It’s no wonder our travel-addicted wanderlists are so infinite. Our wildest travel fantasies are forever being fuelled by daring new architectural designs and transformative experiences that steer us off that trodden path and into the blissful unknown.
The ever-evolving travel world boasts countless wild and wonderful places to stay, from Sweden’s world-famous ice hotel and floating Arctic bath, Finland’s glass igloos and Kenya’s beloved Giraffe Manor, to overwater beach bungalows in the Maldives, a tranquil desert oasis in the Namib Desert and geometric, lunar-esque domes on the expansive salt flats of Bolivia.
No matter how far-flung the destination or quirky the design, these unique places all seem to captivate us effortlessly with their originality, exclusivity and ultimate sense of escapism. They entice us to explore, channel our inner child and, most importantly, disconnect from the wifi and reconnect with real-life adventure.
Treehouses are not new. They are a time-honoured tradition that evoke the fondest of childhood memories. Many of us can recall vividly those long lemonade-infused summer afternoons huddled amongst friends in a rickety “no grown-ups allowed” treehouse.
Paying wistful homage to these long-forgotten secret hideaways of our youth, treehouse hotels seek to provide quiet solitude, natural leafy surrounds and a playful sense of fun and adventure.
Breaking news: there’s a new (luxury) treehouse on the block. Following the greatly publicised overhaul of the blissfully remote &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in Namibia, the extraordinarily gifted architectural and design powerhouse — Jack Alexander for Fox Browne Creative — is back at it with the recent launch of an uber-stylish treehouse in South Africa’s renowned Kruger National Park.