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The best tree house hotels from around the world

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 · Written by

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The Best Tree House Hotels Around the World

There’s something quite magical about spending the night high up off the ground among the birds and trees, and we’re huge fans of tree house hotels that use sustainable materials and eco-friendly designs to build something that blends in with the surrounding nature.

Of course, eco-friendly doesn’t have to mean spartan, and most of the best tree house hotels around the world combine sustainability with luxury in order to create truly unique forest hideaways.  Alternatively if this is out of your price range you could  arrange for a landscaper to scope a project for your own tree house.

 

What’s the history of tree houses?

Although tree houses were first popularized by stories such as Swiss Family Robinson and Peter Pan, in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific tree houses have been used to avoid flooding and predators for thousands of years.

In the 1700s, Captain James Cook wrote about an encounter he had with treetop dwellers in Tasmania, and to this day, the people of the Korowai tribe in the Indonesian province of Papua live in traditional tree houses that are sometimes built as high as 45 metres off the ground.

The first recorded use of tree houses for relaxation purposes was during the Roman era, when the emperor Caligula used a large tree house to host his riotous banquets. Simple tree houses were also used as meditation rooms by monks in the middle ages.

By the 1800s, tree houses had become hugely popular among wealthy families in England who built them as playhouses for their children, and even Winston Churchill had a tree house built twenty feet off the ground in a lime tree behind his home.

The best tree house hotels

These days, tree houses are no longer just for children, and finding the perfect treehouse hotel to stay in, whether it’s on a breezy tropical beach or tucked away in a lush pine forest, has become increasingly popular among today’s travellers.

Of course, any list that lines up the best tree house hotels is bound to be a bit subjective, but in our view, the best treehouse hotel should be sustainable, have excellent online ratings, an ideal location, and blend well with its natural surroundings.

One treehouse hotel that truly excels in all these areas is Free Spirit Spheres located deep in the rainforest of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Aside from perfect online ratings, the retreat is focused on responsible stewardship of nature and aims to create products and ways of living that are sustainable and well-adapted to life on earth.

Each tree house was handcrafted by visionary, nature lover and inventor Tom Chudleigh, who first had the idea to create spherical tree houses in the early 90s. His goal is to showcase the majesty and value of the west coast rainforest and provide his visitors with a unique and luxurious nature experience.

Why not build your own treehouse hotel?

If you’re a tree hugger at heart and have always dreamed of having a little tree top hideaway to call your own, why not branch out and build a tree house in your own backyard? The experienced tradies in our hipages network can help you design and build the tree house hideout you’ve always dreamed of, so get in touch today to discuss your idea and request a quote.

1. Chateaux Dans Les Arbres, France

Address: Domaine de Puybeton, 24440 Nojals et Clottes, France

Star rating: 5

Average cost per night: ‎AUD $338

Short description:

Chateaux Dans Les Arbres is a five-star treehouse hotel tucked away in France’s picturesque Perigord region. Surrounded by green meadows and a lush forest, the five luxury treehouses are designed to look like miniature castles, and each one is equipped with its own hot tub, mini-bar and other luxurious amenities.

Website: http://www.chateaux-dans-les-arbres.com/

2. Sanya Nanshan Treehouse Resort, China

Address: Hainan Island, next to Sanya Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Theme Park

Star rating: 4

Average cost per night: AUD $135

Short description:

The Sanya Nanshan Treehouse Resort provides simple no-frills accommodation on the tropical Chinese Island of Hainan. Its quirky-looking treehouses sleep anywhere from two to 20 people and are nestled in a group of tamarind trees next to the sea, providing spectacular views of the South China Sea as well as access to a secluded beach.

Website: http://www.treehousesofhawaii.com/nanshan.html

3. Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse, Australia

Address: Wollemi National Park, Wollemi NSW 2330, Australia

Star rating: 3.5

Average cost per night: AUD $750

Short description:

The Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse is located on 600 acres of private wilderness in the stunning Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. The retreat caters specifically to couples, and with its snug open plan lounge, cosy fireplace and amazing views of the surrounding nature, it’s the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway.

Link to hotel website: http://lovecabins.com.au/Tree-House.aspx

4. Treehouse Point, USA

Address: 6922 Preston-Fall City Rd SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $425

Short description:

Treehouse Point is a nature retreat and private event centre located in the dense forests of Snoqualmie Valley just 30 minutes outside Seattle. Each of the six cosy treehouse cottages was custom-built by a local architect, and their placement along the Raging River means you can hear the water rushing past as you gaze out over the treetops.

