The height of luxury
As an iconic image of childhood, the treehouse presents a long-held source of imagination for many. Dreams of owning one, your very own secret hideout in a fantasy world or a base for adventures and derring-do, probably came to a lot of us. And this would have only been reinforced by depictions in literature and popular culture, such as the base of operations for the Lost Boys in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and the desert island home of the shipwrecked Swiss Family Robinson. More recently, the Lord of the Rings films showed the elves of Lothlórien living high above the forest floor in elaborate and elegant bowers.
So it’s unsurprising that all of this has gone on to inspire adult fascinations with treehouses. Numerous architects have used these ideas to craft fantastic structures amongst the canopies, giving us new opportunities to explore the upper realms and revel where our feet don’t touch the ground. And, naturally, many of these are now available to adventurous travellers wishing to indulge their imaginations!
The Flexicover Team shows off a number of treehouse hotels for you to choose from.
Kanopi House; Port Antonio, Jamaica
This idyllic treehouse retreat overlooks a sandy cove on the ‘Jamaican Riviera’, with a private beach and turquoise waters part of the natural attraction. The hotel is surrounded by 30m tall banyan trees and bamboo thickets, thick with verdant vines and carrying the serenity of a tropical forest. A blend of colonial and West Indian styles offers guests luxury amongst the sights and sounds of the rainforest. The hotel prides itself on being exotic as well as eco-friendly, with no trees having been felled during construction. Whilst here, guests can indulge in various water sports, explore nearby islands or simply soak up the sun with a rum cocktail in hand!
&Beyond Tree Lodge; Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Ten stilted treehouses stand beneath the sprawling shade of an ancient mahogany forest in the secluded part of the Lake Manyara National Park. The lodge here offers romantic seclusion coupled with the exotic thrill of a safari. Each of the deluxe residences is snug and comfortable with huge windows and a private veranda that showcase the beautiful sights and sounds of being between the lake and Rift Valley escarpment. Take advantage of bubble baths to relax your muscles after a long day sightseeing on a game drive. Other activities include heading out to explore the lake environs on bicycle, photographing flocks of flamingos or even visiting a Maasai village!
Chewton Glen; New Milton, United Kingdom
With the main hotel firmly established as a five star operation, a new style of accommodation was built to offer something different while retaining the values of a traditional upmarket country estate. Set within 130 acres of beautiful gardens and hidden in the forest a short distance from the main hotel, these elegantly simple structures are built on stilts to give the appearance of living in the wood itself. Hot tubs on the secluded balcony are one of their most popular features allowing guests to sit back with a glass of wine and let the natural surroundings soothe their cares away.
Treehotel; Harads, Sweden
Inspired by a nostalgic Swedish film, The Tree Lover, Treehotel was designed to give guests a high-end relaxing stay whilst reflecting on the harmony of unspoiled nature. Suspended in the ancient pine forest between four and six metres above the ground, all six of the rooms on offer present spectacular views of the Lule Rive and its surroundings. Mirrorcube is the most eye-catching of the rooms and yet its shiny exterior blends in with the forest like no other treehouse in the world. Activities in the area include hiking, use of the tree sauna and sea kayaking. Each room is uniquely and comfortably appointed, so you can best experience the wonders of the wilderness!
Carbanes als Arbres; Girona, Spain
Set amongst the Forest of the Guilleries in northern Catalonia, these cabins offer stunning views of a verdant landscape with the drama of the Pyrenees as a backdrop. As part of their ecological commitment and in order to preserve the unique environment, these cosy rooms don’t come with electricity or running water (a nearby lodge offers cooking & shower facilities) and are all naturally ventilated. Only accessible by suspended bridges and ladders, each is designed to suit the tree it’s built on. Breakfast is delivered to you in baskets, which adds to the charm. As well as relaxing or trekking amongst natural beauty, the Spa Font Vella is nearby as is the famous reservoir at Sau.
Whichever secret hideout you discover, remember we at Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.