11 Jaw-Dropping Treehouse Getaways
Tired of the same old hotel room? Turn your hotel experience up a notch with a stay in a treehouse. Treehouse hotels are a far cry from your childhood clapboard clubhouse. Many feature air-conditioning, king-sized beds and luxe amenities, and can be booked by individuals, or through bespoke tour operators, like Jacada Travel. Find inspiration in a jungle canopy with our list of 11 incredible getaways.
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Located in a private game reserve on the fringe of Tarangire National Park, this safari lodge is designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding African bush. The Main Lodge building encases a 700-year-old baobab tree, and accommodations include 20 spacious treehouses. Each treehouse boasts decks that are ideal for birdwatching or savoring sundowns while gazing across Tarangire.
Pacuare Jungle Lodge
Pacuare Reserve, Costa Rica
Nestled in a rainforest overlooking the Pacuare River, Pacuare Jungle Lodge features treetop luxury cabins, some with private infinity pools. The treetop cabins offer dramatic views over the surrounding wilderness. Guest can zipline in or rappel down to a platform known as "The Nest" for an unforgettable breakfast or dinner tucked in the jungle canopy.
Singita Sweni Lodge
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Based inside a 33,000 acre, private concession in South Africa's Kruger National Park, Singita Sweni Lodge sits at the edge of the Sweni River and is surrounded by lush forest. The lodge's exterior decks seem to hover in the tree branches, while inside guests enjoy muted colors and textures that echo the landscape.
This upscale bed and breakfast treats guests to a stay in spectacular glass-enclosed treehouse cabins. Each room is secluded and self-contained, and features a wealth of amenities including full-sized kitchens, washers/dryers, 2-person rain-head showers, heated tile floors in the bathrooms, screened-in porches with private hot tubs, king-sized beds, gas fireplaces, 2-person recliners and complimentary Wi-Fi.
At Playa Viva, guests experience the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Mexico in a luxe, environmentally-conscious resort. The property recently opened its first treehouse, tucked into palm trees and raised 6 feet above the ground. The room is outfitted with a king-sized, private bathroom, ocean view and small lounge area with in-floor hammock.
Banning Mills Treehouse Village
Not only will guests of Banning Mills get to zoom around on an enormous zipline course during an eco-canopy adventure tour, they'll also stay in a unique treehouse village. Located in the treetops, some 70 feet above a gorge and accessible only by rope and wood sky bridges, the 7 treehouse rooms include a microwave, small refrigerator and a jetted tub-for-two, as well as a Keurig coffee machine.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
An eco-luxury lodge built along Peru's Madre de Dios River, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica features 35 wooden cabanas, as well as the prized Inkaterra Canopy Tree House room. Built on a private platform 73 feet above the lush jungle floor, the treehouse allows guests to observe a range of wild animal species that are not usually visible from the ground, and listen to the amazing jungle sounds while enjoying a complimentary drink.
Glacier Under Canvas
Near the entrance to Glacier National Park, pampered adventurers will find Glacier Under Canvas, a luxury "glamping" resort. Guests can choose from several types of tents, including the treehouse tent. You'll enjoy comforts like a king-sized bed, private bathroom with flush toilet, ceramic sink and shower with hot water.
Permai Rainforest Resort
Permai Rainforest Resort offers 10 treehouses set in the canopy of the Malaysian rainforest and located just steps from the sea. The treehouses rest upon stilts in the forest canopy, 20 feet above ground. The air-conditioned units sleep 2 people and have ensuite bathrooms, as well as a free minibar with canned soft drinks.
Sunset at the Palms
Noted for their distinctive design, Sunset at the Palms' deluxe treehouse guestrooms offer spacious quarters with king-sized platform beds, air conditioning, satellite television, ceiling fans, safes, hair dryers and direct-dial telephones.
Komodo Restaurant - Nests
Though it's not a hotel, the Komodo nests are so funky they deserve a special mention. Unexpectedly located amidst the glossy high rises of downtown Miami, Komodo Restaurant offers diners a chance to make like a bird, and sit inside floating bird nests. Inspired by treehouse design, each nest can be used for individual dinners or private parties. The sprawling 300-seat, 3-story restaurant restaurant and lounge dishes up Asian-inspired fare, including favorites like the grilled 13-veggie salad, a tuna porterhouse and wasabi shrimp.
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