Remember your childhood treehouse — and that feeling of climbing up through the trap door in the floor. For many of us, it was the first place we ever had to ourselves, as rickety and potentially dangerous as it was. We also use the term “to ourselves” very loosely because let’s be honest, it was filled with spiders.
Thankfully, these modern treehouses from around the world are mostly devoid of arachnids (though, that’s always a risk if you’re sleeping in the trees). From Africa to Sweden, these amazing treehouses will make you consider leaving the bustling city for a home in the secluded wilderness.
One treehouse on our list is a mirrored cube that disappears into the canopy with its reflectiveness.
Redwoods Treehouse (Auckland, New Zealand)
To get to this gorgeous treehouse 10 meters up the trunk of a redwood tree, you’re going to have to go down under. This striking structure is located just north of Auckland, New Zealand on a private road. Though it’s undeniably magical once it’s lit up at night, the structure was originally created as part of a 2008 Yellow Pages marketing campaign
Today, the Redwoods Treehouse is a private venue used for parties, product launches, and weddings. Customers can rent it out for around $3,000 AUD. Just remember it only holds about 30 to 50 guests, so any event you throw will be inherently exclusive. Isn’t that what treehouses are for?
Keemala Hotel (Phuket, Thailand)
This Thailand resort has a number of unique, luxury rooms tucked into the rainforest canopy — from their two-level tree pool houses to the bird’s nest pool villas. The latter takes luxury to a whole new level by including a private infinity pool in your very own treehouse.
Each one of the bird’s nest pool villas is inspired by the native Rung-Nok Clan (or Nest Clan), who believed that their souls would be replenished if they bathed under the moonlight. The villas contain a 30-square meter pool, a monsoon shower, an “oversized” king bed, an outdoor terrace, and possibly a few unwelcome visitors. As luxurious as the treehouse might be, you’re still in a treehouse in the jungle. Be prepared for bugs and the occasional lost snake.
Treehotel (Harads, Sweden)
Treehotel doesn’t just have one unbelievable treehouse — it has a few. The unique hotel is located in Sweden near the small town of Harads, which is only home to about 600 residents. Two of those residents opened Treehotel to bring more tourists to the area. The mission appears to be accomplished because the unique hotel has since housed TV producers, international celebrities, and adventurous travelers alike.
Treehotel has a few bizarre rooms including one that looks like an actual birds nest and a UFO dripping in 1950s space nostalgia, but the most stunning is the Mirror Cube. It’s exactly what it claims to be — a mirrored cube that disappears into the canopy with its reflectiveness.
Would you stay in a treehouse on an active volcano?
Nothofagus Hotel (Patagonia, Chile)
The Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve in the Patagonia wilderness is home to some unique structures that make it feel like a real-life fairytale. Though the Montaña Mágica Lodge — a bizarre, cone-shaped hotel that was cut into natural stone — is one of the most famous, the Nothofagus Hotel also has an awe-inspiring treehouse.
Nothofagus rests among Patagonia’s snow-topped volcanoes and mirror-like lakes. It’s one of the most pristine environments in the world; from the rivers and lagoons to the endangered frogs and wildcats. The hotel blends this sort of pristine ruggedness with luxury. Think: open fireplaces, exposed wooden beams, and grand pianos.
Monbazillac Treehouse (Aquitaine, France)
Airbnb has gotten absolutely out of control in recent years, but in the best possible way because you can rent this French chateau in the sky. Monbazillac Tree House is modeled after a castle, though it only fits a single king bed. It’s also got a major, wrap-around terrace and a Jacuzzi. Whose treehouse has a Jacuzzi?
If the hot tub doesn’t do it for you, this one bedroom, one bath treehouse is located right next to a pool. It even has air conditioning, WiFi and breakfast. For just $273 a night, your idea of glamping will never be the same.
Tree House at Kilauea Volcano (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii)
If you’re a Bond villain, comic book criminal mastermind, or simply someone who likes to live dangerously, there’s no better hideaway than this treehouse at the summit of a live volcano.
This wild treehouse is located five minutes from the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which was subject to a lot of not-so-nice things during the recent eruptions. According to the treehouse’s owners, the park opened back up in September 2018 and the air quality is “some of the best anywhere.” Right now, there’s steam coming out of the ground because the lava is receding, so booking a room probably feels like staying on another planet. It’s a steep hike to get to, so make sure to pack light.
