Although I certainly wouldn’t say no to a nice hotel with pool and the usual facilities, admittedly I have always preferred to opt for something a little more quirky. I adore holiday accommodation that offers an adventure or a story. With this in mind, it doesn’t get much better than luxury treehouse retreats for a touch of magic, authenticity and childhood nostalgia.
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life then you can’t do much better than retreating up a tree, probably in the middle of a forest. I love the remote feeling associated with the treehouse holiday (although I don’t hate people that much, promise!).
To inspire you with your very own quirky break, I’ve compiled my favourite treehouse retreats from all over the world.
1. Tree Hotel – Harads, Sweden
The Tree Hotel offers a selection of the most impressive contemporary treehouses you will ever see. But then you wouldn’t expect anything less of those stylish Scandinavians.
The mind-bending mirrored treehouse and the bird’s nest blend effortlessly into the natural environment in the most unique ways. The UFO and The Blue Cone stand out blatantly, almost as if they were a statement of art.
The coolest little spaces I have ever seen and I think you’ll agree. Book online at treehotel.se.
2. Eagles View Suite – Iso Syöte, Finland
Another Scandinavian retreat for you now – after all, they do the picturesque postcard look so well! The Eagles View Suite is part of the Iso Syöte hotel in Finland and has been specially built to establish an intimate connection with nature. The walls and roof of the suite are made entirely of glass, offering unrivalled views and the perfect spot for star-gazing.
Features a living room with cosy fireplace, a luxury bathroom, private sauna, jacuzzi and a tree growing through the middle of the space. Book online at hotelli-isosyote.fi.
3. Aroma(n)tica Treehouse – Moferrato, Italy
Next, an adorable wooden cabin suspended amongst the fragrances of the linden trees and other aromatic herbs. This treehouse offers stunning panoramic views of the picturesque hills and is situated in an area that produces top quality wines.
Accommodates two people with one bedroom and one bathroom. There is free parking on the premise, wireless internet, heating and a seasonal pool. Available to book through Airbnb.
4. The Treehouse – Somerset, UK
For those who’d prefer to stay in the UK, this is a generously sized treehouse with a fairytale exterior. The Treehouse is situated in the beautiful conservation village of Halse and in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Includes a private hot tub and use of an indoor heated swimming pool every afternoon. Book through holidaylettings.co.uk.
5. Chewton Glen – Hampshire, UK
I recently enjoyed a wonderful spa day at Chewton Glen. They have the most stunning facilities with food and treatments that are to die for.
Unfortunately we weren’t lucky enough to stay in one of their stunning treehouse suites but if I were going again, this is what I’d be doing (um, let’s just not think about the price right now).
The emphasis with these treehouse retreats is the real affinity with nature; natural materials and floor to ceiling glass providing panoramic forest views. Situated among the trees of a secluded valley, the suites are the perfect way to unwind and relax after a long and trying day at the spa (ahem). Book online at ChewtonGlen.com.
6. Tongabezi – Victoria Falls, Zambia
Set amongst the branches of a riverine Ebony tree, this impressive treehouse boasts stunning views of the Zambezi River. Also offering luxurious interiors, this treehouse is the epitome of Zambian beauty and majesty.
Book online at tongabezi.com.
7. Secluded Intown Treehouse – Atlanta, US
You may recognise this little gem as it’s been featured all over the place, including George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. With fairy lights and a real magical charm, this wonderfully cute little treehouse is shabby chic in style and looks as though it has been lifted straight out the pages of a children’s book.
It has recently been named Airbnb’s #1 most desirable listing worldwide so I’m guessing you’ll need to book this one quite far in advance! Book online via Airbnb.
After all these treehouse retreats, I now have a serious case of wanderlust and I bet you do too. Sorry! To check out another quirky retreat that I stayed in last year, have a read of my Wild West Getaway post.
Have you stayed in any treehouse retreats or other quirky getaways? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!