Whether you’re looking for a place to commune with nature, or are simply looking for accommodations a little more interesting than your average hotel suite, these treehouse hotel, located in scenic forests around the world, are sure to please. For your next getaway, consider these seven innovative spots.
ARIAU AMAZON TOWERS HOTEL
Take in a view of the Rio Negro and Amazon Forest from atop the trees. This hotel consists of a catwalk that’s 70-feet off the ground, and you can stay in canopy-level private tree houses and “Tarzan suites,” where you’ll probably get the most out of this far-flung destination. Just don’t be surprised if you see a macaw, sloth, or monkey passing by your room.
The sleek Scandinavian designs of Treehotel are a far cry from the rickety treehouse your dad cobbled together. The environmentally conscious, yet modern, accommodations include the option of the angular, reflective Mirrorcube, as well as the UFO, a –you guessed it—flying-saucer shaped bungalow, and the Blue Cone, a more traditional-looking wooden structure that can only be accessed via bridge from a nearby mountain.
BANGKOK TREE HOUSE
If you’re not ready to get up close and personal with nature, this is probably not the right escape for you. Inspired by Thoreau’s Walden Pond, Bangkok Tree House puts you smack dab in the middle of the great outdoors, which means you may have to contend with insects, be okay with an open, shared bathroom, or forgo electricity. The types of rooms include the Room with a View, a wall-less perch 23 feet in the air, and the River Nest, which is literally a bed that floats on the pond (its availability depends on the tide).
OUT ‘N’ ABOUT
It took this “treesort” eight years to get permission to let the public stay in their treehouses–previously only friends of the owners, or “Tree Musketeers,” could take advantage of the sky-high accommodations near Oregon’s Siskiyou National Forest. Other nearby activities include zip-lining, river rafting, and horseback riding. Best of all, you don’t need to leave the states.
COSTA RICA TREE HOUSE LODGE
Costa Rica, costaricatreehouse.com
Here’s a beach vacation you’ll never forget: This Costa Rica complex is nestled on a 10-acre ocean front property on the stunning South Caribbean coast. Without sacrificing luxury, the split-level treehouses are made completely from sustainable wood, and the shared bathroom was built around a 100-year-old tree.
NOTHOFAGUS HOTEL & SPA
While most treehouse hotels consist of individual bungalows, the Nothofagus Hotel features one building and 55 rooms, which boast views of the surrounding forest and Andes mountains. Not to mention, guests have access to the spa, where they can take a dip in baths made out of tree trunks.
FREE SPIRIT SPHERES
Vancouver Island, freespiritspheres.com
Giant, spheres suspended from trees serve as rooms at this Canadian destination. They’re supposed to mimic the nature around them (picture enormous nuts…no, the other kind) and will gently sway when you’re inside.