The High Season
Tree houses are not just for kids at these resorts.
The five eco-friendly “treerooms” are quiet and secluded but comfortable and as modern as an Ikea showroom. But showers are located separately. Brittas Restaurant serves up the food (which can be brought to your room) and the bar and Tree Sauna keep things relaxed, even after a day fishing or kayaking on the river, horseback riding, mountain biking or just exploring in the countryside. Rooms in summer are $671 per night per couple. A romantic weekend package includes a two-night stay, breakfast and two three-course dinners for $778 per person.
At the edge of the Siskiyou National Forest is a 36-acre private ranch that is the Out ‘n’ About Treesort, kind of a kid’s dream come true of a tree house village courtesy of owner and builder Michael Garnier. The solitude is there if you want. Or a Pacific Northwest adventure full of horseback rides, swimming, river rafting, ziplining and even a giant Tarzan Swing. Roasting marshmallows around a large fire pit are some of the common night activities. Amenities are more on the rustic side and include both daytrip and overnight tree houses and one firmly grounded cabin. Full bath, half bath or outhouse-type bathrooms are available depending on which of the 14 tree houses you book. Some are more romantic, others family friendly. Bookings can only be made by phone and run from $120-$300, including a full breakfast.
:: Call 541.592.2208 to reserve.
The Tsala Treetop Lodge in South Africa is a five-star resort of just 10 suites and six villas on a large private estate in the country’s lush Garden Route. There are elephants, cheetahs, primates and birds to see, waves to be surfed, sails to be raised nearby. Or, you can just relax on your deck to the sound of the wind through the trees.
The Garden Route has some of the most consistently wonderful weather in the world. A fact you’ll soon discover from your view among the tree tops at Tsala Treetop Lodge on pretty much any day of the year. Warm, green and gorgeous, the area that surrounds the private grounds are ecologically and culturally diverse, so if you’re expecting to relax in your luxury tree house – and it is a five-star retreat – you might be surprised how strong the urge is to go out and explore the local waters or the nearby animal sanctuaries, or just go for a walk. All ten suites and six villas come with standard hotel amenities plus Wi-Fi, fireplaces, and under floor heating and air-conditioning. Suites begin at $202 per person per night and include breakfast on the dining deck overlooking the forest. Later, visitors can enjoy a trip down to the wine cellar for some of South Africa’s finest wines or a meal at Zinzi Restaurant.