No matter how old you get, spending the night high up in the trees is a thrilling prospect. Whether your idea of a treehouse involves a plush candlelit jacuzzi or a hammock and a mosquito net, you’ll find there’s more than enough to satisfy your Enid Blyton fantasies.
These paradisiacal retreats, often hidden from sight, provide a serenity that’s hard to match. Relive your childhood floating above the forest in any of these treehouse properties.
Tree Hotel – Harads, Sweden
The aptly-named Mirrorcube reflects the forest scenery
Treehotel dwellings bridge the divide between architecture, comfort and whimsy. Seek refuge in the camouflaged haven of the Bird’s Nest, the Cabin or UFO. These eco-friendly and stylish abodes are surrounded by nature but you’ll also have a sauna, hot tub and swimming pool at your disposal.
Tsala Treetop Lodge – Harkerville, South Africa
Your luxurious cabin and infinity pool rest above the tree canopy
If the picture-postcard views of Garden Route National Park haven’t left your jaw floored yet, the private paradise of Tsala Treetop Lodges will do the trick. Watching the South African sun set over your own infinity pool in this sumptuous and surreal setting is not to be sniffed at.
Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve – Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
These safari-style suites have private decks and rock pools
Sitting above the South African bushveld, this impressive property looks out to the horizon with wild animals roaming in the foreground. Stargazing here is something else.
Four Seasons Tented Camp – Chiang Rai, Thailand
An unforgettable getaway deep in the jungles of Northern Thailand
Dip into a pool by the banks of the river, then lounge on your own private terrace and sip a sundowner. Though this property talks of its ‘tents’, this is not a tent as you know it. Mahogany four poster beds and open air bathtubs look out onto dreamlike vistas of clay-coloured, whirlpool-filled rivers, tropical jungle and misty mountains. This is as indulgent a treehouse experience as you can find.
The Tree House Resort – Chandwaji, India
These cabins might look rustic, but inside you'll find every amenity
This lavish oasis hidden high among the trees rewards with stillness and tranquility deep in the exotic forests of Syari Valley. Delve into India’s mystical appeal and enjoy stellar views of the Aravalli Range from your window, with no other sound save the lullaby of crickets and cicadas.
Tree House Lodge – Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
The beach is only a 1 minute walk from your secret jungle hideaway
Head to Costa Rica for a genuine jungle treehouse experience. The air-conditioned bungalows are cradled in canopy citadels with a soundtrack of quetzal calls. Pick your hammock and peek through the fronds to the crystal sea.
Huilo Huilo Nothofagus Hotel & Spa – Puerto Fuy, Chile
The architecture is straight out of a fairytale
Tucked away in the Huilo Huilo bioreserve and partially hidden by forest, this hotel is a sky-high sanctuary. A towering wooden structure built around an ancient oak tree, there is an illuminated waterfall that cascades from the first level to the seventh level.
Treehouse Lodge – Iquitos, Peru
Escape to the Amazon in these mystical tree huts
Treehouse Lodge sits pretty in Peru’s spellbinding corner of the Amazon. Offering an authentic treehouse stay, this lodge has a real Peter Pan feel to it. Think swaying wooden bridges and decking built in circle platforms around tree trunks with softly-glowing light bulbs twinkling through the jungle canopy.
Chole Mjini – Chole, Tanzania
The rustic lookout is surrounded by lush green forest
In the Mafia Island Marine Park in Tanzania, you’ll find a secluded slice of heaven; Chole Mjini. Climb up into your thatched tree hut and drink in sublime views of the white sands and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.