Who says tree houses are just for kids? Ker & Downey picks the best luxury tree houses around the world awaken the kid in all us. Click here to see even more of our favorites in part 2.
Singita Lebombo Lodge, South Africa
Inspired by an Eagle’s Nest, the award-winning loft-style tree house suites at Singita Lebombo Lodge sit perched high above the N’wanetsi River. Even among the soft textures of Egyptian cotton, wood, and steel interiors, you feel in tune with nature. From there, you have a bird’s eye view of the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains and N’wanetsi River from the glass-enclosed rooms. There’s also an option to sleep out on your private deck under the stars.
Chateaux Dans les Arbres, France
The tree houses at Chateaux Dans les Arbres are more like wooden castles perched up in the trees. The creator, a master tree house builder, drew inspiration from the spires of nearby chateaus. They even include footbridges and inner courtyards. There are four tree houses that can accommodate two to six people for a fairy-tale getaway perfect for couples or families.
Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica’s Canopy Walkway is a must-do experience in Peru. To make your rainforest experience even more memorable, add a stay at the Canopy Tree House. It’s built on the highest and most remote platform on the Walkway at 85 feet above the ground. From there, you have the potential to see species in the canopy you can’t see from the ground.
It’s hard to talk about the world’s top luxury tree houses without including the three tree houses at Lion Sands. They are amazing. We’ve written about them before as one of the best places to sleep out under the stars. The three tree houses are each different, but all are ultra-luxe. If a stay at one of these tree houses isn’t on your bucket list, add it now!
Uxua Casa Hotel “Casa da Árvore,” Brazil
Hidden among the trees in the coastal town of Trancoso, there sits an eco-conscious, yet luxurious “Casa da Árvore.” It is one of Uxua Casa Hotel’s 10 individual abodes, conceived by designer Wilbert Das. This Robinson Crusoe style tree house leaves no stone unturned in the form of little luxuries. The award-winning interiors include one-of-kind furniture, decor, and lighting fixtures handmade by local artisans. There’s also a large wooden spa tub on one of the outdoor decks.
La Pinte du Vieux Manoir “Glass Diamond,” Switzerland
You might forget you’re up in the trees in La Pinte du Vieux Manoir’s grand “Glass Diamond.” It’s a lavish tree house, set on the banks of Lake Murten. The floor-to-ceiling reflective glass gives you 360° panoramic views, while also providing total privacy. The Relaix & Châteaux property is modern and elegant, making use of leather, linen, and brass on the interiors, for a relaxing retreat in Switzerland.
Shangri-la Villingili Resort, Maldives
The Shangri-la Villingili Resort in the Maldives has 132 villas, but the Tree House Villa is truly spectacular. It’s perched on stilts in the treetops, with incredible views of the ocean. The resort is located in the far south of Maldives in the Addu Attol, an area known for wreck dives, sharks, and large manta rays. There’s also a 9 hole golf course located at the southern end of Villingili Island, the only one of its kind in the Maldives.