Looking for a way to branch out on your next vacation? Literally? Amazing tree-house hotels are cropping up all over the world, giving guests a chance to live out their Swiss Family Robinson fantasies in real life.
1. TreeHouse Point, Washington: The mecca of all tree houses is located right here in the States. You can shack up just 30 minutes outside Seattle in one of the six houses at TreeHouse Point, built by Peter Nelson, of Animal Planet’s hit show “Treehouse Masters.” It didn’t seem strange at all to our editors that the Fall City-based property specializes in elopement packages, with an on-staff officiant to legalize your vows. Your treetop getaway/honeymoon could feature luxurious bedding, iPod docks, private yoga, and massage services—with rates starting at $225 per night.
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2. Treehotel, Sweden: Attempting to blend into the environment both ecologically and aesthetically, Treehotel has five architecturally stunning rooms set among centuries-old pines. There are mirrors for walls in the MirrorCube room, while the aptly named Bird’s Nest room looks exactly like it sounds. Spend your days hiking the forest before retiring to the main lodge for meals and for the ultimate in Scandinavian relaxation: a 12-person tree sauna.
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3. Tsala Treetop Lodge, South Africa: The words jungle and glamour don’t typically go hand in hand, but the Tsala Treetop Lodge offers just that mix on South Africa’s famed Garden Route, near Plettenberg Bay. Starting at $190 per person per night, including breakfast, the 10 lofty suites and six villas blend eco and luxury. Personal wraparound decks look out over the ancient canopy of the Tsitsikamma Forest.
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4. Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Australia: For a culturally immersive vacation in the world’s oldest living rain forest head to Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, in North Queensland. On land that was originally home to the Kuku Yalanji people, the hotel incorporates Aboriginal traditions into the cuisine, activities, and spa treatments. A stay in its peaceful treetop “bayans” ensures that you’ll come away totally relaxed.
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5. Finca Bellavista, Costa Rica: If living in nature is starting to sound pretty good right about now, then why not join a jungle commune? Costa Rica’s rustic Finca Bellavista is a community of private tree houses, where the members live off the land and rent their residences for $100 night to curious travelers. To protect this piece of paradise and their way of life, you have to book a stay before you can find out the exact location. This isn’t a place for resort-like luxuries, but living in a society that prides itself on sustainability and serenity is an experience of a lifetime.
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6. Tree Sparrow, England: Perched in an ash tree, this one-room rental (available on Airbnb) overlooks Cornwall’s rolling green hills and Falmouth Bay. “There are no words to describe such an unusual experience,” says owner John Melville, who also built the leafy perch that goes for $130 a night. If the seclusion gets to be too much, the quaint fishing village of Porthallow is just a 10-minute walk away. Go for a swim or pop into the local pub, the Five Pilchards Inn.
7. Free Spirit Spheres, British Columbia: Suspended 10 to 15 feet above the Vancouver Island rain-forest floor, these are the only spherical tree houses in the world. From $155 a night, you’re gently rocked to sleep in cozy-but-comfortable accommodations. This is a grown-up adventure: children under 16 aren’t allowed.
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8. Aqua Nicaragua: Wellness is top of mind at this luxury eco-resort in Playa la Redonda, with healing spa services and free daily yoga classes on an ocean-view deck. There’s also an emphasis on the local environment: high-in-the-sky rooms are made from native hardwoods, and ingredients for the oceanfront restaurant are sourced nearby. Rooms start at $125 a night—howler monkey troops and exotic birds included.
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