Glamping is a major travel trend for city slickers and suburbanites looking to escape without leaving the creature comforts of home behind. Of course, there are different echelons of elevating camping. Created with the sybaritic set in mind, ULUM Moab, open seasonally from early April through late October, offers unfettered access to spellbinding natural beauty, plus a slew of plush perks and heaps of sustainability cred. Backed by dramatic red-rock scenery with unobstructed views of Looking Glass Arch, this luxurious new outdoor resort from the team behind Under Canvas is glamping for travelers who consider a mid-range hotel to be “roughing it.”
The communal hub, the clubhouse/lobby shows off tables for dining and sofa areas for lounging or enjoying a magic hour cocktail (the mocktails are amazing, too). Drawing inspiration from the majesty of Moab, the eye-catching crystal chandelier in the center actually spotlights stones found on the property. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open on demand eliminate the separation between indoor and outdoor areas. The terraces have stylish seating and fire pits for cozying up as the temperature and roasting s’mores. Classic lawn games like cornhole appeal to guests of all ages. In the evenings, local music acts strum guitars on a stage under the cosmos.
Scattered across 200 acres of desert dreaminess are suite-style tents outfitted with every conceivable modern convenience—including West Elm furnishings, Parachute linens, Pendelton blankets, a wood-burning stove, an evaporative cooling fan, and USB chargers. Don’t forget about the en-suite bathrooms featuring rain showers, polished concrete sinks, and Aesop toiletries as well as private 70-square-foot decks.
A haven of holistic well-being, ULUM Moab boasts hot and cool dipping pools to soothe sore muscles after the myriad hikes in nearby national parks, kayaking, rock climbing, and horseback riding—all of which the property’s adventure concierges are more than happy to book for guests, ensuring the most memorable, stress-free experiences. There’s also an outdoor yoga deck and crystal sound baths for added zen.
The F&B program certainly leans into that wellness ethos. Even the more indulgent plates such as a cashew butter French toast don’t feel heavy. Seasonality and sustainability shine across the culinary and cocktail menus (again, don’t forget about the mocktails). Virtually everything is sourced from nearby farms, orchards, and ranches. And the chef makes a valiant effort to utilize ingredients in multiple ways to eliminate food waste, resulting in flavorful food (and drinks) with a deep sense of place and seasonality.
Location: Moab, Utah
Rating: While the traditional rating system hasn’t quite caught up with glamping accommodations, ULUM Moab deserves five stars
The Vibe: Glamping with an emphasis on glamor in a spectacular setting.
Food + Drink: Breakfast is served in the clubhouse and on the terrace. There’s also a cafe tucked in the corner if you want to grab some coffee and snacks or a boxed lunch to go. Guests can enjoy happy hour and a harvest-driven dinner in the same beautiful spaces. S’mores by the campfire are the perfect sweet and nostalgic way to finish the day.
Amenities: restaurant, dipping pools, yoga, crystal sound baths, jewelry making, adventure concierge
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: It’s like staying at a high-end boutique resort that just so happens to be framed by some of the magnificent scenery in the country.
5 Nearby Attractions: Looking Glass Arch, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bears Ears National Monument, Dead Horse Point State Park
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? A short drive away, you’ll find Spanish Valley Vineyard & Winery. Who knew you could get awesome vino in Moab? Main Street in downtown is lined with casual restaurants (The Spoke on Center cooks up awesome burgers), bars, and ice cream shops.
Rooms: 50 glamping tents
Pricing: Rooms start at $549/night
Closest Airport: Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY)
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