Spending the night in a treehouse is one of those childhood dreams that most people never get to achieve which is why treehouse restaurants are so popular. The sound and smell of nature up in the leaves with the breeze are always heavenly. The chance to spend a night up in the canopies and enjoy the most beautiful scenes in the forest is one many cannot pass on. There aren’t that many treehouse restaurants around the world though, and some people have never heard of them leave alone seeing one. However, these 10 treehouse restaurants are beautiful and they offer a lifetime experience for each visitor.
TreeHotel: Harads, Sweden
Ever dreamed of sleeping in a UFO or a bird’s nest treehouse all while enjoying your dream vacation in Scandinavia? That is exactly what TreeHotel in Harads, Sweden is all about. The resort has a common guesthouse where your meals will be served and where you can also interact with other guests who go there to enjoy the Scandinavian summer.
The catch is in the rooms though. From the mirror cube which reflects the surroundings, a bird’s nest which feels like sleeping inside an eagle’s nest to a UFO which looks like a flying saucer, all the treerooms allow you to enjoy your fantasies all high up in the canopies with a perfect view of the Lule River Valley. The rooms are accessible either by staircases, a bridge or a ramp. The roofs allow you to enjoy the Northern Lights when visiting in the summer too. The rooms are also fitted with toilets, heating and air conditioning as well as refrigerators.
Soneva Kiri: Koh Kood, Thailand
You won’t sleep in a UFO here but the experience is no less amazing. Located on the island of Koh Kood in Thailand, this resort believes in the principle of taking life slowly while making it very interesting. The most desired aspect of the island’s lifestyle is the famous treepod dining where customers are hoisted up into the canopies to be served their meals by waiters travelling between the large trees on zip lines with entertaining acrobatics. Every part of the resort including the villas give a clear view of the ocean on one side and the old green rainforest that covers the entire island on the other. It feels like leaving the modern world behind for a trip into ancient Thailand, except this one has WIFI, hot tubs and lots of fun.
Chewton Glen: Hampshire, England
Ever thought of sleeping in a five-star treehouse suite? Well, there aren’t that many of them to go around but this one in New Milton, Hampshire does. It was previously only known as the Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa before coming up with the idea to transform the entire place into a treehouse haven. The treehouse suites are raised 35 feet above the ground with large balconies facing the Chewton Valley where you can enjoy the sunset with the perfect view of the Blue Forest.
Each Treehouse is unique in terms of size and theme but each blends in with the green and grey of the forest giving you the feeling of privacy away from the world. Their latest rooms can accommodate up to 12 people and even have wood burners and themed colour lighting allowing you to customize your treehouse experience.
The Mohicans: Glenmont, Ohio
The Mohicans are considered the best treehouse resort in the American Midwest. The construction of one of their treehouses was featured on Discovery Channel’s Treehouse Masters with two of their treehouses being designed by Pete Nelson, the star of the show. The resort has been making additions to its collection by designing treehouses to provide a better experience including adding a nest treehouse, a bullet train and a moonlight treehouse. The resort also has cabins and larger spaces that can be used to host events. From the resort, you can enjoy the full view of the lush green vegetation in the Mohican Valley as well as interact with nature in the neighbouring Mohican State Park.
The Bisate Lodge: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Rwanda’s mountain gorillas are a spectacle to behold and the Bisate Lodge has become the dream place of stay for most of the visitors that go to the Volcanoes National Park to see the massive Silverbacks. It is Rwanda’s largest eco-lodge with six private villas which are just treehouses designed by local craftsmen. From thatched roofs to Traditional-African styled fireplaces, these treehouses were created with culture and conservation in mind. The treehouses are built on the slope of the volcano facing the jungle which gives you a perfect view of both the sunset and the entire Virunga plains which is home to half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. You also enjoy daily guided gorilla treks, a visit to the local villages and tours through the cave networks on the volcano.
Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge: Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
The Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania is famous because of its tree-climbing lions but it is also home to one of Africa’s most beautiful tree lodge resorts. The resort has 10 luxury treehouses each having a balcony that allows you to enjoy a view of the old mahogany forest and the vast national park. The lodge is a fenced boma so you won’t interact with wild animals except on game drives.
You still get to enjoy a secluded lifestyle with hot tubs and showers in the bush, lots of African Cuisines and animal sounds as well as birds chirping in the vast jungle. Life in Manyara is slow, with long days of enjoying the African Savannah and even longer nights with music, dance and stories from Maasai people from the surrounding villages. It feels like a walk through traditional Africa.
Hapuku Lodge: Kaikoura, New Zealand
Imagine a bedroom in the trees on a deer breeding farm with the rugged coast of New Zealand in your view on one side and the old Kanuka jungle on the other. All around the bedrooms are trees and sounds of bird song. The Hapuku luxury lodge was designed for tranquility and scenic views with one and two bedroomed family houses build on trees to accommodate an entire family.
The bedrooms have large glass windows that bring in lots of natural light while the large balconies can accommodate a whole family for an evening of fun. The coast is less than a kilometre away, so a stroll to the beach is also an option. The lodge is located on a deer breeding farm, so there is nothing a nature lover won’t find here.
The Watamu Tree-House Resort: Watamu, Kenya
The Kenyan coast with the white sand beaches and the rich Swahili culture is one of Africa’s most spectacular places to spend the holidays. The crowds and regular reports of crimes are a deterrent to most visitors though which is why the less-visited southern stretch of the coast is now the favourite place for tourists. The Watamu Tree-House resort is probably the most beautiful place on the entire coast. It is locally known as Gaudi-esque Treehouse because it is the work of the renowned Catalan architect. The treehouse is located inside the Watamu forest with one side giving you a 360-degree view of the Indian Ocean while the other allows you to enjoy the forest canopies.
It is a community-styled resort with open rooms that allow you to interact with nature up close away from the crowds. The resort staff can also organize other activities such as snorkelling, game drives, and visits to other interesting tourist attractions in Kenya. The resort also has WIFI access, hot showers and tubs, massage, a swimming pool and yoga. The staff consider the resort a private coastal community so you will enjoy your stay and enjoy the best African dishes customized to your liking.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge And Treehouse Resort: Lion Sands National Park, South Africa
If you are looking for a chance to escape from the world into the heart of the Kruger international park in South Africa, then this is the way to go. It provides the closest interaction you will have with wildlife compared to other treehouse resorts on this list. The roofless treehouses allow you to sleep under the stars away from it all.
There is no WIFI or cell service because you are deep in the jungle where the Lion Sands borders Kruger International. The only connection to the world is regular visits by the staff bringing food and other necessities. It is still a comfortable place to spend the night. The treehouses are located along the banks of the river so you can see the animals coming for a drink from your treehouse.
Keemala Phuket: Kamala Hills, Thailand
The view of Thai rainforests from the top of the Kamala hills is something that just can’t be described with words. Keemala Phuket Treehouse Resort added value to the view by constructing one and two-bedroom villas, each shaped as a nest, up in the hills. Each treehouse has its own secluded pool with unique designs for each villa to your liking. Everything in the treehouse is designed to symbolize one or more aspects of the Rung Nok clan culture including cocoon-like beds and bird-egg shaped hot tubs. The resort is vast with lots of fun to choose from giving you a small heaven in the deep rainforest that you will never forget.