Pictured: Narina Lodge, Lion Sand Reserve – South Africa
So you love being at one with nature? You dig the idea of staying somewhere completely different to the usual square hotel rooms? You want to surprise someone special with a once in a lifetime trip? You relish releasing your inner child from time to time? We hear you!!
Did you know there were so many really impressive treehouses hotels to choose from? Literally in every part of the world. From rudimentary wooden cabins to bubble tree built in the middle of the forest or beautiful wooden logdes with infinity pool built in 700 years old baobabs from where you can admire herds of elephants, there is a treehouse for everyone’s taste!
A Treehouse hotel doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or unsophisticated, some of the accommodations come with air-con, coffee machines, outdoor showers and a yoga class every morning for a relaxing day at-one with nature. And because sometimes hotels just feel too hotel-ish and you just need to disconnect and detox away from all civilisation, here is our top treehouse hotel pick that will make your inner child back-flip with delight…
Bangkok Tree House – Bangkok, Thailand
Pictured: View With A Room, Bangkok Treehouse
Catch a boat to the idyllic car free island of Bang Krachao and you will discover the Bangkok Tree House. This 12-room eco-boutique inn is nestled amongst the wilderness; mangroves, palm trees, fruit orchards and bird song surround you. It’s one of the few green hotels by the river in bustling Bangkok. One of their green policies is to remove 1 kg of trash from the Chao Phraya River for every booking made with them.
The most famous room here is the ‘View With A Room’, an elevated platform in the treetops, with only a bed and a mosquito net to separate you from the elements. Ideal for the back-to-nature types! The hotel also offers treetop ‘nests’, which are bamboo cabins on stilts with a bathroom, bedroom and rooftop deck with sublime views over the lush landscape.
Bang Krachao is all about relaxing and getting back to nature. Unplugging is the order of the day. Spend your time exploring the island’s verdant trails by bike or by foot, enjoy a picnic in the wilderness, visit one of the island’s many 200 year old Buddhist temples and after dark make sure you keep an eye out for the island’s famous fireflies.
Elewana Tarangire Treetops – Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Charming Tarangire Treetops has some of the largest bedrooms of any lodge in East Africa, each with a luxurious en-suite bathroom and private balcony with sweeping views across the plains, perfect for spotting wildlife. Tanzania is incontestably one of the best destinations for safari so this is a great destination for your first safari experience. The weather is good pretty much all year. April and May are the only months where it might be especially humid and rainy but the rest of the time you should have a pretty good weather overall.
These wooden luxury en-suite apartments boast all of the modern finery you would expect to find. The whole resort is made from natural materials, and feature beautiful private balconies with traditional safari chairs that have been turned into rockers for an optimal relaxation whilst admiring the view. The lodge also features a restaurant and bar area, overlooking the plains beyond as well as an infinity swimming pool from where you can admire the herds of animals in the plain.
Spend your days relaxing by the infinity pool with its breathtaking views over the watering hole which often attracts local game such as waterbuck and Kudu. Try a walking safari or an evening game drive in the park or perhaps a tour of a local Masai village.
The Island Hideout – Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
The Island Hideout is a place to unwind and literally disconnect from the world. The ethos here is to really switch off and for this reason the lodges are without modern conveniences like electricity, TV or WiFi – yet sometimes you have to unplug to connect.
The resort boasts a small collection of eco-lodges, traditionally built in the Thai style utilising local materials and natural palm leaf roofs. They are luxuriously finished and all have sweeping views across the lush jungle and Phang Nga Bay beyond. Each lodge has a king-sized bed with drapes, an open-air bathroom nestled in the treetops, complete with cool-water tub and rain-shower, vanity sinks and WC, a host of complimentary organic handmade toiletries and cushioned sun loungers looking out over the panoramic views.
Outside the lodges you’ll find an irresistible infinity pool with views over the jungle. But the place won’t only nourish your soul. Nearby is an idyllic farm-to-table restaurant that serves delicious traditionally cooked Thai cuisine by candlelight and features the freshest seafood and produce from the region, traditional spices, sauces and fresh-baked bread. You’ll just want to feast on the entire menu.
