The department of Antioquia is one of the most beautiful places in Colombia. Filled with rolling hills, lush plants, spectacular views, and (mostly) sunshine, Antioquia is a nature-lover’s dream. While the capital of Medellín is fast-becoming a hotspot for travelers looking to soak up Paisa culture and busy cosmopolitan life, beyond the city borders are a number of fantastic retreats.
Antioquia is perfect for glamorous camping – aka glamping – where visitors can indulge in a little luxury while still experiencing the great outdoors. If you’re searching for a special getaway or simply want to discover some of Colombia’s best hidden gems, here are some unique glamping experiences in Antioquia.
Under two hours away from Medellín, Guatapé is a small town famous for its 2,135-meter rock, colorful streets, and maze-like waterways. Nestled among one of the lakes is Bosko — a collection of glamping pods that overlook both the water and the rock in the distance.
Each pod has a rustic yet stylish feel, complete with a double bed, soft lighting, and table and chairs. Some pods also have a garden and private terrace, as well as a hot tub and an outdoor shower to really embrace all things natural. During the day, guests can choose from a range of activities like hiking, fishing, and paddleboarding.
Bosko is an adult-only accommodation best suited to couples looking for a romantic break. The five-star glamping package includes room service and concierge service, plus has free WiFi and free on-site parking.
TEVA retreat, Santa Elena
Up in the hills of Santa Elena, TEVA retreat combines hippy with celebrity. The retreat is made up of small cabin-like structures, each with a double bed, private bathroom, and a number of plants and perfectly-matched decorative pieces. Some of the cabins are more modern with sofas, a hot tub, and even a bar. Others are more traditional with wooden decking, an outdoor shower, and tent openings.
TEVA is another top pick for couples — however, because the rooms are slightly bigger than other options on this list, it’s also ideal for a group of friends. The staff speaks English and Spanish, so there’s no need to worry about communication.
Room service is available for all guests, and the hosts can also organize tours or day trips for visitors new to the area. There are equally free toiletries, free WiFi, and the option of an American or à la carte breakfast.
Salvaje, Santa Elena
Translating to mean ‘wild’ in English, Salvaje is perfect for people who want to disconnect from the world and completely relax. Located at the Cerro Verde viewpoint, Salvaje glamping is only 45 minutes from Medellín but feels like another world.
The picturesque tents are designed to form a zen environment, with fairy lights dotted across the room and earthy tones complimenting the natural greenery. The accommodation is also surrounded by orchids, hummingbirds, toucans, and other fantastic birds.
Each lodge fits two or three people maximum, has a king-size bed, 24-hour room service, a minibar, private bathroom with a shower, fireplace, and a romantic balcony. A daily cleaning service is offered at Salvaje, and guests can enjoy a free à la carte breakfast in the mornings while looking out onto the valley below.
BubbleSky, El Retiro
One of the newest glamping sites in the area, BubbleSky is an especially magical experience. To the south of Medellín, this particular style of glamping takes place in huge, clear dome structures resting on decking perched between hills.
As if the domes weren’t special enough, each one has its own outdoor area, complete with a Jacuzzi, sun loungers, dining table and chairs, and a netted area to lie suspended above the hilltops.
Inside the domes, guests can enjoy a four-poster bed, swinging chair, bean bags, air conditioning, plus 360-degree views of the gorgeous scenery. There’s also an outdoor shower and a cover for the dome for privacy — although there’s nothing more romantic than gazing at a starry sky from the comfort of your bed.
Guests can park for free on the site, and the staff here speak English and Spanish.
Joinn Hotel, El Peñol
Technically a hotel but definitely still in the category of glamping, Joinn Hotel is a must-stay pick for those who want to be immersed in nature without sacrificing high quality. The site consists of bungalow-esque homes lining the waterfront of a lake in a private area.
The homes have a large balcony, outdoor furniture, a hot tub, a flatscreen TV, a water cooler, a spacious communal area, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Meanwhile, the bedrooms have double beds, a walk-in wardrobe, and a private bathroom. All the decor is sleek and modern.
Joinn Hotel is best suited to groups of people, as the space is designed for socializing. Perhaps the coolest feature is how the lounge area opens up to the balcony, meaning people in the hot tub can chat with others unwinding on the sofas.
Guests can easily walk from their accommodation down to the water, where there is decking and the option to kayak, canoe or swim.
These recommendations were chosen by Daniel from @discoverrse. For more wanderlust-inspiring glamping experiences in Antioquia, his Instagram has a whole selection of photos showcasing the region’s amazing undiscovered accommodations.
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