If you missed your chance to hang out in a treehouse as a kid, it’s never too late to seize the experience, especially when you can revolve your next vacation around sleeping in one. A growing number of spots around the globe are offering treehouses in lieu of the traditional hotel room. This quirky overnight option is for the intrepid traveler, one who doesn’t shy away from heights or enjoying spectacular scenery from a perch under a shaded canopy of leaves.
While you won’t typically find five-star luxury with this style of accommodation, you will find plenty of adventure and, most of the time, ensuite bathrooms. Live out, or relive, that childhood fantasy by incorporating one of these seven incredible treehouse options, all bookable on Orbitz.com, into your next vacation.
1. Saraii Village, Sri Lanka
Ranked as “One of the Top 10 Most Extraordinary Tree Top Hotels in the World” by TripAdvisor, Saraii Village is an eco-friendly destination unto itself. Nestled within a canopy of trees deep in the heart of Weerawila, the estate boasts five beautifully decorated treehouses made from recycled and up-cycled materials. For instance, furniture is made from discarded electricity poles and treehouse platforms are constructed from discarded railroad ties. Saraii offers room service, Wi-Fi, a wellness spa and a saltwater pool onsite, plus a diverse assortment of excursions: leopard safaris, cycling tours, artisan market visits, weaving and pottery classes and authentic meals with locals.
2. Les Refuges Perches Mont-Tremblant Treehouses, Canada
The ten treehouses at Les Refuges Perchés Mont-Tremblant reside in the Laurentians mountains of Québec, and are available year-round. This forested playground is quite exclusive: The only way to reach it is by a hiking trail or via water access, something that keeps this serene setting quiet and car-free. Each treehouse is insulated with wood heating and includes a small kitchen, but bring your own linens and be prepared to share a centralized bathroom facility (an effort by the property to minimize waste and reduce consumption). Once on property, seasonal activities that await include: hiking, swimming, boating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
3. Teniqua Treetops, South Africa
Wake up to the sounds of singing birds and fluttering butterflies at this treetop hideaway along South Africa’s famed Garden Route. Teniqua Treetops is tucked into the Knysna forests and is an eco-friendly paradise in which to nest for a few days. It boasts eight cozy treehouses, all uniquely constructed by hand. There are four “Honeymoon Treehouses,” all of which include tented bedrooms, wood-and-glass bathrooms and kitchens, and indoor and outdoor seating areas with epic views. There are also two one-bedroom and two two-bedroom “Family Treehouses,” for larger groups of treetop travelers.
4. Dominican Tree House Village, Dominican Republic
Imagine yourself as George (or Jane) of the Jungle at the Dominican Tree House Village. An adventurous alternative to the resorts that hug Samana’s beaches, this sprawling setting of 22 treehouses and tree huts features open-air rooms that hover up to 40 feet off the ground, with communal (private) bathroom facilities located throughout. All rooms include curtains, hammocks, electricity and a ceiling fan—but no W-iFi. (Hello, digital detox!) All-inclusive guests are invited to drink as much water, soda and rum as they please.
5. Dihan Evasion, France
Dihan Evasion lives up to the description offered on its website: “A child’s dream perched in the branches of hundred-year-old trees.” Its seven treehouses reside on a family farm on protected countryside near the sea in Brittany and the Gulf of Morbihan. Accommodations are open-air without tap water or electricity, with a dry toilet ensuite (classic bathrooms are located near reception). Dihan can assist with spa treatments, hiking, paddle boarding, kitesurfing and bike rentals—or you could choose to do nothing at all, and simply enjoy nesting in your French treehouse.
6. Lupe Sina Treesort, Samoa
Lupe Sina Treesort is the first and only “luxury” treehouse in the South Pacific, according to its website. Located in the hills of Tiavi on the island nation of Samoa, this treehouse is built into an ancient banyan tree and includes two bedrooms, a full en-suite bathroom—the shower is actually in the tree—a kitchenette and two balconies. A cooked-to-order breakfast can be served directly to the treehouse each morning, so you can enjoy the lush rainforest views from your perch.
7. Beddegama Ecopark, Sri Lanka
Fall asleep and wake up to the rhythms of the jungle in the deep south of Sri Lanka. Hugged by jungle and mountain views, Beddegama Ecopark features open-air treehouses that include ensuite bathrooms with Western toilets, plus a shower and sink in the middle of the tree itself. Recent guests rave that you’ll feel as though you’re truly “one with nature.” The ecopark can also arrange guided safaris; the area is home to a large population of leopards.
TIP: Orbitz.com is now offering even more offbeat and unexpected accommodations. Here’s how to find them on site:
1. Select your destination and travel dates.
2. On the results page, check out the “Filter Properties By” column to the left of the resulting hotel selections.
3. You can sort by “Property Type” and “Vacation Rentals” to uncover cool options such as villas, houseboats, tentalows, castles and more.