By Shnieka L. Johnson
Want to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life? Why not disconnect above it all in a treesort.
Treesorts, or treehouse resorts, offer you a unique opportunity to have relaxation, as simplistic or luxurious as you desire, high above the ground. Not just a childhood memory, these treesorts combine the elegance of a hotel with nature and provide adults and their families with an opportunity to relax in a sustainable way.
Regardless of a treesort’s location, immersion in nature is a unifying trait. Nature, which, depending on the location, can create a sense of adventure or a sanctuary escape from it all.
Whether a small structure with minimal plumbing or fully-equipped accommodations, a “treesort” allows you to enjoy nature in comfort. Some treehouse resorts even come with modern comforts, such as WiFi and satellite televisions. Many resorts also have on-property activities and are near hiking trails and mountains inviting exploration.
For those of us looking to escape the trappings of urban existence and be in nature’s surroundings to reconnect with friends, loved ones or simply with themselves, here are six treesorts around the globe worth checking out.
Africa (South Africa)
A luxury lodge with beautiful private suites and villas. The unique spaces have breathtaking views and a feeling of seclusion. The property offers fantastic facilities and an on-site restaurant and wine cellar. Visitors to the lodge can socialize on the decks and in pools or enjoy the privacy of their villa.
To give back, the property encourages donations from guests and provides food to a local childcare center called The Siyazama Child Nursery.
Nestled in 100 acres of rainforest, this property offers accommodation for guests to relax in privacy and luxury. The treehouses are fully equipped with separate bedrooms, and a full kitchen and bath. Spa treatments are available in-room.
The Canopy Treehouses uses 100% renewable energy to power its facilities. Other eco-friendly decisions include the use of natural soap and linens and a self-contained waste disposal system.
Central America (Costa Rica)
Follow the suspended bridge to the treehouse built on stilts. The split-level treehouse offers sleeping quarters, a full kitchen and bath, as well as access to a barbecue. There are quite a few offerings for sightseeing and activities in the surrounding area.
Tree House Lodge is also sustainable. The Costa Rica Tourism Board awarded Tree House Lodge The Certificate for Sustainable Tourism, with a five-leaf rating—the highest level of certification possible in the program.
Guests can relax in unspoiled nature. The “treerooms” are suspended above ground boasting river views. The design is minimal with bath and sauna in nearby separate buildings and a restaurant on-site.
According to the site, Treehotel is in the middle of nature, “on nature’s terms.” Electricity in the “treerooms” comes from local, green hydroelectric power and bathrooms include water-efficient sinks.
North America (California)
A full service resort with views of the Pacific Ocean, the property offers freestanding (stilts) treehouse accommodations. Guests will have access to modern luxury and in rustic surroundings.
While the Post Ranch Inn doesn’t boast any eco-friendly certifications their website says the accommodation was built with sustainable materials.
South America (Peru)
Enjoy a private bungalow elevated above ground at this resort in the forest. Secluded, you can only reach this property by boat. Common spaces are used for socializing, meals (three daily) and service of tea, coffee or beverages (drinks containing alcohol are an additional cost). Guests are encouraged to explore the property or take an excursion.
Treehouse Lodge uses solar panels to meet the resort’s electricity needs. In addition, the business also organizes drives and events to give back to the local community.
Shnieka Johnson is a Freelance Writer specializing in Education, Parenting and Family Travel. Her work has been recognized and awarded by theParenting Media Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science from Bank Street College of Education. Shnieka is based in New York, NY where she resides with her husband and son. Visit her on Facebook Twitter Instagram and Pinterest.