Remember when I did these articles on Glamping back in April? Well you could say that I put my money where my mouth is and ended up booking a similar adventure for the end of August (because guess what happens when you browse too much travel websites? shocker, you end up traveling!).
I would have loved to rent a beach hut in Thailand, but since we only had a few days I settled for France.
But, you know me, always looking for that bit of surprise and exoticism (and for a place you can reach without a car, and for a river nearby, but let’s not digress), so when I stumbled upon the Palika Lodge, with its Maharadjah tents in the middle of a pine forest, I was more than intrigued.
Marie, the owner, has here own brand of Indian products called Palika Bazar. This means that almost everything you will see comes from there, towels and ceramics included. You will find ayurvedic products in the bathroom as well, did you expect anything else?
Marie and Patrick live in a refurbished farm a few hundred meters from the tent, but at the entrance of the property there is also this absolutely gorgeous building by the water that will be transformed in a living area in the future. I would gladly set up my office there!
You could say that was an excellent introduction to glamping. It was definitely a great way to get away from Paris and to enjoy nature in…comfortable conditions! The very warm welcome from our hosts made it even more special. You can tell the whole project is one with heart and taste.
Always a good combo!
___________ Visit the website. Castets is in the South West of France, 25km from the sea and in the middle of the natural park of the Landes forest. We rented bikes and used the local cycling lanes (brand new and quite flat) to go to the beach and explore the forest. We went there by train, stopped at Dax (4h30 from Paris) and were picked up at the train station by Marie.