Traditionally yurts have been used as portable structures by nomads in Kazakhstan and other Central Asia destinations for the last three thousand years. But yurts are back—Airbnb claimed 2014 was “the year of the yurt”, and it looks like 2015 is another year for this scaled back version of glamping. Here are 12 yurts you should consider putting on your travel radar.
Traditionally yurts were used as portable structures by nomads in Kazakhstan and other Central Asia destinations for the last three thousand years. But yurts are back—Airbnb claimed 2014 was “the year of the yurt”, and it looks like 2015 is another year for this scaled back version of glamping. Here are 12 yurts you should consider putting on your travel radar.
Experience the forests of Chile like you never have before by staying at one of Patagonia Camp’s luxury yurts in Patagonia. With views of Toro Lake and a private terrace, the yurt even comes equipped with central heat. Traditional camping seems a bit dull now, doesn’t it?
Eco-Friendly Yurts in New Zealand l Glampinghub
Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Walk and talk like a true Kiwi by staying in this luxury yurt surrounded by Auckland’s amazing Hauraki Gulf. The combination of farm land, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves is one you want to experience fully in a yurt rather than a traditional hotel.
Savoie-Bauges Yurt l Airbnb
If you’re looking to get away from everyone and everything, take a calming vacation to this quiet yurt offered on Airbnb with a 5-star rating in Savoie-Bauges, France. With hiking trails, skiing and mountain biking nearby, this is a yurt where you will definitely be roughing it out more. But who cares with a 360 degree view of the Bauges mountains outside your door?
Cave B Estate Winery and Resort
Columbia River Wine Country, Washington
Tasting Washington’s diverse wineries in the Columbia River Wine Country in one of Cave B Estate Winery and Resort’s desert yurts is the only way to go. Adjacent to the vineyards, you don’t have to worry about driving back to a hotel if you knocked back a few too many glasses of wine.
Three Camel Lodge
Named in National Geographic as one of the world’s best lodges, Three Camel Lodge began as a project to protect the Gobi Desert with controlled tourism. The lodge’s unique yurts, which they refer to as “Gers”, allow tourists to experience one of the world’s greatest deserts. And they even come with private toilets and sinks—an aspect of camping no one wants to rough out.
Reef Break Resort
Chiba Prefecture, Ohara, Japan
Experiencing Tokyo’s nightlife is a must, but if you would rather get up close and personal with Japan’s nature, staying at Reef Break Resort’s yurts is a must. Situated in a terraced valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it’s a place you’ll want to seriously chill at. And yeah, there’s a private bar and a large Japenese hot tub called a Rotemburo you’ll want to be at, too.
Traditional Afghani Yurt l Airbnb
Combining the design and culture of Afghanastan and mashing it together in the historic city of Nuremberg was an interesting concept for this Airbnb yurt. It’s hard to find a yurt travel site without this original Afghani Airbnb listed as a place to check out. Designed to fit two and yes, it even comes with electricity, the yurt is a unique way to experience southern Germany.
Canopy & Stars
Stùc a’ Chroin Mountains, Scotland
Take a trip to Scotland to the next level by staying in a Canopy & Stars yurt in the Stùc a’ Chroin mountains. Composed of local materials and situated in the Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve, this yurt is one of three in a cozy camp great for visitors looking to get away from traditional tourist traps.
As every good traveler knows, the beaches of Spain are first-class. So why stay in some swanky hotel three blocks away from the ocean when you can stay in a yurt beachside? Lanzarote Retreats offers both eco accommodations and villas, but opt for their version of the Mongolian yurt instead of a decked out villa.
Orca Island Cabins
Whoever said staying at a traditional hotel in Alaska is the way to go obviously never saw one of Orca Island Cabins’ yurts on a private island in Resurrection Bay, Alaska. Chilling with wilderness and marine life face-to-face is one of the reasons you need to stay in a private yurt on the bay, but also being able to walk out your door and grab a kayak for the day is another huge plus.
Nduara, Loliondo, Tanzania
Create a 24-hour safari feel by staying in one Nomad Tanzania’s yurts in their northern Nduara, Loliondo camp. It’s the coolest way to get in touch with the miles of unspoiled land around you. The design of the yurt reflects the nomadic culture of the region, furnished in bright fabrics and textures like sheepskin and leather. And with en-suite bathrooms and bucket showers, you’ll still feel comfortable and intrepid at the same time.
Big Sur, California
Treebones Resort also offers ocean side camping, but staying in one of their famous yurts right on the breathtaking Big Sur Coast is the way to experience California. Spend the day whale watching and then hit up their Ocean View Sushi Bar that’s open six nights a week. And do yourself a favor and look up once it gets dark—the stars will never be brighter.