East Buncombe County near Black Mountain (North Carolina) is slated to host a new glamping site, “Bel Air Asheville,” pending a review by the Board of Adjustments on December 13, according to county planning documents.
The project, proposed by Miami-based Bel Air Resorts Group, aims to introduce 89 commercial units on a 104-acre property, blending luxury with outdoor experience, a Citizen Times report highlighted.
The development will feature 65 units for various glamping accommodations, alongside eight on-site employee housing units, spas, a grocery store, a pickleball court, a petting zoo, a zen garden, an amphitheater, and a community garden.
This initiative reflects the increasing popularity of glamping in Western North Carolina, offering an alternative to traditional hotels or rustic camping.
Bel Air’s proposal emphasizes amenities like hiking trails, a farm with a community farm and garden, and other facilities, aiming to enhance the natural environment and tranquility of the rural area.
Unique to the site are Cloud Dome tents, a salt water pod, a steam pod, three massage pods, and a horse barn, adding to the luxury aspect of the development.
While pricing details are not specified in the planning documents, a reference to Bel Air’s Mont-Tremblant location in Canada suggests a range of $375 to $875 per night for Deluxe Domes. The land, currently owned by Chateaux Partners, LLC, is expected to be purchased by Bel Air Resorts Group before final approval and construction.
Approval depends on a special use permit from the county’s Board of Adjustment, a quasi-judicial body that reviews applications based on laws, evidence, and ordinance standards. As of November 24, no legal opposition has been filed against the development.
The Board of Adjustment, which bases its decisions on facts, sworn testimony, and laws, will meet at noon on December 13 at 200 College St. in the Board of Commissioners Chambers. This development represents a trend in the glamping industry towards luxury outdoor experiences, potentially setting a new standard and boosting the local economy. Bel Air Asheville is expected to serve as a model for sustainable and innovative outdoor hospitality ventures.