REST IN A NEST
Treehouses are an alternative way to get away for those who love the great outdoors. Many offer all the amenities of a standard hotel, but guests get to sleep high off the ground in the middle of nature. Treehouse accommodations vary in levels of luxury -- some have hot tubs included, while some require a trip to a communal bathhouse. Most of these scenic treehouses around the world are affordable getaways for budget-conscious vacationers. But some are more luxurious options worth sharing just to show what's possible. Daydream away.
SANYA NANSHAN TREEHOUSE RESORT AND BEACH CLUB, CHINA
It may not get more exotic than this treehouse beach resort located on the island of Hainan in the South China Sea. The treehouses lie next to a 5,000-acre Buddhist and ecological theme park that features temples, pagodas, and botanical gardens. Rates start as low as $30 a night for basic accommodations.
SPRUCE MOUNTAIN FIRE LOOKOUT TOWER, WYOMING
For outdoorsy types who love the idea of being alone in the wilderness, Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout Tower in Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming might just fill the bill. Originally a fire lookout, the treehouse is now available for overnight rentals for $40 a night. Don't expect luxury -- the bathroom is an outhouse, a pulley and rope helps pull gear up to the tower, and there is no water or electricity available at the site. Guests must bring enough water for drinking, cooking, and washing.
TREEHOUSE CABIN, WASHINGTON
The Pacific Northwest is filled with treehouse accommodations, one of which is a singular treehouse that sits at the base of Mount Adams in White Salmon, Washington. The treehouse is ideal for those who are interested in "glamping" (glamorous camping) in the woods with all the basic comforts. For just $50 a night, visitors can enjoy a hot tub on the deck plus a full kitchen for cooking.
MADRID TREEHOUSE, SPAIN
This family-friendly treehouse near Sierra de Guadarrama, an hour from Madrid, has three beds, water, electric, heat, a kitchenette, and a toilet, all for about $64 a night. The surrounding area, the only high mountain region in the country, supports 11 different ecosystems.
SAINT VERAIN TREEHOUSE, FRANCE
Travel to the Burgundy region of France to stay in a heated treehouse built against a century-old oak tree. From just $85 a night, guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast in bed before exploring hiking trails and quaint nearby villages. A private shower is located in a nearby barn but not in the treehouse itself.
BANGKOK TREE HOUSE HOTEL, THAILAND
For those who really want to get away from it all, the Bangkok Tree House is reachable only by foot, bike, or boat. Once there, visitors can truly rough it in the tropics. The treehouses, or nests, as the hotel calls them, have outdoor showers and small air conditioning units and toilets. But guests have to deal with mosquitos and should be prepared for other wildlife, such as lizards, birds, and cicadas. The hotel prides itself on providing organic food and supplies. Prices start at $125 a night.
TROPICAL TREEHOUSE, PUERTO RICO
A jungle adventure awaits in Rincon, Puerto Rico, where visitors can stay in treehouses reminiscent of tropical island fantasies. The treehouses, which have been featured on the Travel Channel's "Amazing Vacation Homes," have basic amenities such as solar-powered hot water, showers, toilets, and kitchenettes, but the real draw is the view of the jungle from these treetop retreats. Prices start at $135 a night.
OUT 'N' ABOUT TREEHOUSE RESORT, OREGON
This "treesort" in Cave Junction, Oregon, markets itself to two different kinds of travelers. For adventurous types in search of excitement, Siskiyou National Forest is adjacent for hiking and exploration, and there's horseback riding and zip lining onsite. For those seeking relaxation and solitude, the treehouses come with a range of amenities. Some have bathrooms and some don't, and some have multiple bedrooms and kitchenettes suitable for families. Rates start at $140 a night.
TREEHOUSE COTTAGES, ARKANSAS
The getaways of Treehouse Cottages in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, are hand built by the retreat's owners and sit about 25 feet off the ground. The accommodations go for about $149 a night and include many amenities, such as kitchens, showers, TV, and even romantic heart-shaped hot tubs.
