With an abundance of tall coniferous trees, the Pacific Northwest is a perfect location to construct a tree house, and not surprisingly, the region is home to some of the most innovative tree houses in the globe. Perched approximately 50 feet (15.24 meters) above ground in a more than 200-year-old red cedar, the Cedar Creek Treehouse is one of the best examples in the area. The lofty, two-level bed and breakfast has sufficient size to sleep five, and it features a sunroom, a small kitchen, and stunning views of Mount Rainier and Sawtooth Ridge. Yet for the best sights, guests can take the “stairway to heaven,” a rainbow-colored bridge that takes you up to an observation platform positioned 100 feet (30.48 meters) off the ground. The solar-powered tree house is definitely off the grid, and in the colder months it uses propane heat. Rates start at $300 per night for two people.
4. The Gibbon Experience, Laos
Spending the night in a tree can be exhilarating by itself, but if you’re looking for a true venture, the Gibbon Experience is the tree house for you. After arriving in the Bokeo Nature Preserve in Laos, guides will equip you with a climbing outfit, and you’ll travel with them by zip line to your tree house. There are two distinct tree houses in the preserve; the waterfall tree house is located above a swimming hole, while the other one inspects various valleys and has excellent sunset views. The thatched-roof tree houses are rustic, open-air construction without much in the way of amenities, but they’re located high in the jungle canopy, an excellent spot to view the gibbons, small Laotian apes.
3. Treehotel, Sweden
When we think of tree houses, we tend to expect something paralleling a ramshackle tree fort, but they don’t certainly have to look like that. Case in point: Treehotel, a sleek, slick, modernist tree house resort positioned in a mature pine forest in Harads, Sweden with all the trappings of an upscale hotel. Treehotel features a diversity of striking tree houses, ranging from the Mirrorcube, a 258-square-foot (24-square-meter) cube that is concealed with its mirrored exterior walls, to the UFO, a flying saucer-shaped tree house that seems it’s straight out of the movie “E.T.” The Treehotel includes a total of 24 tree houses, each of which holds an eco-friendly combustion toilet and a water-efficient sink, and it even features a 12-person sauna raised off the forest floor.
2. Green Magic Treehouse Resort, India
India is a country that Westerners tend to visit in search of new feelings that are definitely foreign from their lives at home, and few hotels embody that romantic ideal more than the Green Magic Treehouse Resort. Positioned in the middle of the rainforest in Kerala, India, there are three distinct tree houses at the resort. The first is positioned 60 feet (18.29 meters) above ground, and it’s reached by “water lift” — one man stands in a cage-like structure, while another person, aided by a water counterweight, hoists them up with ropes. The second tree house is positioned 70 feet (21.34 meters) above ground, and the third is at an attractive height of 115 feet (35.05 meters). The tree houses each have two bedrooms, and they feature full-service bathrooms, wraparound balconies and thatched roofs. Fares start at $210 per night.
1. Inkaterra Canopy Tree House, Peru
If you’ve ever passed much time in the rainforest, you know that the best place to sleep is in an elevated place. Because insects, snacks and anything else that can bite you are on the forest floor. So there’s really no better place to sleep than in a tree house. For a really luxurious night in the treetops. The Canopy Tree House Suite at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is settled down 90 feet (27.43 meters) beyond the jungle floor. And it’s just about the most deluxe lodging suggest in the Peruvian rainforest. The entry of the tree house is via a network of rope bridges, and a dedicated butler serves you foods on a private balcony. It sounds like the ideal place to kick back and do a little bird watching. They cover dinner and breakfast with the $300 per night fare. They require guests to stay for a minimum of three nights.