We’ve undoubtedly seen more European countries than cities in Romania in the “almost a decade” that we’ve been together. It’s funny to think that it took a pandemic and getting pregnant for my husband and me to start discovering our home country, but we’ve had to readjust our ways of travel.
As the due date was approaching and Andrei was looking to get me something for my birthday too, he decided to surprise me with a trip to the Romanian seaside for our first glamping experience. He booked a two-night stay at Nomadia Glamping Retreat in Tuzla, a small off-the-grid resort. We’ve been thinking of trying glamping for a few years now, although not in Romania, to be honest. The concept wasn’t too popular here until the pandemic hit, so I was surprised when so many people asked me about the location and how the whole experience was. I guess now more and more people are looking to go off-the-grid or travel while still practicing social distancing.
Since it was all a birthday surprise, I had no idea where we were going. And it was probably for the better. As much as I wanted to experience glamping, I would’ve probably said “no,” since being pregnant didn’t exactly go hand in hand with camping, as glamorous as it might’ve been. Even my husband, who planned the whole thing, was a little skeptical, but we ended up spending three fantastic days at Nomadia Glamping Resort, much to our surprise.
It was one of the best vacations we ever took and most likely the last one in two for a while now. We were able to disconnect from our devices and find the relaxation we needed before jumping head-first into the exciting but challenging parenting experience.
Situated in a remote location in Tuzla where even your phone signal is almost non-existent, not to mention the internet, is Nomadia Glamping Retreat, at the end of a bumpy road. Everywhere you look, you see untouched vegetation, the virgin beach, and the sea.
The resort has a central yurt where guests can hang out, read a book, charge their phones, or relax. The entire resort is pretty eco-friendly and uses sunlight as an energy source. There are six smaller yurts that guests can choose from, each surrounded by vegetation, so guests cannot see the other yurts from their own. Ours had two small decks, one in the front, and one in the back, overlooking the sea, making our mornings extra special.
Inside, there was a cozy bed and colorful, vintage decorations, all in a boho-chic style that told the story of the place. There was no electricity in the smaller yurts, but the few battery lights and candles were more than enough and contributed to the relaxed atmosphere. We had brought our laptops with us, but we were happy to never take them out of our bags for the whole stay.
The toilets and showers were separate from the yurts, which was a bit inconvenient at first, but they were cleaner than the ones in some hotels we’ve seen. Plus, nothing tops that view you get to marvel at while washing your face in the morning.
Since we arrived in the afternoon and it was pretty hot inside the yurt, we went out to explore the surroundings. We were hungry, so our first stop was at the small seafood restaurant nearby, a family-owned business, without a fixed menu, where they serve what they picked from the sea that morning. Everything is fresh, cooked without any fancy ingredients, but so incredibly tasty. I had the catch of the day with polenta and garlic, and Andrei had whelks and grilled veggies. The food was so good that we came back for dinner too.
Come evening, we were worried we would get bored with nothing to do after sunset, no electricity or internet to binge-watch something on Netflix. So funny to see how dependent on technology we think we are, right?
We ended up spending hours walking on the wild beach and talking, and then joined the hosts and a few of their friends who were playing the guitar and singing back at the resort. When we went back to our yurt, it was already late, so we quickly fell asleep to the sound of the waves and the sea nearby.
We weren’t lucky as the nights were foggy, and the lighthouse on the beach kept signaling any possible ships at sea, making an annoying sound every two to three minutes. Apparently, it doesn’t happen too often, but it did both nights we were there. Other than that, the bed was super cozy, and we had blankets to keep us warm overnight, although we didn’t need them, as the temperature was just right.
The next day started with a good coffee and a delicious breakfast the hosts prepared after asking us what we would like to eat. We had omelet and avocado toast, but also lots of fruit and veggies. They were so hospitable and kept asking if there was anything I wasn’t allowed to eat or that I craved since I was pregnant.
We grabbed a second cup of coffee and enjoyed it on the deck near our yurt, where it was just us, the wild vegetation around, and the sea.
As it was time to check out, we left with such a positive vibe, our batteries recharged, and our minds unclogged from all the stress of daily life. It felt so good to be disconnected even if for a short while, and not hear the phone notifications buzzing or worrying about what the time was.
We’re planning to come back to the region and Nomadia Glamping Retreat, but next time, most likely, in three.
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