Magical Tree House Stays to Awaken Your Sense of Adventure and Reconnect with Nature
No matter your age, spending the night among the treetops is sure to rekindle fond childhood memories of imagination, exploration and adventure. With 33% of US travelers planning to stay in a unique accommodation, like a treehouse, at least once this year, Booking.com has delved into its more than 29 million listings in more than 155,000 destinations around the world to present six incredible tree houses guaranteed to reawaken that childlike sense of adventure and help travelers reconnect with nature. From sleeping high among the treetops in the Costa Rican rainforest to relaxing at a luxurious retreat in Thailand, there is a tree house to thrill every type of traveler.
Under Canvas Glacier, Montana, USA
With tree houses and luxurious safari tents that will appeal to a wide range of travelers, this gorgeous glamping getaway is located near Glacier National Park in Montana's Rocky Mountains, known for its breathtaking glacier-carved peaks and more than 700 miles of hiking trails. Surrounded by dramatic vistas and pristine natural beauty, this part of northwestern Montana is still a bit off the beaten track and ideal for those in the mood for an aspirational travel adventure. The campground provides all of the necessary essentials to ensure an authentic and comfortable experience in the forest, including camp cots, sleeping bags, safari chairs and even lanterns. Just a short drive away, the Hungry Horse Reservoir is a hidden gem, perfect for recreational water activities in the summer or simply to enjoy stunning views of the rugged terrain and the snow-capped peaks to the east in the winter.
Teniqua Treetops, Western Cape, South Africa
Almost three quarters (64%) of US travelers intend to stay in an eco-friendly accommodation at some point in 2020. With that in mind, this eco-friendly tented treetop resort near Seven Passes Road, the oldest mountain pass in South Africa’s Western Cape, is not only sustainable but also quite literally surrounded by greenery. Nestled among 86 acres of pristine indigenous forest along the Garden Route between Knysna and Sedgefield, the property takes their environmental impact seriously, seeking to minimize their energy usage and impact by employing a number of sustainable practices, including dry compost toilets and by using biodegradable, eco-friendly detergents. These treetop suites make for a relaxing and whimsical road trip pitstop for those exploring South Africa’s iconic Garden Route by car. Stretching from the Western to the Eastern Cape, it’s one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world, with stunning mountain vistas and sparkling lagoons to discover around every scenic turn.
Finca Bellavista, Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica
Accessible only by 4x4 vehicles and a 15-minute hike, the tree houses at Finca Bellavista offer a spectacular off-the-grid experience in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle. Located high among the treetops, this remote escape is Ideal for those looking for a little digital detox or wanting to reconnect with nature. If napping to the sounds of tropical birds ever gets old, there are also plenty of activities available nearby to cater to more adventurous tastes, including hiking, mountain biking and zipline tours. Thanks to the property’s farm-to-table philosophy and commitment to support local farmers, guests can also enjoy plenty of fresh organic fruit and vegetables during their stay.
“The Bellavista Treehouse Community is just one of the most unique places you can go. It was amazing to hear all the animals at night and having the sun shine through the ‘windows’ in the morning, while you hear the birds beginning to sing in the morning.” - Sumawi, Germany
Huilo Huilo Canopy Village, Huilo Huilo, Chile
Nestled in the middle of an eco-reserve in the Patagonia region at the southernmost tip of Chile, the wooden bungalows at this forest escape offer intimate views of the surrounding landscape and an amazing opportunity to observe the area’s unique wildlife in their natural environment. While guests do need to provide their own sleeping bags at this rustic retreat, these beautiful shelters make for a convenient homebase for trekking through the majestic peaks, valleys, lakes and rivers the area is known for, including the massive nearby Lake Pirihueico, which is ideal for kayaking and other water sports.
TreeHouse Villas, Ko Yao Noi, Thailand
Surrounded by lush tropical forest, with dramatic cliffs as a backdrop and a nearby private beach, the tree house villas at this exclusive, adults-only resort on the island of Ko Yao Noi in Thailand are anything but rustic. With a secluded location between the popular destinations of Phuket and Krabi, it’s all about attention to detail and pampering, as each villa comes with its own private plunge pool and exclusive hammock-shaped bathtub. Regardless of whether or not you want to indulge in a soothing massage, practice your yoga or trek through the surrounding rainforest, at this island escape you can personalize your tree house experience for maximum relaxation and rejuvenation.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 50,688 respondents across 29 markets. In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2019.
**Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 18,077 respondents were surveyed across 18 markets (1,000+ from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, UK, USA, Australia. In Israel 883 respondents were surveyed). Respondents completed an online survey in February and March 2019.