Tree House at Post Ranch Inn, USA
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A stay among the branches may not mesh with the Californian beach holiday you had in mind but these private, triangular tree houses at Big Sur are worth dragging yourself away from the sand. Set among the firs, each room comes stocked with walking sticks and binoculars to allow you to better explore your new habitat, as well as a fireplace and skylight for watching the stars from the comfort of the king-sized bed. Image: Kodiak Greenwood.
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Your childhood self could never ever dream of a tree house this kitted out. The eight Bird’s Nest Pool Villas at Keemala come with a private 30-metre-square pool; a stand-alone bathtub and king bed made with Egyptian cotton sheets. And from this high up, you’ve got incomparable sea and forest panoramas. There’s no need to leave your perch for food either – though there are three restaurants and bars within the resort, meals can be brought straight to your terrace.
Secluded Intown Treehouse, USA
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This whimsical retreat in Atlanta has captured the world’s imagination – it was named Airbnb’s most wished-for listing in 2017. With its twinkling rope bridges and the chance to sleep touched by the cool night air, a stay in this stripped-back, three-room space is all about connecting with nature – even though it’s quite close to the city centre. Image: Airbnb.
Chalkley Tree Lodge Lion Sands, South Africa
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What could be more romantic than falling asleep on a four-poster bed surrounded by glowing lanterns and gazing straight up at the heavens on a private open-air platform? Not much – except maybe then spotting a leopard roaming beneath you, an event with a fair chance of occurring on this South African game reserve. It’s not the only tree house available at this lodge either; there are three other options scattered around the property.
Cabanes als Arbres, Spain
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It will feel like you’re in a fairytale when the birds start to serenade the morning as you lie in your tree house in the mountains – even more so when your breakfast basket is hoisted up via pulley to your balcony. There are 10 suites built around a variety of pine, Fir Douglas and beech trees between three and eight metres off the ground.
andBeyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Tanzania
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Wedged among the mahogany trunks in Lake Manyara National Park are 10 expansive tree houses made from local timber and fringed with makuti palm fronds. Ascend the staircase to your spacious suite, which features a wrap-around balcony, freestanding bath and outdoor shower. Once you tire of lolling among the greenery, the lodge organises twice-daily game drives to go lion, elephant and buffalo spotting. Image: andBeyond.com.
Daintree Ecolodge, Australia
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The canopy and rainforest banyans in the heart of Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest are luxury on stilts. No matter which window you peer out of, you’ll spy a thousand shades of green. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of the rainforest from your bath, king bed or the hot tub on the enclosed balcony. Image: Simon Shiff.
Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver
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No, this orb isn’t an alien aircraft: it’s one of three spherical tree houses suspended among the cedars and firs on Vancouver Island in Canada’s British Columbia. The interiors of these bright yellow bubbles are simple (bed, sitting area, speakers) but you won’t be spending too much time examining your furnishings thanks to a huge oculus window to watch the birds dance around the branches and a tranquil pod nearby regularly visited by wildlife. Image: Kerry Maguire/ freespiritspheres.com
Silky Oaks Lodge, Australia
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Along the banks of the Mossman River are 36 deluxe timber tree houses standing in perfect silence. Nestled among the foliage of the Daintree Rainforest, these elevated suites have a spa bath and a private verandah slung with a two-person hammock so you can lie outside and be bothered by absolutely nothing. Once dinnertime comes, venture out to the Treehouse Restaurant, an open-sided dining destination also raised off the rainforest floor.
The Woodsman’s Treehouse, England
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Carefully constructed around a gnarled, ancient oak tree, any woodsman would be counting his luck if this elevated structure were his forest home. No detail has been forgotten at this West Dorset retreat: the fireplace can be rotated to warm the kitchen, bedroom or loungeroom, depending on where you’re settled in; there’s a huge copper bath with views out to the woods; a rooftop spa deck features a hot tub and sauna; and there’s a wood-fired pizza oven on the balcony.
Tongabezi Tree House, Zambia
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If Tarzan had managed to amass some interior design skills, there’s no doubt this would have been his dream tree house. This incredible open-walled room fits around three riverine Ebony trees and is dotted with beautiful African artwork. There’s a four-poster bed draped with billowing mosquito nets but we daresay you’ll spend most of your time in the claw-foot bath on the huge pine deck, watching the sunset over the Zambezi River.
Wollemi Wilderness Treehouse, Australia
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This is a seriously impressive bushman’s retreat. Supported by stilts high above the forest floor, this Blue Mountains tree house comes with an inbuilt spa where you can submerge yourself, glass of wine in hand, and gaze out the huge windows to the gorge of Bowen’s Creek below or gaze up the heavens through the glass roof. Visiting when the chill brings the fog down on the mountains? There’s a fireplace to keep you toasty. Image: Jochen Spencer/ lovecabins.com.au.
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Although it’s almost a decade old, the allure of this whimsical complex of unique lodgings in the woods of Swedish Lapland hasn’t dimmed. There are several singular tree houses at Treehotel suspended above the snowy ground, including the four-by-four Mirrorcube that all but vanishes among the birch trees, the Bird’s Nest (accessible by ladder) and the Dragonfly, a huge suite with incredible view of the valley below.
Treehouse Lodge, Peru
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There are 10 incredible fairy-lit tree houses at this sprawling complex on the edges of Peru’s Yarapa River in the Amazon Rainforest – yes, this is truly a jungle hideaway. These clever sleeping structures are secured between 10 and 20 metres above the forest floor and are accessed through a maze of raised walkways, suspended bridges and staircases winding around tree trunks. You’re not the only one using these paths to move through the trees – keep an eye out for troops of squirrel monkeys and flocks of bright parakeets.