Glamping: Camping in style

Glamping is an outdoor adventure without the need to hike, pitch a tent, and live without basic amenities like electricity and water. “It is an alternative experience of adventure where individuals and families can enjoy nature without feeling isolated and deprived of luxuries,” said Hyundo Jang of The Glamping Village. 9Bea Cabrera)

Glamour and camping.

Put them together and you have glamping.

A portmanteau, or blend word, glamping is enjoying the great outdoors without sacrificing basic amenities. The concept is becoming popular among travelers and it has become a featured destination around the world and now, on Saipan.

The Glamping Village on Saipan, located along Isa Drive across Laulau Beach, formally opened to the public six months ago.

Hyundo Jang said his father brought the concept here to Saipan so that residents and tourists can experience a different kind of camping.

“Glamping is very popular in Korea. It is a favorite tent place where families or friends can get together, escape city life, have barbecue, enjoy nature but not being totally stripped of basic amenities. You even have your own bathroom in the tent.”

“Saipan is the perfect place to put up a glamping village because of the beautiful and natural surroundings. We are located in between ocean and mountains. We would like to bring people closer to nature without feeling deprived.”

There are different types of glamping around the world: tree houses, barns, farmhouses, teepees, vintage trailers, and more.

The glamping village on Saipan has tents that are almost 30 square meters in size each. Guests are assured of big space where they can move around.

“We would like to change the perspective that people have about staying and sleeping in tents. There is no need to pitch them. It is safe from the natural elements and free of bugs. We have water, electricity, toilets, beds, pillows, and a dining set. All guests have to do is to bring their food and drinks,” Jang said.

The village welcomes everyone, Jang said, even individuals who just want to get away.

“We welcome families of all ages who want to have fun and games, cook their own food, listen to music and also individuals who wants to meditate and achieve healing. Most people stay with us one to two days but we offer longer stays,” Jang added.

As much as guests can stay and sleep in, glamping is not an alternative to hotel accommodation on island.

“Hotels offer comfort whereas glamping offers experience of adventure so it cannot be considered a guest house or a place similar to a hotel. Our goal for Saipan is to be known not only for its beaches and mountains but also for glamping, an alternative outdoor adventure and making your vacation extraordinary, Jang said.

For more inquiries and reservations, call The Glamping Village at (670) 588-4965

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