If you’re looking to book a summer vacation that’s a little bit different, consider staying in a treehouse: it’s more unique than a resort or hotel, it’s not quite as close to nature as camping, and it will give you an unforgettable experience.
Treehouses are the ultimate “glamping” experience. From the vineyards of Italy to the jungles of Bali, here are 10 of the most magical treehouses that will make you never want to stay in a hotel again.
1.) MirrorCube Tree House
Location: Harads, Sweden
Price: Varies seasonally, but starts at $500/night
Where to book: http://www.treehotel.se
Sweden’s Tree Hotel is located in Harads, a remote village boasting a population of approximately 600 people. Set in the middle of a pine forest, the hotel is comprised of a series of treehouses, all between 13-20 feet above the ground. All rooms offer spectacular views of the Lule River and are accessible by ramp, bridge, or electric stairs.
Each room is unique: the UFO looks like a stereotypical UFO, The Birdsnest resembles a straw encrusted nest, and the Dragonfly, The Blue Cone, and The MirrorCube are just unique.
The MirrorCube is one of the more spectacular rooms. Similar to NYC’s Freedom Tower, it has mirrored walls that reflect nature around. The inside features a double bed, bathroom, lounge, and even a rooftop with panoramic views of the forest. Keep in mind though, this is “glamping” not camping: the resort is just a five-minute walk from the treehouse and has a bar, restaurant, and even a spa.
2.) Kingston Treehouse Hotel
Location: Mpumalanga province, South Africa
Price: Rooms start at $450
Where to book: https://www.lionsands.com
If you’re an animal lover looking for the ultimate safari experience, consider visiting Lion Sands Game Reserve in South Africa. Located in the Mpumalanga province, the reserve in an hour’s flight from Capetown or a 2-hour flight fromJohannesburg.
The Reserve offers a variety of safari packages including game drives, walking safaris and a visit to the hippo pools, but the most unique experience is the ability to spend a night beneath the stars (safely above ground in a treehouse), where you can listen to the animals as they come out at night. Expect to hear hippos honking, lions roaring and screeching, leopards sawing, hyenas cackling, and so much more.
The Game Reserve offers three treehouse options, but our favorite is the Kingston Treehouse. Located in the middle of the African Bush, you’ll have to traverse a series of white boulders and cross a small drawbridge to get there. The treehouse features a full bathroom and shower and is perfect for a honeymoon retreat or those just looking to fully disconnect and get in touch with nature.
3.) Treehouse Point
Location: Issaquah, WA
Price: $290–$390 per night, depending on the treehouse
Where to book: TreehousePoint.com
Located approximately 30 minutes outside of Seattle, Treehouse Point is a bed and breakfast comprised of a series of six different treehouses set in the forest along the Raging River. All treehouses have a rural feel, and each has its own unique vibe.
The largest treehouse, Upper Pond, is perfect for families. It has a double bed and two twin bunks. However, it’s restricted to older children as guests under the age of 13 are not allowed on the property, nor are dogs.
Treehouse Point is perfect for nature lovers, but it should be noted that this is less “glamping” and more “camping”: there are no spas and no private bathrooms. You’ll need to share facilities, of which three full-size bathrooms are available.
4.) Canopy Blue
Location: Blue Ridge, GA
Price: From $210 per night
Where to book: VRBO.com
Canopy Blue is a McMansion of a treehouse located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Georgia. With 750 square feet, this private residence sleeps up to 6 and is perfect for families or groups.
The main floor features a bedroom with a queen-sized bed, entrance to the patio, closet, and a large window seat overlooking the forest. Also on the main floor is a bathroom and shower, a living area with sofa and bunk beds, and a flat-screen TV. Lastly, there’s a modern kitchen, including a microwave, electric burners, refrigerator, and coffee bar.
The second-floor loft has a swinging bed plus a small seating area (with a flat-screen TV). But the best part of this mega treehouse? A 1,200 square-foot deck and a six-person hot tub with panoramic views of the forest. Oh, and a firepit and grill, so you can grill burgers and enjoy smores over the firepit for dessert.
5.) Romantic Treehouse in Wine Country
Location: Petaluma, CA
Price: From $208 per night
Where to book: GlampingHub.com
If you’re planning a trip to California’s wine country, why not consider staying in a treehouse? This rustic and romantic treehouse is located in Petaluma, California, in the heart of Sonoma’s wine country. It’s adults-only and is catered to more “fit” adults, as it’s a bit of a trek to get up.
