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Hotels with Height: The World’s Nine Best Treetop Stays

A treehouse sojourn is a memorable holiday that every avid traveller should add to their bucket list. From the steamy jungles of the Amazon to the snow-capped mountains of New Zealand, we’ve unearthed the planet’s most incredible treetop escapes:

Tongabezi Lodge, Zambia

Tucked away along the banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream from the famous Victoria Falls, this retreat provides a truly secluded, serene experience. Their treehouse suite, housed amongst the branches of a majestic Ebony tree, provides amazing waterfront views which can be enjoyed either from the canopied king-size bed or whilst taking a soak within the oversized, claw-footed bathtub.

Treehotel, Sweden

Treehotel, Sweden

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The contemporary forest residences at the Treehotel – which include a floating UFO, reflective mirror cube and branch-covered bird’s nest – have made ‘best of’ lists in travel magazines across the globe. A truly unique Swedish experience, visitors can unwind in the Tree Sauna or sample reindeer meat at the onsite restaurant.

Bangkok Tree House, Thailand

Bangkok Tree House, Thailand

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A respite from the hustle and bustle of one of Asia’s busiest cities, this environmentally-friendly sanctuary is hidden away on the mangrove-laden island of Bang Krachao (widely referred to as Bangkok’s “green lung”).  While the property offers several treetop “nests,” we particularly love the “View with a Room,” an open outdoor platform perched seven metres above ground.

Tsala Treetop Lodge, South Africa

Tsala Treetop Lodge, South Africa

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Offering 10 private treetop suites and six luxurious villas, Tsala is a five-star refuge nestled within the lush foliage of South Africa’s famed Garden Route.  Guests here can enjoy their own fireplace, secluded deck and infinity plunge pool.

Xinalani Retreat, Mexico

Xinalani Retreat, Mexico

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A relaxing yoga retreat set in picturesque Puerto Vallarta, the elevated jungle cabins at Xinalani emit a truly tropical treehouse look with their thatched roofs and open-air spaces. All accommodation is ocean front, with some suites providing special rustic touches such as hammocks and outdoor showers.

Tree House Hideaway, India

An ideal spot for animal-lovers, this intimate hideaway overlooks the acclaimed Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve – home to one of India’s largest tiger populations as well as spotted deer, jackals, wild boar and a number of bird varieties. The property’s five cosy treehouses are spread across 21 acres of dense wilderness, ensuring total privacy and abundant wildlife spotting.

Hapuku Lodge, New Zealand

Hapuku Lodge, New Zealand

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Suspended 30 feet above ground within a grove of native Manuka trees, the treehouse accommodation at Hapuku delivers stunning views of New Zealand’s Kaikoura mountain range. Parents travelling with children will appreciate the family treehouse – a spacious, split-level dwelling with an upper and lower bedroom.

Dominican Treehouse Village, Dominican Republic

We can picture Tarzan himself happily bunking in the airy outdoor huts at this lively jungle village. Situated within the dense rainforest of the Dominican’s Samana province, the retreat’s 20 canopy lodgings are within proximity to a cascading waterfall and pristine beach.

Silky Oaks Lodge, Australia

Guests at this North Queensland bush retreat receive quite a list of perks in addition to their lofty accommodation – all rooms come complete with a gourmet breakfast, use of river canoes, yoga classes, mountain bike rentals and guided rainforest walks. Scented oil burners are also on hand in each treetop suite to ensure complete relaxation.

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