Humans have always felt at home in the trees. It is, after all, where we came from a long, long time ago. But even in the modern age, trees play a very important role in our lives. People who live near trees are known to have better physical and mental health, and the presence of trees is important for preventing climate change.
Awesome treehouses can be found everywhere from Canada to Patagonia, and from New Zealand to Thailand. Here are the world’s most beautiful treehouses you can rent for your next trip.
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Finca Bellavista is a sustainable treehouse community in Costa Rica’s rainforest canopies, and it’s probably the closest thing to a quintessential rainforest getaway that there is. You can purchase a parcel to build your own treehouse on, or just crash there for a few nights. They let you zipline between treehouses. There’s miles of hiking trails. There’s waterfalls and rivers to swim in. Birdwatching, garden tours, hammocks — it’s quite possibly the coolest place on Earth.
Several of the units at Finca Bellavista are available for rent on Airbnb. You can also book the entire property.
Rainforest Treehouse with hot springs
This treehouse with a wraparound balcony is in Alajuela, Costa Rica, and is adjacent to 15 natural hot and cold springs. Part of the Bio Thermales natural resort, it’s a short drive from the treehouse to Costa Rica’s famous Volcano Arenal. It’s currently $112 a night.
Soneva Kiri Treepod
The Soneva Kiri Resort on Koh Kood, Thailand, has a one-of-a-kind feature: “treepod” dining. Basically, you enter the pod on the jungle floor, and then it’s hoisted into the canopy, where you’re served a meal by a waiter — and an acrobat — on a zipline. The views stretch over the ancient forest to the sea, and options range from breakfast to dinner to high tea.
Just outside Seattle in Issaquah, Washington, is the treehouse B&B named TreeHouse Point. Six treehouse rooms sit high along the Raging River, with suspension bridges and twisting staircases connecting visitors to the forest floor. TreeHouse Point also offers yoga classes, tai chi, and massage services for guests.
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Silky Oaks Lodge
Silky Oaks Lodge is a luxury resort in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest — recognized as the oldest rainforest in the world — outside Queensland, Australia’s Mossman Gorge River. 40 contemporary treehouses unite around a treetop, open-air restaurant and bar overlooking the river. Silky Oaks (and its onsite spa) will reopen post-renovation in late 2021.
The second-to-none Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, has six absolutely incredible treehouse rooms — from the bizarre, alien-themed UFO room to the almost-invisible Mirrorcube, it takes your weirdest ideas about treehouses and runs with them. You’ll spend evenings dining privately (local fare only, naturally), nights lit up by the northern lights, and mornings your imagination running as wild as the landscape.
The Nothofagus Hotel is among the treetops of the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve in Chilean Patagonia. With 55 rooms, this just might be the largest treehouse complex in the world. You’ll also find hot springs, a spa and restaurant on site, and opportunities for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
Hapuku Lodge and Treehouses
Hapuku Lodge is a luxury resort in Kaikoura, New Zealand, featuring a number of 30-foot-tall treehouses that overlook the Kaikoura Seaward Mountains and the Mangamaunu Bay. The contemporary treehouses are big enough for couples or for families, and you’ll spend your days fishing, encountering dolphins, sea kayaking, and swimming with the seals.
Another beautiful treehouse available on Airbnb. This one, in Alessandria, Italy, offers free wifi and access to a 19th-century wine cellar. The clean white setup is set amongst linden trees with views over the hills and the massive — 200,000 square feet! — garden. Walking and biking paths are easily accessible for guests.
Free Spirit Spheres
Free Spirit Spheres are available for rent (and available for purchase, if that’s your speed) in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. Suspended from webs of rope, the spherical hotel rooms are accessible through spiral staircases and small suspension bridges. Some spruce, some fiberglass, some painted with Indigenous murals, each combines luxury with eco-friendly minimalism.