11 Enchanting Treehouses You Can Rent
A remote treetop getaway is a dream escape for those longing to reconnect with nature or just get away from the grind. Revisit the childhood wonder of hiding out in your very own treehouse at these vacation rentals around the world.
1. Cuenca, Ecuador
This cozy cabin—which the owners claim is among the highest altitude treehouses in the world—is based on a dairy farm in the mountains outside Cuenca. The property is spread over two floors, with a showstopper of a balcony that overlooks a lush green valley and city below. Guests are provided breakfast, can request dinner onsite, and are invited to visit the farm and animals below.
2. Sasaima, Colombia
These elevated rooms are sleek and comfortable. The treetop oasis is just two hours from Bogotá and offers pure serenity, completely hidden among the canopy. Guests can join the property owners in the sophisticated house below to use the shared kitchen and living spaces, but have complete solitude and privacy up in the treehouse bedroom and en-suite bathroom. A stay here is soundtracked by birdsong and a stream running between the trees below.
3. Valle de Banderas, México
Live the high life at this most luxurious take on eco-living. Renters have the whole house to themselves; they can sleep amid the trees on a hillside, then explore the gated community below via their own golf buggy. The property has a stone hot tub, private infinity pool, and housekeeper and personal chef if requested, as well as three sumptuous bedrooms, a huge kitchen, and an elegant terrace.
4. Seattle, United States
This treehouse is a chance for people to get off the grid and enjoy living among the trees on the water’s edge in Vashon, Washington, just over the river from Seattle. Eagle’s Bluff Treehouse is all heart. It’s still cared for by its original owners, a couple of nature lovers who donate 10 percent of all rental income to the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust for the Environment. There’s minimal electricity, but the hosts provide power banks to recharge appliances before you return to the information superhighway.
5. Bali, Indonesia
Indulge in your sense of childhood wonder at this “Hobbit treehouse.” It’s located Sebatu Sanctuary, a boutique eco-resort. To enter, guests must cross a nearly 50-foot-high (15 meters) wood and rope suspension bridge, so it's best to leave the suitcases at home in favor of backpacks. The treehouse's beautifully designed interiors and elegant balconies look out into the surrounding jungle, so expect a monkey or two to visit at any given time.
6. Sandane, Norway
Ever dreamed of waking up to panoramic views of Norway’s famous fjords? This cozy treehouse has a glass wall opposite the bed, letting guests wake up to one of the most incredible scenes in Scandinavia. The hiking trails in the local area are also spectacular, so be sure to pack your boots and make the most of the opportunity to explore the fjords of west Norway.
7. Nairobi, Kenya
This luxurious and delightfully rustic property is built high up in the vegetation, a real treehouse in every sense. It’s based in the heart of Nairobi, so it’s ideally placed for travelers planning to go on safari. The open terrace has a large bathtub guests can enjoy while gazing across the treetops and listening to the birdsong. There are also log firepits and a BBQ to boot.
8. Munnar, India
Stare out over the rolling hills of the tea fields in the Marayoor Vallery from the delectable comfort of this thatched-roof home. This eco-project—built entirely from locally sourced materials—is spacious and bright, perched up in the trees a short drive from Munnar. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is also close by, where visitors can spot endangered squirrels and tortoises, as well as elephants and tigers.
9. Loch Lomond, Scotland
You’ll find this charming abode just north of Glasgow. It was built between trees in a beautiful garden near the southern tip of Loch Lomond. A perfect getaway for peace and quiet, this wooden cottage boasts a huge outdoor bathtub, log fire stove, and private BBQ area, all ideal for a romantic weekend. Trekkers and cyclists will have easy access to two of Scotland’s great trails—the John Muir Way and the West Highlands Way—which both pass by the house.
10. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
You'll find this treetop oasis just a short drive from one of the Crown Jewels of Croatia, the Plitvice Lakes. The sleek, raised rooms are part of a sprawling resort with great facilities, including a swimming pool. This treehouse stay offers guests space and comfort amid a forest of pine trees. The rooms include a kitchenette and ensuite bathroom and sleep four people.
11. Auckland, New Zealand
This spacious octagonal treehouse is the fort every kid dreamed of—but with spa and massage facilities that add a very modern self-care slant to the mix. Based in Waiheke Island, just outside Auckland, this place feels like a luxurious retreat. Guests can choose a range of wellness treatments while reconnecting with nature in total tranquility.