By Dian Hasan | June 4, 2009
Travelers are constantly seeking unique travel destinations, that offer uncommon experiences in exotic locations, and the opportunity to stay in unusual accommodation. Fancy a stay in a Tree House Hotel? They say any boy’s dream of a tree house never really leaves him. Here are 10 reasons that would send them packing across the world to reignite their childhood!
Ariau Amazon Towers, Brazil
The entire hotel at Brazil’s Ariau Amazon Towers is a tree house. More than five miles of elevated catwalks connect the complex, with two observation towers and amphitheaters, two swimming pools, two restaurants and four bars. By the end of your stay, you’ll be on a first-name basis with the macaws and monkeys that congregate around the towers. The hotel has 268 rooms in all, including the Tarzan House, a private suite built 72 feet above the ground.
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, New Zealand
Designed by a family of architects and designers as a contemporary country lodge, Hapuku Lodge offers 6 guest rooms, a stand alone spacious apartment, 5 luxury Tree Houses, a function venue, and a dedication to creating exciting food from local, seasonal ingredients. Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses positions guests to experience eco-marine tourism at its finest. The views of the mountains afford stunning sunrises and sunsets. .
Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, The Caribbean
On this side of the Caribbean island, you reach the Tree House Mansion, a two-bedroom luxury suite at the Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club, via a spiral staircase from the outside. Once inside, there’s an open-air living room, an authentic Bali bridal bed, a flat-screen TV and wireless Internet.
Winvian, located in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills, undoubtedly has the largest selection of oddball individual hotel accommodations in one place, including a helicopter suite, a beaver lodge and a King Arthur castle. And yes, there’s a tree house—a double-decker model with a king-sized bed, a fireplace and a whirlpool tub. At almost $2,000 per night, it’s no walk in the woods price-wise, however all meals, alcohol and other amenities are included.
Ngong House, Kenya
Ngong House in Nairobi, Kenya offers guests five luxurious tree houses to choose from, at 15 feet off the ground. No matter which you choose, you’ll be in Out of Africa territory, as the 10-acre retreat is near the coffee farm of writer Karen Blixen. Owned and operated by a former Belgian diplomat, each tree house offers stellar views of the bush and Ngong Hills.
Khao Sok Tree House Resort, Thailand
Located in the middle of Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park, the 10 tree-house rooms at the Khao Sok Tree House Resort range from 20 to 36 feet off the ground with names like the Tarzan Family Room to the Barbarian Honeymoon Tree House. Most rooms are air-conditioned and have wireless Internet and satellite TV.
Cedar Creek Treehouse, Washington
Near Mount Rainier, the Cedar Creek Treehouse in Washington is a two-level cottage nestled more than 50 feet above ground in the branches of a 200-year-old cedar tree. It’s surprisingly roomy, with a sleeping loft, bath, and kitchen and dining area, and even an observation room.
Hang Nga’s Tree House, Vietnam
Da Lat locals refer to Hang Nga’s Tree House in Vietnam as the Crazy House or the Spider Web Chalet. The guesthouse defies description and is owned by architect Hang Nga, whose father served as president of Vietnam in the 1980s. Guests have described their stays as spending the night in a maze, and it’s a bona fide tourist attraction in the country. Hang Nga’s Tree House has no web site, no e-mail, but every cab driver in Da Lat knows where it is.
Tree Houses Hotel, Costa Rica
With just 3 tree houses on 8 acres and we are surrounded by a 70 acre wildlife refuge with a waterfall, pools to swim and a beautiful river, Tree Houses Hotel is conveniently located around the Arenal Volcano, a short drive from the main touristic area. Popular with birdwatchers, it’s not uncommon to see sloths, monkeys, toucans, armadillos, hummingbirds, parrots, motmots, blue morpho and other butterfly species daily.
Parrot Nest Lodge, Belize
At Parrot Nest Lodge in Belize, you’ll spend the night in a thatched tree house under the sprawling canopy of a native guanacaste tree. The Mopan River surrounds the lodge, and it’s perfect for bird watching, both parrots and other avian varieties as well.
Partially inspired by piece that appeared in Travel Muse.