Leaves rustle in the evening breeze, stars replace the bedside lamp and animals hoot, hiss and howl. A night up in the peaceful boroughs of a tree makes the traveller close to nature and also, it makes them a part of it. Treehouse designs have come a long way from makeshift shacks of rickety wooden planks and rope ladders. Today, the latest versions are stand-alone, unique and extravagant.
In a resort located in a private forest in Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada, the entrance to a bedroom is only by a suspension bridge and a spiral staircase that winds around the trunk of a tree. Near Qualicum Bay, the resort that once started as an experiment in home design, is now one of the most exclusive treehouse incarnations across the world.
The resort name- Free Spirit Spheres- describes the shape of the two treehouse bedrooms that travellers can spend a night in. The two wooden capsules have fascinating designs as they each hang on a web of ropes attached to the forest. Tethered by three vertical ropes to three separate trees, this distributes the weight evenly and results in a stable hang. The motion in the sphere is therefore a slow, gentle rocking when the wind blows.
The Free Spirit Spheres are one of the more modern treehouses travellers can experience. The two spheres are named, “Eryn” and “Eve”, to give a human and personal touch. Both Eryn and Eve treehouses are insulated for the cold Canadian winter months and wired up for lights, telephones and built-in speakers. Although the exterior is somewhat minimal, the interior is set out to impress- with cosy double beds and décor in keeping with the surrounding.
Located in a relatively small town of Lincoln in the U.S state of Vermont, Tiny Forest Treehouse is a cosy little secret up in the trees. Lit up like a Christmas tree in winter, the treehouse is more traditional in terms of design and practicality. Perched on four maples 10 metres above a blanket of ferns, it is a space defined by wooden and quirky décor.
Tiny Tern Treehouse has heat and electricity and the peaceful, meticulous nature of the treehouse is an appealing weekend away for many. There are two floors, each with large beds and furniture, separated by an iconic wooden stepladder. Hosts of the Tiny Fern Treehouse go out of their way to make the traveller feel comfortable. Vermont State has cold winters so the combination of the hot tub, the cosy heated balcony, the coloured fairy lights and a soft coverage of white snow make the treehouse a mini winter wonderland paradise.
Another treehouse that offers something different in design perches in woodlands near Nice, located in the south-east of France. Each of the four cedar redwood treehouses on this resort, called the Orion, orientate around the perfect family retreat. “Shere Khan” treehouse has a round teak bath while “King Louis” has a footbridge over to the kids’ bunk bed hideaway.
The area surrounding the resort is a place where travellers can completely immerse themselves in nature. Alongside the warm Mediterranean climate and the vivid green woodland, guests can also enjoy the swimming pond nearby that is designed to integrate the garden like a natural lake. It is cleaned through a sophisticated natural system of gravel and aquatic plant filtration, so compared with your average chlorinated pool, it will feel like swimming in mineral water.
Each treehouse brings something special, leaving all experiences to be different. Motion, location, size and appearance all vary, however what is the same is that they all have outstanding and unique designs behind them. They each capture beauty, intimacy, creativity and imagination that many travellers seek to find in a night.
Where in the world would you like to spend a night in the treetops?