Culture Travel 8 Unreal Treehouse Escapes Find peace and adventure in high places across the world By Matt Hickman Writer Emerson College The New School Matt Hickman is an associate editor at The Architect’s Newspaper. His writing has been featured in Curbed, Apartment Therapy, URBAN-X, and more. our editorial process Matt Hickman Updated June 16, 2021 US Embassy Sweden / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community If you haven't started exploring treehouse options when planning your getaways, it's time to start. Treehouse escapes offer privacy and the convenience of sightseeing right from your lodging. You'll never feel closer to nature than when you stay in a tree, and there are more treehouses available to rent than you might think. Treehouse cabins and hotels and treetop hideaways can range from rustic (bunk beds and shared facilities) to luxurious (flat-screen TVs and infinity pools). They can be found on almost every wooded corner of the globe—you just have to know where to look. To get you started, we’ve rounded up eight notable treehouse lodgings for travelers who love unique experiences. Chateaux Dans Les Arbres When you want to connect with nature but you also want extravagance, you can get the best of both worlds at Chateaux Dans Les Arbres. This name translates to "Castles in the Trees" for a reason: these large treehouses in southwestern France resemble castles and make guests feel like royalty. There are six treehouses on the estate, each with its own distinctive design and features. In Château Milande, a Nordic bath and fossilized wood; in Château Monbazillac, a large terrace and view of the Castle of Biron; and in Château Hautefort, a courtyard and iron interior accents. This luxury hotel also offers gourmet food, spa services, swimming, car rentals, and more. Treehotel steffen l / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0 Tucked away in a remote stretch of northern Sweden along the Lule River, the Treehotel is at once enchanting and surprising. This treehouse resort in Harads, Sweden, features hypermodern structures, designed by top Scandinavian architects, juxtaposed against the boreal forest. Constructed using sustainably sourced materials and equipped with energy-saving facilities, the Treehotel is perfect for eco-conscious travelers. A shining UFO, reflective Mirrorcube, and sleek Cabin are just a few of the treerooms you may choose from when you stay at this treehouse escape. Tree Houses Hotel The Tree Houses Hotel in San Carlos, Costa Rica, is an intimate bed and breakfast surrounded by 70-acres of jungle wilderness. There are seven treehouses on the property named after native species: the Toucan Treehouse, the Monkey Treehouse, the Agouti Treehouse, etc. Visitors can relax on their private decks, enjoy visits from local wildlife, or indulge in spa treatments on the property, or take part in a myriad of eco-tourism activities including volcano hiking expeditions, safari floats, canoe trips, and birding tours. These treehouses are great for families and can accommodate between four and six guests. The Grand Treehouse Resort Situated in a densely wooded area right outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the Grand Treehouse Resort promises charming treehouses fully outfitted with amenities to make your stay comfortable and entertaining. Arboreal lodging selections include the Cedar Manor, the Sanctuary, the Big Pine, and three other cabins. Guests to these cozy treehouses can take advantage of massage treatments and dining options on the retreat or venture off the property to explore the Ozark Mountains. The Grand Treehouse Resort also offers an all-inclusive package for micro weddings. Tranquil Resort at the Kuppamudi Coffee Estate Tranquil Resort is located on a 400-acre private estate and coffee farm near the southwest coast of India in the unbelievably lush district of Wayanad, Kerala. Offering full luxury resort amenities and services, Tranquil guests will feel pampered whether they stay in the estate's main house or one of the treehouses on the property. The two elevated sleeping options, the Tranquilitree Tree House and the Serenetree Tree Villa, provide breathtaking rainforest views and verandas to take it all in. On-site activities include swimming and spa treatments; nearby attractions include the Edakkal Caves, Pookote Lake, and the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary. Free Spirit Spheres You've never seen anything quite like these treehouses. The Free Spirit Spheres between central Vancouver Island and Qualicum Beach in British Columbia, Canada, draw inspiration from biomimicry practices, or practices meant to emulate structures found in nature. These three spherical treehouses—Melody, Eryn, and Luna—are suspended by vertical ropes to three trees each. Eryn is the highest at 15 feet off the ground. The Free Spirit Spheres sway in the wind and most furniture is tethered. If you visit these one-of-a-kind treehouses, activities in the surrounding area include kayaking, hiking, cave tours, and ziplining. Tsala Treetop Lodge The stunning Tsala Treetop Lodge in Western Cape, South Africa, is more opulent than many resorts on the ground, let alone in the trees. Each luxuriously decorated lodge has its own infinity pool and Tsala's dining experience is widely praised. 10 surprisingly spacious treetop suites and six two-bedroom villas, linked by a network of elevated wooden walkways, make up this estate. The Garden Route, a well-known UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in South Africa, is just one attraction that's close by. Guests can venture out to go whale watching, visit the Monkeyland primate sanctuary, or swim with seals in nearby Plettenberg Bay. Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort Nicolás Boullosa / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 Deep in the forest of Takilma, Oregon, sits a 36-acre stretch of land featuring 11 individual treehouses of varying heights and sizes. If you find yourself in southern Oregon, you might want to see if the Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort has lodging for you. The treehouses are of varying shapes and sizes and provide different facilities, features, and capacities. The smaller treehouses are about 12 feet in the air, while the larger deluxe treehouses are higher up at elevations of up to 47 feet. With offerings like zip lines, horseback riding, art classes, and more, you don't need to leave the property to have a good time.