- Treehouses are platforms or buildings built into a tree.
- Tree houses are an option for building eco-friendly houses in remote forest areas.
- In some parts of the tropics, houses are elevated to keep inhabitants safe from predators and pests.
It is a common dream among children to be able to stay in a treehouse. Some are lucky enough to have one built in their backyard, but for most, the dream rarely becomes a reality. However, in recent years there has been a rise in treehouse accommodation and people are now able to make their childhood dreams come true. These unique tree-cabins can be found all around the world; here is a list of 10 you can actually stay in:
10. Montana Treehouse Retreat, the United States
Located just outside of Whitefish, Montana, the U.S.A, the Montana Treehouse Retreat is the perfect winter getaway. The property is just a 25-minute drive from the west entrance of the snow-topped Glacier National Park and 12 minutes from Whitefish Mountain Resort, where you can participate in winter sports during the cold months. The treehouse boasts seven acres of land and is equipped with everything you could need, including fully plumbed bathrooms, heat, and air conditioning. The interior and exterior of the property features both locally sourced and reclaimed materials to provide it with a cozy and rustic Montana feel.
9. Treehotel, Sweden
Sweden’s Treehotel is treehouses with a twist. Situated in Harads, near the Lule river, the Treehotel is a collection of seven houses named after their shape, including the UFO, the Dragonfly, the Bird’s Nest, and the Mirrorcube. Although the exteriors are unusual, the interiors follow a similar minimalist theme with a focus on being eco-friendly. The most recent addition is the 7th Room, it is the largest and highest of the treehouses - it has a rope platform and large windows that give the best views of the Northern Lights. There are a number of facilities onsite, including a bar, a restaurant, and a sauna.
8. The Glenshee Treehouses, Scotland
On the precipice of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park sits two luxurious treehouses. Featuring open-plan interiors complete with kitchens, dining spaces, and super-king size beds, the cabins are both stylish and comfortable. The cabins boast floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the rugged landscape and the glass pyramid roof light in the bedrooms offer fantastic stargazing opportunities. The treehouses are only 30 minutes from the Glenshee Ski Slopes and are in close proximity to endless walking routes.
7. Châteaux dans les arbres, France
The Châteaux dans les arbres, or castle in the trees, is a group of treehouses in Bergerac, France. The treehouses are modeled on Dordogne Châteaux and have excellent views of rolling countryside. The interiors of the cabins are tastefully decorated and contain rustic touches to give a shabby-chic feel. Châteaux dans les arbres have a number of facilities, including room service, Wi-Fi, and a spa and swimming pool back on solid ground.
6. Japamala Resort, Malaysia
Located on the tiny island of Tioman, the Japamala Resort treehouses offer both tranquility and romance. The tree-top cabins are joined together by walkways that offer 360° views of the jungle and the South China Sea. Each chalet has been built with the environment in mind, the timber was reclaimed from local areas and all of the wooden fixtures were created by the resort’s own craftsmen. Inside, the cabins are spacious, serene, and equipped with air conditioning - a welcome respite from the midday heat of the resort’s private beach.
5. Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Pacuare Lodge is located deep in the rainforest beside the Pacuare River in Eastern Costa Rica. The new Jaguar Villa back-to-nature treehouse is both environmentally friendly and deluxe; it comprises elegant teak furniture, spacious rooms, and a spring-fed swimming pool. Each accommodation option at the Pacuare complex was built with minimal impact on its surroundings; no trees were chopped down as the wood used to build them was sourced from local reforestation projects. A number of activities can be undertaken while staying here, including white-water rafting, canyoning, and hiking.
4. Treehouse at Casa Barthel, Italy
Situated in the grounds of a stunning Tuscan villa, the Treehouse at Casa Barthel is breathtaking. Huge windows allow for uncompromised views of the rolling countryside, and the tasteful interior encourages a blissful stay. The accommodation sleeps two in a double bed, which is ideal for honeymooners or those away on a romantic break. There is a fully plumbed bathroom, made complete with an oversized rain shower and a mini-kitchen, which is just the right size to make a morning coffee. Enjoy it on the quaint balcony as the sun rises.
3. Dreamy Tropical Treehouse, Hawaii
Set upon stilts in the canopy of the forests of the Big Island, Hawaii, is the Dreamy Tropical Treehouse. The cabin is accessed via a trapdoor, after climbing up a 15-foot-high ladder. Immediately, you enter the bedroom, which is flooded with natural light from the huge windows and sliding doors. Next to the bedroom is the bathroom, which features a shower that is fed by rainwater and a toilet that is fed by greywater from the hand basin. Sustainability is at the heart of the treehouse, but it does not compromise on comfort. The large double bed is a dream after a long day adventuring around the island.
2. Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses, New Zealand
Hapuka Lodge has five treehouses that are perched 32 feet into the canopy of a native Kanuka grove. The houses are designed to blend into the natural environment; they feature décor of natural tones and large windows that give unobstructed views of Kaikoura’s mountain landscape and glimmers of the Indian Ocean in the distance. The bathrooms evoke pure tranquillity thanks to the deep soaking bathtubs that look out onto manicured olive groves. Activities at Hapuku include mountain biking, surfing, and dolphin and whale watching.
1. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
This unique treehouse accommodation is set among the coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The spherical treehouses are suspended from the treetops by a network of ropes and each pod is made out of a range of materials, some are fiberglass, while others are wood-based. Inside, the décor is functional, simple, and elegant. Compostable toilets and drink making facilities are included in each pod. But Luna, the newest addition to the Spheres, includes a lounge-style sitting area. From the treehouses, you can reach Qualicum Beach, Lighthouse Country, and Comox Valley, so there is plenty to explore.