Website: http://www.treehousepoint.com/

5. Chole Mjini Lodge, Tanzania

Address: P.O Box 20, Mafia Island, Tanzania

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $472

Short description:

Chole Mjini is an eco-lodge located on tropical Mafia Island just off the coast of Tanzania. It consists of seven open-plan treehouses with clear views of the dazzling Indian Ocean. The lodge is off the grid, though, so be prepared to take a break from your electronics and do some snorkelling, diving and exploring instead.

Link to hotel website: http://www.cholemjini.com/index-2.html

6. Kanopi House, Jamaica

Address: Blue Lagoon, San San, Port Antonio, Jamaica

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $675

Short description:

Kanopi House is an eco-retreat nestled in a private nature zone near the charming Jamaican seaside town of Port Antonio. The stylish wooden treehouses are designed to be as eco-friendly as possible, and everything from the furnishings to the artwork has been locally sourced and handmade from renewable materials in traditional island style.

Link to hotel website: http://www.kanopihouse.com/

7. Tree House Hideaway, India

Address: Umaria-Badhavgarh Road, Village Tala, Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh 484661, India

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $526

Short description:

The TreeHouse Hideaway is a luxury forest retreat located within the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve where you can spot magnificent Bengal tigers and other animals such as leopards, deer and Indian bison. The elegant treehouses are fully equipped with air conditioning and minibars, and their positioning means they also make excellent wildlife viewing spots.

Link to hotel website: http://www.treehousehideaway.com/

8. Tree House Lodge, Limon, Costa Rica

Address: Punta Uva beach, Limon Province, Costa Rica

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $405

Short description:

The Tree House Lodge is an eco-lodge located on a 10-acre ocean front property in Costa Rica’s beautiful Limon Province. The treehouse is built on tall stilts and uses the surrounding nature in its design, creating the perfect jungle hideaway complete with hand-carved sustainable wood furniture and colourful bird of paradise flowers.

Link to hotel website: http://www.costaricatreehouse.com/

9. Tsala Treetop Lodge, South Africa

Address: Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa

Star rating: 5

Average cost per night: AUD $877

Short description:

The Tsala Treetop Lodge is a one-of-a-kind nature lodge in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. The hotel is set amongst the treetops of a lush indigenous forest and is made up of a number of raised treehouse suites with spectacular views of the forest as well as private decks, infinity pools, and comforting fireplaces.

Website: http://tsala.hunterhotels.com/home/

10. Treehotel, Sweden

Address: Edeforsvägen 2A, 960 24 Harads, Sweden

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $945

Short description:

The Treehotel in Sweden is like no other hotel you’ve ever visited. Each of its seven tree rooms is suspended 4-6 metres off the ground in a tall pine forest overlooking the Lule River. With their modern yet quirky design, the treehouses almost look like something out of a futuristic Sci-fi flick, and you can choose to stay in a Mirrorcube, Bird’s Nest or even UFO.

Website: http://www.treehotel.se/en/

11. Bangkok Tree House, Thailand

Address: 60 Moo1 Soi Bua Phueng Pattana, Bang Namphueng, Phra Padaeng, Samut Prakarn, Greater Bangkok, Samut Prakan 10130, Thailand

Star rating: 4

Average cost per night: AUD $200

Short description:

Located just a few kilometres outside of town, the eco-friendly Bangkok Tree House is the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries after navigating the confusion of Bangkok’s busy downtown area. The hotel is only accessible by foot or boat, and its commitment to sustainability is evident in everything from the bamboo structures and renewable energy to the organic vegetables grown year-round.

Website: http://www.bangkoktreehouse.com/

12. Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, New Zealand

Address: Station Rd, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $958

Short description:

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses is a luxurious country retreat on the South Island of New Zealand. The 500-acre property is also a deer breeding farm and each of its five tree houses provide amazing views of the Kaikoura mountains and Pacific Ocean, as well as the herds of deer grazing peacefully below.

