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Find Your Inner Child at These 21 Amazing Treehouse Hotels

What do treehouse hotels have that other hotels don’t have? Quite simply, it’s their uncanny ability to create a magical fairy tale-esque world that draws us in with private treehouse retreats. These unique accommodations can be found around the world and would make the characters of Avatar jealous with their incredible on-site luxuries, such as spa baths and furnished balconies.

1. Sanctuary Baines’ Camp – Botswana

Sanctuary Baines' Camp

One of the smallest safari camps in Africa, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp showcases the “magic” of Africa’s natural beauty and wildlife. Its treehouse accommodations are encircled by groves of native trees and overlook the Boro River where you can often see hippos grazing. The eco-friendly hotel offers a unique “walking with elephants” experience as well as seasonal boating excursions.

Stay in one of the six luxurious suites at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, which feature private timber viewing decks with open-air baths. You can have your four-poster bed wheeled out onto the deck or sleep beneath cooling safari ceiling fans. Don’t forget to indulge in the on-site breakfast or organise a private dinner by the pool.

2. Treehotel – Sweden

Treehotel

Escape to Northern Sweden and live among the trees at Treehotel, which offers seven unique treehouses perfect for immersing yourself in nature. The UFO treehouse will appeal to science fiction enthusiasts with its space ship design and four cosy beds, while the Blue Cone features native timber and wide valley vistas.

This treehouse hotel grants access to numerous outdoor adventures, from full-day hiking and white-water rafting to sea kayaking and bear spotting. There’s an on-site sauna as well as a restaurant serving seasonal fare sourced from the land. Did we mention there’s also a treehouse with mirrored walls and one that looks like a bird’s nest?

3. Arctic TreeHouse Hotel – Finland

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel

Want to see the Northern Lights? Catch a glimpse of this one-of-a-kind phenomenon from your bed at Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in Finland. Combining Lappish traditions with contemporary Scandinavian design, this hotel offers cosy treehouse accommodations with private saunas, hillside vistas and floor-to-ceiling windows. The ArcticScene Suite is particularly opulent with its king-size bed, separate living room, bath and yoga equipment.

Relax with a glass of wine by the roaring fireplace in the lobby bar and kick your day off right with a sumptuous buffet breakfast. Rakas Restaurant & Bar also serves local cuisine and can organise romantic candlelit dinners. Don’t forget about the “tailor-made experiences” at the hotel, from dog-sled and snowmobile tours to the pampering Arctic Forest Spa.

4. Tarangire Treetops – Tanzania

Tarangire Treetops

Tarangire Treetops captures the child-like imagination of treehouse accommodation in Africa, boasting a breathtaking main lodge nestled in a 1,000-year-old baobab tree. Local Maasai tribesmen welcome you inside, where you can stay in one of 20 treetop rooms, which offer views across the plains and feature bathrobes, private balconies, plush bedding and native timber.

While staying at Tarangire Treetops you can embark on a walking safari, join a nightly game drive safari or tour a nearby Maasai village. Tuck into a four-course bush-style dinner under the stars or enjoy sundowner cocktails from Sunset Hill.

5. Matangi Private Island Resort – Fiji

Matangi Private Island Resort

Occupying its own private Fijian island, Matangi Private Island Resort is a tropical oasis with secluded white-sand beaches, lush forests and friendly locals. The resort provides unbridled indulgence with its therapeutic spa treatments, traditional Fijian dining and fruity cocktails. You can also enjoy various water and land-based activities, from snorkelling coral reefs and Fijian dancing to waterfall treks and picnics at Horseshoe Bay.

Stay in the Treehouse Bure for a true treetop retreat with a large sun deck, outdoor lava rock shower, king-size daybed, outdoor Jacuzzi and sun loungers. It also boasts a four-poster king-size bed and a daily supply of fresh cookies, while the surrounding jungle foliage pairs perfectly with the panoramic ocean vistas.

6. Dominican Tree House Village – Dominican Republic

Dominican Tree House Village

Dominican Tree House Village completely transports you into a lush island forest environment with its thatched-roof houses nestled on the slopes of a forested mountain. Made of natural materials, these abodes feature private decks, swinging chairs, mosquito nets and ceiling fans.

Along with a buffet-style breakfast and dinner, Dominican Tree House Village offers bicycle rentals, complimentary tours of a local farm and walks to the seasonal Cascada Lulu waterfall. You can practice yoga in the on-site Yoga Dome, swim in the tree-enclosed pool or chat around the bonfire at night. It boasts a secluded location only 30 minutes’ drive from Arroyo Barril International Airport.

