It’s that time of year again when daydreaming turns into buying airline tickets. But, instead of booking the same island resort or Balinese villa, why not take flight and aim for something a little higher? Literally. Tree house hotels are a thing, and they’re growing increasingly popular with holiday goers and sustainability enthusiasts. From the jungles of Costa Rica to the African tundra or the forests of Massachusetts, tree houses are popping up everywhere.
No need to go out on a limb (see what we did there?!) for this one, we’ve found 11 of the best tree house hotels around the world.
Where: Lìmon, Costa Rica
Set in the lush tropical jungles of Costa Rica, Tree House Lodge is built almost entirely out of bamboo. The lodge has several types of accommodation all within two steps of white sandy beaches. You’ll be sipping cocktails to the sound of howling monkeys in no time.
Where: Harads, Sweden
We’ve already mentioned the Instagram worthiness of these Swedish tree houses, but we had to include them again. From mirror houses to cabins and UFO’s (we’re serious), the six suspended homes of Tree Hotel offer a truly unique experience in the woods.
Where: Plettenberg, South Africa
Set amongst the trees of an African forest, Tsala Treetop Lodge is nothing short of luxurious. The resort holds treetop suites and villas constructed out of stone, wood, and glass. Be sure to sit by the stone fireplace and sip on a glass of wine from the local region, whilst enjoying the breathtaking views.
La Cabane en L’air literally translates to “the house in the air”. These beautifully designed eco-huts are spread throughout France as a sustainable initiative for eco-friendly holidays. Each tree house is unique and built according to the type of tree it’s on. Customizable and good for the environment? Oui oui!
Where: Big Sur, California
Set along the cliffs of California, Post Ranch Inn is Big Sur’s best-kept secret for eco-luxury escapes. The panoramic views offer breathtaking scenery of the coastline, whilst the tree top houses offer all the luxury commodities you would expect.
Where: Amazon, Brazil
As one of the largest tree house hotels in the world, this eco-friendly complex is a must-visit. It’s nestled deep within the Amazon rainforest and the four hotel towers are linked together by a wooden catwalk. Expect to hear, smell and see the wonders of the jungle.
Where: Kerala, India
The Tranquil Resort is set on a coffee plantation in Kerala, India. The tree houses are built on stilts and the branches themselves are intertwined in the decoration of the rooms. Tranquility is a keyword at the resort, with Ayurvedic massages on offer.
Where: Bali, Indonesia
All the villas in Green Village were designed and built entirely out of bamboo, showcasing the incredible versatility of this local, renewable resource. Located along the Ayung River, most of the homes are available for rent by their respective owners.
Where: Kaikoura, New Zealand
Nested 30ft above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove Hapuka Lodge is beautifully designed and family-friendly. The mountain and view seating areas are perfect for a romantic evening overlooking the beautiful scenery of Kaikoura.
Where: Lennox, Massachusetts
Luxury meets nature at this former Aviary-turned-treehouse marvel. The colonial American-style home is elegantly decorated and features a two story suite with a private terrace. What’s not to love?
Where: Port Douglas, Australia
The eco-luxury lodge is the perfect haven to relax and recharge. Silky Oaks Lodge boasts four deluxe tree houses along with their normal lodge suites. In addition, the rooms have chic, tropical-inspired interiors, perfect for a weekend getaway.