Chaa Creek – San Ignacio, Belize
Chaa Creek is a magnificent eco-resort nestled within a verdant 400-acre nature reserve in western Belize that positively teems with wildlife; peccaries, jaguars and monkeys and let’s not forget the 308 recorded species of tropical birds including toucans and parrots. It’s probably one of the most luxurious Treehouse in this article and a real haven for nature lovers.
The luxuriously appointed Treetop Suites have sweeping panoramic view of the lush rainforest which you can appreciate from your private outdoor jacuzzi on the balcony. Some also have alfresco showers on the sundecks which make a perfect viewing platform for nighttime stargazing. Each Suite is individually designed and all have beautiful handcrafted furniture, soft linen and authentic Guatemalan fabrics and art.
Whether a honeymoon, couple’s romantic getaway or family vacation, the resort has it all and will be nothing short of magic. Spend your days relaxing at the freshwater pool or if you feel more adventurous then try your hand at canoeing the Macal River or a spot of hiking. After a day you might also enjoy relaxing at the Hilltop Spa, set above the Macal River with a panoramic view of the Maya Mountains and lush Caribbean Rainforest. An extraordinary, peaceful setting enhanced by the background music of tropical birds and gentle rustling of leaves.
Matangi Private Island Resort – Matangi Island, Fiji
This slice of paradise is popular with honeymooners and couples looking for a truly romantic escape in a secluded setting. Nestled amidst a lush 240-acre private island in Fiji, Matangi Private Island Resort’s split-level treehouses are popular with couples looking for privacy, luxury and romance. The place couldn’t be more romantic indeed and couples can even celebrate their wedding at the resort with an intimate beach ceremony and sand beneath their feet.
The resort features three level 850-square-foot treehouses right on the beachfront, surrounded by lush tropical foliage for extra privacy and that ‘get back in touch with nature’ vibe. The accommodations couldn’t be more comfortable. They even have the air-con which you’ll really appreciate as Fiji island can get pretty hot.
Spend your days on the veranda; catch some rays and read a book on your king size day bed then cool off in your al-fresco lava rock shower overlooking the crashing ocean waves. Nearby you can relax on powder white sand beaches, snorkel or scuba dive in pure turquoise seas or visit the serene on-site spa for a massage.
Acre Baja – San José del Cabo, Mexico
25 miles northeast of Cabo San Lucas you will discover a beautiful beachside adult only boutique hotel that manages to be both rustic and sophisticated. Nestled in amongst lush tropical foliage and secreted away down private pathways, lie each of the well appointed treehouses; plush king size beds with luxurious linens and a mosquito net, large sundecks, spacious closets, outdoor showers and even WiFi.
Wake up to the sweet sound of birdsong and sunlight dappling through the thatched walls; jump in the alfresco shower and head to a sunrise yoga class followed by a delicious two course breakfast served at their award winning restaurant (both included as complimentary perks).
Spend your days exploring all that Acre Baja has to offer; take a dip in the pool or sip on award-winning cocktails by the pool, explore the verdant gardens, play a game of badminton or bocce, make friends with the pet animals including goats, peacocks, roosters and even a donkey called Burrito! The hotel can also arrange excursions for you, such as surfing and scuba lessons, golf, whale-watching, and downtown San Jose del Cabo shopping.
KA BRU Beach- Itacaré, Brazil
This seductively hip boutique hotel is located at the entrance of the stunning Camamu Bay in Bahia. Choose the Forest Villa to really get away from it all; this elegant Treehouse is the epitome of ‘indoor outdoor living’, the large sundeck blends seamlessly into the relaxing living area and well appointed kitchenette. Outside the space really comes into its own with a private pool, ensuite open-air rainforest shower, a private pool and a yoga deck.
KA BRU Forest is a modern and luxurious one of-a-kind jungle-villa, inspired from a tree house loft so you can experience the comfort of your own home, but in the middle of the Atlantic Rainforest. All you can hear around is the birds sing, a rejuvenating experience. This architectural masterpiece lets you observe nature from within and is an unforgettable romantic hideaway.
Rising out of the jungle to face the sunset over the rainforest, KA BRU Forest is ethically crafted from 60-year-old demolition woods. Wake up to a deliciously healthy complimentary breakfast. KA BRU is in the perfect location for you to enjoy kayaking, hiking, surfing or just chilling on the beach if that’s more your style.
