stay in luxury cabins, colorful teepees and Conestoga wagons. Located just outside of Capitol Reef National Park, this glamping spot is nearby popular sights like Hickman’s Bridge, Fishlake National Forest and Anasazi State Park. Each Conestoga wagon is expertly furnished and can sleep up to six people, and those staying overnight will also have access to a private bathroom.  

Treebones Resort, Big Sur, CA

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Spacious and tastefully furnished, a night in one of Treebones Resorts’ famous yurts offers cozy digs paired with oceanfront views. Each yurt comes equipped with a stylish plush bed, a table and chairs, a fully functioning vanity and even hardwood floors. During your stay be sure to indulge in the resort’s massage offerings, weekly yoga sessions, on-site swimming pool and intrepid hiking trails.

Boot Camp

Bikini Bootcamp, Tulum, Mexico

A place to reboot, renew and realign with your inner-self, Tulum’s Bikini Bootcamp is a wellness junkie’s paradise. Travelers’ days are filled with challenging fitness classes, rejuvenating yoga sessions and relaxing meditations as they enjoy picturesque tropical surroundings. Of course, all that hard work will make anyone hungry; Bikini Bootcamp prides itself on its wide offering of fresh, healthy food. However, travelers can expect to indulge in one savory dinner to get a taste for the local flavor. Bootcamp fun continues with guided tours to area highlights, luxurious spa services including Mayan clay treatments and daily walks on the beach.

Bukubaki Eco Surf Resort, Peniche, Portugal

Just an hour outside of Lisbon, Bukubaki Eco Surf Resort offers travelers of all ages the chance to participate in adventurous and mindful activities to aid them on their quest for self-discovery. At the resort, travelers can choose between spending the night in an ecofriendly stilt tree house or a selection of glamorously furnished canvas tents. Based on its name, one might imagine that one of the prime activities at Bukubaki Eco Surf Resort is in fact, surfing. Travelers can also expect to take a spin on a skateboard or e-bike while on the premises. To wind down after a day of physical activity, be sure to check out Bukubaki’s wellness offerings including yoga classes, massage and access to a traditional Finnish sauna.


Nayara Resort, Spa and Gardens 

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Those seeking the perfect atmosphere to live out the luxurious getaway of a lifetime may want to consider a trip to Costa Rica’s Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens, a lavish hotel nestled in a corner of the rainforest with sweeping volcano views. Visit the resort’s open concept spa for a pampering session amongst the treetops or get your flow on with yoga in the spectacular outdoor pavilion. After a day of relaxation, be sure to check out Nayara’s offerings of activities including private or group tours to a number of exciting local attractions including the Mystic Hanging Bridges, a Lava Fields volcano walk and a trip to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.

Heavenly Spa by The Westin Maui Resort and Spa

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Maui’s swaying palm trees and soft ocean waves create the perfect setting for lavish spa treatments and wellness activities. Visit Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali for the best relaxation the island has to offer including couples massages lit by candlelight, an on-site sauna and steam room, tasty lavender lemonade and the chance to take a stab at the trademarked “Westin Workout.” Westin also satisfies travelers’ beauty needs with their full-service salon where guests can get the works with hairstyling, manicures, pedicures and makeup applications to keep them feeling fresh all vacation long.

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