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Unique Stay Experience ~ Treetop Retreats Around the World

October 2, 2009

By Dian Hasan | October 2, 2009

Treetop Retreats-Chalkley Treehouse-Lion SandsAs the wheels of the global economy move forward at different speeds – alternating between recession and growth – and the interdependence between countries becomes a given, one industry is certain to remain growing: Tourism & Travel! And as more people discover the joys and rewards of travel, stemming from our human nature of discovery & exploration that’s embedded within our DNAs, new experiences will continue expected (and created) by the Travel & Hospitality Industry. Take accommodation that ranges from any conceivable form and shape, including Tree House Hotels. Here’s a look at some from across the world, ranging from the rustic to the ultra-luxe.

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Silky Oaks Lodge, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

These timber Treehouses are set into the rainforest and surrounded by lush gardens, designed to offer privacy and maximum comfort. Floor to ceiling glass doors open onto a wide verandah where a hammock is perfectly positioned to make the most of picturesque views. Air-conditioned, interiors are spacious and attractively furnished with a range of contemporary comforts including a daybed. Large bathrooms, including a spa bath, CD player, phone, coffee and tea making facilities are among some of the in-room features. From A$390 for Tree Houses, and A$490 for River Houses

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Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Fifteen air-conditioned villas hover over tropical rain-forest land traditioanlly held by the aboriginal Kuku Yalanji people. Today, the Kuku Yalanji help manage the lodge and restaurant, set on a lagoon. From US$392

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Safari Land Farm & Guest House, near Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India

Opened to the public in 2006, the former summer retreat for the royal family of Hyderabad borders the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Six bamboo tree houses perch up to 40 above a stream popular with elephants, peacocks, and other native fauna. Local guides organize jungel treks and sunrise safaris. From US$70

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Sanya Nanshan Treehouse Resort & Beach Club, Hainan, China

Four rustic beachfront tree houses offer views of the Guanyin Buddha statue in the South China Sea. Hainan Island is the ancestral home of its Li inhabitants. From US$51

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Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Guest at the Lions Sands’ Ivory Lodge or River Lodge can spend a night in the Chalkley Treehouse, an open-air platform built around a 500-year-old leadwood tree in the middle of the game reserve. At dawn guests head out on a wildlife-viewing drive. Rooms at the lodges start at US$465; the tree house is an additional US$200

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The Tree House Lodge, Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Limón, Costa Rica

A 100-year-old tree forms one of the bathroom walls at this lodge, built from fallen trees pulled out of the jungle by oxen. A portion of your bill is donated to the Green Iguana Foundation, which raises iguanas to be released into the wild. From US$300

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Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Custom-made mattresses and items crafted by local woodworkers furnish five contemporary houses in a grove of manuka trees. The owners of the lodge also grow olives and raise deer on the property, which lies between the Seaward Kaikoura mountain range and the Pacific Coast of the South Island. From US$319
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Ngong House, Nairobi, Kenya

Six wooden houses decorated with art sourced from across Africa stand on stilts among acacia trees. The bed in he Boat House nestles in a canoe salvaged from Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. Kenyan chefs serve private haute cuisine dinners. From US$800

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