Lion Sands
Lion Sands | Courtesy of Lion Sands
Lion Sands | Courtesy of Lion Sands
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Incredibly Cool Treehouse Hotels to Channel Your Inner 10 Year Old

Check into these beautiful treehouse hotels in Mexico, Bali, and beyond.

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When you were ten, camping out in a treehouse—where “room service” was your mom with brownies, interrupting your game of truth or dare at the WORST possible moment—made for some pretty great overnight lodging. Now, though, treehouse hotels, eco-lodges, and Airbnbs are taking the notion of a treehouse to the next level, sometimes literally.

These are a few of the world's most spectacular treehouses for your future vacation plans and Ewok cosplay needs, where the amenities are more than a sleeping bag and flashlight—some are full-blown resorts. At the very least, they could inspire you to step up your own backyard game and start building.

TreeHouse Point

Issaquah, Washington
Number of rooms: 6
Cost per night: From $661
The work of a "world-renowned treehouse builder," this B&B just outside Seattle boasts rustic-but-modern cabins decorated with leather chairs, cedar beds, and private balconies. The treehouses themselves have hippie-dippie names like Trillium, Upper Pond, and Temple of the Blue Moon. The place also rocks a summer concert series and serves as a tourable nature conservancy.

Lion Sands treehouse resort
Lion Sands | Courtesy of Lion Sands

Lion Sands

Kruger National Park, South Africa
Number of rooms: 3
Cost per night: From around $275 per person
Though this South African wilderness resort has lodges with equally luxurious rooms, the way to go is a night in one of their treehouses, accessible via raised wooden walkways. When you’re perched above the savannah in a king-sized bed, it’s hard to imagine staying anywhere else.

Treehotel
Treehotel | Johan Jansson

Treehotel

Harads, Sweden
Number of rooms: Seven, including Dragonfly, The Blue Cone (which is, uh, red), and The UFO
Cost per night: From $641
As much a showcase for Sweden's top architects as it is a hotel, this enclave in a pine forest boasts modern, highly Instagrammable treehouses up to 20 feet off the ground, resembling bird nests, mirrored cubes, and UFOs. The largest room is the Dragonfly; the most invisible room is the Mirrorcube; the most extraterrestrial room is the UFO.

The Original Treehouse Cottages
Original Treehouse Cottages | Courtesy of The Original Treehouse Cottages

Original Treehouse Cottages

Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Number of rooms: 7
Cost per night: From $179
Eureka Springs is one of America’s great mountain towns, so if you’re keen on exploring this hotel offers treehouse accommodations on a wooded hillside right by Downtown. For a more secluded experience you can opt to stay in their “Hidden Forest” about a mile away. Either way, you’re getting your own little slice of treetop luxury. There’s a jacuzzi completely encircled with windows, offering a 365-degree view of the towering pines of the Ozarks.

Secluded Intown Treehouse in Atlanta
The Secluded Intown Treehouse | Courtesy of Secluded Intown Treehouse

Secluded Intown Treehouse

Atlanta, Georgia
Number of rooms: 1
Cost per night: $389
It’s kind of amazing that an urban treehouse—we’re literally minutes from downtown Atlanta here!—can look like this. The Secluded Intown Treehouse has three separate rooms (Mind, Body, and Spirit, the latter of which is a hammock deck) that are connected to each other with rope swing bridges. It’s supported by seven trees altogether. It looks like something designed on Pinterest, yet it is real.

Nothofagus Hotel & Spa
Nothofagus Hotel & Spa | RESERVA BIOLOGICA HUILOHUILO

Nothofagus Hotel & Spa

Neltume, Chile
Number of rooms: 55
Cost per night: From $210
Floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies offer leafy views of both the Patagonian Andes and Mocho Choshuenco Volcano. Premium suites come with their own living room, whirlpool tub, and, appropriately, rainforest shower. There are also two restaurants, and a heated swimming pool and full spa below.