The next treehouse is part…airplane?
747 Fuselage Home (Quepos, Costa Rica)
This treehouse in Costa Rica makes a very particular dream come true. If you’ve ever dreamed of being stuck in the unending purgatory of Lost, this is just about as close as you’ll get. Costa Verde’s 727 Airplane Suite is crafted from a legitimate airplane cockpit, but it’s been transformed into a two-bed, two-bath apartment.
In its past life, the vintage 1965 Boeing 727 shuttled passengers flying with South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines. The views allegedly make you feel like you’re soaring above the jungle (or living out everyone’s worst nightmare of crash-landing on a deserted island). Either way, it’s an experience.
Free Spirit Spheres Treehouses (Vancouver Island, Canada)
This Vancouver Island-based resort is nothing like a trip to Sandals. In fact, you won’t find another resort like this anywhere in the world. Free Spirit Spheres claim they’re the only spherical treehouse manufacturers in the world.
The peculiar resort offers one of three types of orbs tucked away in the coastal rainforest — and they’re particularly magical when it snows. Though it’s undeniably bizarre, it was built with functionality and elegance in mind. The sphere apparently distributes stress on the structure to present puncture and cracking, and the ropes that suspend it mimic a real-life spider web (in other words, you don’t have to worry about falling down and bouncing through the rainforest like a ping pong ball). Pods start at $299 a night.
TreeHouse Point (Seattle, Washington)
TreeHouse Point gives guests one, undeniably niche pleasure: they get to sleep in the Pacific Northwest woods like they’re a cast member of Twilight. The jury is still out on whether or not your skin will start sparkling when you climb into one of these secluded stunners.
TreeHouse Point is relaxing. It’s located in a peaceful forest next to a river about 30 minutes from Seattle. Anyone who wants to visit the property has to schedule their appointments in advance because the owners take disruptions very, very seriously. There’s pretty much no place more serene (if you don’t mind spiders or whatever else hangs out in a forest).
Minister’s Tree House (Crossville, Tennessee)
This sprawling treehouse in Crossville, Tennessee was built by a landscaper hoping to build the world’s largest treehouse. He never fully got there — until he found some inspiration from the Holy Lord. After a couple of years, he ended up running out of lumber and decided to dedicate his life to God, who allegedly showed him exactly how the treehouse would look. It took him 11 years to build the structure which covers around 10,000 square feet and spreads across seven trees.
Sadly, Minister’s Treehouse has been closed by the Tennessee Fire Marshall because it didn’t conform to state building codes. Apparently, that’s sort of what happens when you build something without a blueprint.
The Cinder Cone Tree House (Skamania County, Washington)
The Cinder Cone Treehouse is a millennial utopia — it comes complete with a skate bowl and wood-fired soaking tub (i.e. a deconstructed hot tub). Foster Huntington, who launched the project in 2014, compiled thousands of photos and sketches and worked with a crew of professional and amateur carpenters to create his dream home. After thousands of hours of work, his masterpiece was complete and stretched across two homes and four trees.
Huntington recently successfully funded a Kickstarter to create a book documenting the building process of his modern Swiss Family Robinson hideaway. He wants to inspire the imagination of kids and adults alike.
The next treehouse is also the most popular listing on Airbnb ever.
Secluded Intown Treehouse (Atlanta, Georgia)
If you want to soak up the slowness of America’s south, there’s no better place than Atlanta’s “Secluded Intown Treehouse.” This property is the most popular Airbnb home in the entire world, and there’s a good reason.
Secluded Intown Treehouse is a real-life fairytale tucked away in the balmy Georgia wilderness. It somehow rests in an area that feels beyond secluded, yet is only a few minutes from downtown. The treehouse has three fully furnished rooms dripping in whimsical fairy lights. The bed partially rests on a platform outside double doors to allow guests to stargaze or talk with the local wildlife (or whatever Disney princesses tend to do at home).
Finca Bellavista (Costa Rica)
Finca Bellavista isn’t just a traditional hotel — it’s an entire community. You can buy a kit to build your own treehouse or rent a room in an already-existing treehouse. In other words, try it before you buy it. You might never actually want to leave, unless, of course, you’re an indoor cat.
These structures are not built for those who get queasy at the first sign of a spider. They’re extremely rustic, but as a bonus, you can zipline between the treehouses if you happen to make friends with your neighbors. The latter is something that would never happen in New York, but the ziplining is up for debate.
