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Take your little ones to a magical place amongst the trees with our selection of some of the world’s most luxurious tree houses.

WORDS Lexi Blurton and Amelia Hungerford

K ids have astounding imaginations and create inspiring worlds to explore; living in a castle high up amongst a canopy of trees is one of the ultimate experiences that kids love. But this amazing world doesn’t have to be fictional. Get back to nature, reawaken your inner child, and take your little monkeys on the ultimate holiday that they’ll never forget, without compromising on five star luxury. With such an exciting array of exquisite tree houses to stay in, set in the most incredible locations, this isn’t just an adventurous treat for the kids – mum and dad will love it too.


In the romantic wilds of Swedish Lapland you will find Treehotel, an innovative concept for eco-friendly accommodation. There are five unique tree rooms offered amongst the woodland, including the family-friendly choices of the Bird’s Nest, the Blue Cone and the UFO. Each has space for four people in custom-built surrounds, all executed with Swedish kitsch flair. These tree rooms are the stuff of fantastic dreams, with the Bird’s Nest blending craftily into its twiggy surrounds. The Blue Cone is a garish red wooden cottage (I’m still looking for the joke) with refined and minimalist white interiors, while the metal pod of the UFO stands in stark contrast, propped atop a ladder for your very own outer space encounter. Treehotel’s enchanted environment has a host of activities to keep the family busy, and parents will love the nearby Tree Sauna for a chance to unwind. Whether visiting in summer or winter, Treehotel will reanimate the magic of childhood tree houses.


For the conveniences of a luxury hotel with the privacy of a secluded tree house, look no further than Chewton Glen. Nestled amongst 52 hectares of picturesque Hampshire countryside, this quintessentially English hotel and spa offers tree house indulgences for families, big or small. Glass façades offer sweeping panoramas of the forest and the valley just beyond – that beautiful countryside view that England does so well – while warm, cosy interiors and a spa on the terrace ensure visitors will enjoy complete relaxation. With country house charm, and facilities from the kids’ club to health spa, Chewton Glen’s tree houses are perfectly equipped to cater for family retreats of all varieties. Each morning, your breakfast hamper is delivered to your tree house via a secret hatch, leaving you free to worry about nothing but planning the day’s activities. For the ultimate in secluded experiences, opt for a private tree house, combining two suites for the ultimate family getaway, whether your plans are to go on an adventure or simply soak up the relaxing spa treatments.


Lead image: Treehotel, Sweden
Above: Exteriors and interiors from
Chewton Glen, UK



Top banner: Poolside at Sussi and Chuma
Above: Cute bikes amid the trees at


Retreat to the rainforest in The Canopy’s six award-winning luxury tree houses. These decadent abodes of timber and glass, perfect for an eco-minded family retreat, are perched amongst the foliage and towering trees that make up Queensland’s pristine rainforest environment. Wake to birdsong and a colourful parade of parrots and honeyeaters before venturing into the resort’s winding paths to discover the unique flora and fauna that makes The Canopy such a special destination for all ages. Kids will love the chance to spot a platypus hiding in the river or marsupials foraging on the forest floor and learn about the secrets of the rainforest. A hot air balloon over the Highlands is the final touch in a marvel-filled retreat. Custom-built to ensure total privacy, you can enjoy a barbecue on the balcony, a soak in the spa or a doze in the hammock – all with perfect peace of mind.


Winvian Resort in Connecticut is like stepping into a world of fantasy. Each of the cottages on the property are designed to completely embody different themes. The Helicopter Cottage houses a lovingly restored chopper, while the very intimate Secret Society is built to evoke all the mysteries of the US’ famed secret collegiate groups. With all that innovation put into the other cottages, you can imagine the detail in the Treehouse! This ‘room’ sits 10 metres off the ground resting in the boughs of three great trees. It includes two storeys, and two fireplaces with open-plan living. Although Winvian is predominately an ‘adults-only’ property, there are certain times of year the cottages are opened up for families, usually to coincide with school holidays so check dates on the website.


Hidden amongst the picturesque surrounds of South Africa’s famed Garden Route, Tsala Treetop Lodge is the perfect place to live out childhood dreams of adventure – in utter luxury, of course. With modern styling of natural materials, Tsala’s six two-bedroom villas are ideal for families wanting to reconnect amidst the rainforest, complete with private deck with ‘moon’ shower and infinity pool. Kids are welcomed to Tsala with bedtime stories and a special children’s menu, making sure mum and dad can sit back and rejuvenate. If adventure calls though, there is no better place to indulge than Plettenberg Bay. Tsala’s family-friendly experiences include African fur seal snorkel encounters and elephant-back rides allowing kids the chance to get to know Africa’s majestic giant. Make cheeky friends at Monkeyland or take a walk with a cheetah at the Tenikwa Wild Cat Sanctuary before gliding amongst the treetops with a Canopy Tour. When all that adventure gets too much, however, it’s good to know you can retire to the ‘afro-baroque’ refinement of your very own magical tree house.


Find your sanctuary on the banks of the Zambezi River. Kids aged nine and over are welcome at the 12 luxury tree houses of Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma, an elegant retreat where your family can experience the best that Africa has to offer. Sussi and Chuma also cater to families with younger children, offering two two-bedroom Chuma Lodges, perfect for littlies. Victoria Falls is just 12 kilometres away. Kids over the age of 10 can never pass up the opportunity for an elephant-back safari and the game drives take you through the only place you can see a rare white rhino in Zambia. For a cultural excursion, take a trip to Nakatindi village where the kids can visit the local school and make a difference with the Pack for a Purpose initiative. At the end of your busy day, enjoy dinner on your balcony and soak up the wonder that is Africa.


Banner top: House amongst the
trees - Sussi and Chuma
Above: Water views and family
bonding at Sussi and Chuma

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