Tree houses have come a long way since dad cobbed one up in the backyard. Let us help you bring back those childhood memories and stay amongst the canopies as an adult.
For the adventurous travellers looking to go out on a limb (literally), we have a treehouse that is suitable for you.
Whether it is in the density of a steamy jungle or perched between swaying palms on a secluded island, it’s time to break free from the traditional, embrace your inner child and experience some unique accommodation.
1-Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada
Framed by tall trees of the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada, this is a tree house for adults.
These hand-crafted spheres hang like pendants from a web of rope. They are truly unique. They provide a habitat for the un-tamed spirit that exists in us all.
2-Green Magic Nature Resort, Kerala, India
Green Magic Nature Resort is a unique resort with tree houses located through the pristine and verdant tropical rainforest of Kerala.
A totally dedicated ecolodge, these ethnic houses are built in trees but offer only basic facilities.
Access to your treehouse (25m off the ground) is by an indigenous cane lift which is operated by a counter weight of water.
3-Suspended Camping, Pfronten, Germany
Suspended Camping sits at the top of a mountain summit. Guests can spend the night hanging off the tree tops, suspended over a cliff face or within a hand-built igloo.
In the warmer months, you can sleep in your very own porter-ledge, hanging several metres above the ground from the limbs of trees.
The hanging tent has a fabric-covered platform supported by a metal frame. It’s suspended from a secure single point.
At Waldseilgarten, the tents hang from thick branches of free-standing trees. The only way up or down is by using a rope.
4-Kolarbyn Eco Lodge, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden
Although not actually in a tree, I still count this place as a tree house. Advertising itself as ‘Sweden’s most primitive hotel’, Kolarbyn is two hours from Stockholm.
These grass-clad forest huts are set deep in the forest. You can spend your days taking moose safaris or wolf howling trips.
A troll family adventure is even on the cards as well as forest hiking and fairy tales by the fire.
5-Sanya Nanshan Tree House, Hainan Island, China
Built into a stand of tamarind trees, the ‘Big Beach in the Sky’ tree house sleeps six in this rustic accommodation steps away from the blue waters of the South China Sea.
Facilities here are basic and although there is intermittent electricity, you will need to walk 50m to reach a hot shower.
6-Tree House Lodge, Limon, Costa Rica
The highlight of this beachfront property within the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast is a sustainably built tree house made from fallen trees.
It has solar heating, two bedrooms and a kitchen. The shower is built around the crooks and roots of a massive 100-year-old Sangrillo tree.
7-La Cabane en L’Air, France
La Cabane en L’Air is a group of nearly 200 tree houses spread across France, from Provence to Normandy, and reaching as high as 22m off the ground.
They all vary in shape, size and style with the lakeside Paradiso tree house in Orne offering a terrace for sunbathing.
8-Tree Houses, Harads, Sweden
Treehotel in Sweden offers five incredibly unique rooms, all built among the tall pine forest. The Capsule is a container-like pod suspended in the trees.
The Mirrocube is exactly that – a mirror clad cube that hides among the foliage and reflects its surroundings.
The Bird’s Nest is a gigantic nest-like blob complete with a retractable ladder. The Blue Cone (which is actually red – go figure) and is the most traditional looking of the rooms.
The UFO is anything but – another pod-like structure also with a retractable ladder. Add fog, which is common, and the UFO looks like it will take off at any time.
9-Tropical Tree House, Rincon, Puerto Rico
Leave your passport behind but don’t forget you sense of adventure for a stay at Tropical Tree House in Rincon. Three tree houses dot the tropical forest.
This is an oasis of tranquillity near the western Atlantic coast. Completely open to the elements, the bamboo structures have no walls.
Privacy is provided by the branches and leaves of the surrounding forest. The tree houses are totally self-sufficient, with solar hot water, shower, kitchenette, flush toilet and queen size bed.
These tree houses offer a wealth of Island ambiance and tropical environment, with stunning sunsets adding to the experience.