Waterfall at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

To be honest, I am not much of a camper.

The idea of a tent in the woods, with no bathroom or shower, is not my idea of paradise. I know, I know. I sound ridiculous and Julie would probably say the same thing. Part of ambivalence towards camping comes partly from my lack of experience. I never went camping as a kid, as my parents are certainly not outdoorsy, so I never really got exposed to the camping lifestyle. Never joined Cub Scouts or went away to summer camp. Funny enough, I love spending time outdoors, going on hikes and kayaking, exploring the countryside wherever we travel. But for some reason, when it comes to sleeping, I would rather head back to a hotel room.

Feel free to judge me. I don’t blame you.

Glamping Tent at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

Last summer, on our epic US road trip, we stayed at Moab Under Canvas, a ‘glamping’ compound within the stunningly beautiful Arches National Park in Utah. It was our first glamping experience, and I loved it. Being comfortable at night in a large bed, with lights and carpet and also being able to unzip the tent in the morning and see the never-ending Utah landscape was spectacular.

When researching for our recent trip to Bled, Slovenia, I stumbled upon a glamping facility, Garden Village Bled. Glamping tents and tree houses? Sign me up!

Glamping Tent at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

Garden Village Bled is situated down a small lane, just a few hundred meters from the shores of Lake Bled. We booked one of their Glamping Tents, which came with the works: air-conditioning, heating, full bathroom, hardwood floors, two sleeping areas, couch, work desk, garden, and even a hot tub!

We were not exactly “roughing” it!

Glamping Tent at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

The resort was a short walk from Lake Bled, so we were able to leave our car at the resort and head off to explore Bled on foot (and save the €8/day parking lots!). After long days of walking or rowing around the lake, we would head back to our little oasis, and settle into our fabulous tent.

Pier Tents at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

The resort itself does have more traditional tents, called Pier Tents, though these also include a lovely full-sized mattress and a small deck, with shared bathroom and shower facilities a few steps away. The advantage of the Pier Tents is that many are over the small brook that runs right through Garden Village Bled, so you can fall asleep at night to the gentle sounds of the babbling brook, or cool off by stepping off your patio and into the refreshing water below.

Tree Houses at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

Of course, it is hard to overlook the Tree Houses, built into the large trees around the resort. Those, too, are extremely spacious, with lofts and large decks providing plenty of indoor and outdoor space.

Glamping Tent at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

For me though, Garden Village Bled was all about the Glamping Tent. It had every amenity you could ever want, all in a truly unique setting. We had a private yard, with a small deck and chairs, overlooking the Pier Tents and Tree Houses below. There was a small stream that ran along the path down to the tents, so even though we were not next to the brook, we feel asleep each night with the sound of trickling water. It helps, too, when you fall asleep in your “tent” in a beautiful queen-sized bed with thick, soft comforters and fluffy pillows. Beats a sleeping bag any day.

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Glamping Tent at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

Glamping Tent at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

Hot tub at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

The bathroom was surprisingly large, and featured an outdoor shower with a glass roof, allowing you to enjoy a quick shower even in the rain. Our hot tub was a particular highlight, as we took advantage each night with a dip, along with a few glasses of wine. The tub was wood-heated, aided by the staff members who would build the fire during the day, allowing the water to gradually warm up, so that around sunset, the temperature was perfect.

Restaurant at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

Garden Village Bled is a true eco-resort, utilizing the natural resources that surround it. The main building, which houses the on-site restaurant, is bathed in natural light, and even has a stream running through the dining room. The table tops themselves are topped with real, live grass, certainly a first for me. There is an herb and vegetable garden, as well as fruit trees at the resort, which the chefs utilize in concocting their menus. The daily breakfast buffet includes homemade jams and preserves, made from the local fruit.

Restaurant tables at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

Eco Pool at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

There is a pool and deck area attached to the main building, fed from the brook running through the resort, which also provides drinking water for Garden Village Bled. The pool contains no chemicals, but is surrounded by plants that help filter the water naturally. The resort does not skimp on the amenities and services, but always maintains a careful consideration for minimizing their environmental impact.

Brook at Garden Village Eco Resort, Lake Bled

Places like Garden Village Bled are truly special. Yes, I know that glamping can seem kitschy and maybe a bit of an over indulgence. But, frankly, I find it fascinating and just plain fun. Coming home at night and unzipping our tent never got old, as we swung the canvas flaps open to reveal our beautiful room.

Most importantly though, Garden Village Bled offers luxury and pampering, but always with an eye of towards sustainability. What else could you want?

Rates for Garden Village Bled start at around £70/night for the Pier Tents and go up to almost £200 for the Tree House or Glamping Tent, breakfast included.

