I love the idea of camping – getting close to nature, enjoying big starry skies and spending quality time with friends and family, it’s all great in theory. But my reality has always been – having to pack the car to the gills only to discover you’ve left something essential like sleeping bags at home, or waking up on rock hard lumpy ground after the air mattress has deflated in the middle of the night. After more than one, less than stellar camping experience, this girl is done. No more camping for me, but ‘glamping’, that’s something I can get behind.
When the lovely folks from Park Lane Holiday Parks got in touch to tell me about their newest luxury campsite offering in the Yarra Valley, I couldn’t wait to say ‘good-bye’ to the city for a couple of nights and ‘hello’ to a mini glamping adventure in a tent I didn’t have to pitch myself.
When I told Emma we were going ‘Glamping’ she went into super-duper planning mode and started writing her list of important items we needed to pack.
It was a really easy getaway to pack for, only food and our own clothing required as the tents are very well kitted out with everything you need for a comfortable stay – but more about that later…
The Mr was working so I invited a couple of girlfriends along instead – it ended up being a perfect ‘girl’s weekend’, just what we all needed to recharge our batteries.
Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park is located a few minutes out of Healesville in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, and is around an hours drive from Melbourne. The holiday park itself is nestled in a peaceful Australian bush environment with plenty of space for the kids to run around in and wildlife to enjoy.
The new luxury camping precinct has recently been developed in a secluded area of the park, away from the hustle and bustle of the caravan and cabin camping area. We arrived during the week and had the whole place to ourselves, it was really tranquil and relaxing.
These gorgeous Eco Lotus Belle tents really put the ‘glam’ in glamping. You can choose from a either a Single tent which accommodates 2 people in a king size bed, perfect for a couples getaway; or a Family site (like ours) which has two tents on an adjoining deck which sleeps 4, with one king size bed in a large tent and two king singles in a smaller tent.
The tents are more akin to a luxury hotel room than your run-of-the-mill camping setup, this is really 5 star camping at it’s finest!
Inside you’ll find super comfortable beds with crisp white linen and pillows that felt like they were made of clouds. In all honesty, the bed was much more comfortable than my own at home!
The main tent was tastefully furnished with a sofa, dining table and chairs, bedside tables with lamps and a dresser. The tents are powered so you also have a mini fridge, (and something I wasn’t expecting because it’s not advertised on the website), a TV. Fans are also provided for comfort in warmer weather. Outdoor seating is provided so you can sit and chat on the deck.
Emma and I shared the king bed in the main tent and my girlfriends each got their own single bed in the smaller tent. I’m not sure if I would be comfortable with Emma being in a tent on her own if it was just the three of us, I think this set-up is best suited to families with older kids, or a small group of adults (like in our case).
Just like staying in a hotel, toiletries and fluffy towels are provided, which is one less thing you need to pack.
You can also leave kitchen stuff at home, because crockery, cutlery and importantly wine glasses are supplied. Other things you’ll find in the tents are: kettle, tea & coffee, cleaning supplies & spare power points. A tap is attached to each sites deck area to make washing up and kettle filling more convenient.
Click through the photos below to take a look inside the tents
The family belle tents come in four different interior styles, with each providing a unique experience of their own. Ours was the ‘Eclectic tent’, but you can also request to book the Retro, Boho or Industrial decor themed tents.
Themes for the single (couple’s) tents include Vogue, Natural, Provincial and Scandinavian.