Top 10 Treehouse Hotels


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Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

Fancy a Swiss Family Robinson experience but with indoor plumbing? Treehouse hotels not only get you up close to the local wildlife-your neighbors could be anything from Howler Monkeys to flying tree frogs-they can also offer seclusion for a romantic getaway or excitement for adventure-seeking families. While some of our top ten treehouse hotels have saving the environment firmly on their agenda (the eco-friendly Post Ranch Inn in California relies completely on solar power), others don't compromise on the luxuries that come as standard in a five star hotel (the Four Seasons accommodations in the Seychelles have private infinity pools). But the one guarantee that comes with every treetop property on our list is a knockout view. Just don't forget your binoculars!

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

What better place for a treehouse resort than the lush, moss-covered old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest? At Treehouse Point, two striking properties were lovingly created by the owner, author and treehouse builder Peter Nelson (if you're interested in building one in your back yard, Nelson can teach you how). The cabins are both wood-frame but each is unique; one has been built around a huge redwood, which grows right up through its middle, the other clings to the side of an evergreen. Both treehouses are decorated simply with vintage leather chairs and quilts on the beds, but there's just the right amount of comfort-not too homey, not too cold. Guests can get in touch with nature by exploring the winding pathways through ancient forests and rushing rivers, but for added stimulation, Seattle is just 22 miles away.

6922 Preston-Fall City Road SE
Issaquah, Washington
Phone: 425-441-8087
Rates: $149/night for two

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

From a vantage point among a canopy of tropical trees, this Four Seasons Resort has breathtaking views over some of the world's most picture perfect beaches off Kenya's coast. The 67 stilted suites and villas-the highest sitting at 66 feet off the ground-have been designed in a traditional Creole style, including vaulted ceilings and whitewashed interiors with sea-blue accents. Each villa has generous outdoor space with lounge chairs, private infinity plunge pools and outdoor showers where guests can take in the views of the sandy bay of Petite Anse, and a possible sighting of giant turtles as well as parrots and fruit bats. The covered outdoor daybeds make a tranquil spot for an afternoon nap as warm winds waft up delicious aromas from the surrounding cinnamon trees.

Petite Anse, Baie Lazare
Mahé, Seychelles
Phone: 248-393-000
Rate: $1,600/night for two

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

Kanopi House's five wood-frame bungalows are perched at varying levels (between 100 and 1000 feet above sea level) among the Banyan trees that grow on a tropical hillside. This 32-acre luxury resort overlooking the Caribbean Sea on Jamaica's northeastern coast has earth-conscious owners who employ local craftsmen using only local materials. The one- and two-bedroom bungalows mix Colonial and Caribbean styles-baskets woven from banana leaves and batik fabrics are paired with four-poster beds and dark wood floors. The shuttered windows and doors can be completely pulled back to let in the sights (green lizards, hummingbirds, White Ibises and the occasional mongoose) and sounds of the surrounding rainforest, as well as welcome breezes. But Kanopi House isn't all about the high life, follow the sun-dappled pathway to a private sandy cove and blue lagoon for swimming and kayaking.

Blue Lagoon
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Phone: 305-677-6525
Rates: $500/night for two

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

There's something reassuring in being off the ground when you are on safari, which is one of Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma's many attractions. This luxury resort has 12 treehouses, the highest of which is 12.5 feet above the Zambezi River in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, famous for wildlife like impala, giraffe, zebra, and crocodiles. The main lodge, perched in giant ebony trees, is connected by stilted wooden walkways to 12 round, thatched-roof treehouses. The elegant décor is in crisp whites and creams with ample mosquito nets shrouding the beds, giving it all an air of romance. Guests can spend their days on a guided tour of the dramatic Victoria Falls, taking game drives through the park, or a cultural tour led through the Simonga tribal village.

