My treehouse growing up was more of a fort; a simple piece of plywood wedged into the meeting place of three branching tree trunks. The 70-year-old oak tree from which I spied leaned a bit precariously over an embankment above our driveway. It was the perfect place to observe undetected. The tree kept me good company with its rough bark and leaves (bright to dark green to brown and crinkly, depending on the seasons) with pointed edges. It was solid under my legs when I inched up the trunk to get a better view.
The sound of the wind in the leaves is one I remember clearly and can conjure up almost any time I need a calming. So the idea of staying in a treehouse hotel of some sort seems automatically more relaxing to me than a regular room in a box of a hotel.
If panoramic views of the Balinesian rainforest caps off your idea of an organically-infused getaway, then the Ubud Hanging Gardens will provide hours of natural inspiration and relaxation (a river runs nearby). The panoramic deluxe pool villas come with a heated infinity pool (as pictured above), but you can also chill on the native Bali-style verandah or enjoy the forest from your room, since they have floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the privacy of the area.
I love that the Hana Lani treehouses in Maui come with a warning that they might be too rustic for some (glamping is so popular these days….). I love a gorgeous high end hotel, but simple, dropped-into-nature experiences are more my style. This double-level treehouse rental has a larger master bedroom at the top (with ocean views!) and a living room and kitchen below. No electricity is available, but running water and a regular toilet are. Love!
A former country house in Lenox, Massachusetts, the Wheatleigh gets all kinds of great reviews. But it has one extra-special room; the aptly-named Aviary, is “A former aviary transformed into a two-story suite with a private covered terrace. The downstairs living room features windows on all sides and a BeoVision 9-50 Entertainment System. A sculptural glass enclosed circular stair leads to a second floor sleeping room floating in the trees. A unique bathroom with limestone and glass wet room combines a soaking tub and shower area.”
The Wheatleigh abuts 22 acres of Fredrick Law Olmstead-designed parklands, so you can venture out, or stay close by. Western Massachusetts is beautiful year-round as a locale for outdoor sports like cross-country skiing, iceskating and snowshoeing, and is nearby the Tanglewood Arts Center, for music lovers. Staying in the Aviary would be like icing on the mountaincake.
Tranquil Resort in Kerala, India, offers not one, but two treehouse lodgings, both located about 35 feet above the forest floor. If you are travelling solo or with your sweetie, the Tree House is perfect, (watch the slideshow with the tree trunk running through the bathroom!). But if you are part of a larger group or family, check out the TreeVilla (pictured here): “The 1080 sq.feet TreeVilla is spacious, child friendly and completely insect-proofed. Designed to accommodate up to four people, it has 8 feet verandahs on two sides and two bathrooms – one, with a panoramic view of the estate.”