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If you’re tired of cookie-cutter chains and have a good head for heights, go out on a limb and book a stay in a treehouse hotel for your next vacation. From futuristic treehouses in the pine forests of Sweden to colonial-style bowers perched amidst Tanzanian mahogany groves, the options are endless. No matter their differences in price or style, all treehouse hotels offer unique experiences that make them destinations in their own right. Here, we travel the globe in search of the best treehouse accommodation options for every kind of traveler - from honeymooning couples to backpackers on a budget.
Best Overall: Treehotel
Located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle near Harads village, Treehotel earns the top spot on our list for the ingenuity of its design. It comprises seven unique treehouse rooms suspended high in a forest of slender pine trees. The Mirrorcube is camouflaged by mirrored exterior walls and offers a minimalist birch interior, panoramic windows, and a rooftop terrace. The Bird’s Nest appears to be made from hundreds of twigs and sticks. And The UFO is a composite metal spaceship big enough for a family of five.
All rooms come with free Wi-Fi. Some have their own showers and others have access to a nearby shower building. The Treehotel Guesthouse is the hotel’s beating heart — a place to swap stories at the bar or in the relaxation area, or to detox for a while in the sauna. At the restaurant, Treehotel’s world-class chef provides a taste of the north with locally picked berries and wild game. When you're not holed up in your treehouse, activities range from dog sled tours to moose and bear safaris.
Best for Luxury: Post Ranch Inn
Five-star Post Ranch Inn perches 1,200 feet above the ocean on the cliffs of Big Sur. It offers 39 rooms including a series of breathtakingly beautiful timber-and-glass treehouses, which stand nine feet above the forest floor on sturdy stilts. Each one is a triangular sanctuary. Light the wood-burning fireplace and curl up on the window seat with a good book, watch the stars through the skylight at night, or use the binoculars to look for wildlife from the private deck.
All rooms come with a complimentary mini-bar and free Wi-Fi. On the cliff top, two infinity spa pools blend seamlessly with the Pacific horizon, while the full-service spa offers a wide range of indulgent treatments. Free activities include guided nature hikes, daily yoga classes, and stargazing sessions. At the award-winning restaurant, Sierra Mar, discover a new menu every day and a wine cellar with over 14,000 bottles. A gourmet breakfast buffet is included in your room rate. Note: Guests must be 18 or older.
Best All-Inclusive: Treehouse Lodge
Eco-friendly Treehouse Lodge sits within a 345-acre jungle preserve deep in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. With no Wi-Fi or cell service, it offers a complete escape from civilization and is only accessible by boat. Eleven treehouse bungalows allow you to live at eye-level with the howler monkeys, sloths, and macaws that inhabit the jungle canopy. Each one has a thatched roof and open walls screened by white linen curtains. The largest sleeps five and the tallest is suspended 67 feet off the ground.
All treehouses are connected via wooden walkways to the main lodge, where the restaurant serves tasty Peruvian cuisine. You will spend much of your time away from base on amazing excursions, including sunrise boat trips to look for pink dolphins in the Amazon River, piraña fishing trips, medicinal plant walks, and nighttime caiman spotting adventures. Rates include pick-up and drop-off at Iquitos airport, three meals a day, bottled water and juice, an English-speaking guide, and all activities.
Best Boutique: andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is the only permanent lodge in Tanzania’s incredible Lake Manyara National Park. The adventure begins with a charter flight to the park’s airstrip, followed by a 3.5-hour game drive to the boutique lodge. On the way, keep an eye out for elephant, buffalo, and tree-climbing lions. There are just nine treehouse suites within a beautiful mahogany forest, each with romantic, colonial-style interiors, glassless windows, and a private deck complete with an outdoor shower. At the main lodge, local artworks compete for attention with elevated forest views.
Spend magical hours looking for exotic birds and animals on the treetop canopy walkway. The lodge also offers twice-daily game drives, night drives, bicycle safaris, and Maasai cultural visits while the WILDChild programme caters to younger guests. Kids’ activities include anything from animal tracking to making traditional bows and arrows. In the evening, watch the chefs preparing gourmet meals in the interactive kitchen before eating dinner beneath the stars in the atmospheric forest.