Website: http://www.hapukulodge.com/

13. La Piantata, Italy

Address: Strada Provinciale 113, 01010 Località La Piantata, Arlena di Castro VT, Italy

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $556

Short description:

La Piantata is a rustic farm and B&B located in the heart of Tuscany. Its two classically-designed treehouses provide spectacular views of an olive grove and 12 acres of lavender fields, and with everything from four-poster beds to a luxurious swimming pool, La Piantata is the perfect place to spend a weekend of reading, writing and enjoying nature.

Website: http://www.lapiantata.it/en/tree-houses/tree-house.html

14. Treehouse Cottages, Arkansas, USA

Address: 165 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Star rating: 5

Average cost per night: AUD $202

Short description:

Treehouse Cottages consists of eight romantic log cabins built 24 feet off the ground on stilts in the charming Eureka Springs area of Arkansas. Surrounded by a private forest, each treehouse is equipped with its own hot tub, kitchenette and private bathroom, as well as undisturbed forest views no matter which way you look.

Website: http://www.treehousecottages.com/

15. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver, Canada

Address: Quallicum Beach, (A Hotel), 420 Horne Lake Rd, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1Z7, Canada

Star rating: 5

Average cost per night: AUD $350

Short description:

Free Spirit Spheres is an innovative nature retreat located deep in the forest of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. Each treehouse is a quirky little orb suspended off the ground and surrounded by magnificent maple and cedar trees. Aside from enjoying the abundant nature, you can also choose from number of outdoorsy activities such as caving, sea kayaking and zip lining.

Website: http://freespiritspheres.com/

16. Kulturinsel Baumhaushotel, Germany

Kulturinsel Baumhausotel, Germany

Address: Einsiedel, Künstlerische Holzgestaltung Bergmann GmbH, Kulturinsel Einsiedel 1, 02829 Neißeaue, Germany

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $405

Short description:

The Kulturinsel Baumhaushotel is part of the German adventure park Kulturinsel Einsiedel, located in the lush forests of Upper Lusatia. The treehouse hotel offers families the opportunity to spend the night 10 metres off the ground in wacky-looking tree top houses, complete with rope bridges and ladders, underground tunnels and a story to accompany each one.

Website: http://www.kulturinsel.com/en/tree-house-hotel.html

17. Ariau Amazon Towers, Brazil

Address: Avenida Leonardo Malcher 699, Amazon Rain Forest, State of Amazonas 69010-170, Brazil

Star rating: 4

Average cost per night: AUD $189

Short description:

The Ariau Amazon Towers is a huge treetop hotel complex located in the Amazon Rainforest right on the banks of the Negro River. The hotel’s towers, built at canopy level, are connected by four miles of elevated wooden walkways, allowing visitors to stroll through the rainforest and observe the many species of birds and other wildlife up close.

Website: http://www.ariau.tur.br/

18. Chewton Glen, UK

Address: Christchurch Rd, New Milton BH25 6QS, UK

Star rating: 4.5

Average cost per night: AUD $2348

Short description:

Chewton Glen is a luxury hotel in the picturesque Hampshire countryside. Its elevated treehouse suites provide gorgeous forest views and are equipped with their own private hot tubs on the terrace. Aside from the plentiful walking and biking trails, guests can also enjoy a croquet lawn, golf course, tennis court and outdoor pool as well as a shooting and archery range.

Website: http://www.chewtonglen.com/stay-over/treehouses/

19. Skyhouse Retreat, Australia

Address: 22 Adams Rd, Denmark WA 6333, Australia

Star rating: 5

Average cost per night: AUD $200

Short description:

The Skyhouse Retreat is a uniquely-designed treehouse tucked away in the forest canopy on Weedon Hill in Western Australia. The treehouse sleeps up to four people, has its own fully stocked kitchen and is located just a short walk from Ocean Beach where you can do some canoeing and boating or just enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Website: http://www.skyhouseretreat.com.au/

20. Playa Viva Treehouse, Mexico

Address: Carretera Zihuatanejo, Juluchuca, 40834 Playa Icacos Juluchuca, Gro., Mexico

Star rating: 5

Average cost per night: AUD $675

Short description:

Playa Viva is a boutique hotel located along the western coast of Mexico. The newly constructed treehouse sits up among the palm trees and provides an unobstructed view of the glistening Pacific Ocean below. It’s entirely solar powered and made from sustainable materials such as bamboo and carved stone, which allows it to blend into its natural surroundings.

Website: http://www.playaviva.com/rooms/class/treehouse.htm

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