Tongabezi Lodge Treehouse (Simonga, Zambia)
Victoria Falls is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. This luxury treehouse is a hop, skip and a jump away, overlooking the Zambezi River. Tongabezi Lodge offers are large, rustic room hidden in the branches of three Ebony trees. It offers a king size bed, full bath, and lounge. The only catch is that it’s entirely open — meaning, you’re going to want to put that mosquito net to good use. At least there’s air conditioning.
If you want to have a truly unique experience in the African wilderness, it doesn’t come cheap. Tongabezi Lodge rents out their room for $755 per person per night.
Dihan Evasion Treehouses (Brittany, France)
Just south of Brittany, France, beachgoers can sleep in the treetops of this pristine, rustic group of treehouses. Dihan Evasion has several different unique accommodations, including the “Treehouse Heol” which starts at 150 euros and includes breakfast. How does a treehouse include breakfast? We’re guessing a group of enchanted forest animals forages it for you. That’s the only plausible explanation, right?
The other accommodation, Treehouse Sterenn, looks like a literal hobbit house with a rounded doorway and candles for lighting. This one holds two to five guests, but there’s no running water or electricity. When you’re out in the French countryside, you’re really out there.
You can stay the night in this next treehouse but you’ll have to trek through the Amazon Jungle first.
Treehouse Lodge (Iquitos, Peru)
You’re going to have to make your way through the Amazon Jungle to get to treehouse lodge. This all-inclusive resort includes 10 treehouses with a view of the Ucayali River.
Treehouse Lodge’s accommodations are not for the faint of heart. They’re stuck somewhere firmly between glamping and roughing it. You can get a king bed, but there’s only a screen separating you from the outside. That, and the fact that a tree is running through the center of your living room. If that’s up your alley, Treehouse Lodge also offers a number of excursions including having breakfast with pink dolphins at sunrise and swimming in the Amazon River.
Three Story Treehouse (Revelstoke, British Columbia)
This Canadian tourist attraction could very well double as a home for fairies and the fairy tales they come from. The three-story treehouse is located in the Enchanted Forest, which some claim is a classic roadside relic left behind from the ‘70s.
Unlike the other treehouses on this list, the Three Story Treehouse isn’t somewhere you can stay, but it is somewhere you can play. The tallest treehouse in British Columbia is a children’s play area (though, we’re sure adults could appreciate the nostalgia). The Enchanted Forest also features a number of whimsical homes including a candy cane cottage and a hobbit home.
The Embryo Treehouse is one of pure modern design. This biomimicry-fueled treehouse took its shape from a wasp’s nest — just the kind of place a person would totally love to live. The good news is that it aims to offer an eco-friendly, sustainable life to those who wish to purchase one. Who said tiny homes couldn’t be cool?
The Embryo Treehouse, designed by Anthony Gibbon, attaches to a tree trunk though you could also live in a free-standing version. Its two-story design fits up to four people and many of the features can be custom-fitted to suit the varying levels of light levels wherever you happen to install it. There’s no word on exactly how much this particular treehouse would cost, but Gibbons urges those interested to contact him for more details.
Blue Mountains Tree House (Bilpin, Australia)
This rusting treehouse in New South Wales isn’t just impressive because of its size. The views of Bowen’s Creek Gorge and the Blue Mountains rainforest are unbelievable. This treehouse is nestled on 600 acres of private wilderness in the Blue Mountains between two different national parks, but it can hardly be considered roughing it. This is a luxury experience complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, and a Queen bed.
Sadly, these accommodations aren’t for kids. The Airbnb host claims it’s for couples only (way to up the romance). It’ll set you back a cool $778 per night, but peace and quiet is invaluable.
Camp Wandawega (Elkhorn, Wisconsin)
Camp Wandawega isn’t on this list because its treehouses are amazing (though, they’re pretty darn cool). They’re on this list because Camp Wandawega is a summer camp for adults. Way to fill our long-lost childhood nostalgia.
Wandawega includes a variety of cottages and a lake perfect for swimming. It’s that 1980s summer camp feeling with none of the curfews. You could stay up all night doing assorted crafts if you want, but you’ll have to go all the way to Elkhorn, Wisconsin to do it. On the plus side, Wisconsin is known for their cheese. Who could possibly resist? Camp Wandawega is also a national historic landmark.