Glamping is an awesome way to explore the outdoors — you get to enjoy the benefits of camping but with the amenities of a hotel. Glamping pods are a fun glamping accommodation option that provides a sustainable and comfortable way to camp. In this article, we cover what pod glamping is and where to find some of the most unique, eco-friendly glamping pods around the world.
What is a Glamping Pod?
Glamping pods are small structures usually in a dome/circular shape or A-frame. They are traditionally made from wood, but they don’t have to be.
Pods originated in the UK and have since become a popular glamping type worldwide. They offer an insulated accommodation option you can enjoy year-round, unlike tent camping.
Glamping pods allow you to enjoy the great outdoors but with a comfortable bed, private bathroom, and more security and privacy.
What Makes Pod Glamping Sustainable?
There are a few things that make glamping pods sustainable. Sustainable pods will be made from natural materials and handcrafted. They should be built in a way that protects the natural environment.
Sustainable glamping pods will also conserve natural resources. They should be energy-efficient or completely off the grid. The property should dispose of waste sustainably, such as through composting and reusing/recycling water.
If you’re trying to determine if a glamping pod is eco-friendly, make sure that the owners state what measures they take to ensure minimal impact on the natural environment.
Below, we’ve put together a list of our thirteen favorite sustainable glamping pods around the world, broken down by region.
Eco-Friendly Glamping Pods in Europe
Location: Falmouth, Cornwall
Average Nightly Rate: $1,036-1,266 USD per week
Sustainable Highlights: Built from Recycled & Reclaimed Materials, Wood-Burning Heater & Stove, Solar Power
There are numerous glamping pods in the UK and Unique hideaways is the perfect place to find them. One of our favorite eco-pods from them is Porth Krow, located in the Cornish countryside.
This handcrafted, pet-friendly pod has window walls for optimal natural lighting, cozy vintage furnishings, and a large outdoor patio. You’ll have an indoor and outdoor kitchen, wifi, and running water for a comfy yet sustainable hideaway.
Location: Vașcău, Romania
Average Nightly Rate: $31
Sustainable Highlights: Wood-burning fire, Limited Water, Car-Free, Solar Power
This gorgeous, pet-friendly sustainable glamping pod in Romania is the perfect place to disconnect. Here you won’t have Wifi, hot water, or anyone around. You need to hike about 2 kilometers to the pod, located on a family-run property.
Enjoy panoramic views from the porch, or bed, thanks to the window wall. There’s a solar shower provided if you want a warm shower, an indoor and outdoor fire to stay warm, and an outdoor kitchen.
Location: Setubal, Portugal
Average Nightly Rate: $71 USD
Sustainable Highlights: Solar Power, Built from Natural Materials, Locally Run
These picturesque yet quirky glamping pods in Portugal are ideal for an escape from Lisbon city life. Here you’ll be on a secluded private property and can walk down to the beach or along coastal hiking trails.
There are two wooden circular pods on sight with a private bathroom and patio. You’ll have running water, a fire pit, and a kitchenette. The owners provide an organic breakfast cooked from the onsight organic garden, which you can tour. You can book on Glamping Hub or Airbnb.
Eco-Friendly Glamping Pods in North America
Location: Ridgecrest, California
Average Nightly Rate: $292 USD
Sustainable Highlights: Built from Natural Materials, Solar Power, Sustainable Toiletries
What better way to explore the Mojave Desert than by staying in these off-the-grid eco-pods? The property has three glamping pods on sight: two with beds and one for a bathroom. You get the whole property when you book, which sleeps four comfortably.
These pet-friendly pods have all the amenities you need like running water, electricity, cooking utilities, a fire pit, and a thatched roof gazebo for shade.
Location: Isabela, Puerto Rico
Average Nightly Rate: $70 USD
Sustainable Highlights: Solar Energy, Recycled Rainwater, Locally-Run
Las Olas Glamping is a locally run glamping site in Puerto Rico just five minutes from the beach. There are three different cabin pods available made from locally sourced recycled materials.
Each pod has an outdoor shower and eco-friendly toilet. The property also includes a shared outdoor kitchen and patio with onsite composting provided.
Location: Hurricane, Utah
Average Nightly Rate: Depends on the season
Sustainable Highlights: Solar Power, Composting Toilet, Built from Natural Materials
If you’re looking for additional sustainable glamping pods in the United States, then you’ll love these cabin pods near Zion National Park. This A-frame pod provides total privacy in the middle of nature, steps from a hiking trail. It’s pet-friendly with an outdoor grill, patio, and outhouse.
