Are you looking for adventurous accommodations to go along with an adventurous itinerary for your next escape? Obviously, there are some pretty amazing places to stay when you strike out into the more remote areas of the planet, but we have four unusual lodging choices located in some very unique places. These options stretch from mountainsides to treetops to the very bottom of the ocean itself. And in most cases, these places are eco-friendly, are made from exotic materials, and offer views that simply can't be beaten.
Getting there can often be half the adventure, but we promise it will be well worth the effort.
A Luxe Treehouse at Tongabezi in Zambezi
Set in the branches of a riverine ebony tree at Tongabezi in Zambia, this luxurious tree house overlooks the Zambezi River and is found just upstream from the spectacular Victoria Falls. It has a king-size bed with a canopied mosquito net, air conditioning, and space for private dining and lounging in the room itself. You can even enjoy the view from the claw-footed tub in the bathroom, too. Tongabezi is a luxury resort that prides itself on impeccable service, fine dining, and a romantic atmosphere that makes it popular with couples. The resort has a number of attractive treehouses and cottages overlooking the river.
Treehouses in Hawaii or the South China Sea
If you want to look down on the world, overnight in a treehouse. Through Treehouses of Hawaii, you can book a treehouse on the Hawaiian island of Maui, or you can choose the more exotic "Big Beach in the Sky" treehouse on the island of Hainan in the South China Sea.
Stay in this treehouse – made of exotic woods – and you can even slide down a sand dune into the sea, located just a few hundred yards away from a statue of Guanyin – the Buddha Goddess of Compassion. This magnificent sculpture is actually eight meters taller than the Statue of Liberty and makes for an imposing sight, to say the least.
Tariff for the treehouse, which holds four- to six people, includes entry to the Nashan Buddhist Culture Zone as well. You can get here via Hong Kong or China.
If you want a treehouse closer to the US, check out the choices Treehouses of Hawaii offers on Hana on Maui.
Scuba Dive to Jules' Undersea Lodge off the Coast of Florida
Your overnight starts with a dive through a tropical mangrove habitat in Emerald Bay to reach the lodge, which is 21 feet below the ocean's surface off Key Largo, Florida. Jules' Undersea Lodge was originally an underground research laboratory that was located off Puerto Rico, but today it's an overnight guesthouse where visitors can view tropical angelfish, parrotfish, barracuda and other creatures on the watery side of the windows. The Jules' Undersea Lodge has two bedrooms, hot showers, and a shared communal area. Dinner and breakfast are brought to you by staff and an umbilical cable delivers fresh air, water, power and communications from a control center, which is manned 24/7.
CMH's Bugaboo Lodge in the Canadian Rockies
In the winter, a helicopter brings you to the Bugaboo Lodge, set in a mile-high valley surrounded by the snow-covered Canadian Rockies peaks.
After a day of being ferried to mountainsides by helicopter then picked up again after a powder run, you can soak in the rooftop hot tub and watch the stars overhead completely free from urban light. The lodge has 35 rooms in total, each with private baths, a chef who prepares both gourmet and down-home meals, a climbing wall (if you haven't had enough exercise), a sauna and a steam room. The lodge is open for heli-hikers in the summertime as well.
Canadian Mountain Holidays offers a variety of week-long heli-ski and heli-snowboarding weeks for advanced-intermediates to expert skiers and snowboarders. Most of the trips are to remote lodges in the Bugaboos, Cariboos, Monashees, Purcells and other mountain regions in British Columbia, just on the western side of the Continental Divide.