As kids we all schemed to build that perfect hideout. For many of us this ‘accident waiting to happen’ was twenty feet off the ground, nestled within vibrant foliage, and patched together using scraps of wood and used nails.
Today, the notion of a refuge among the trees remains appealing to both young and old. Luckily if you are now more interested in room-service than building your own tree house, there are numerous tree house retreats around the globe that offer luxurious amenities in an ecologically friendly manner. These retreats work to compliment the environments they occupy while offering you a one-of-a-kind forest hideaway experience. Here are just a few.
Treehouse Lodge, Iquitos, Peru
Located in Northeast Peru at the convergence of the Yarapa and Cumaceba rivers, is Treehouse Lodge.
If you want remote, this is the place. Accessible only by boat, this all-inclusive, luxury tree house retreat allows you to experience the rainforest from a point of view most visitors never see—at the treetop canopy. Featuring 10 tree houses between 30-70 feet above the jungle floor, you’ll wake to a safari of animal life before you even get out of bed!
Treehouse Lodge is dedicated to protecting the flora and fauna of the Amazon. They’ve eliminated the use of one-time plastics and are currently using about 80% solar energy with a goal to become 100% solar powered in the next year. Jared Snow, Director of Marketing for the Lodge, is quick to add, “We’re proud to be located in the most biologically diverse section of the Amazon and hope to protect and preserve this area for generations to come.”
TreeHouse Point Issaquah, Washington
TreeHouse Point is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most unique bed & breakfasts. Although located only 22 miles from Seattle in the dense forests of Snoqualmie Valley, it feels worlds away from the chaos of the city.
Pete Nelson, host of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters, and his wife, Judy, created TreeHouse Point, as a destination for people to commemorate special times with family and friends while reaffirming their appreciation and respect for nature. Their stewardship for the land and the trees that are growing on it is reflected in the eco-friendly designs of the six tree house cottages that blend seamlessly with the surrounding environment.
And if that is not enough to satisfy your inner tree house child, visit Nelson Treehouse and Supply for plans, parts and knowhow to build the tree house you’ve always known you wanted!
Kanopi House, Blue Lagoon, Jamaica
If you had more of a tropical tree house destination in mind, consider the Kanopi House, near Port Antonio, in Jamaica. Located in one of Jamaica’s most beautiful parishes, Kanopi House offers four, luxurious, peak roof tree houses built in the classic island style.
Caring for the environment as well as the community, Kanopi House uses sustainable materials and eco-friendly designs in their tree houses to compliment the surrounding crystal waters, white sandy beaches, lagoons and lush greenery…
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