The world’s best treehouse hotels

Nostalgic, secluded and undeniably romantic, here are 15 of the world’s best treehouse hotels…

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.

Once again seamlessly combining their creative and artistic genius, the Alexander/Fox Browne concept of a treehouse is seriously next-level.

&Beyond Ngala Treehouse is a luxury four-storey wooded escape situated in &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve’s 14 700-hectare (36 324-acre) Big Five wilderness.

With a leafy 360°view out over the dense bushveld and wildlife-frequented banks of the Timbavati River, the Ngala Treehouse boasts both a weatherproofed bedroom and an al fresco sleepout platform.

This enchanting adventure takes you off the grid, where you can disconnect from the wifi and truly savour the African night sounds and starry sky.

Go out on a limb

So, why not go out on a limb with your resolutions for 2020 and visit one of the world’s coolest treehouse hotels? Here are 15 of our favourites (and although not all of them feature open-air, under-the-star sleepouts in a traditional treehouse sense, they all certainly offer forested seclusion, many with a playful touch of childhood nostalgia).

1. &Beyond Ngala Treehouse, South Africa

2. Elewana Loisaba Star Beds, Kenya

3. Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

4. &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Tanzania

5. Tranquil Resort Serenetree Tree Villa, India

6. Elewana Tarangire Treetops, Tanzania

7. Nay Palad Bird Nest, Segera Retreat, Kenya

8. MORE Hotels Thabametsi Treehouse at Marataba, South Africa

9. Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala, Sri Lanka

10. The Ark, Sri Lanka

11. Beho Beho Treehouse, Tanzania

12. Skybeds, Botswana

13. Chalkley Treehouse, Lion Sands, South Africa

14. Mashpi Lodge, Mashpi Cloud Forest, Ecuador

15. Patagonia Camp, Chile


Get back to nature and enjoy a romantic sleepout in one of these treehouse escapes.


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