Classy tree house hotels for a leave of luxury
Ever wondered what it feels like waking up on a tree top to the sound of ocean waves, rustling leaves and chirping birds? Whether it’s a bleisure trip or some serious meditation to keep you away from the muddy materialistic world—luxury tree houses ensure you have king-sized beds for a great rest, Champagne to keep you in high spirits and views that will put Mowgli to shame. Here’s your chance to relive your childhood dream. Just that this time, it’s charming, classy and calming
1. Tranquil Resort, Wayanad, Kerala
It’s deep in the Kerala rainforest—the Tranquil Resort is built on 400 acres of coffee and spice plantation. Its two idyllic tree houses—Serenetree and Tranquilitree, which are perched at a height of 45 ft above ground have been designed to give you a happy, homestay experience.
What makes it unique: The tree houses are built from coffee wood and are equipped with an open verandah for you to soak in the sights, as you sip your morning cuppa. Also, you will be pleasantly surprised to find a Royal Poinciana or the Gulmohar trunk making its way through your bedroom.
Things to do: Refresh your body with a traditional Kerala Ayurvedic massage. In the evening, take a stroll around the coffee plantation with a friendly pet escort. If you are an early riser, go bird watching along the coffee trail. More than120 species of birds can be found on the plantation, which include the magnificent Crested Serpent Hawk and the Racket Tailed Drongo.
Package: Starts from $250 per night
2. Treehotel, Harads, Sweden
Nestled in a pine forest, the Treehotel in Harads village, Sweden boasts some highly Instagrammable tree houses that are designed to seamlessly blend in with the surroundings, leaving the forest largely undisturbed. It’s an ideal destination for those searching for a silent place to de-stress.
What makes it unique: Each of the seven rooms has a unique futuristic design. Perched 20 ft above the ground, the rooms resemble a mirror block, a UFO, a cone, a bird’s nest and a dragonfly.
Things to do: Fishing and kayaking are some of the popular summer activities. During the colder months, you can take a dog sled ride to see the Northern Lights or hike across the Lule river valley.
Package: Starts from $800
3. Tree House Resort, Playa Chiquita, Costa Rica
Situated on the South Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica along the edge of the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge, The Tree House Resort combines nature with sustainable living. The resort offers the option of five open-air tree houses built entirely with fallen trees and fitted with handcrafted bamboo furniture.
What makes it unique: The houses are just 100 metres away from the shoreline. You can enjoy the ocean on one side and botanical gardens on the other, from your verandah.
Things to do: Try your hand at snorkelling among schools of exotic ocean fish or surfing with the waves. There are regular jungle hikes and safaris too!
Package: Starts from $300 per night
4. Chewton Glen, Hampshire, the UK
Get a taste of English hospitality at the Chewton Glen tree house resort in Hampshire, the UK. Set near the New Forest National Park, its six majestic and tranquil suites will instantly put you at ease, and take you miles away from civilization.
What makes it unique: The 130-acre ground is encompassed in beautiful wilderness. The rooms are elegant and minimalist designed with huge French windows offering panoramic sights.
Things to do: Go ‘fly fishing’ in the English chalk streams, explore nearby villages while driving through the beautiful countryside or just stay on the resort and enjoy a round of golf, swim in an outdoor pool or play tennis and croquet.
Package: Starts from $200 per night
5. Playa Viva, Juluchuca, Mexico
Hidden amidst a bunch of palm trees, the Playa Viva resort has 12 eco-luxury rooms with a beachfront view of Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
What makes it unique: The tree houses hang six feet above ground and are completely built with sustainable materials. Their open design lets you catch the first rays of the sun with an unobstructed view of the sea.
Things to do: Revitalise yourself with a holistic open air yoga session enriched by the cool ocean breeze. In the evening take a walk around the 100-acre private nature reserve; at night lay down on the beach to count stars. Adventure lovers can go scuba diving, hiking and deep-sea fishing.
Package: Starts from $445 per night