Photo: View of the Pacific from Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California. (Flickr/Greg Balzer)
The warm summer days of our childhood spent in treehouses playing pretend may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relive them.
Treehouse hotels are all the rage these days, but instead of shoddy craftsmanship and “No Girls Allowed” signs, they’re flourished with luxurious amenities, cozy furnishings and heavenly panoramas. After all, we all deserve a yummy bubble bath in a gorgeous stand-alone tub while sipping champagne as we reminisce about the simpler times.
From the Caribbean shores of Tulum to the tropical jungles of Thailand, these dreamy treehouse hotels are here to serve our nostalgia whilst we visit far-flung lands to satisfy our wanderlust.
Azulik Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
Set amid a lush jungle atop rocky cliffs in the gypsetter enclave of Tulum, Azulik Tulum is, (for lack of a better word), paradise.
The Mayan escape where rustic meets luxury is the perfect setting for a warm, wild and wooly holiday. Its lofty, vernacular treehouses overlook Tulum’s absurdly beautiful coast and are embedded with exquisite fixtures like an outdoor swinging bed and loungers on the private terrace, a canopy bed and a gorgeous mosaic tub. The higher category treehouses even have an extra mosaic tub on the terrace—because sunsets and warm nights are just better enjoyed while plunged in one.
For an even more romantic vibe, the property is lit only by candlelight at night. Rates start at $413 a night.
KEEMALA, Phuket, Thailand
All it takes to fall in desperate love with Phuket’s KEEMALA is to explore its jungle walkways, which connect the bewitching resort’s network of villas tucked under a canopy of trees. A stay at this tropical escape is as enchanting and transformative as the rainforest that shelters it, what with its treehouse villas expertly amalgamating luxury with telluric charm.
Marvel at the suspended private pool that each villa comes with, then squeeze in as much sweet slumber as you need in a glorious canopy bed. Spend lazy, wistful days simply communing with nature.
The Tree Pool House and the Bird’s Nest Pool Villa are both excellent choices. Rates start at $358 a night.
Aqua Wellness Resort, Tola, Nicaragua
Slip into the laziest rhythm along Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast by taking to the trees at Aqua Wellness Resort. This eco-lodge boasts a private beach, spa and many opportunities for yoga and meditation.
Most tantalizing of all are its treehouses, set above the fecund forest floor for optimal sunset viewing, which must be done in a private plunge pool overlooking the glistening Pacific coast. There’s a type of minimalist, no-frills (and very green approach) to every treehouse here, but luxury is still very much apparent.
Most boast a private balcony, a private plunge pool, and rocking chairs, while some feature a fully equipped kitchen. Rates start at $205 a night.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
Big Sur’s craggy, untrammeled Pacific coast draws the more outdoorsy set, especially since there are many camping and glamping spots there. However, those of us who prefer a less rugged and more upscale experience are welcome as well, especially at Post Ranch Inn.
The well-known hotel, whose centerpieces are its lavish Cliff Houses, also have modernist treehouses on hand. Standing nine feet above the forest floor on stilts, these triangle-shaped treehouses are shoo-ins for those who love sleeping amongst the foliage but still enjoy the small luxuries, which in this case includes a wood-burning fireplace, a spa tub, a private deck, and free WiFi. Rates start at $925 a night.
Arctic Treehouse Hotel, Rovaniemi, Finland
If vacationing in a warm, sunny destination is getting a little old, then a holiday in the Arctic Circle might just be what the doctor ordered.
Take a trip to Rovaniemi, Finland: A stay at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel will make you feel like you’re nestled in a magical snow globe, one with plush beds, fuzzy pillows and throws, snow-capped trees and the marvel that is the Aurora Borealis.
Each treehouse at this hotel is made of fine wood flourished with coziness and contemporary twists. Most importantly, it comes with a massive glass window, which affords majestic views of the night sky that looks even more spectacular in these parts. Rates start at $520 a night.