As an adult, you require more from a tree fort than just a spot to stash your nudie magazines. Which is why we found the world's 10 coolest big-boy hideouts that're hung high in the trees and cobbled together with more than leftover wood scraps from behind Dad's shed.
The World's 10 Coolest Treehouse Hotels
Number of rooms: 268 treetop rooms, suites, and houses connected by over 5mi of 30ft-high wooden catwalks
Cost per night: From $476
Height off the ground: Almost everything sits at canopy level (35ft), although their highest cabin, the Tarzan House, is nestled 72ft up a living Mahogany tree
Why stay? Billed as the "largest treetop hotel in the world", rooms like The Jacques Cousteau and Discovery boast private balconies and stunning views of both the jungle and Negro River. There's even a treetop swimming pool.
Number of rooms: 12 (including one with no walls or ceiling called the "View with a Room")
Cost per night: From $125
Height off the ground: Up to 23ft in the air
Why stay? Opened in 2012 and inspired by Thoreau's Walden Pond, this elevated oasis in the heart of the big city admits it's "not for everyone" and, in addition to sleek treetop rooms and gratis cell phones, rents a floating double-bed called the River Nest. Seriously, it's just a bed on the water. Take a more in-depth look, right here.
Number of rooms: 55
Cost per night: From $315
Height off the ground: One building rather than individual cabins, it reaches seven stories
Why stay? Floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies offer views of both the Patagonian Andes and Mocho Choshuenco Volcano. There's also rainforest showers, two restaurants, and a full pool and spa below. Take a closer look here.
Hainan Island, China
Number of rooms: Four (including the above-pictured Big Beach in the Sky)
Cost per night: From $96
Height off the ground: Varies
Why stay? Built into old tamarind trees near a "new 5,000 acre Buddhist and ecological theme park complete with temples, pagodas, (and) botanical gardens", these perfect-for-groups treehouses offer beach access, views of the South China Sea, and can sleep up to 20 guests over three levels.
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Number of rooms: One
Cost per night: $400
Height off the ground: 90ft
Why stay? Linked by a suspension bridge to the resort's quarter-mile 103ft-high canopy walk (of which you'll get a spectacular night-time tour), you're pretty much sleeping with the wildlife in this cabin boasting a traditional "Ese-Eja design of palm thatched roof and wooden floors". You even get walkie talkies in order to call the Canopy Butler.
Golfito, Costa Rica
Number of rooms: Nine
Cost per night: From $100
Height off the ground: Up to 90ft off the forest floor
Why stay? Not to be confused with George and Estelle's "Del Boca Vista," FB's a sustainable treehouse community (AKA a commune of earthy young expats) situated in the canopy of the Costa Rican rainforest on the Pacific Coast. They're nice enough to let you join them in surfing, hiking, and zip-lining between treehouses; you can also buy a lot and build your own.
Number of rooms: Three
Cost per night: From $262
Height off the ground: Built on stilts among chestnut and oak trees, they aren't as high as some of their suspended counterparts
Why stay? "Modeled after a traditional French chateaux," these three elevated castle houses in SW France's Dordogne include a terraced hot tub and ground-level infinity pool.
Number of rooms: Six (including Trillium, The Upper Pond, and The Temple of the Blue Moon)
Cost per night: From $255
Height off the ground: A couple of stories at most, accessible by ladders or stairs
Why stay? 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 place also rocks a Summer concert series and serves as a tourable nature conservancy.
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Number of rooms: Three (each with a hippy-dippy name, including Eve, Eryn, and Melody)
Cost per night: From $160
Height off the ground: The spheres are "suspended like pendants from a web of rope", 10-15ft above the forest floor
Why stay? 'Cause you'll be gently rocked to sleep in a floating cedar/ spruce orb dangling in an old-growth forest. Is that not enough?
Number of rooms: Six (including Dragonfly, The Blue Cone, and The UFO)
Cost per night: From $506
Height off the ground: 13-20ft; some suspended, some on stilts
Why stay? As much a showcase for Sweden's top architects as it is a hotel, this enclave in a pine forest boasts modern, eccentric-designed treehouses that resemble the likes of bird nests, mirrored cubes, and UFOs.
This piece was originally published on February 4, 2014.
1. Treehoteledeforsvägen 2A, Harads
2. Free Spirit Spheres Inc.420 Horne Lake Rd.,,
3. TreeHouse point6922 Preston Fall City Rd SE, Issaquah
4. Bangkok Tree House60 Moo 1, Petch Cha Hueng Rd., พระประแดง
5. Inkaterra Reserva AmazónicaMadre de Dios River Km 15, Tambopata
6. Chateaux Dans Les Arbres24440 Nojals-Et-Clottes, Nojals-Et-Clottes
7. Finca Bellavista, Golfito
8. Sanya Nanshan Treehouse Resort and Beach Club, Hainan Islands
9. Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, Panguipulli
10. Ariau Amazon Towers HotelRua Silva Ramos 20, Manaus
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Located in the picturesque Dordogne, Chateaux Dan Les Arbres is South France's premier treehouse spot. This is the place to get away from it all.
This hideaway hotel located in a treehouse somewhere in Golfito is super secretive. Though the hotel won't give you a location until you make a reservation, it promises to be an experience like no other -- and will put your childhood treehouse to shame.
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