Arctic TreeHouse Hotel – Rovaniemi, Finland
Proving that treehouse hotels don’t have to be in the middle of a jungle, the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is just outside Rovaniemi deep in the Arctic Circle. Come here to view the aurora borealis from the luxury of your cosy bed facing huge windows plunging out onto the vista beyond.
Comfort is the order of the day at this property with its bathrooms with heated floors, rain showers, free Wi-Fi access and espresso machines. In contrast to the meticulously designed accommodation and nest-like cosiness, the panoramic views from the windows provide stunning spectacle of the forest and Northern Lights or Midnight Sun which can be admired from the comfort of your bed. A unique experience.
The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel restaurant, Rakas – which is Finnish for beloved, is exceptional and serves Lappish traditional culinary delights prepared using Arctic ingredients, such as reindeer meat, fresh lake fish, wild mushrooms and berries, or delicious Finnish pancakes. If you feel like living this cosy nest and brave the cold, you can unwind at the nearby Arctic Forest Spa or even treat your kids to the Santa Claus Secret Forest during the holiday season.
Lions Sands Game Reserve – Kruger National Park, South Africa
It may be hard to believe but the idea for these magical open air Treehouses first came about in 1933 by adventurer and explorer Guy Aubrey Chalkey, an American of Irish descent, who came to South Africa to explore opportunities as a mining engineer and managed the famous Kimberly Diamond Mines.
Now Lions Sands Reserve is still family owned and prides itself on its holistic approach to safariing. Right in the heart of the Kruger National Park these enchanting treehouses are all about pure escapism. With no electricity and certainly no WiFi your connection to the outside world (read:your on-site field guide) is via radio contact.
Lack of mod cons aside, this captivating reserve will enchant you with its line of lanterns leading the way to your inviting canopy bed, sat pride of place on a large deck high above the ground below. A perfect place for stargazing there is also a telescope on hand so you can take in the night sky once the sun has set. Fall asleep to the sound of the wilderness beyond knowing you may not ever have a sleep quite like this again…
The Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses – Kaikoura, New Zealand
Five sumptuous Treehouses are located on this beautiful deer-breeding farm on New Zealand’s South Island, 12 kilometres North of the renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura. Each of which sit high above the manuka groves and have views of the mountains and ocean beyond. Take in the breathtaking views from the spa bath, or cosy up with a book in the inviting seating nook complete with wood fire and deck.
The Lodge’s five Tree Houses are nested 10 meters or more above the ground in the canopy of a native Kanuka grove. There are three 1-bedroom Tree Houses, and two “Family” Tree Houses, designed with children in mind, which both have a master bedroom in the upper branches and a somewhat smaller bedroom in the lower branches. The accommodations are designed to complement the natural environment and are completely immersed in the surrounding nature.
Couples will enjoy a romantic and luxurious stay in the one-bedroom Treehouses. You’ll especially enjoy the deep soaking tubs and fireplaces. A mere 20-minute walk away is the famous surf beach Mangamaunu Bay, or visit the eco-marine town of Kaikoura for prime whale watching opportunities.
Chateaux Dans les Arbres – Dordogne, France
Indulge your inner Princess (or indeed Prince) by escaping to a castle in the trees. These enchanting Chateaux on stilts, or floating over their own moat, each have their own magical character and you can choose from either having a private Nordic pool or a Jacuzzi and your own wide sweeping terrace with views over the chestnut and oak trees beneath you.
Chateaux Dans Les Arbres offers six different stunning Treehouse accommodations. “Cabane Spa Puybeton” is a romantic secluded getaway featuring a Treehouse with hot tub and sauna for two persons. “Château Jumilhac” even have a sauna. The terrace of the Treehouses is ideal to unwind and enjoy the warm and sunny weather of Dordogne. You’ll find here modern commodities such as WiFi, iPod/iPhone™ docking station, flat screen LCD television and heating or air-con depending on the season.
