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Top 10: The Best Treehouse Hotels in the World

Treehouse hotels conjure the magic of childhood, with creative layouts, whimsical décor and elevated views over the canopy. Whether in the heart of Swedish Lapland or on the coast of California, treehouse hotels offer a unique experience without sacrificing high-touch luxury. Indagare rounds up our 10 favorite treehouse properties worldwide.

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Best for Star-Studded Caché: Treehotel, Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland, in all its pure, undeveloped glory, is home to Treehotel, a seven-room treehouse hotel beloved by celebrities for its iconic Mirrorcube accommodation, a mirror-like box suite cocooned in the treetops. Reflecting the Northern Lights and the surrounding boreal forest, Mirrorcube is ideal for intrepid couples looking to experience this remote part of the country without many frills (i.e. showers). (More comfortable—if less photogenic—treehouses at the hotel are 7th Room and Dragonfly, which have en-suite showers.) Visitors at Treehotel enjoy meals made with fresh local produce, and excursions such as fat-biking through the taiga, dog sledding and ice-fishing.

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Best for Sweeping Ocean Vistas: Post Ranch Inn, CA

Big Sur‘s Post Ranch Inn is particularly renowned for its unparalleled views of rolling, tree-topped hills that descend dramatically to the water below. This adults-only playground is quintessential California. The treehouse accommodations are a great base for reconnecting with nature, tucked away in the forest with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, a unique triangular layout and spacious decks for taking in the leafy landscape. The inn’s restaurant serves inventive California coastal cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients.

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Best for Maritime Magnificence: Hapuku Lodge, New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island represents the perfect marriage of rugged, stunning landscapes and thrilling activities, both of which are best admired from the Hapuku Lodge and its treehouse accommodations. Nestled into a kanuka tree grove, the airy treehouses provide breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and ocean, and the two-bedroom accommodations are perfect for families. The region is especially beloved for its varied marine life, including whales and penguins, and activities like fishing, sea kayaking, surfing and swimming with seals.

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Best for Honeymooners: Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

The treehouses at the Lion Sands Game Reserve in Kruger National Park are remote, open-air accommodations replete with four-poster beds, luxe furnishings and incredible 360-degree panoramas of the bush. From the magical Tinyeleti Treehouse at Lion Sands, couples will feel at one with nature, as birds flit overhead and elephants lumber by. The nocturnal sense of place here is unparalleled: come sunset, the treehouses are illuminated by lanterns and the glittering expanse of stars above.

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Best for First-Time Safari Goers: &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Tanzania

For first-time safari-goers, &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge offers superb game viewing and dreamy accommodations. The lodge, on the border of Lake Manyara National Park, is home to ten stilted treehouses that look out into a dusky, mahogany forest. Given the lodge’s small capacity, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is also perfect for a multi-generational trip. Indagare Tip: Go out on a night safari here—it’s a unique experience rarely offered by other lodges.

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Best for Active Adventurers: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Peru

At Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, in Peru‘s East Amazon, guests can spend a night in the Canopy Tree House, accessed by a canopy walkway over the jungle. Here, guests are surrounded by the vast beauty of the Amazon rainforest, filled with lush flora and fauna. The petite room feels entirely connected to the surrounding greenery and is almost camouflaged with thatched roofing, rattan and weathered bamboo furniture and breezy linen screens.

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Best for Northern Lights Viewing: Arctic Treehouse Hotel, Finnish Lapland

In Finnish Lapland, an hour-long flight from Helsinki, sits the Arctic Treehouse Hotel. The Treehouse Suites here are well-appointed with a cozy, rustic aesthetic and gorgeous views over the snow-covered pine tree forest. For prime Northern Lights viewing, keep your curtains open and watch the sky light up from the comfort of your own bed. The hotel also has a fabulous onsite restaurant that serves unique, Lappish dishes in a contemporary, glass-enclosed setting. Over the holidays, children will love visiting Santa’s Secret Forest nearby for a special, one-on-one meeting with Mr. Claus.

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Best for Outdoorsy Oenophiles: Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga Ranch, nestled into a wooded, verdant canyon in Napa Valley, offers the best of Northern California living: sunshine,  miles of extensive hiking trails, an onsite wine cave and 300 other vineyards within close driving range. Imposing ancient oak trees poke between vast wooden decks, and while not technically tree houses, the Calistoga accommodations are totally ensconced in nature. (For the quintessential treehouse feel, we recommend booking one of the Deluxe Hillside Lodges.)

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Best for Animal Lovers: Four Seasons Tented Camp, Thailand

Tucked away into the trees, the accommodations at Four Seasons Tented Camp, stationed in Thailand‘s Golden Triangle region, offer unfettered views of the Ruak River and the mountains of Laos, all in the company of beautiful, resident elephants. The airy, stilted treehouses were designed in a lavish safari style by Bill Bensley, with wooden hot tubs and private balconies. Here guests can spend days feeding, bathing, and caring for the gentle giants before retreating to their luxurious accommodations cocooned in the trees.

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Best for Countryside Sophisticates: Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen is the quintessential British countryside estate: a grand, red-brick mansion covered with ivy and surrounded by a well-tended flower garden and croquet green. But its treehouse accommodations are fresh, crisp and contemporary, decorated in muted earth tones. With 130 acres of bucolic countryside and a nearby national park to explore, guests are encouraged to hike, walk, horseback ride and kayak in the surrounding landscape.

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– Avery Carmichael on October 22, 2019

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