We all dream of having our own private treehouse when we’re kids, but these magical places have turned that head-in-the-clouds wish into a real travel option for adults.
Wherever you want to go and whether your budget is high or low, you can sleep in what Shel Silverstein called, “A high up in the leafy branches/Cozy as can be house," in his poem Tree House.
Moonstone TreeCastle | Weaverville, N.C.
Moonstone Treecastle — Photo courtesy of HomeAway
This property goes so far above the idea of a treehouse, it has to be called a treecastle! Supported by a cluster of five trees, it looks like it belongs in a fairy tale – both inside and out. The turret right off the bedroom is an especially cozy spot to read, write or let your imagination wander as you stare happily at the richly-patterned poplar ceiling.
Sit on the wraparound deck and marvel at the way the breathtaking mountain view changes with the seasons. Elegant rope lighting lets you stay in your rocking chair long after the sun has set.
Then, after a nice outdoor shower, move inside to relax in front of the fireplace and warm your feet on the heated bathroom floors. Thanks to high-speed Wi-Fi, you can post photos of your whole experience on Instagram to make your friends jealous.
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort | Belize
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort — Photo courtesy of Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort
After winding through orchid-lined paths in Hamanasi’s beachfront forest, you’ll discover 16 private treehouses just steps from the Caribbean Sea. Each spacious abode boasts handcrafted Belizean hardwood furniture – much of it made onsite by Hamanasi’s carpenters – draped beds, and local art all enveloped in cool tropical tones.
Even the luxurious bathrooms with dual head showers and windows allow for nature viewing and star gazing. The Deluxe Treehouses are Hamanasi’s most spacious units and feature a separate living room, wet bar, wrap-around porch and Jacuzzi.
“Hamanasi,” a Garifuna word taken from the gorgeous Belizean hamans tree that grows right on the seaside, supposedly means “almond." You’ll be convinced it really means “paradise.”
TreeHouse Point | Issaquah, Wash.
Bonbibi at Treehouse Point — Photo courtesy of Adam Crowley
This world-class bed and breakfast features half a dozen treehouses, each equipped with electricity and heat – and its own distinct personality. Coolers are provided so you can keep drinks and snacks handy, and a homemade continental breakfast is served in the Lodge every morning.
Common bathrooms, including showers, are located on the ground although a couple of the treehouses do have their own toilets.
Because Treehouse Point was meant to be a romantic retreat – it’s a great place to hold a small wedding – no children under 13 are allowed.
The Floating House | Puntarenas, Costa Rica
The Floating House — Photo courtesy of HomeAway
This award-winning masterpiece of architecture offers the unique experience of floating above the Costa Rican jungle canopy, totally surrounded by nature.
The scenery is incredible wherever you look, from sunrise over the mountains to sunset over the Pacific. You may find yourself eye-to-eye with a monkey on its own treetop or sharing a bird’s eye view of the area with the eagles that glide alongside and circle the expansive verandas.
The house itself is made up of three pods, floating above the lush green canopy and connected by bridges and walkways to have the least impact on the natural surroundings. With an infinity pool, luxurious interiors and walking access to the beach, it combines the best of human innovation and nature.
727 Airplane Jungle Fuselage Treehouse | Quepos, Costa Rica
727 Airplane Jungle Fuselage Treehouse — Photo courtesy of HomeAway
One of the most unique places you’ll ever spend the night, this refurbished 727 is perched on a custom-built platform 50 feet above the ground with expansive views of both the ocean and the jungle.
The first-class interior is designed in local teak that’s been lovingly restored, and is filled with handcrafted furnishings. There are three queen beds, a flat screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen.
Your home away from home won’t be the only thing with wings as you share this slice of paradise with 184 species of birds. Don’t be surprised to see a very content sloth lazily hanging out in the jungle – or, as you get more and more comfortable, in the mirror!
Treehouse Cottages | Eureka Springs, Ark.
Treehouse Cottages — Photo courtesy of Treehouse Cottages
Tucked away in a 33-acre tall pine forest, these beautifully-crafted treehouses stand 22 to 26 feet off the ground. Designed and hand-built by owners Terry and Patsy Miller, they offer rustic luxury, with heat, air-conditioning and full kitchenettes.
There is so much to admire here – the antique furnishings, the private, wraparound deck, the Jacuzzi, the homemade pumpkin nut bread – although nothing can compete with the views.
You can explore the Ozark scenery on the private hiking trail that winds down the mountain to a natural cave and spring, but it’s understandable if you decide not to leave the comforts of your treehouse.
Tropical Treehouse | Rincon, Puerto Rico
Sunset Hooch — Photo courtesy of Tropical Treehouse
Located minutes away from some of the island’s most exotic beaches, these two bamboo “hooches” are the perfect places to take in the spectacular sunset. In fact, the Sunset Hooch offers you two levels of complete privacy to do just that. Everything is solar-powered and there’s even a flush toilet and an outlet to charge your phone.
The Buddha Hooch, which is twice the size, literally takes the hooch concept to the next level with a grand staircase and a ladder to the penthouse suite. Surrounded by lush landscaping, stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and a giant skylight, you will be as happy as the laughing Buddha who sits on a pedestal, watching over you.
Treehouse Cottage at Winvian Farm | Litchfield Hills, Conn.
Treehouse Cottage, Winvian Farm — Photo courtesy of Winvian Farm
Suspended 35 feet above the forest floor, this two-story luxury treehouse has pretty much every amenity you could think of, from a fireplace on each floor to a steam shower and Jacuzzi, to a full bar. And that’s not even including the treetop views of the New England forest.
When you come back down to earth, you’ll want to experience everything about the 113-acre historic estate on which it stands. Spend the afternoon in the spa, enjoy a five-star farm-to-table dinner in The Restaurant at Winvian Farm or take a leisurely ride on the bike that comes with your treehouse.
After reading about the farm’s fascinating history, you’ll feel privileged to be taking part in its next chapter.
Canopy Blue | Blue Ridge, Ga.
Canopy Blue — Photo courtesy of HomeAway
Perched on four private acres overlooking the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, this one bedroom, one bathroom treehouse is filled with so many unique architectural and designer details. One you’re likely to appreciate most is the hanging bed/sofa in the upstairs loft, where you can settle in and take in the magnificent views.
You have direct hiking access to the Benton MacKaye Trail right outside your door, and can then come back to your treehouse to soothe your tired muscles in the hot tub. Curl up on the sofa made of bomber jacket leather and rest your weary head on the super-soft Ugg pillows.
Luxury Treehouse | Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Luxury Treehouse — Photo courtesy of HomeAway
A quiet refuge from the touristy areas, this two bedroom, two bath mountainside treehouse is located in a 250-acre protected, forested Nature Eco-reserve just a short drive from some of the country’s most unspoiled and uncrowded beaches.
Ocean views abound through floor-to-ceiling windows, and there’s an upper level meditation and yoga deck with corner platforms for bird and nature viewing.
You’ll fall asleep to the sound of your neighbors, the howler monkeys, as they swing from the branches right in front of you.