Best for Families: Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa
Located a short drive from England’s south coast and the free-roaming ponies of the New Forest, Chewton Glen is the perfect base for a traditional family vacation. Several of its luxury treehouse suites are designed with families in mind, including the Treehouse Loft Suite and The Yews. The former sleeps six with galleried bunk beds for the kids, while the latter has space for four adults and eight children and comes with its own private kitchen. Every comfort is provided, with under-floor heating, a wood burner in the deluxe living area, and an outdoor hot tub on the 35-foot-high deck.
On weekends and school holidays, the Children’s Club gives parents time to themselves by entertaining the kids with train sets, puzzles, story-time, and painting. They can enroll in a cooking class and have their own buffet supper between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. For adults, gourmet restaurant The Dining Room is a highlight featuring classic English cuisine made with ingredients from the kitchen garden.
Best for Romance: Tsala Treetop Lodge
Part of the ancient indigenous forest on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay, Tsala Treetop Lodge offers the last word in romance. Each of its 16 treetop suites and villas combines stone, wood, and glass to mesmerizing effect — but the real showstopper is the forest view through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Spend intimate moments by the sitting room fireplace or share a glass of champagne in the infinity pool on your private deck. The bathroom spoils with under-floor heating and a decadent soaking tub and in-room massages can be arranged.
Communal spaces include an Afro-baroque lounge with two fireplaces, an honesty bar, and a charming library. Order fine South African cuisine for a candle-lit dinner in the glass-walled restaurant, or reserve a table on the open-air dining deck for a romantic meal high above the forest floor. Breakfast is included in your room rate. If you can tear yourselves away from the lodge, nearby activities range from whale-watching to hiking and horse-riding.
Best for Nightlife: Keemala
Nestled amidst the rainforest on Thailand’s Phuket Island, Keemala is a tranquil oasis with a range of accommodation options including seven architecturally stunning, teardrop-shaped Tree Pool Houses. However, it’s also just 15 minutes’ drive from the world-famous nightlife of Patong Beach, giving potential partygoers the best of both worlds. Start your evening at the hotel’s scenic Mala Bar with its sunset views and signature cocktails. The Tree Pool Houses are inspired by the forest-dwelling We-Ha Clan and have two floors — a master bedroom and deck upstairs and a light-filled lounge and dining area downstairs.
The lower floor opens out onto a private pool with a suspended daybed, while amazing rainforest vistas flow through floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Elsewhere in the hotel, Mala Spa provides specialist holistic therapies (the perfect antidote to a late night in Patong). Poolside bar Cha-La serves sumptuous small plates and cocktails, while Mala Restaurant offers healthy versions of all menu items prepared with raw, macrobiotic and slow-cooked ingredients.
Best Canvas: The Birdhouse El Nido
Situated 100 meters from the beach near the town of El Nido on scenic Palawan Island, The Birdhouse El Nido combines two unique experiences — glamping and treehouse living. Accommodation takes the form of large, luxuriously appointed bell tents erected on elevated platforms that afford captivating views of the surrounding forest and the ocean beyond. Each “nest” features two single beds, a queen bed, a private bathroom, and an outdoor deck for relaxing moments amidst the canopy. Electrical outlets, lighting, and hot water are all solar-powered.
Intimate restaurant The Nesting Table offers simple yet delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu highlights ingredients from the local market and also offers a range of beverages from Vietnamese-style iced coffee to fruit cocktails. Sign up for one of the lodge’s island-hopping tours to discover the area’s spectacular secret beaches, caves, and coves. In the evening, meet your fellow travelers around the barbecue pit for cocoa and s’mores. Amenities also include a lending library with books and board games.
Best Hostel: The Treehouse
For backpackers with a keen sense of adventure, The Treehouse is a once-in-a-lifetime accommodation experience located deep in the rainforest on the slopes of Nicaragua’s Mombacho Volcano. Book a dorm bed, a private room, or a hammock on the jungle-view deck, or splash out on a private treehouse. Either way, you’ll have access to outdoor showers and eco-toilets, and can watch howler monkeys swinging through the trees from the 60-meter canopy bridge.
Although there are no self-catering facilities, family-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are served for rock-bottom prices. There’s also a full bar and regular themed parties including raucous Friday DJ nights. There’s more to The Treehouse than great nightlife, however. Sign up for free yoga or Spanish classes, or a walking tour of the local community. The hostel also offers cheap trips to secret swimming spots; shuttles leave at scheduled times from Granada and you’ll need to be fit enough to hike through the jungle to reach your final destination.