Out on a Limb! Travel to 3 Top Treehouse Getaways


If the approaching cold weather makes you shiver irritably and wish you could rewind the calendar back to June, a vacation to a tropical treehouse resort might be just what you need. There are dozens of these relaxing getaways all over the world, ranging from rustic open-air cabins in the trees to luxurious accommodations complete with infinity pools. Here are three notable examples.

Costa Rica Tree House Lodge


Costa Rica’s Tree House Lodge features a beautiful forest house on stilts with a suspension bridge, hot tub, fire pit and room for six people, all nestled into a 100-year-old Sangrillo tree. The entire structure was built from sustainable wood obtained from fallen trees, and earned a top ‘Four Leaves’ Certification for Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica. Located within a wildlife refuge, the complex has solar power and heat. In addition to the treehouse, there are two beautiful beach houses made of stone, cob and thatch.

Sanya Nashan Hainan Island Treehouse, China


Four treehouses perch in stunning tamarind trees just steps from the beach, adjacent to a 5,000-acre Buddhist and ecological reserve full of pagodas, temples and botanical gardens. Isolated on Hainan Island in the South China Sea, this getaway will feel thousands of miles from mainland China while remaining immersed in that nation’s ancient culture. Choices include the GuanYin Spa Treehouse, Big Beach in the Sky, the Hawaiian Hale Treehouse and the Beach Club Treehouse, accommodating between two and 20 people each.

Tsala Treetop Lodge, South Africa


Prefer more luxurious digs? The Tsala Treetop Lodge in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa may have the fanciest treetop lodgings in the world. Each of the 10 secluded treehouse suites has floor-to-ceiling windows, a log fireplace in the living room, outdoor showers, a private deck and even a private infinity pool. Unlike many treehouse hotels, which tend to be open to the air, this one is air conditioned.