N o matter how old you get, spending the night high up in the trees is a thrilling prospect. New research from Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has found that unique accommodations are one of the biggest travel trends of 2019 with almost 1 in 5 (19%) of Canadian travellers planning to book a stay in an alternative accommodation this year. Whether your idea of a treehouse involves a plush candlelit jacuzzi or a hammock and a mosquito net, you’ll find this list more than enough to satisfy those childhood fantasies. These enchanting retreats, often hidden from sight, provide a serenity that’s hard to match. Relive your youth floating above the forest in one of these treehouse properties.
TREE HOTEL – HARADS, SWEDEN
Treehotel dwellings bridge the divide between architecture, comfort and whimsy. Seek refuge in the camouflaged haven of the Bird’s Nest, the Cabin or UFO. These ecofriendly and stylish abodes are surrounded by nature, but also provide you with a sauna, hot tub and swimming pool at your disposal.
TREEHOUSE LODGE – IQUITOS, PERU
Treehouse Lodge sits pretty in Peru’s spellbinding corner of the Amazon. Offering an authentic treehouse stay, this lodge has a real Peter Pan feel to it. Think swaying wooden bridges and decking built in circle platforms around tree trunks with softly-glowing light bulbs twinkling through the jungle canopy.
TSALA TREETOP LODGE – HARKERVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA
If the picture-postcard views of Garden Route National Park haven’t left your jaw floored yet, the private paradise of Tsala Treetop Lodges will do the trick. Watching the South African sun set over your own infinity pool in this sumptuous and surreal setting is not to be taken lightly.
LEOPARD HILLS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - SABI SAND GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
Sitting above the South African bushveld, this impressive property looks out to the horizon with wild animals roaming in the foreground. Stargazing here is truly something else.
THE TREE HOUSE RESORT – CHANDWAJI, INDIA
This lavish oasis hidden high among the trees boasts stillness and tranquility deep in the exotic forests of Syari Valley. Delve into India’s mystical appeal and enjoy stellar views of the Aravalli Range from your window, with no other sound save the lullaby of crickets and cicadas.
FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP – CHIANG RAI, THAILAND
Dip into a pool by the banks of the river, then lounge on your own private terrace while sipping a cocktail. Though Four Seasons Tented Camp talks of its ‘tents’, this is not a tent as you know it. Mahogany four poster beds and open-air bathtubs look out onto dreamlike vistas of clay-coloured, whirlpool-filled rivers, tropical jungle and misty mountains. This is as indulgent a treehouse experience as you can find.
HUILO HUILO NOTHOFAGUS HOTEL & SPA - PUERTO FUY, CHILE
Tucked away in the Huilo Huilo bioreserve and partially hidden by forest, this hotel is a sky-high sanctuary. A towering wooden structure built around an ancient oak tree, there is an illuminated waterfall that cascades from the first level to the seventh level.
TREE HOUSE LODGE - PUERTO VIEJO, COSTA RICA
Head to Costa Rica for a genuine jungle treehouse experience. The air-conditioned bungalows of Tree House Lodge are cradled in canopy citadels with a soundtrack of quetzal calls. Pick your hammock and peek through the fronds to the crystal sea.
CHOLE MJINI - CHOLE, TANZANIA
In the Mafia Island Marine Park in Tanzania, you’ll find a secluded slice of heaven; Chole Mjini. Climb up into your thatched tree hut and drink in sublime views of the white sands and turquoise The beach is only a 1-minute walk from your secret jungle hideaway. waters of the Indian Ocean.
Jason Stacey is the Managing Editor for Luxury Listed and forever on the lookout for a story worth reading.