Guests must climb three levels of stairs to get to the heart of the treehouse, meandering up through the ancient tree trunks to a wide deck overlooking the countryside.
The treehouse is comprised of two floors, with a living room downstairs and a queen bed in the upstairs loft. The space is incredibly charming. Tree trunks jut through the deck, with one jutting through the main floor of the house, and windows line all sides, some madeof stained glass.
There is a chemical bathroom located within the tree house, and a full bathroom located nearby in the property’s barn. Each morning breakfast is served in the main house and guests are invited to join.
After a long day of wine tasting, there’s no better place to enjoy a glass of wine than on the deck of this romantic retreat.
6.) Eagle’s View Suite
Location: Pudasjärvi, Finland
Price: Rooms start at $360 and change seasonally
Where to book: http://hotelli-isosyote.fi
Located on the southern border of Finnish Lapland overlooking Syöte National Park, The Iso Syote Hotel offers a variety of pretty amazing suites, among them Eagles View Suite.
Named because of it’s spectacular “eagle eye view”, this remarkable luxury treehouse features floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass roof. Set against a backdrop of wilderness, you can lie in bed and enjoy unobstructed views of the northern lights.
The treehouse boasts two floors: the main floor holds a living room and fireplace, as well as a luxury bathroom with private sauna. A tree grows in the middle of the suite and up through the second floor, where the bed is nested in the tree’s branches. Also on this floor is a relaxing jacuzzi: enjoy a glass of wine in the tub and take in the surroundings around you.
7.) La Sultana Oualidia
Location: Oualidia, Morocco
Price: $600 – $800, depending on the season
Where to book: www.lasultanahotels.com/oualidia
La Sultana Oualidia is located in the quaint Moroccan village of Oualidia, situated on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, located 2.5 hours from Marrakech and 2 hours from Casablanca by car. Famous for its flocks of pink flamingos and oyster beds, it’s the perfect escape for those looking for a romantic R&R.
Though small, the resort offers a private beach, pool, 5 jacuzzis, spa, gym, bars, and so much more. With just 12 rooms and suites, each has its own unique flavor, including a private terrace and jacuzzi. One suite stands apart from the rest: The Treehouse. With panoramic views of the lagoon, this suite is nestled above ground in the trees, offering a round bed and full modern bathroom.
8.) Tsala Treetop Lodge
Location: Tsala, South Africa
Price: Suites start at $315
Where to book: http://tsala.hunterhotels.com/
Situated between the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, Tsala is a beautiful South African town along the Garden Route, just as ideal for those seeking relaxation as those seeking adventure.
The Tsala Treetop Lodge is a unique treehouse hotel compound of 16 luxury treehouses built of stone, wood, and glass offering panoramic views of the Tsitsikamma Forest. There are 10 private suites, and 6 two-bedroom villas, all built above the canopy of the trees, offering lux accommodation complete with indoor and outdoor showers fireplaces, and even private infinity pools. 24-hour room service is available for those wishing to dine ensuite, and a tree-top restaurant is available for those wanting to venture out.
9.) La Piantata, Italy
Location: Arlena di Castro, Italy
Price: $460 for one night, with discounts given for additional nights
Where to book: http://www.lapiantata.it/en/
La Piantata is an 18th-century farm located halfway between Rome and Tuscany. A working farm, it produces organic lavender honey, extra virgin olive oil and lavender beauty products. In addition to its main farmhouse, Las Piantata operates a bed and breakfast, three separate villas, and the self-titled “biggest treehouse in Europe.” In fact, it boasts two treehouses, both suspended 26 feet above the ground.
The larger of the two – Black Cabin – offersa king bed, full bathroom with crystal shower, a small refrigerator, and a large terrace with panoramic views of the farm’s olive groves, lavender hills, Mount Cimini, and The Tarquinia Sea. For stargazers, you’ll be excited to find a telescope on the balcony.
10.) Magical Treehouse
Location: Ubud, Bali
Price: Starts at $160
Where to book: https://www.airbnb.com.sg/rooms/792724?af=1430245&c=direct_link
Ubud, Bali is a magical place in itself and there are a plethora of amazing hotels, resorts, and villas to choose from. However, none are as unique or as Magical Treehouse, a two-level, two-bedroom house that literally has a tree growing in the middle. Located on the edge of the jungle, it features an outdoor bath and private pool; not many places allow you to enjoy a shower while gazing out over gardens and rice paddies. Bonus feature? The downstairs bathroom opens into a waterfall curtain, where you walk directly through and then jump into your private pool.
