Go Glamping in a Recycled Shipping Container Cabin
These days you can’t go to a festival without running into someone who is raving about going “glamping” over the summer, whether it’s in a teepee, a yurt, or a crazy campsite that’s got more luxuries than your own suburban home. But what exactly is glamping anyway? And what does it have to do with shipping containers?
Glamping – according to the people at Glamping.com is short for “Glamorous Camping”. That is – a high standard of accommodation in an area that would traditionally be used for camping out in the wilderness, be it on a beach, in the jungle or forest, on a mountain or in the snow. Accommodation is varied and usually linked to local culture, for instance – safari tents in the Serengetti Desert, Yurts in Mongolia, 5 star huts in Asia, high end airstream trailers in the United States and treehouses in France.
In addition, Glamping is often seen as a standard upgrade for the rich and famous when attending famous festivals such as Glastonbury, Cochella or Burning Man. After all – they need their luxuries when partying with us common folk!
But what has this got to do with shipping containers?
Move over teepees and yurts – shipping containers are the new in thing when it comes to luxury glamping thanks to the people at Alterra Beach Resort in Argentina, 350km south east of the capital Buenos Aires.
The resort boasts it’s own high end portable cabins created from customised and modified second hand shipping containers. But this isn’t your average shipping container accommodation. As far as luxury camping goes, the interiors of these shipping container cabins look a lot more like a hotel than what we are used to when we go camping in a tent or the back of a truck!
Surrounded by dense pine forest, Alterra Beach Resort has it’s own private swimming pool (constructed from recycled components), and an art gallery. While nearby you can find an organic food shop, painting supplies (if you are an aspiring artist and want to end up in the gallery eventually) and somewhere for a relaxing massage.
The resort aims to be eco friendly, with each 20 foot shipping container placed in such a way that no trees were cut down in order to accommodate them. Energy efficient lighting and appliances are used throughout the project and the removable nature of shipping containers mean, should they need to, the land can easily revert to nature.
Each cabin is constructed by placing two second hand shipping containers in a “L” shape with decking building out the container into a rectangle. The insulation is manufactured from recycled materials locally in Argentina. All of this isn’t cheap however, with the daily rate for the shipping container accommodation starting at around $250 USD per night.
Ready for your own bit of wilderness luxury accommodation?
Glamping style setups for these shipping container cabins aren’t just for the rich and famous jetsetting around South America. They can easily be constructed on virtually any piece of land you have access to. Take a couple of shipping containers, install plumbing and electrical fit outs, insulation and of course access doors and windows, and you’ll have the start of your very own cabins. From there the sky is the limit, from simple spartan accommodation to something more luxurious – the choice is up to you.
Want to build your own? Get in touch with the team of shipping container experts at Gateway Container Sales and Hire. Whether its prefabricated shipping container accommodation units, or a blank canvas for you to work work on your wildest designs, we’ve got the right shipping container for you. Contact us now for a free quote.