Waterfall at the Garden Village Bled Eco Resort in Bled, Slovenia

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  • May 14, 2016

    Well, I DO like the idea of camping in the woods with on toilet and what not but this looks fabulous, too!!! Plus, you can’t go wrong w/ Bled as well. As much as I do love roughing it, I’d go for this kind of glamping any day!
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    • May 16, 2016
      Julie

      See, I’m the camper of us, and I totally agree with you that there is an adventure in camping that can’t be beat (plus tons of happy childhood memories). But once you’re spoiled with a tent like this, well…it’s hard to go back to normal 🙂

  • May 14, 2016

    Now, that is some fancy stuff right there! I’m a wild camping / roughing it kinda gal, so this doesn’t appeal so much to me, but I do love places that have an emphasis of staying close to nature and having a sustainable approach. You should definitely check out the Bangkok Tree House if you travel to Thailand!
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    • May 16, 2016
      Julie

      Thanks for the Bangkok tip! I am also a camping kinda gal, but it was a fun experience, just not at all like camping 🙂

  • May 14, 2016

    I am not going to judge you since we are on the same page. I am outdoor person, but avoid camping as much as I can. I did sometimes, but I never slept in a tent, I always escape and went to the car and slept there. I think glamping is the best option. I have never done it but looking forward to give it a try.

    • May 16, 2016
      Julie

      Sounds like you’re the kind of person that glamping was invented for! We really liked it, and even though I’m the traditional camper in the family, I’m never gonna say no to a little luxury!

  • May 15, 2016

    That is amazing. I would love to experience glamping-and no judgement whatsoever! I would jump at the chance to do this,
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    • May 16, 2016
      Julie

      There are glamping spots showing up everywhere. We also did it in the US (Utah). You should totally take a look next time you’re doing some accommodation planning. It’s really unique!

  • May 15, 2016

    Wow! What a great experience. I totally agree with you. I love the outdoors but I’m not really a camping person. So i definitely think that glamping is more of my style.
    Outdoor shower and hot tub? SIgn me up! And that table with real grass is definitely interesting. Amazing photos too! 🙂

    • May 16, 2016
      Julie

      haha – the table with the real grass is totally hilarious right? I was like, where do I put my cup? I settled it right into the grass like if I was on a picnic 🙂

  • May 15, 2016

    I love it! And Lake Bled can be so busy with car traffic it would be great to be close enough to leave the car and walk. You convinced me with the hot tub!
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    • May 16, 2016
      Julie

      A hot tub makes everything better, no?

  • May 15, 2016

    We are in the same both as I am not really a big fan of camping myself. I am not saying I won’t do it, just not often. Now I can definitely do the glamping thing. The Garden Village Bled compound looks amazing. It’s like nature meets luxury.
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    • May 16, 2016
      Julie

      Nature meets luxury is a great way to describe glamping. It is definitely a unique way to visit a place – particularly in certain areas that are known for natural beauty!

  • May 15, 2016

    Bled is a beautiful destination and I’d love to glamp there. I’ve only done the glamping thing once, it was up at the Golden Triangle in Thailand at the Four Seasons Tented Camp – talk about style. I’d glamp anywhere after that experience.
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    • May 16, 2016
      Julie

      Jealous about the Golden Triangle. I have been wanting to stay at that resort for years. Looks absolutely amazing!

  • May 15, 2016

    Now that looks like the perfect combination of the outdoors and the comforts that make it fun and comfortable. The variety of accommodation to suit all tastes look great but pool and hot tub definitely sold me!
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    • May 16, 2016
      Julie

      The hot tub was a big bonus for the glamping tents. Never sat in a wood-heated hot tub before, but it worked extremely well!

  • May 17, 2016

    I love glamping! I love how you get to experience nature while not sacrificing comfort. I glamped (is that a word? haha) with friends in Kenya when we were doing a safari in the Maasai Mara National Park and it was a great experience. I really want to do it again 🙂
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    • May 18, 2016
      Julie

      We are big fans of glamping now. Drew doesn’t really do camping anyway, so I guess it is the closest I can get to camping!

  • May 18, 2016

    Now, this is some awesome stuff here.I am a nature loving person and this hotel just fixed everything.

    Thanks for sharing this.
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  • December 6, 2016

    Glamping is now a trend, being an upgraded version of camping it’s good to know that the true essence of camping is still there which is enjoying the beauty of nature. Wishing for more place like this!
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    • December 7, 2016
      Julie

      It’s a great property. Definitely a unique place to stay when exploring the beautiful Lake Bled!

  • January 9, 2017

    I am a frequent flyer and I do go travelling a lot. Yet recently, I usually take my daughter with me. We both love nature and being a part of nature. In deed, in this early Jan 2017, we plan to take a trip to enjoy the atmostphere when the spring comes.
    Really love these pics.
    Thank you for sharing these info and please keep it up

    • January 9, 2017
      Julie

      Hope you and your daughter enjoy it! Slovenia is one of our favorite places to travel in Europe, hands down!

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