The treehouse hotel is remote, but not so remote that you’re totally off the grid and can’t enjoy a night in town if you like. The treehouse is just one mile from Ubud’s city center.
11.) Exotic Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano
Location: Volcano, Hawaii, United States
Price: Rooms start at $295
Where to book: https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p209810
The location is just outside the gates to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in a forest of giant tree ferns and towering trees. This is the same forest that you enter through the main gates of the park. Altitude is about 4000 feet. Temperatures are cool in the evenings, and damp days can also be chilly.
Your explorations of the area will take you quickly to warmer and drier areas. Often there is a fine mist, called pineapple rain. One of the more fun ways to get warm (other than in the cedar hot tub) is to drive into the park and stand next to a steam vent. Volcanoes National Park has an array of extraordinary sights and adventures, including flowing lava, petroglyphs, guided tours, hiking across volcanic craters and through lava tubes, a road to the sea, and a visitor center and gallery.
It is built of sustainable bamboo and recycled lumber and windows from Oahu. Power is from the sun and wind, and back up by a generator. Water is the rain that falls from the sky, that is captured onsite and stored in a catchment tank, then filtered.
12.) Into the Woods
Location: Whippingham, England
Price: Rooms starting at $500
Where to book: http://www.isleofwighttreehouse.com/
A beautiful hand built, larch clad Treehouse, exciting and stylish, comprising a living house and a sleeping house, joined together by decking, up in the trees, in the heart of nature.
The Treehouse is divided into 2 separate pods – the living pod and the sleeping pod and joined by smart decking. The living pod comprises one lovely timber clad room with kitchen area, dining table and benches, and sofa. It is heated with a cozy log burning stove. French doors lead out onto a sunny decking area for eating and relaxing.
They purposefully did not installed TV’s. They are hoping it enhance your stay, and encourage conversation. However, the owners included free Wifi. Books, puzzles and games are all provided.
13.) Topo’s Treehouse
Location: Limón, Costa Rica
Price: Rooms starting at $260
Where to book: http://topotreehouse.com/
A unique experience, living in a giant rubber tree, nestled in its branches, with nature all around you. Fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle and wake up in luxury. Topo’s Tree House has 2 decks, with an extra 3rd little deck to enjoy your morning coffee or an evening cocktail while looking out into the jungle tree tops and flora. You might even share a moment with a passing sloth!
The large tropical gardens have been landscaped for years but retain their natural attraction. They have been nourished to be the home for different species of birds, poison dart frogs, inviting sloths monkeys and butterflies. The tropical gardens are a home to much of the local wildlife.
14.) Watamu Treehouse
Location: Watamu, Kenya
Price: Rooms starting at $395
Where to book: http://www.treehouse.co.ke/
Watamu Treehouse is situated on one of the most picturesque stretches of Watamu beach. It is ideally located opposite the Coral Gardens of the Marine Park. There are no large hotels nearby, only private residences. Built high in the trees, its unique architecture affords a 360 degree panorama of the Indian Ocean coastline on one side and native forest on the other.
Whether you prefer to take the house on a self-catering or full-board basis, you will be well taken care of by the friendly, professional and experienced cook and domestic staff.
The house has no windows – just frames around vistas of nature in all its glory. You share the forest with the birds, insects, small mammals, reptiles and primates. The forest boasts many indigenous trees common to the coastal strip, including beautiful baobabs and many examples of the remarkable bamba-kofi.
15.) Eco Bio Agriturismo La Bella Vite
Where: Carpeneto, Italy
Price: Rooms starting at $278
Where to book: http://labellavite.it/
The rooms with vineyards just off the tiny village of Carpeneto, amidst the Alto Monferrato hills. Staying at La Bella Vite -fully surrounded by the vineyards of the tied in organic winery Rocco di Carpeneto- will let you experience a fine immersion in a mostly untouched countryside, exploiting a true harmony with nature and seasons.
Enjoy true relaxation and self-indulgence in the swimming pool and wellness area; choose between the many walking, jogging and running paths, take a horse ride a bike on and off roads; discover the Alto Monferrato castles, the roman ruins and the famous spa and the other old-history villages in the surroundings.
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