Travellers are now seeking out unusual bespoke holiday experiences more than ever before with the movement towards treehouse hotels proving a unique opportunity to quite literally escape into a whole other world.
It comes as little surprise that treehouse accommodations are increasingly gaining in popularity, because who wouldn’t want to float in a canopy of wildlife high above a forest or look out over a steep mountain? Hotels.com has released it’s ‘Loved by Guests Awards for 2017’, revealing an almost 30 percent increase in demand for tree-house hotels in 2016.
So we’ve compiled our list of perfect treehouses fit for big kids who are sick of adulting...
Silky Oaks Lodge - Port Douglas, Queensland
Set in the private surrounds of the Daintree Rainforest, Silky Oaks Lodge has a number of stunning and immersed treehouse accommodations. When you’re not busy living out your best Tarzan and Jane lifestyle, you can hike through the rainforest and swim, snorkel or canoe down the Mossman River, which runs right through the property.
Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton
Six private tree houses, with two stately suites in each, are on the 130-acre grounds of Chewton Glen in the Hampshire countryside near New Forest National Park. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic canopy views, as does a spacious outdoor terrace, with a hot tub and daybeds, 35 feet above the ground.
Heated timber and marble floors encourage bare feet. Access: Gangplanks lead the way to these floating suites. What to Do: After breakfast (a chef-prepared hamper delivered to your tree house) explore the English countryside via walking trails, horseback, or kayak.
Winvian Farm Treehouse, Connecticut, USA
This stunning cottage accommodation at Winvian was conceptualised by a total of 15 architects and designers including David Sellers, a former professor at the Yale School of Architecture, so you know it has some pretty big design chops. One of the accommodations is a cute two-story tree house complete with a fireplace. Other highlights include a jacuzzi, fully stocked bar, and Bose entertainment system, giving the space an adult spin on the childhood tree-house dream.
Tongabezi Safari Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia
The Tree House at Tongabezi Lodge in Livingstone sits on the banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream from Victoria Falls in Zambia. It is set against the basalt rock bed, among the branches of a riverine Ebony Tree. While it isn’t high in the air, you won’t mind as you sit on the sustainable pine deck and gaze at the spectacular Zambezi.
Tranquil Palms Resort, Kollam, India
Tranquil Resort’s treehouse features a royal poinciana tree (gul mohar tree) growing through its midst and overlooks a working coffee plantation dating from the colonial era in the beautiful Indian state of Kerala. Decor could be described as ‘rustic luxury’, and the lofty accommodation comprises a king bed, bathroom and balcony. It sits 14 metres above the ground and is accessed via stairs and walkways. You can visit the coffee plantation during the main cropping seasons between January and March.