Budget Europe 2008

by Ralph Martin


Imagine waking up to the sound of Andalusian crickets and goats' bells, a view of your own private acre of meadow as you open the door of your…tent. No, it's not a Boy Scout adventure, but a luxurious, eco-conscious way to get back to nature, provided by the Hoopoe Yurt Hotel (pictured) in southern Spain. For $191 per night for a two-person yurt, including breakfast, you'll have the pick of four exquisitely decorated tents that bring you close to nature without compromising comfort. Safari-inspired accommodations, it turns out, can be adapted to many spectacular environments. Canvas Chic offers high-thread-count sheets in a luxe yurt ($200 per night for two) above a river valley in France's Ardèche region, where you can take your continental breakfast in the "café," a communal tent. Or for a yoga-heavy retreat, the Huzur Vadisi resort in southwest Turkey provides weeklong yoga sessions along with a comfortable yurt in which to rest your well-stretched body at night (from $891 per person weekly, based on double accommodations). Prices are obviously higher than for basic campsites, but compared with city living, they're hard to beat—and once you're there, pricey urban temptations are but a memory.

Hoopoe Yurt Hotel
Tel: 34 660 668 241

Canvas Chic
Tel: 33 4 66 24 21 81

Huzur Vadisi

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