Whether you’re hoping to get back to nature, test your survival skills in some remote location, or recreate your childhood memories by camping out in a tree house: we’ve got you covered.
Artic TreeHouse Hotel
For the young at heart: Lapland, Finland
Feeling nostalgic for your childhood Christmases? Well how about a trip to Lapland, Finland? Located on the edge of the SantaPark, the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel provides guests with every winter wonderland activity ever dreamt up and probably a few more that only previously existed on the big screen.
They’ve got husky safaris, reindeer farms, saunas, skiing, cycling (presumably for when the snow has melted?), hiking, a Santa Claus Village, mulled wine, the Northern Lights, snow, so much snow! And, of course, the tree houses. With one wall made of glass, visitors can wake up with the sun and gaze out across the forest.
Tree House Resort
For explorers: Jaipur, India
The policy behind Jaipur’s Tree House Resort is to bring people “far from the madding crowds, but not that far away”. And it shows. While visitors to this group of luxury treehouses can drink in views of the Aravallis and Syari Valley, they’re still only a short car journey from the nearest commercial centre.
These tree houses excel at helping their guests reconnect with nature, while still providing all the essential mod cons. Air conditioning, satellite TV, a 24 hour business centre, and an enviable room service menu: this is a forest sleepover for explorers who want to kick back and relax at the end of a long trek through the wilderness.
For history buffs: Bialowieza, Poland
As one of the only remaining pieces of the primeval forests that once stretched across the European Plain: Bialowieza is steeped in history. It was recently brought to popular attention by the 2008 Daniel Craig film, Deliverance, the true story of how thousands of people hid from the Nazis by living among the forest’s ancient oak trees.
Travellers wishing to go further back in time can visit the Bialowieza train station: built exclusively for Tsar Nicholas II and used by film companies to recreate the classic tale of Anna Karenina. Staff at the Apartamenty Carskie continue the historical theme by hosting outdoor feasts featuring wild boar, live music, carriage rides and winter sleigh rides.
For fitness freaks: Schoorl, The Netherlands
The small Dutch town of Schoorl is home to the Klimduin: a 51-metre high sand mountain that connects the dunes to the nearby forest. People come from all over The Netherlands (and beyond) to walk, run, or even cycle up the sand mountain, followed by a picnic in the forest.
While accommodation in the forest is hard to come by, camping is popular during the summer months and the Park Scorleduyn bungalows sit along the edge of the trees. Although, the Klimduin is just as beautiful (if not as easy to climb) in the winter when, despite the salty sea air, snow has been known to lie and the local Dutch children get their sledges out.
For fans of luxury: Mar de las Pampas, Argentina
A pine forest perched on Argentina’s Costa Verde (the Green Coast), Mar de las Pampas is a popular holiday spot with both locals and tourists. The forest has an earlier winter than many forests and spring arrives at the end of December, making this the ideal destination for a wintery forest sleepover, without the freezing temperatures.
The beach is lined with luxury hotels but travellers who really want to get back to nature can check into Complejo Agapanto. This forest hotel even has a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub and spa facilities.
For creatives: Nida, Lithuania
The Lithuanian town of Nida is something of an overachiever; not only does this town have some of the most picturesque forest in Eastern Europe, it also has a world-famous program of electronica music and modern art shows. The Nida Art Colony is home to an international rotation of architects, musicians, designers, researchers, art critics, and creators.
Travellers wishing to recharge surrounded by nature can stay at the Linejos Apartamentai only a five-minute walk from the centre of Nida and yet still surrounded by woodland. With self-catering options available forest foragers will be well set up and can even play host to the latest Art Colony line-up.