Dreamy Tree Houses From Around the World
With Mary Cerasa
For most of us, traveling the world means getting up into a plane, flying somewhere high into the sky and escaping.
But what if the opportunity to do just that actually presented itself?
What if not only the journey, but the destination itself took us somewhere above the clouds?
A childhood dream of mine was to have a tree hop hideaway, but now the adult in me is drawn to the architectural dreams that are tree house hotels.
Imagine watching the sunset from atop a huge spruce, the snowfall between mountains far in the distance and sleeping amidst the stars.
Travel Junkie Diary takes a look at some of the most unique and awe inspiring tree houses from around the world.
These sky-high huts cue major wanderlust and have us fantasizing about leaving the earth and living in the leaves for days.
Here are Dreamy Tree Houses From Around the World
Travel Junkie Diary
- Treehotel, Sweden
Dubbed as a place where imagination becomes reality, Treehotel’s 5 sky-high huts boast groundbreaking architecture and a stellar view of The Northern Lights.
Unique glass and mirror elements make up a variety of different rooms in this North Swedish hotel. Each room is suited to a different taste, some even remaining handicap accessible.
Designed with the environment in mind, they even have a designated conference room for innovative companies to bring workers to free their minds and be creative. If you’re in the mood for a health and wellness check in, they even have a Tree Sauna.
- Free Spirit Spheres, Canada
The West coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada is home to Free Spirit Spheres, “claiming to provide a habitat for the untamed spirit that lives in us all.”
The different spheres aptly named Eve, Eryn and Melody, gently sway in the wind as you sleep providing a serene and restful experience.
The architecture junkie in us is crying out at the genius that lies in the design and implementation of the spheres, as a marriage of sailboat and tree-house technology keeps the spheres “afloat.”
- La Casa de Arbol, Ecuador
This treehouse located about 30 minutes from Banos, boasts a tree swing “at the end of the world” with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. For a mere $1 you can swing your heart out, overlooking the beautiful landscape below. Warning: Serious photo envy will ensue.
- Treehouse Tetsu, Japan
Designed by architect Terunobu Fujimori, this Japanese treahouse sits atop a beautiful cherry blossom tree at the Kiyoharu Shirakaba Museum in Hokuto City. Rumour has it that the design was created to withstand stormy weather, as the house can sway on its Cyprus tree trunk during poor conditions.
- Suite Bleue, Italy
One of two tree houses at La Piantata Bed & Breakfast in Italy’s northern Lazio region is set on a expansive lavender field. Waking up to the fragrant scent of flowers blowing through the windows? We could get used to that!
- The Hem Loft, Canada
A ski village in Whistler, Canada holds this cluster of hemlock trees, hidden in a secret location, nearly five minutes away from the nearest road.
We love the spirit of its creator, Joel Allen, who realized his enthusiasm for carpentry after leaving the corporate world in 2006 – a combination of wanderlust, passion and following your dreams…how very TJD!
7. The Sustainability Treehouse, West Virginia
This 38-metre high treehouse by American studio Mithun functions as a treetop exhibition centre for visitors and is located at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, a 4,000-hectare tract of land in rural West Virginia.
Every four years, it hosts a two-week-long Boy Scout Jamboree attended by 50,000 scouts and volunteers.
- Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, New Zealand
This 60m treetop eatery is sits atop a redwood forest and its unique design allows for 360 degrees of natural light and beautiful views of nearby streams and rivers below. A truly beautiful site for a dinner party in the woods, the house was originally part of a marketing campaign for the Yellow Pages!
- Beach Rock Treehouse, Japan
Perched in a forest in Okinawa, this fairly named “plexiglass to portal to the universe,” is extremely popular with Japanese backpackers and was designed by the Master Treehouse builder Taka (Job envy anyone?). There is even a giant rope swing that allows you can soar through the forest.
10. Finca Bellavista Treehouse, Costa Rica
Created by an expat family living in the area, this eco friendly village of treehouses is nestled in the rainforest canopy and connected by a Sky Trail. This is the world’s first planned, modern and sustainable treehouse community, with new homes popping up rapidly.