Treehouses are A New Thing in Travel; Some Are Pretty Epic

By MESSYNESS / Posted on June 24, 2019

It’s the crown jewel of any kid’s backyard, park, and middle school daydreams: Treehouses. For being something so utterly simple – it’s just a house with legs, amiright? – never cease to spark a sense of wonder in us, and luckily, we’re not alone. From the far reaches of a tribe in Indonesia, to a nearly 400-yr-old treehouse in the English countryside, these sky grazing gems continue to fascinate. So without further ado, let’s climb inside a few of our favourites, from the totally remote to the newly rentable…

Overlooking the Mayan Jungle

In the lush treetops of Tulum, Mexico, hides a veritable village of luxurious treehouses known as “Azulik”. The location alone makes the resort a bucket-list vacation spot, but add in the fact that these little cabanas hover several meters above the area’s own wetland, and it becomes the stuff of fairytales. They even have access to a “cenote” (those amazing underground water holes) that “provides sacred water to all villas, which is used tp take slow and relaxing baths in [their] hand-crafted Mayan tubs” while watching the sunset. Not too shabby.

The little villas are about $1,000/night, but you can always head up to their treehouse restaurant for a meal or aperitif. Find it here.

The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse

In 1960, Disney came out with a movie based on the 1812 german adventure novel, Der Schweizerische Robinson, aka The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.

Disney spared no expense with filming and went to a small island in the Caribbean called Tobago, and started building in a 60 meter (200 ft) tall monkey pod tree that could fit up to 20 crew members. Amazingly, it wasn’t knocked down when filming wrapped in 1960, but immediately emptied and put up for sale for the contemporary equivalent of roughly $75k. Unfortunately, it was ravaged by a hurricane in 1963, but the tree still lives on today, “tucked away on the property of an auto repair shop”, reports the Treeographer.

“The tree has fallen into obscurity; only a few of the older people knew of its significance,” local Tobago resident told the Treeographer. “As a matter of fact, not many people know of the film Swiss Family Robinson much less that it was filmed here in Tobago.”

Oh, Just Next Door to a Volcano

Honestly, we can’t think of a better way to immerse yourself in the beauty of Hawaii. This tree-top cabin on the Big Island is surrounded by cinder trees and, get this, neighbours with a national volcanic park. With few railings and lots of glass, this isn’t a place to bring the kids. But the 1 bed, 1 bath pad is an excellent place to bring a lover for an explosive (sorry, not sorry) weekend.

“Upon entering, you will notice that the generous windows and doors allow for natural sunlight to flood into the house,” writes the host, Kayte, “Bamboo fixtures and vintage 1970s wallpaper that backs the bed…The beauty of this high flying haven is in the details. I spent the better part of three months personally constructing the building as well as the accessories inside.”

Book your stay here.

Peter Pan’s Airbnb Treehouse

As much as we’d like to escape to Indonesia or the English countryside for a spill, sometimes you need something a little closer to home (although, congrats if your home’s across the street from a Japanese treehouse-teahouse). If you happen to be looking for a memorable getaway this summer in the States, for example, here are a few listings to check out on AirBnB…

Who knew Neverland relocated to Atlanta, Georgia? We’ve got even more details in a past article on this gem, which is now rated as one of AirBnB’s top “wish-list” destinations. “What could be better than falling asleep in the trees and waking up to birds singing around you,” write the owners, “all within the city limits?” Not much. Prices start at €336 per night. Learn more here.

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