TRANQUIL RESORT, INDIA
Travel to Wayanad in southern India to stay in a treehouse located on a coffee and spice plantation that dates back to the 1800s. In addition to touring the plantation, guests can swim and enjoy the onsite spa. The 400-acre estate has a main lodge and two treehouse accommodations. One of the treehouses has a large Royal Poinciana growing right through it, incorporated into the rustic but luxurious decor. Both treehouses feature modern conveniences such as TV, bathrooms, and a mini-fridge. Prices start at about $150 a night.
CAYUGA LAKE GETAWAY, NEW YORK
Twin treehouses located in New York state's wine country, overlooking Cayuga Lake, are ideal for couples who want to vacation together yet have their own space. Hotel amenities such as linens, towels, and satellite TV are included for $170 a night, as are heat and air conditioning. There is a communal kitchen nearby for all guests to use.
FREE SPIRIT SPHERES, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Deep in a forest on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, there exists a strange sight high in the trees: spheres suspended by wires and connected with bridges. Guests can sleep in these one-of-a-kind accommodations while enjoying the beauty of the setting for rates starting at $175 a night. Bathroom and shower facilities are located on the ground.
FINCA BELLAVISTA TREEHOUSE COMMUNITY, COSTA RICA
Costa Rica is home to many treehouse accommodations, but the Finca Bellavista is one of the most secretive -- the hotel reveals its location only after a reservation is made and is accessible only by foot. Some residents make the sustainable village deep in the rainforest their permanent home, with property that overlooks waterfalls and natural swimming pools available to buy. The majority of the food for the community is grown onsite and electricity is solar. Zip lining is a big activity for guests, and packages start at $220 a night.
MISSOURI TREEHOUSE CABINS, MISSOURI
This treehouse retreat in southern Missouri offers a range of secluded accommodations high up in the trees on more than 350 acres near the North Fork River. Choose from several amenity-packed treehouses that include kitchens, bathrooms, and multiple bedrooms for about $239 a night. Activities include fly-fishing, hiking, and other outdoorsy pursuits.
COUNTRY ROAD CABINS, WEST VIRGINIA
This outdoorsy destination in Summersville, West Virginia, offers a new addition to its collection of high-end cabins -- a treehouse accessed by a canopy-covered bridge. Outside appearances are deceiving, but inside are all the comforts of a hotel room. One of the most popular activities in the area is white-water rafting on the New River Gorge. The treehouse rents for $260 a night in summer.
COSTA RICA TREE HOUSE
Some treehouse accommodations don't allow children, perhaps rightfully so, due to the risky nature of sleeping high up off the ground. Families can stay at this treehouse in Punta Uva, in the Costa Rican province of Limón, but the romantic jungle backdrop may be better suited to honeymooning couples. A wooden suspension bridge leads guests to a jungle home built on tall stilts. Inside is a full apartment with two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen. Rates hover around $265 a night.
THE MOHICANS, OHIO
Fans of the Discovery Channel series "Tree House Masters" will want to visit the Mohicans in Glenmont, Ohio, where visitors can stay in treehouses designed by the show's star. The treehouses were built with sensible and luxurious amenities, such as radiant heat, solar power, a kitchenette, and a bathroom. Weekend rental is $280 a night, with weekdays a bit cheaper.
Treehotel is located in the small village of Harads, Sweden, which has a population of about 600. The quiet area is ideal for those looking for solitude in the trees. Various themed accommodations feature unique architecture that can only be Swedish, such as "treerooms" that look like a UFO or a bird's nest from the outside. These treehouses aren't for the budget-minded -- they start at about $500 a night -- but the ultra-modern designs feel like another world.
This fancy resort in Litchfield, Connecticut, offers a wide range of breathtaking (and expensive) lodging options, one of which is a treehouse suspended 35 feet above the ground. The two-story fort has a master bedroom with a steam shower and hot tub, and a full bar and fireplace on the second floor. This kind of luxury in the sky will cost you, though; weekend prices are a whopping $975 a night.
TREEHOUSE POINT, WASHINGTON
Just 30 minutes outside Seattle, deep in the forest, guests can fall asleep in a high-end treehouse hearing nothing but the sounds of birds and running water. Breakfast is served in a nearby lodge and a bathhouse is shared between the treehouses. Pricing is available upon request for overnight stays and events such as weddings.