The glamping trend is booming worldwide as more people are embracing a five-star approach to luxury camping.
Now a Sydney mumpreneur is taking the phenomenon to children’s parties in a bid to lure kids back to the outdoors.
Former nanny Bek Sammut started Buone Notti Glamping after noticing more children were having indoor parties.
“It’s always bowling, movies, indoors sleepovers or art parties,” she said.
“So why not have children outside camping in their own backyard?”
Buone Notti means ‘good nights’ in Italian and with 20 years’ experience as a nanny Bek understands the health benefits of time spent in nature.
She also draws on her own childhood experiences of camping.
“I remember very clearly going to Dubbo zoo and camping in Coonabarabran with my parents and three younger brothers.
“I want my children and other children to enjoy things like that.”
“It’s especially important in the age of devices,” Bek adds.
“I’d much rather my children outdoors than sitting inside on an iPad.”
An Australian Child Health Poll by The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne found most children across all age groups are exceeding the current national recommended guidelines for screen time.
Paediatrician Dr. Anthea Rhodes, the Director of Poll, said one of the most significant concerns is the impact it has on sleep.
“Almost half of Australian children regularly use screen-based devices at bedtime,”
“Of those, one in four children reported associated sleep problems,” said Dr Rhodes.
Outdoor play also improves wellbeing and Bek’s desire to spend more time with her own children motivated her to combine glamping with baking speciality cakes.
“I got into cake making 10 years ago and did a few cake decorating courses and thought, why not make it a whole party package!”
Buone Notti also offers cupcake decorating, a passion inspired by Bek’s mother, who passed away with cancer several years ago.
“My mum was a very good mum," says Bek.
“I lost her when I was 30 years old and I always wanted to be a good mum to my children and be there for them all the time.”
Running a small business has its challenges but for Buone Notti there’s the added unpredictability of mother nature.
“Parents do ring and say they’re worried about the weather and I really try and reassure them the kids will be safe and dry in in the rain, the same as sunshine,” Bek said.
Buone Notti Glamping provides tents that are 100 % waterproof and windproof up to 120 kph.
Self-inflating latex mattresses are used during colder months to retain body warmth, while extra blankets are provided in warmer months during cooler nights.
With summer approaching, demand is growing and Bek claims teenagers and adults are also getting into glamping.
“It’s mainly children but I recently did a 25th and hen’s party,” said Bek.
With the business still in the start-up stage, Bek remains focused on getting the small details rights.
“I’m hoping to still be doing this in 10 years and it would be nice to grow a bit and maybe franchise.
“But for now, I’m just happy doing what I’m doing and seeing kids happy.”