Kazangula Road
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
Livingstone, Zambia
Phone: +27 (0)11 438-465
Rates: $2,740/night for two-bedroom treehouse

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

Striking Hapuku Lodge, located outside the surfing town of Kaikoura on New Zealand's South Island, was built by a family of eco-conscious architects. Five modern properties sit 30 feet above the ground in a canopy of native Manuka trees, with spectacular views of the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range and the surf-washed Pacific coastline of Mangamaunu Bay. Guests come for the area's excellent whale watching and to surf the monster waves. The nearby town is serious about its eco-stewardship-it was the second in the world to earn a Green Globe Benchmark status-and Hapuku Lodge's mission fits right in. The exteriors are clad in native woods and copper shingles, local artisans crafted the furniture, and even the olive oil for the restaurant is from the neighboring grove.

State Highway 1 at Station Road, RD 1
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Phone: +64 (0)3 319-655
Rates: Start at $500/night for two

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

Tucked into the trees along California's stunning Pacific Coast, seven stylish cabins sit on stilts nine feet off the forest floor looking out towards the Santa Lucia Mountains. The modern wooden structures are triangular with the bed set in the middle and a window-seat, desk and fireplace built into the three corners. These treehouses are part of the 39-room Post Ranch Inn, one of the first resorts to combine eco-consciousness and luxury. When the rooms were built 15 years ago, the owners wanted to maintain the integrity of the land, so instead of cutting down trees they built the rooms among them. The sensitivity to the landscape doesn't stop there: The resort is run on solar power, uses natural materials and cleaning products, and 90 of its 100 acres is under conservation.

47900 Highway 1
Big Sur, California
Phone: (800) 527-2200
Rates: $895/night per couple

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

If you're looking for a tropical hideaway far from civilization, the Tree House Lodge on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a remote eco-resort eight hours into the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Four houses sit on stilts 18 feet above the jungle floor, where guests can see kingfishers, bald eagles and deer. These properties have lots of personality-the interiors are decorated with tropical plants, native carvings, colorful accents, hammocks and hanging chairs. The lodge's owners aim to make as little impact on the surrounding jungle as possible; each property is built with fallen trees so as not to disturb the eco-system, and your hot shower comes courtesy of solar power. Tree-huggers will love the thick trunks that grow up through the floor in several places, including the bathroom, which is built around one of them.

Punta Uva
Limon, Costa Rica
Phone: +(506) 2750-0706
Rates: $300/night for two

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

Nestled on 100 acres in the quaint Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut, 15 architects were employed to create this fantasy resort's themed cottages, including a helicopter and lighthouse. But none of them compare to the two-story Treehouse 35 feet off the ground. While the interior has been designed to echo a childhood hideaway-with colorful shelves and peepholes-there are grown-up luxuries too, like a whirlpool tub, wood-burning fireplaces and under floor heating. On the first floor there's a master bedroom and balcony, while upstairs there's a living room with kitchen and a foldout sofa. But if you're considering the Treehouse for a family getaway, be aware kids are only allowed in six times a year. The clever layout creates a light-filled, open space; basically, what your childhood den would have looked like if dad had been an architect.

155 Alain White Road
Litchfield, Connecticut
Phone: 860-567-9600
Rates: From $1,250/night for two

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

Not for the faint of heart, the treehouse at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Resort is built on a private platform adjoining a canopy walkway 90 feet above the jungle floor. From the dramatic vantage point above the Peruvian South Eastern Amazon, guests get a close up on an array of wild species, including toucans, woodpeckers and colorful trogons. Inside, the décor is elegant but rustic, with screen-walls and ceiling fans. For those guests who manage to drag themselves away from the views, Inkaterra can arrange guided excursions through the rainforest, along the Amazon and into local villages, all included in the cost of the stay. Or there's always the 24-hour canopy bar to steady your nerves before the trek back up to bed.

Kilometer 15 downriver
Madre De Dios River, Puerto Maldonado
Tambopata, Peru
Phone: 800-442-5042
Rates: $300/night for two

Top 10 Treehouse Hotels

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