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Camping is great...except for the bug bites, sleeping on the ground and the constant fear of wild animals. The alternative? A little thing called glamping. These luxurious vacations allow you to experience nature and gorgeous scenery but without the tent-pitching and fire building. Here, eight amazing glamping trips around the world to add to your bucket list.

Patagonia

Patagonia Camp, Chile

At this South American camp, accommodations include circular, covered tents on stilts, complete with heat and electricity. You'll enjoy views of the shimmering Toro Lake and the Cordillera del Paine mountain range. By day, you can embark on excursions like horseback riding or waterfall hiking. A word to the wise: Visit during Chile’s summer (December to February) to experience about 18 hours of sunlight per day.

From $785 per person

SanLorenzo

San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, Italy

About two hours from Venice in northeast Italy lies the San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge. A secluded structure tucked away in the countryside, it features private rooms with a rustic, wood-paneled design and plenty of sunlight. You can take advantage of the private golf course during the summertime and ski slopes during the winter.

From $2,700 per night

Thailand

Soneva Kiri, Thailand

Located on the tiny island of Koh Kood, this luxury site offers gorgeous, one-to six-bedroom open-air villas that resemble traditional Thai wooden-stilted fishing huts. Spend the day soaking up the crystal waters of the Gulf of Thailand, and enjoy authentic dishes from the resort’s several dining rooms and seaside eateries with panoramic views.

From $1,000 per night

CabanasMexico

Cabanas Cuatrocuatros, Mexico

Cabañas Cuatrocuatros is located in northern Mexico, just two hours from San Diego. The site is set on the edge of a working vineyard, so you can enjoy wine tastings and tutorials. As for accommodations, the 12 elevated tents each have a fireplace, AC, a minibar and all the amenities of a five-star hotel. 

From $150 per night

Clayquot

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Canada

Located in the gorgeous, secluded wilderness of Vancouver Island, this all-inclusive site is an ideal trip for active, outdoorsy types. The spacious canvas tents--which are thermostat controlled with heated floors and luxurious indoor showers--were built to resemble an African safari campground. Daily activities include white-water rafting, fishing, horseback riding, and even hiking with a helicopter ride if you so choose.

From $1,243 per night

FiresideJacksonHole

Fireside Resort, Wyoming

Popular throughout the summer and winter seasons, Jackson Hole's Fireside Resort is a short distance from Grand Teton National Park. Each of the 23 cozy yet upscale private cabins has an individual campfire pit, a deck with a propane grill, a full kitchen and Tempur-Pedic beds.

From $400 per night

GlenOaks

Glen Oaks, Big Sur, California

Located off Highway 1 along the scenic route through Big Sur, Glen Oaks offers cozy, rustic cabins that are perfect for two. The cabins are nestled into the forest along the Big Sur River, and each is equipped with a private outdoor patio and fire pit, making for a natural and peaceful escape. 

From $315 per night

Tulum

Beach Casita, Mexico

White, sandy beaches and azure waters: That's what you're getting when you stay at these boutique, thatched-roof casitas situated on the oceanfront in Tulum, just a mile from the Mayan ruins. The site is eco-friendly yet exotic, offering unparalleled access to paradise. 

From $506 per night

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