Acre Baja treehouse
A treehouse at Acre Baja | Courtesy of Acre Baja

Acre 

Baja, Mexico
Number of rooms: 12
Cost per night: $305
If you’re after tropical vibes, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll wake up each morning in a thatched treehouse nestled amongst a grove of palm trees; enjoy your coffee (or perhaps mezcal?) out on your private terrace and request an in-room massage to really unwind. Also on site: organic gardens, citrus groves, farm animals, and a pool.

Bangkok Tree House

Bangkok, Thailand
Number of rooms: 10
Cost per night: From $93
Opened in 2012 and inspired by Thoreau's Walden Pond, this elevated eco-friendly oasis in the heart of the big city admits it's "not for everyone." No A/C, outdoor showers—it’s treehouse life for real here. In addition to sleek treetop rooms and free cell phone rentals, the hotel rents the “View with a Room”: Sleep 23 feet off the ground in the open air under the stars.

Châteaux dans les Arbres in the Dordogne

Nojals-et-Clotte, France
Number of rooms: 6
Cost per night: From $319
Modeled after a traditional French chateau, these elevated castles in Southwest France are built on stilts among chestnut and oak trees and include a terraced hot tub and ground-level infinity pool. No roughing-it attitude required here.

The Fusion Home

Golfito, Costa Rica
Number of rooms: 6
Cost per night: From $135
Situated in the canopy of the Costa Rican rainforest on the Pacific Coast, The Fusion Home doesn’t just come with killer views: The ultra-hospitable hosts are also happy to take you on guided night hikes, help you arrange regional excursions, or bring you fresh food from the local garden. This is just one of many rentals available in this community of eco-friendly treehouses; if The Fusion Home’s already been snatched up for the week, try Fila Tortuga, Casa Perezosa, or Casa Paraiso on for size.

Free Spirit Spheres
Free Spirit Spheres | Tom Chudleigh

Free Spirit Spheres

Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Number of rooms: 3
Cost per night: From $314
You'll be gently rocked to sleep in one of three floating cedar/spruce orbs (Luna, Eryn, and Melody) dangling in an old-growth forest. Not bad, eh? The spheres are "suspended like pendants from a web of rope," 10 to 15 feet above the forest floor.

Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort

Cave Junction, Oregon
Number of rooms: 17
Cost per night: From $90, depending on the season
This place has more than a mile of ziplines! It feels more like staying with your highly eccentric relatives than being in a hotel; the family-run business used to sell T-shirts to guests, whom they called “Tree Musketeers,” rather than charge them a room rate. The rooms don’t have locks—though we guess you’re relatively safe out in the middle of 36 acres near the Siskiyou National Forest. The activitrees at this treesort also include a horse-breeding ranch.

The Sanctuary Treehouse by Treehouses of Serenity
The Sanctuary Treehouse by Treehouses of Serenity | Courtesy of Treehouses of Serenity

Sanctuary, Treehouses of Serenity

Asheville, North Carolina
Number of rooms: 1
Cost per night: $335
Asheville, girl, you’ve done it again. Wake up early in the morning, wrap a blanket around your shoulders, and plop down in a rocking chair on the porch of this rustic treehouse to watch the sun rise over the Blue Ridge Mountains. (We felt peaceful just typing that.) Plus, if this stay isn’t available during your trip, the owners have a few other treehouses (and a hobbit house!) ready to welcome you with open, uh, branches.

Treehouse Blue Mountains

Bilpin, New South Wales, Australia
Number of rooms: 1
Cost per night: $456
I mean … look at it. Built on 600 acres of private land, this treehouse comes with a spa, fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a hot tub. It makes a great home base for exploring not one but two nearby national parks. There’s great mountain biking to be done in the area, but it honestly looks like it would be very hard to get out of bed here.

Tower House in Green Village
Tower House, Green Village | Courtesy of Green Village

Green Village

Bali, Indonesia
Number of rooms: 12
Cost per night: From $151
This eco-community in Bali may be the grandest collection of treehouse vacation homes in the world. You can actually rent a six-story bamboo villa—and since most of them don’t have what you’d call “walls,” you’re basically sleeping in nature, but like, still in the complete lap of luxury.

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Matt Meltzer, Dave Baldwin, Kastalia Medrano, and Tiana Attride contributed to reporting for this story. 
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