Defined by the oxford dictionary as, ‘A form of camping involving accommodation, facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.’ In addition to that description, ‘glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries.’ Based on my experience at Roost Glamping I would definitely agree with those definitions.
Hello From Johannesburg!
Today I will be sharing the wonderful glamping experience my friend and I had the pleasure of indulging in for two nights whilst we were in Thailand, on the Island of Phuket. Firstly I don’t think anyone who plans a trip to Thailand thinks of Glamping – it is almost always about more of the luxury villas and resorts displayed all over social media. This experience was different and just what we needed after the adventure filled week of paragliding, visiting Phi Phi Islands, snorkeling, visiting Banana beach where we kayaked, jet skied as well as partied on Bangla Road for five days straight. It offers the tranquility one needs after a week of flat out partying.
Roost Glamping is situated in Rawai Beach which is 37KM from Phuket Airport, and around 600 Baht (R300) from Patong beach – the drive there is so serene you can’t help but reflect on all that life has to offer. This Slightly remote eco-friendly tented accommodation has 22 tents that are surrounded by lush green trees and is a walking distance from Yanui beach which is nice to take a dip in and looks like a private beach. Rawai is a part of Phuket that has cool bars, restaurants and pretty views but the beauty of booking at Roost glamping is that one can get all of the above on site.
Upon arrival we received excellent service and got the opportunity to choose a tent of our choice, the bed was very comfortable, the linen extremely clean and the tent well maintained. Coming from a country that is not safe one will always have concerns about safety – but my friend and I felt extremely safe, the property has security and the whole environment is generally safe. Another thing we really loved is the fact that Roost glamping is the best place to meet other travelers because of the overall ambiance – and friendly atmosphere, I would say every solo traveler looking to meet people should try it, couples will love the intimate setting and groups of friends will love how accessible each tent is to one another. This newly built establishment gives off a very unique experience and the food is always fresh. Very well executed – i mean who doesn’t like an overall affordable experience where you are treated like a queen.
Roost glamping was truly the most perfect introduction to glamping. All the amenities one needs such as plugs, wifi, fan, towels, umbrella and Mojito’s are available on site. If you want ice all you do is request it from the bar, hiring a scooter is even easier – Nothing felt like a mission to obtain. The facilities are out of this world for semi-camping, I really loved the water pressure from the bamboo shower, had their fresh chicken wings for breakfast, lunch and supper, I had the best mojito in all of Thailand and the most important thing was that the tents are spacious, have a fan inside and that made the whole experience worth writing about.
I would definitely go back just to relax in the pool and to experience the most friendliest of hosts. Every staff member was extremely helpful. We stayed for two nights and the treatment we received from the different staff members was very consistent, If you know me you know that I am a big fan of consistency. I would definitely recommend it for a two night stay away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket’s city central.
Luxury tent experience was everything and more
- Swimming pool
- Bar and Cafe – where you can enjoy a drink whilst dipping your feet in the pool
- Braai area
- Bikes for rent
- Extremely clean bathrooms
- The most refreshing bamboo shower.
- Free and Fast wifi
We woke up feeling refreshed and well rested, the most perfect introduction to glamping.
Things to pack when glamping: A positive attitude, sunscreen – lots of sunscreen, slops, swimwear in abundance oh and snacks
Never in a million years did I ever think that I would sleep in a tent in a country outside of Africa. This whole experience felt like chasing sunsets and made me eager to research accommodation options around the world that are out of the ordinary. I really am encouraged to be more creative when seeking accommodation for my future travels. Another highlight is that they have a smores night on Saturdays – that reminded me of high school camp trips and I couldn’t help but smile. Although we didn’t get to enjoy that activity knowing that effort has been put in place to entertain guests is enough to make me return.
Snippet of the food options:
At many points on this trip I had moment where I was like – this can’t be real, there’s no way this is my reality right now. This experience really reminded me to drink lots of water, save money and continue being my adventurous self.
You can make your booking on booking.com / Agoda.com and on their own website www.roostglamping.com
Bed in a 4-Bed Mixed Dorm is R386 for two nights
Double room with Garden View R1520 for two nights
BAHT: Thai Currency
To see more photos of the inside of the tent – check out my glamping highlight on Instagram: @Cwayita_b
Full Time Life Enjoyer – coming to you from the Glam side of Life.