Summer Travels with Baby: Glamping Retreats and Road Trips in Spain

Posted on April 16, 2015 by

Since finding out that I was pregnant, I’d been looking forward to traveling with the baby, to see the world through her eyes.

For now, we can’t quite travel long distances just yet (not before she turns four months old) so we’ll be sticking to places closer to home. Thankfully there’s so much to explore and experience in Spain. This summer, we’ve planned quite a few exciting road trips and country retreats, it’s going to be busy but lotsa fun!

Kaleya has already traveled to seven countries (while in my womb!) and she’s proving to be quite a trooper, loving car journeys and being out and about with us. We know that she’s going to love being on the road and we can’t wait to show her the world!

Here’s a look at where we’re heading to this summer:

Country Living Outside of Granada

In two weeks’ time, we’ll be bringing Baby Kaleya on her first trip to a country retreat just outside of Granada. She’ll be barely 1.5 months old then so we’re slowly easing into traveling with the baby in our backyard. I’ve been wanting to experience more of our surroundings so this seems like the perfect time. Our base is the charming rural hotel Cortijo del Marqués, set amidst vast olive groves, sunflower fields, and mountains. What used to be a farmhouse dating from the 17th century has been converted into a beautiful retreat with white-washed buildings, wooden beams, antique furniture and four-poster beds.

Cortijo del Marqués

Yoga Retreat

In May, we’ll be going on a yoga and meditation retreat in Marbella along Costa del Sol. Think yoga, healthy food, spa and tranquility. After all the stress and exhaustion that come with being new parents, this is just what we need to kick back and relax. Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat is set in the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park and its design and philosophy incorporate Balinese elements. They offer week-long yoga, weight loss and detox retreats that include everything from cleansing cuisine to use of their fitness center, yoga classes and even baby-sitting services (hallelujah!). We are looking forward to getting some proper sleep!

Shanti Som

Kicking Back on the Beach

We’ll then head eastwards to Alicante, Costa Blanca, a four-hour drive from us. This part of Spain is blessed with long stretches of beaches and lots of cute little beach towns. Our base will be the Asia Gardens, a luxury resort designed to create an Asian environment in a Mediterranean climate region. The resort is sprinkled with beautiful gardens, luxurious Balinese style rooms, lots of pools and even a Thai spa. I’m looking forward to getting some sun after spending almost the entire winter in cold weather!


Staying in an Airstream

Ever since I saw an airstream hotel online a few years ago, I’ve wanted to stay in one and I was thrilled to stumble upon this airstream near Alozaina that you can actually stay in. The beautiful airstream is modeled on the original 1930s classic and it’s been converted into a comfy and luxurious home with facilities like a shower room, completely kitchen, double bed, TV and WiFi. There’s even a big patio, outdoor furniture and a plunge pool!

Airstream glamping

Luxury camping all over southern Spain

We’ve always been big fans of glamping, having tried it in many parts of the world like Outback Australia, Namibia, Madagascar and Mongolia. This time, we’ve teamed up with to experience a few of their luxury campsites in Spain throughout May and June. The first one we’re staying at is a campsite with luxury bell tents near Alora, Malaga. Each tent is equipped with full size beds, rugs, al fresco eco-friendly solar showers and sustainable composting toilets. It’s close to El Chorro lakes and the Guadalhorce valley, so we expect to do some hiking and exploring with the baby!

luxury bell tents

Another place we’ll be visiting is an eco-friendly yurt campsite located along the Genal River. We love staying in a yurt and sleeping under the stars so this should be awesome. The last place we’ve booked is an atmospheric cave hotel in Baza, fully equipped with a beautiful pool and Arabic bath. This area was a forgotten land, but 40 years ago a restoration began to turn these hills and barren lands into cozy cave accommodations for travelers.

yurt in genalguacil

In July, we’ve also arranged to stay at the Sirocco Yurts in Tarifa, a place we’ve been wanting to go for awhile. Tarifa is famous for its wind and surf, and we hope to try out kitesurfing if we’ve got the time!

Sirocco Tarifa It’ll be an epic summer for sure, and the first for the baby of many to come. I’ll be sharing our experiences here, so stay tuned!

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

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