Collective Retreats Yellowstone
What We Love
- A luxury glamping getaway in Montana's Big Sky Country, with breakfast and nightly s'moresHaving an elegant glamping experience in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
- Fueling up for a day of Big Sky Country adventure with a complimentary breakfast
- Attending a campfire each evening, with gourmet s’mores included
- Getting access to the Moonlight Basin Club, including its lake, hiking trails, pool and hot tub
Five-star luxury hits the mountains at Collective Retreats Yellowstone. This glamping escape lies in the shadows of the same peaks as America’s oldest national park, on a remote stretch of Montana wilderness, and offers a level of elegance and grandeur on par with some of the top hotels in the world. Part of this owes to the majestic scenery, in the community of Moonlight Basin, within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Everything feels bigger here, whether it’s the nine-miles-away ski resort, which is indeed America’s largest, or the wide-open skies – hence the nickname “Big Sky Country.”
Of course, there are other rural getaways in the Treasure State, and few have done with their setting what this one has: namely, complement it with a gourmet daily breakfast, events like evening campfires with s’mores and services like personal-concierge assistance on arranging outdoor activities. There’s also the Moonlight Basin Club, to which you’ll get access and which features hiking and biking trails, a tavern, a pool, a hot tub and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. As for the rest, your beautifully designed tent comes with a plush king bed, as well as an outdoor deck, to feel like a true home away from home – your very own corner of the big sky.
Good to know
While Yellowstone National Park is about an hour away by car, this property is part of the 20-million-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem region in the Rocky Mountains.
Your tent has been carefully designed and appointed to the same luxury standard as the rest of this sprawling glamping getaway. It’s outfitted with a private, en-suite bathroom and features a plush king bed, wood-burning stove, coffee, tea, snacks and an outdoor deck.
Each day begins with a complimentary gourmet breakfast and continues on with lunch from the property’s own chef. Dinner brings farm-to-table fare, and a complimentary tasting; the after-dinner hours, s’mores at the nightly campfire. Thanks to your access to the Moonlight Basin Club, you’ll be able to dine at the Moonlight Tavern or Clubhouse restaurants, as well as Collective Retreats’ dining tent (or beside your own tent, at breakfast).Please note that while breakfast is complimentary, lunch and dinner are available for purchase.
This is essential Big Sky Country. You’re nine miles away from the town of Big Sky, America’s biggest ski resort, but it could hardly feel more secluded and remote here at Collective Retreats, which is part of the 20-million-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. With your access to Moonlight Basin Club, you’ll have lots of opportunities to enjoy these outdoors, including lakes and mountains, whether via hiking, mountain biking or fly fishing. There are also a pool, fitness center and hot tub in the Club, if you need a rest from all the rugged adventuring.
How to Get There
We stayed at the end of August/beginning of September. The property is beautiful, staff was attentive-ish, definitely a fan of glamping overall. We did the fly fishing tour and horseback riding and had the best time. It’s quiet, tents are adequately spaced apart, and on most nights you can see several planets and the Milky Way.
There are a couple opportunities for improvement considering the $600/night price tag. I travel quite extensively. All over the country for work, usually 2-3 weeks/month. I’m also out of the country at least 3 times per year. I’m pretty laid back, and have stayed in hostels up to 5 star hotels. Needless to say the customer service was subpar, which would be fine if it was $350/night.
Few things of note:
-No signage for checkin area. Although we text to let them know when we were to arrive, no one was there to greet us, and we found ourselves wandering around aimlessly until some one finally came for us. Easy fix, put up more signs.
-Checkin process left a lot to be desired. We were told about the amenities at Moonlight Basin but only in passing, when I asked for more information I was told to go down to the lodge for more information. There should be a book with available activities for both there and Uley’s lake in all tents.
-Also, we were not given a tour, just shown to our tent and how to use bear spray. During our stay we saw other guests getting tours upon arrival. We figured the place out for ourselves but wondered about the inconsistency.
-Turn down service was sporadic. Our second night there it dropped to 28 degrees, and we returned to our tent to no fire or space heater, which we were expecting since it was done for us the previous night. Another couple said their tent ran out of fire wood in the middle of the night, and called for more. They waited for almost an hour before some one showed up while contemplating burning books and furniture to keep warm.
-Farm to table dinner was delicious and enjoyed chatting with the chef, who is awesome. It was shared space with other families using the grill for the bbq boxes as it was raining, with kids and adults running back and forth, some times bumping into our chairs on the way. It would have been more enjoyable if it was separate spaces, again considering the price per plate.
-On the second day it rained all day, and although we much appreciated our tent and shower area being cleaned, whoever performed the cleaning tracked mud all over the bathroom and into our tent and did not clean that up.
-Yes, the water does smell like sulfur, and it feels like it leaves a film on your skin. I wasn’t too bothered by that. Was happy to have hot water considering I don’t always have it when camping.
We thought is was just us, but we met two other couples there who had the same experience. They seemed to have it worse than we did, noting poor communication and lackluster customer service.
There were several other little things that left us kind of like, “really?”. Especially for the price and the clientele they seem to be targeting with their marketing strategy.
We would stay again after trying a few other glamping companies first for comparison. Maybe they are all like this?
My husband and I were part of a Natural Habitat Wildlife Safari and the last two nights were spent at Collective Yellowstone. Natural Habitat had rented the entire site for our group of 14 travelers and 3 guides. Although our diverse group included 4 vegetarians and one vegan, everyone's dietary needs were met. I loved gathering in the main tent for meals and conversation. .The chef and her staff made amazing meals in the small kitchen in an adjacent tent. At night we would go by the pond and make S'mores sitting by a blazing fire.
The nights were cold, and "Turndown Service" included turning on the electric blankets and space heater as well as starting a fire in the wood burning stove. Staff was friendly, efficient and so helpful.
All tents are good and you can't see other tents from yours, The only issue would be distance walked to the main tent and parking lot. So, if walking is difficult, request one of the tents closer to the entrance.
Our experience at Collective Yellowstone was a unique adventure and we highly recommend it for anyone who would like to camp but isn't into 'roughing it!'
Collective Yellowstone far exceeded my expectations. I found myself suddenly solo the day before I arrived and was second-guessing whether or not to go alone. It was the best decision I ever made. The "tent", the staff (THANK YOU EDDY, STEPHEN, JOSH, BRETT, CODY), the meals (THANK YOU WILLIAM), the location - all made for a truly life-changing experience. The well-appointed tent was luxurious, had it not been for the beautiful surroundings, I may not have left it. The staff was over-the-top accommodating, helpful, and friendly (they're like my family now). I appreciated the many thoughtful touches, lighting my fire and warming my tent before I retired for the evening, and knowing how I liked my coffee. The breakfasts and boxed lunches were fantastic as were the BBQ dinner boxes but the Farm-to-Table meals were exquisite! William took great pride in his offerings and it really showed. Fine dining in the shadow of picturesque Lone Peak with the occasional moose traipsing through - it was like being on the set of a movie.
I highly recommend Collective to relax, unwind, recharge and get pampered!
I cannot wait to visit my "family" in Hill Country and certainly can't wait to return to Big Sky.