7. Playa Viva – Mexico

Playa Viva

Yoga lovers around the world flock to Playa Viva for a peaceful retreat with eco-friendly lodging, beachfront yoga sessions and community initiatives. The on-site masseuses offer rejuvenating spa services, including specialty body scrubs, while the hotel’s restaurant provides garden-to-table dining with organic vegetables and microgreens.

The Treehouse is the perfect haven for soaking up the coastal views, thanks to its surrounding palm trees and private balcony overlooking the beach. It also boasts a king-size bed, in-room hammock, cosy lounge area and an additional day bed in the “bathhouse”. Just under one hours’ drive from Zihuatanejo, Playa Viva offers easy access to the coastal cruises with Picante Catamaran.

8. Sunset at the Palms – Jamaica

Sunset at the Palms

Sunset at the Palms is an adults-only retreat with all-inclusive packages, because the only thing better than staying in a treehouse is not having to worry about money while you’re there. The resort celebrates Jamaican culture with sunset barbecues, themed entertainment and island cooking classes. You can also indulge in a massage at Ginger Lily Spa or enjoy outdoor adventures, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and snorkelling.

The Tree Top Deluxe rooms offer modern furnishings in treetop buildings surrounded by lush foliage. These spacious abodes include king-size beds, private porches, Asian-inspired decor and luxe bathrooms. Upgrade to the Tree Top Suite for multiple bedrooms in a private house surrounded by gardens.

9. Chaa Creek – Belize

Chaa Creek

The Tree Top Villas at Chaa Creek are refurbished and modern masterpieces with alfresco showers, private plunge pools and sundecks. These villas are perched in the treetops where you can often spot toucans and parrots, while the Macal River stretches out below. They also include full breakfasts and complimentary on-site activities, including horseback riding.

Chaa Creek offers a wealth of enjoyable on-site facilities, including an infinity swimming pool, the Chaa Creek Natural History Center, the Maya Organic Farm and a woodworking shop. You can also visit the horse stables, admire the Blue Morpho Butterfly Exhibit and delve into authentic jungle cuisine.

10. The Mohicans – Ohio, USA

The Mohicans

Stay in one of six uniquely designed treehouses at The Mohicans, including the Tin Shed Treehouse, which has a loft and a full bath or The Nest Treehouse with an outdoor shower. The Moonlight Treehouse is ideal for couples with its rocking bridge, country-style kitchen, private decks and upstairs loft.

Little Red is one of the most picturesque treehouses with its extension bridge, red exterior, native wood interior and charcoal grill. Adventurous travellers will enjoy the convenient access to the Tree Frog Canopy Tours, while nature lovers can ride horses along the Mohican Valley Trail.

11. Soneva Kiri – Thailand

Soneva Kiri

Soneva Kiri offers stunning clifftop accommodation overlooking a private bay, with views of a white sand beach and crystalline water. The 6 Bedroom Sunset Ocean View Pool Reserve not only has its own treehouse, but also boasts a sunken dining area, wraparound pool, water slide, gym, steam rooms and a games room. You’ll also find most of these amenities in the four and five-bedroom options.

The resort is a gateway to a variety of cultural experiences found on Koh Kood, from Thai cooking classes and tours through national parks to visiting a local fishing village. On-site dining is highlighted by traditional Thai cuisine in Benz’s and modern European dining overlooking the ocean at The View.

12. Lions Sands Game Reserve – South Africa

Lions Sands Game Reserve

Sleep among the sounds of nature in South Africa at Lions Sands Game Reserve, which offers multiple treehouses perched above the ground at a safe and comfortable distance from the animals. Chalkey Treehouse is crafted out of leadwood trees and has an outdoor four-poster bed with mosquito screens, while Kingston Treehouse overlooks the plains through glass walls.

Alternatively, stay in Tinyeleti Treehouse for views of the Sabie River and a rain shower. All guests receive a picnic dinner and breakfast, while both sunset and sunrise offer magical vistas from your deck.

13. TreeCasa Resort – Nicaragua

TreeCasa Resort

TreeCasa Resort is one of Nicaragua’s most unique resorts, offering luxurious lodgings in centuries-old trees. The resort’s garden provides many of the ingredients that make the fresh smoothies, delicious cocktails and local cuisine served at the on-site restaurant and bar. Boost your health and wellness with garden strolls, yoga and cooking classes or find adventure with mountain biking and surfing.

Casa Arbol is a magnificent two-storey treehouse suite with a large private balcony, outdoor showers, a king-size bed and air conditioning. You can save money by staying in a Canopy Suite, which comes with a spacious deck, hammocks and two twin beds.

14. Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center – Florida, USA

Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center

You’ll find one of the biggest ranges of treehouses at Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center, all of which have air conditioning, charcoal grills, picnic tables and hammocks. The Palmetto treehouse features a fully-equipped kitchen, separate bath and gas burning fireplace, while the budget-friendly Juniper includes a fire ring, bunk beds and pet amenities.

