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Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe tent delivers glamping for under $2,500

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Australian company Lotus Belle has recently released a new edition glamping tent called the Outback Deluxe
Australian company Lotus Belle has recently released a new edition glamping tent called the Outback Deluxe
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Australian company Lotus Belle has recently released a new edition glamping tent called the Outback Deluxe
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Australian company Lotus Belle has recently released a new edition glamping tent called the Outback Deluxe
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is the evolution of the company's original Lotus Belle design
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is the evolution of the company's original Lotus Belle design
The shelter features a second door and velcro flaps which seal in the ground sheet to keep out any creepy crawlies
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The shelter features a second door and velcro flaps which seal in the ground sheet to keep out any creepy crawlies
The tent is fully wind resistant and features clear window panels so that users can enjoy the view no matter the weather conditions
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The tent is fully wind resistant and features clear window panels so that users can enjoy the view no matter the weather conditions
Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is reported fast to set up and great for festivals and pop-up hotels
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Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is reported fast to set up and great for festivals and pop-up hotels
The Outback Deluxe is a 5 m (16.4 ft) luxury circular tent which is an upgrade from Lotus Belle's 4 m and 5 m predecessors
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The Outback Deluxe is a 5 m (16.4 ft) luxury circular tent which is an upgrade from Lotus Belle's 4 m and 5 m predecessors
The Outback Deluxe is a single skin tent made from thick canvas
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The Outback Deluxe is a single skin tent made from thick canvas
Made from canvas, the shelter features mesh screens and large roof vents
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Made from canvas, the shelter features mesh screens and large roof vents
The tent takes as little as 45 minutes to erect and the design packs down into a banana shaped bag
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The tent takes as little as 45 minutes to erect and the design packs down into a banana shaped bag
Outback Deluxe is popular for festival or farmers market traders
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Outback Deluxe is popular for festival or farmers market traders
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe doubles as a portable yoga studio
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe doubles as a portable yoga studio
Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is super fast to set up and is great for festivals and pop-up hotels
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Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is super fast to set up and is great for festivals and pop-up hotels
With the poles already attached the tent, it only takes 15 to 20 minutes to assemble
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With the poles already attached the tent, it only takes 15 to 20 minutes to assemble
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is reported fast to set up and great for festivals and pop-up hotels
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is reported fast to set up and great for festivals and pop-up hotels
The canvas is a cotton and polyester blend which is durable and has a natural feel
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The canvas is a cotton and polyester blend which is durable and has a natural feel
The tent is fully wind resistant and features clear window panels so that users can enjoy the view no matter the weather conditions
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The tent is fully wind resistant and features clear window panels so that users can enjoy the view no matter the weather conditions
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe can double as a pop-up bar
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe can double as a pop-up bar
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe can be used for a myriad of purposes
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe can be used for a myriad of purposes
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe doubles as a portable yoga studio
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe doubles as a portable yoga studio
The tent is fully wind resistant and features clear window panels so that users can enjoy the view no matter the weather conditions
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The tent is fully wind resistant and features clear window panels so that users can enjoy the view no matter the weather conditions
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe can be used for a myriad of purposes
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe can be used for a myriad of purposes
Get creative with your interior decorating inside the Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe
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Get creative with your interior decorating inside the Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe doubles as a portable yoga studio
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe doubles as a portable yoga studio
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe can be used for a myriad of purposes
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe can be used for a myriad of purposes
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is a great temporary shelter
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The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is a great temporary shelter
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Australian company Lotus Belle has recently released the newest edition in its range of luxury tents which have been created especially for glamping (luxury camping).The Outback Deluxe is a 5 m (16.4 ft) circular tent that represents an upgrade from its 4 m and 5 m predecessors.

The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is the evolution of the company's original Lotus Belle design, which was created by founder Harriet Seddon who grew up in the South West of England.

"Hariet came up with the design at just 19 years old," Lotus Belle company director and co-founder, Jessica Haden Walsh tells Gizmag. "We decided that this great original design could be adjusted for the Australian and New Zealand markets."

The Outback Deluxe is a single skin tent made from thick canvas and features mesh screens, large roof vents, increased ventilation, a second door and velcro flaps which seal in the ground sheet to keep out any creepy crawlies. The canvas is a cotton and polyester blend which is durable and has a natural feel and, according to Walsh, it's their most breathable design yet.

Furthermore it is fully wind resistant and features clear window panels so that users can enjoy the view no matter the weather conditions. The only draw back is the added weight due to the denseness of the canvas.

"The Deluxe has an extra door at the back, whereas with the Outback it only has a mesh panel at the back," explains Walsh. "Some people want the back wall solid so they can place furniture or a bed at the back, others love the extra door option. With the extra door not only is it more breathable but its great for adding an extension on the back, for example a kitchenette. It's also popular for festival or farmers market traders who can use the rear door to store things out back."

Made from canvas, the shelter features mesh screens and large roof vents
Made from canvas, the shelter features mesh screens and large roof vents

The durable tent (the company's motto is "tents for life, not the landfill") takes as little as 45 minutes to erect and the design packs down into a banana shaped bag which allows users to keep the supporting poles attached to the walls. With the poles already attached the tent then only takes 15 to 20 minutes to assemble.

"It's super fast and great for festivals and pop-up hotel set ups," says Walsh.

The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe is not only suitable for glamping, but can also double as a portable yoga studio, an early childhood center, pop-up bar, backyard guest retreat or even a studio or office space.

The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe doubles as a portable yoga studio
The Lotus Belle Outback Deluxe doubles as a portable yoga studio

"I have had customers live in them," says Walsh. "One lady lived in a Lotus Belle in the Australian bush and rescues wildlife from bush fires during the summer. Resorts buy them for accommodation during the busy periods and I've even had one chap hire one so he could propose to his girlfriend!"

The new Outback Deluxe costs about AUD$3,000 (US$2,300). Unfortunately the Deluxe model has already sold out in Australia and the USA, but there are still units available in New Zealand and the company will have its next batch ready for delivery in June 2015.

"We don't mass produce our tents, so we do sell out, but its worth the wait when we have them," says Walsh. "We still have Outback tents in stock which are awesome if you've got a lot of furniture to throw in. We're also about to announce a new version of the Lotus Belle, lighter weight and more portable."

Source: Lotus Belle

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4 comments
Bruce Williams
I guess my idea of "glamping" is driving to your "glampsite", pushing some buttons to run out the slides, and you're done. For this, you must arrive in two Range Rovers. The first is for you. The second is for "your people" who unload the tent, set it up and fill it with the furniture, kitchen equipment, and supplies taken from the trailer attached to the second Rover. Sounds like a smashing good time to me!
The Skud
I agree with Bruce - The support crew needed to get you up and running would need their own copy for their accommodation plus another set of vehicles to get there as well. OK if running an adventure tour but impractical for just a few people.
Jessica Namaha
Actually Bruce this packs down to a duffle bag. Trailer and Range Rover not needed! Butler service optional :-)
Paul Muad'Dib
Thanks for the laugh Bruce, I needed it today.