One unique thing about the pod is that one wall opens up so you can enjoy unobstructed views from the bed or sleep under the stars.
Location: Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada
Average Nightly Rate: $167+ per night
Sustainable Highlights: Composting Toilet, Solar Power, Car-Free, No Running Water
There are few places as picturesque as this sustainable glamping pod in Canada. The gorgeous geodome has a window wall and skylight to provide optimal lighting and views from the inside.
The property is locally run by a couple and requires you to hike in since it’s located in the middle of an undeveloped forest. There’s a shared outdoor fire pit, gazebo, and dining greenhouse where you can cook and eat.
Location: Tepoztlan, Mexico
Average Nightly Rate: Depends on Pod Type
Sustainable Highlights: Locally Run, Built from Natural Materials, Sustainable Toiletries
If you’re interested in eco-friendly glamping pods in Mexico, Bosque Geometrico provides the perfect rustic yet luxurious retreat. This idyllic family-run property in Tepoztlan has ten different eco-pods to choose from.
There’s a shared unheated stone pool, and five glamping pods with private pools. Located in the mountains, they don’t allow outside food or drinks to control what comes into the natural environment. They have an onsite restaurant for comfort and convenience, however.
Eco-Friendly Glamping Pods in South & Central America
Location: Ñuble, Chile
Average Nightly Rate: $39 USD
Sustainable Highlights: Locally Run, Built from Natural Materials, Off Grid, Solar Shower
This tiny, wooden A-frame glamping pod in Chile allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings in privacy and comfort. The lofted bedroom makes the pod spacious while the ample windows provide natural lighting and great views.
There’s a small indoor kitchen and a separate outdoor bathroom with a shower and composting toilet for comfort. While the pod is off the grid, you’ll have enough electricity to charge your electronics and get basic lighting.
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Average Nightly Rate: $107 USD
Sustainable Highlights: Handcrafted from Recycled Materials, Permaculture System, Supports Local Community
Casa Coi is the perfect eco-glamping pod in Guatemala for retreats or extended stays. Beautifully designed, you’ll have Wifi, an indoor kitchen, an outdoor fire pit, and a wraparound deck with sweeping views.
There’s a self-service onsight grocery store stocked with local produce and goods, as well as laundry, so you don’t have to leave the pod if you don’t want to.
Eco-friendly Glamping Pods in Asia
Location: Chanthaburi, Thailand
Average Nightly Rate: $47 USD
Sustainable Highlights: Locally Run, Off Grid, Solar Power, Wifi-Free, Built from Natural Materials
If you’re headed to Thailand, this family-run property provides a truly unique glamping pod experience. Located on a private island, you’ll be off the grid, in tiny, rustic A-frame pods along the water.
Explore local waterfalls, temples, hikes, or swim in the water out front. The local owners live on sight and provide the option for home-cooked Thai cuisine. You can also use the shared kitchen if you prefer.
Eco-friendly Glamping Pods in Africa
Location: Arusha, Tanzania
Average Nightly Rate: $50 USD
Sustainable Highlights: Locally Run, Built from Natural Materials, Supports Local Community
For a local and eco-friendly stay, check out this sustainable glamping pod in Tanzania. The A-frame pod is run by a local family on their organic farm. The stylish pod has Wifi, a front porch, running water, and a private bathroom.
You’ll have access to the owner’s kitchen and patio, with breakfast provided daily. Located in the village of Maji Ya Chai, the owners offer the chance to volunteer within the local community during your stay if you’d like.
Eco-friendly Glamping Pods in Oceania
Location: Marlborough, New Zealand
Average Nightly Rate: $83 USD
Sustainable Highlights: Wood-fired Hot Tub, Car-free, Solar Power
If you’re looking for glamping pods with hot tubs, you may want to head to this cozy eco-pod in New Zealand. Right in front of a lake, in the mountains, you’ll have hiking and biking trails at your doorstep.
The wooden pod has Wifi, running water, an indoor kitchen, a fire pit, and limited electricity. There are five different huts to choose from throughout the property that can accommodate different party sizes comfortably. You’ll need to hike into the property or organize transport with the owners.
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About The Author:
Alicia Briggs is a writer & editor specializing in slow travel & sustainable living. She’s worked in journalism since 2016 and currently writes for a variety of publications such as Sustainably Chic and Hidden Lemur. She has been a full-time traveler since 2018 and runs her own blog, Learning the Local Way, where she covers responsible travel & living tips.