These treehouse accommodations grant easy access to the enthralling outdoor experiences at Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center, from canoeing and kayaking through Blackwater River State Forest to zip-lining across treetops. It’s also a 50-minute drive from Pensacola International Airport.

15. The Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses – New Zealand

The Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

The accommodation at The Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses combines the natural beauty of a tree house with the modern comforts of a luxury hotel room. The One Bedroom is ideal for couples, while the Two Bedroom accommodates up to four guests. Every treehouse has a fireplace, private balcony and Jacuzzi, along with views of Kaikoura’s dramatic mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The lodge provides opulent on-site facilities, including a sun-drenched pool overlooking grazing deer. You can indulge in a massage, pick olives between May and June or learn to surf at the famed Mangamaunu break.

16. Great Huts Resort – Jamaica

Great Huts Resort

Perched on cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Great Huts Resort is a beautiful coastal escape with award-winning treehouse-style accommodations and luxurious facilities. On-site perks include a pool overlooking the ocean and a rustic open-air restaurant with Jamaican art, Afro-Jamaican cuisine and Saturday night entertainment. Along with surfing and deep-tissue massages, you can enjoy holistic yoga and cliff jumping.

The treehouse-style huts here range from African to safari and rustic. The Fig Tree House offers two storeys of peaceful living with an open-air bathroom and panoramic views of Boston Bay. The African Sunrise has a viewing deck with a swinging chair while the Bamboo Tree House boasts a private Jacuzzi.

17. KABRU Forest – Brazil

KABRU Forest

Settle into a modern treehouse at KABRU Forest, which is nestled in the middle of the Atlantic Rainforest. This unique jungle villa has a full kitchen, an open-air rain shower, a private yoga deck and a plunge pool perfect for watching the sun set over the treetops.

While staying here you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, from scuba diving and fishing to traditional cooking lessons and surfing classes. There’s also seasonal whale watching, stand-up paddleboards for rent and therapeutic massage sessions available.

18. Historic Banning Mills – Georgia, USA

Historic Banning Mills

Endless adventure awaits at Historic Banning Mills in Georgia, where you can go zip-lining and horseback riding, brave the free-fall tower, spot birds of prey and hike along nature trails. The Crazy Squirrel Village aerial park is perfect for families who love high-ropes courses, while the on-site restaurant serves hearty Southern fare.

The Tree House Rooms at Historic Banning Mills reflect the homes built by the Swiss Family Robinson and feature modern comforts, such as king-sized beds, gas fireplaces, jetted baths and back decks overlooking the countryside. Staying in one of these rooms also guarantees a free country breakfast each morning.

19. Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica – Peru

Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica

Capture the beauty of Peru’s Amazonian landscapes at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, an eco-friendly hotel on the Madre de Dios River. Inspired by Ese’Eja culture, the 35 treehouse-style cabanas offer luxurious touches, including a canopy king-size bed, private terrace and plunge pool and eco bath products in the Tambopata Suite. Stay in the Amazonica Suite for a screened siesta lounge furnished with hammocks.

Tuck into the tropical flavours of Peru’s Amazon region at the on-site restaurant and bar, which has vegetarian and children menu options. The on-site Ena Spa is perfect for a relaxing massage or exfoliation, while cooking classes and private dinners can be organised.

20. The Island Hideout – Thailand

The Island Hideout

Retreat to a natural refuge at The Island Hideout, where you can immerse yourself in Thailand’s pristine nature while swimming in the infinity pool or indulging in local farm-to-table cuisine at the on-site restaurant. The resort is very eco-minded with its plastic-free policy and also offers cooking classes.

You can choose from a variety of treehouses at The Island Hideout, all of which have open-air bathrooms, king-size beds, ocean and jungle vistas, bamboo blinds and Wi-Fi. The handcrafted natural bath products pair well with the traditional Thai sarongs and rain showers.

21. Tsala Treetop Lodge – South Africa

Tsala Treetop Lodge

Tsala Treetop Lodge offers one-of-a-kind accommodation in the treetops of a centuries-old indigenous forest. There are 10 Treetop Suites with fireplaces, private decks, king-size beds and infinity pools overlooking the trees. Alternatively, stay in one of the six Treetop Villas for an extra bedroom, outdoor shower and spacious lounge and dining area.

Sumptuous breakfasts and dinners are served on a treetop deck or within the glass-enclosed dining hall, while the on-site wine cellar has some of South Africa’s best wines and vintages. Grab a drink from the “honesty bar”, relax on the deck or book a pampering in-room massage.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

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