Did you like climbing trees and building dens in the woods as a kid? Well these treehouse restaurants, hotels and places to stay let you do it all again, only this time, with a lot more style. Here is our guide to the best treehouses in the world.
Bangkok is a sprawling city, but this treehouse is located on the artificially made island of Bang Krachao, which has the nickname of the green lung of Bangkok due to its lung-like shape, flora and lack of cars. The accompanying eco-hotel ensures that your stay minimises ecological impact, as well as supporting the local community.
You know what makes this treehouse really awesome? A swimming pool. What’s more, there’s not one, but seven houses, scattered throughout the tranquil rainforest. Beside the amazing pool, each treehouse comes with a lounge area and a large master bedroom upstairs. Come down from the trees and explore the restaurant after enjoying a cocktail on the terrace.
This treehouse complex in the Thai jungle features accommodation, a children’s play centre and a table for two, all of which are up in the trees. Diners are winched up into the canopy before being served canapés and delicious Thai dishes. Sit back and watch the sun and sea from the treetops.
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This stunning wooden treehouse hotel and spa has 55 rooms and sits in the heart of the Huilo Huilo Biológical Reserve in Chile. Made entirely of wood and with a central atrium, there are also indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as spa facilities. The hotel runs guided tours of the reserve, with the chance to see animals such as deer and birdlife. If you fancy something more adventurous, there’s whitewater rafting and volcano trekking.
If you’ve an addiction to science fiction and fancy an X-Files-style escape, then this amazing UFO house is for you. Hidden deep in a Swedish forest, your craft is cosy, with a double bed, stove and great views. If only all alien abductions were this good.
This amazing treehouse venue is actually a tourism-based conservation project. As well as being a great spot for seeing wildlife close up, including gibbons, there’s an amazing zip line between hills. By staying here you’re supporting conservation efforts to stop poachers, illegal logging and environmental damage. The enterprise employs over 120 local people.
A boutique collection of six individual treehouses nestled deep in the Welsh countryside, they are surrounded by woods teeming with wildlife and red kites soaring overhead. Accessed by wooden staircases and rope bridges, inside you’ll find cosy wood-burning stoves, a large double bed and fold-down bunk beds for any extra guests. Being off grid, there’s no electricity, just the flicker of candle light and the stars.
This amazing treehouse was designed by Inrednin Gsgruppen and is completely suspended in the trees and accessed by a retractable staircase. The exterior is covered in twigs, as if camouflaged against the surrounding forest. Inside the wood-lined interior there’s a double bed and two single beds. Showers and a sauna are located in nearby buildings.
Built into the bush in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, Jaci’s Tree Lodge sits in the canopy surrounded by stunning views and the mighty Marico River. Richly decorated with African art, the lodges have their own private shower, and are equipped with air conditioning and heating as well as overhead fans for comfort.
Dine up in the tree canopy and enjoy the amazing views at Alnwick Garden’s treehouse and gardens. The grounds of nearby Alnwick Castle were the filming location for Harry Potter’s famous first Quidditch lesson, too. Check the website for special events and concerts.
Catering for honeymooners and families, each of these self-contained, self-catering treehouses comes with amazing views, as you’d expect. Built sustainably within the trees, you’ll see wildlife up close. The largest has two separate bedrooms, and a deck with a Weber barbecue so you can cook a braai, though there’s a kitchen inside too. After the forest, make sure to also explore the nearby beaches.
This quirky, spherical treehouse is suspended between two trees, 3m (10ft) above ground, by secure cables. On top, there’s a sky-light so you can stargaze. In summer, open the window, breath in the forest air and enjoy the view through the trees and down to the river. There’s also a wood burner should you feel a chill.
The winding stairs of this magical treehouse takes you up into the trees. The rooms are stunning, as is the view. Perhaps the most fun, if a little scary, is the patio, which consists of a strong safety net strung directly over the forest floor. Here you can lie on your back looking at the sky, or face down, looking at the ground 10m (33ft) below. The treehouse sleeps five in two double rooms and an additional sofa bed. There’s also a lounge, toilet and bathroom with shower.
This treehouse is a great secret hideaway, hidden 11m (35ft) above the forest floor on a 113-acre (46ha) luxury resort in Connecticut. Inside the two-story structure there’s a king-sized bed, fireplace, steam shower and a jacuzzi. On top, there’s a lounge with a bar, so you can enjoy a drink and the New England forest outside. Elsewhere on the resort, there’s an organic garden, a five-star farm-to-table restaurant, a spa and pool. The wine cellar is pretty special, too.
This collection of treehouse cottages, located in a picturesque forest, are up to 8m (26ft) off the ground. All are beautifully furnished and come with a fully furnished kitchenette, and many have four poster beds. Other features include stained-glass windows, while one has a heart-shaped jacuzzi.
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