Sitting back in the hammock listening to the trickling sound of the nearby steam, I knew this place would be special, and I was not wrong. We were on our Summer road trip in the campervan and had arrived at Sunelia Col d’Ibardin. Here is where you will find the wonderful Glisten camping, luxury camping in France offering an unforgettable glamping experience…. one look at the geodomes dotted among the huge oak trees, I knew this was going to be a memorable few days.
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Sunelia Col d’lbardin – Glisten camping: luxury camping in France
Glisten camping is a collection of geometric domes found in Sunelia Col d’lbardin in South West France in the Pays Basque region. Simon is the founder of Glisten camping and spent a lot of time searching for the perfect location for his unique domes. With streams under small stone bridges, and mountain views peeking through the magnificent oak trees that line the campsite, I can see why Camping Col d’lbardin was the perfect destination for Glisten camping.
We had arrived for three nights at the end of our road trip, and we were looking forward to sitting back, relaxing and enjoying quality time together as a family. The first thing that hit me on arrival was the relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. The campsite is relatively small in terms of French campsites, but it had everything you need to enjoy a luxury camping holiday in France. A very special place in a wonderful setting.
On arrival we were greeted by Marc and Helen who met us at reception and took us over to our dome. They were so friendly and helpful…we really could not have hoped for a better welcome after a fairly long drive. They were on hand throughout our holiday to offer plenty of advice and tips to ensure we had a truly memorable and enjoyable stay.
Glisten camping – geodome glamping France
So now let me tell you about the domes at Glisten camping. The domes…well they are unique, and really special. The quirky yet well-thought out design creates a unique living space with the environment at the heart of the design.
The domes are waterproof, UB protected and fire retardant. The high ceilings offer a sense of space, with large windows, and the solar fan keeps things cool whilst you are out all day.
Features of the Geodome
As I mentioned before – the domes are really something special. The luxury domes are partitioned into three with a double bedroom, twin bedroom with hanging beds for the children, and a sofa bed if needed. The living space has two huge ‘fatboy’ beanbags in the dome that are equally outdoor friendly and super comfortable!
The bedrooms each have wardrobes, and plenty of storage space.
I cannot leave it here without showing a little more love for those gorgeous hanging beds. The kids loved them and slept so well.
Outside is a kitchen area with a large table and bench, clothes airer, plancha grill (more about that later) and fridge and microwave. Each dome has a hammock to sit back and soak up the atmosphere to the sound of the trickling stream.
There is electricity here for the fridge, microwave and an extension cable that powers up the pendant lights and can charge phones, iPads etc.
All bed linen is provided. You can bring your own towels or hire a towel set. As we had been on the road for three weeks we decided to hire* a couple of sets prior to our stay. We just let Marc and Helen know about a week before our stay.
*payable on arrival.
Cooking in the Domes
The domes have the coolest cooker – a plancha grill. The gas fired plancha heats up really quickly and allows you to boil water, fry eggs, stir fry and sear. There is everything you need for your stay including fridge, kettle, microwave, and crockery, utensils and cutlery.
Camping col d’lbardin facilities
The campsite has two small pools and a paddling pool for the toddlers. I also loved that the paddling pool was shaded by large trees, perfect when the sun is at its hottest. There were plenty of sun loungers too with areas shaded by the huge trees.
The campsite has a beautiful brand new playground and a small bouncy castle. There is also table tennis, a games room (located in the restaurant) and a multisports pitch for the older kids.
Our dome was nearest to the wash block which is really handy when you have little ones. I found the wash block was always clean and this housed the toilets, showers, wash sinks and a baby area with two baby baths. There was also a nearby area for washing dishes, and a tap with drinking water.
The site has a bar and restaurant and I can honestly recommend the home made pizzas that you can eat in the terraced area or take away…we ordered pizzas the first night and they were delicious!! Top tip is to order early though as they are popular and if it’s busy you can sometimes have to wait a couple of hours.
The restaurant has a bar area and a gorgeous well designed outdoor terrace with pallet benches to sit back and relax, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch the children safe in the play area. I totally want to create a space like this in my garden!
There is also a small shop, for the bread and croissants in the morning. It has all the little extras and most of the essentials including fruit and vegetables that you may need. The shop is open morning, late afternoon and evening.
There is also a nearby supermarket in Col’dBardin and a supermarket about 5-10 mins away on the way to St Jean De Luz.
What to do near Glisten camping
I have to say we took the opportunity to sit back and generally just enjoy the experience, the campsite and all that it has to offer. We didn’t rush to explore the area which is a rarity for us, but one that I fully embraced. The site has such a relaxing and laid back feel to it, I just wanted to recharge, and enjoy the moment.
If you do fancy exploring, Pays Basque offers wonderful cities, beautiful beaches, traditional villages and sweeping mountains. Nearby St Jean de Luz with it’s timber fronted boutiques and restaurants, and a sheltered beach is just 10 minutes from the campsite. Alternatively San Sebastian is a short trip across the border and 20 minutes from the campsite.
Biarritz, a city by the beach is also just 20 minutes from the campsite.
To book a unique geodome stay, head over to Glisten camping to find out more!
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*Disclosure: We were invited to stay at Glisten camping for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own