The options available to today’s camping enthusiasts far exceed anything our parents or grandparents had available to them. In fact, many of today’s privately owned RV resorts offer luxurious amenities comparable to some of the finest hotels.
Guests checking in at Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., for example, are greeted with a 1,200-square foot lobby with a floor mosaic comprised of tumbled marble as well as two shades of travertine and Vitoria Regia granite. The check-in desk itself has a walnut finish with inlayed marble.
Emerald Desert’s amenities include sparkling swimming pools; indoor and outdoor spas; tennis and pickleball courts; a driving range; two putting greens; and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The resort also features a sports and entertainment lounge; a guest lounge with a fireplace and large flat screen TV; as well as a baby grand piano and a conference hall for group and club meetings. The resort, which also offers organized activities and entertainment during the winter season, also has nine 1,600- to 1,200-square foot villas, which can be rented on a daily, extended stay or seasonal basis.
Across the country, guests at Bella Terra RV Resort in Foley, Ala. have an array of amenities that includes a heated, zero entry, infinity edge swimming pool; a fitness center; a private movie theater; and daily events and activities, which are organized by an on-site activities director.
Guests at Naples Motorcoach Resort in Naples, Fla. also have access to a large infinity pool, spa and sauna facilities, a home theatre with seating for 11, plus a 12,000-square-foot grand clubhouse that features a ballroom with a dance floor and a fitness center with men’s and women’s locker room facilities that include saunas.
Meanwhile, growing numbers of RV resorts now offer professional massage services, including El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, Calif., The Springs at Borrego RV Resort in Borrego Springs, Calif.; and Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort in Foxboro, Mass.
“There are scores of RV resorts that now offer amenities and services comparable to finest hotels,” said Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. “Some RV resorts also offer high end rental accommodations, such as park model cottages and other amenities not typically found at RV parks.”
Parks with high end rental accommodations include Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach, Calif., which complements its park model cottage rentals with an onsite bistro that offers lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch as well as a waterpark with kayak, paddle board, sailboat and electric boat rentals. Newport Dunes also has a mile of beachfront as well as venues for anniversaries, weddings, business meetings and other special events.
Many of the nation’s high-end resorts are developed by companies that both sell and rent their campsites to consumers. Outdoor Resorts of America is one such company.
Other high end resorts are operated by RV resort chains, such as Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Cal-Am Resorts (www.cal-am.com); Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties (www.rvonthego.com); RVC Outdoors (www.rvcoutdoors.com), Southfield, Mich.-based Sun Communities (www.suncommunities.com) and La Jolla, Calif.-based SunLand RV Resorts (www.sunlandrvresorts.com).
Here’s a sampling of other high-end resorts across the country that offer amenities and services not typically found in most campgrounds and RV parks: