Branch out on your next holiday with a visit to these leafy, tree-top escapes!
Tree house hotels are one of the more inspired accommodation trends to pop up in recent years, combining luxury with a healthy dose of nature.
These sky-high properties will cater to your cravings of adventure and wanderlust, while delivering on that all important rejuvenation.
So climb up our favourite tree-top destinations and see where you could be waking up on your next trip.
The award-winning Treehotel is so outlandishly fantastical it seems almost too hard to believe.
As you drive deep into the forest of Swedish Lapland, the trees will eventually part to reveal Treehotel.
You’ll instantly be filled with excitement as you cast your eyes up to see perfectly poised, tree-hung hideaways connected by rustic ladders and futuristic floating staircases, including a space age mirrored cube with chic Scandinavian interiors.
Don’t expect your stay to be super high-tech, but who cares if there aren’t any showers? After all, tree houses have always been low-fi affairs.
Socketed within New Zealand’s famed rolling mountainscapes, Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses is a five-star destination that really puts a whole new spin on the term eco holiday.
Think waking up among the tree tops to the sound of birds; looking out the window and seeing whales crossing the Pacific; deer munching bracken under the olive groves; fog pouring down from the snow-capped Kaikoura Mountains to nestle inside the vineyard below.
Each of the tree houses is constructed from timber native to the area, while a focus on luxury infuses everything from the bespoke furnishings, seasonal menus and picturesque vistas.
Whether you want to get back to nature, or you’re after a bit of a thrill or romance, Hapuku Lodge’s offering is vast, and you'll also want to take some time to explore the area’s rich Maori heritage.
Mashpi Lodge is located right in the heart of one the largest private forests in the Metropolitan District of Quito, Ecuador.
While the country may be better known for its almost untouched Galapagos Islands, the Mashpi Lodge (three hours northwest of the country’s capital) is drawing the attention of the world’s top biological scientists.
Half luxury hotel, half research station, it stretches over 3,200 acres, some 3,116 feet above the horizon in the Andes.
As far as its appearance is concerned, Mashpi Lodge is a feat of modern sustainable architecture, with the rich lustre of the local timber contrasting ultra-contemporary glass and steel sculptural shapes.
In every direction, dense tropical foliage plays home to exotic birdlife, primates and other rainforest fauna.
Secreted away in one of the oldest living rainforests (recently World Heritage listed) in tropical North Queensland is a quintessentially Australian example of the tree house hotel phenomenon.
Celebrating serenity and nature hand-in-hand, Silky Oaks Lodge sits quietly within the Daintree Rainforest.
Offering those lucky enough to stay there a truly unforgettable experience, one of Silky Oaks’ unique points of difference is the vast array of experiences at your fingertips.
It boasts sub-tropical landscapes, trails stretching out into the Daintree National Park, swimming (in the Great Barrier Reef no less!), cycling, hiking and canoeing.
This eco lodge’s tree houses are designed with luxury and relaxation in mind.
If actually sleeping in a tree house isn't your thing, you can always pay a visit to this idyllic retreat in Vourvourou, in Greece's Halkidiki region.
The resort has just opened the Treehouse fine dining restaurant, where guests can enjoy local cuisine under the stars before retiring to their room firmly on the ground.
Taking inspiration from the stunning array of flora and fauna that can be found in the region, the designers incorporated an eco-conscious theme using sustainably sourced materials.
The intimate Treehouse seats just 10 people and dinner is served in one sitting at 9pm each evening.
Guests staying in the resort experience Greek hospitality at its best and have direct access to unspoiled beaches, caves and crystal water.
Feature image: Johan Jansson
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