Once you have had your fill playing King and Queen in your own private castle you may want to get out and explore your Kingdom. Chateaux Dans les Arbres is located in the heart of the Dordogne with medieval towns, vineyards, wine tasting, prehistoric caves and yes, even more castles, all on its doorstep. Or you could choose to laze by the swimming pool and watch the sunset over the glorious vista…
TreeHouse Point – Issaquah, Washington, USA
A magical Tree House retreat designed by a ‘world renowned tree house builder, this rustic yet stylish B&B boasts luxurious design touches including cedar beds with soft cotton sheets, Aztec rugs, lanterns, leather chairs and private balconies. Best of all each bears a hippy name such as ‘Temple of the Blue Moon’ or ‘Trillium’.
This ode to nature is designed for you to completely unplug and relax; the focus here is on spending your days hiking through the forest, doing a spot of yoga down by the lake, relaxing with Tai Chi amongst the trees or enjoying an unwinding massage with their resident therapist.
Looking for a wedding like no other in a remote place? ThreeHouse Point has it covered and gives you the exclusive use of their entire four-acre, “fairytale” forest, for up to 22 hours. The fairytale forest brims with towering trees and lush greenery, enveloped by the ambient sound of the river and witnessed by a collection of world-renowned treehouses. A wedding here couldn’t be more magical, and you can celebrate with your loved ones as the wedding package includes overnight lodging for up to 18 people.
Sanya Nanshan Treehouse – Hainan Island, China
This traditional treehouse has an added benefit – it’s right on the beach! Yes that’s right, be gently lulled to sleep at night by the sound of the ocean waves. Your multilevel private balconies look out over the canopy of tamarind trees and the soft white powder sands beyond. It’s a complete immersion in nature you’ll have here. Imagine falling asleep soothed by the sound of the waves and bells around.
The rustic accommodations are nested high in very old Tamarian Trees, accessible by a rope-and-plank suspension bridge. The largest of the treehouses can accommodate up to 20 people on three levels. Before you go, it’s good to know that the treehouse have electricity, however you will have to walk 35 feet for a hot shower.
The resort is located along miles of pristine coastline so you can spend your days relaxing at the beach. Another thing to do is to explore the 5,000 acres of preserved 19th century Buddhist temples and pagodas right on your doorstep. The resort is also not far from a huge stature of the “goddess of mercy”, ‘Guanyin’, which itself totally worth the trip here.
TreeCasa Resort – San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
This enchanting resort offers canopy suites or the opportunity of staying in its large two-story Casa Arbol treehouse. Spacious enough for up to four guests, you will have your own living area, kitchenette, a wraparound terrace and an eco bathroom with full bath and an outdoor shower.
Upstairs you’ll find a luxurious master bedroom with a romantic two-person outdoor shower and a balcony with sweeping views over the 450 acre resort. Best of all this treehouse comes with all the mod cons you could desire; air conditioning, Wi-Fi, coffee machine and laundry service. The rooms couldn’t be more secluded as there are only 36 of them spread out on 10 acres. The resort also features an incredible dual-level swimming pool with water slide and waterfall leap! This might be our fav’ Treehouse resort of all.
Spend your days doing a few sun salutations on the yoga deck with expansive views over the Pacific ocean, surf some of the world’s best waves, forage for superfoods in the organic garden, join in on a farm-to-table cooking class, mountain bike through the stunning landscape or ride off into the sunset on your horse exploring nearby butterfly alleys.
Canopy Tree Houses – Tarzali, Queensland, Australia
Choose from one of six luxuriously appointed timber and glass treehouses which are all totally and completely private. All come with stunning panoramic views over 100 acres of rainforest canopy and the flowing Ithaca River below. Relax on the hammock on your own secluded sundeck and rustle up some food on your BBQ.
Need a break from everything? This award-winning eco-friendly accommodation will give you a true sense of home and comfort in the nature. The three bedroom master built Bower House is ideal for families or a group of friends and sits on a ridge backing onto the rainforest and looking out over the rolling countryside. The Riverfront house is smaller with two bedrooms and is located right on the banks of the river and completely surrounded by rainforest.
Days spent here are best spent exploring the incredible rainforest on your doorstep; the land surrounding the resort produces four times the amount of fruit as the areas around it, which attracts incredibly rare wildlife like the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroos and Green Possums. Don’t be surprised if one wanders across your terrace on a foraging mission!