Magical Moments: Six Sustainable Treehouse Stays to Reconnect with Nature
For those with a love of nature and a desire to rediscover their inner child, spending the night among the treetops is sure to rekindle fond childhood memories of imagination, exploration and adventure. With sustainable travel high on the agenda this year, with over three quarters (76%)** wanting to make a conscious effort to travel more sustainably over the next 12 months, what better way for travelers to connect to nature than in a unique sustainable treehouse with the entire forest at their feet. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, we have delved into our more than 28 million listings, including homes, apartments and other unique places to stay, to present six incredible treehouses all of which feature Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable badge to help contribute to a more sustainable stay.
With treehouses and luxurious safari tents that will appeal to a wide range of travelers, this gorgeous glamping getaway is located near Glacier National Park in Montana's Rocky Mountains, known for its breathtaking glacier-carved peaks and more than 700 miles (1,126 km) of hiking trails. Surrounded by dramatic vistas and pristine natural beauty, this part of northwestern Montana is still a bit off the beaten track and ideal for those in the mood for an aspirational travel adventure. The campground provides the necessary essentials to ensure an authentic and comfortable experience in the forest, including camp cots, sleeping bags, safari chairs and even lanterns, and each treehouse features a wood-burning stove. With more than four in five (83%)* travelers wanting to visit a destination based on its beautiful natural scenery, just a short drive away, the Hungry Horse Reservoir is a hidden gem with stunning views of the rugged terrain in summer and the snow-capped peaks to the east in winter, and perfect for recreational water activities. What’s more, this Booking.com Travel Sustainable property offers guided tours and white-water rafting trips organized by local guides and bike rentals to explore the surrounding area. Guests can enjoy locally sourced, seasonal dishes at the onsite cafe and nightly campfires with complimentary s’mores underneath the stars.
This tented treetop resort near Seven Passes Road, the oldest mountain pass in South Africa’s Western Cape, is not only sustainable but also quite literally surrounded by greenery. Nestled among 86 acres (35 hectares) of pristine indigenous forest along the Garden Route between Knysna and Sedgefield, the property takes their environmental impact seriously, seeking to minimize their energy usage and impact by employing a number of sustainable practices, including dry compost toilets and by using biodegradable, eco-friendly detergents. Family-friendly amenities include a jungle playground, games room and an outdoor pool complex made from converted dams with a solar-heated hot tub. Guests can walk through the forest to the gorge and swim in the rock pools, or take part in stargazing activities at night. If travelers can tear themselves away, the Wild Oats farmers market and the Sedgefield Craft Brewery are just a short drive away, or head to Knysna for a whale-watching tour. For those planning on renting a hybrid car from Cape Town to explore South Africa’s iconic Garden Route, these treetop suites make for a relaxing and whimsical road trip pitstop. Stretching from the Western to the Eastern Cape, it’s one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world, with stunning mountain vistas and sparkling lagoons to discover around every turn.
Surrounded by lush tropical forest, with dramatic cliffs as a backdrop and a nearby private beach, the treehouse villas at this exclusive, adults-only resort on the island of Ko Yao Noi in Thailand are anything but rustic. With a secluded location between the popular destinations of Phuket and Krabi, it’s all about attention to detail and pampering, as each villa comes with its own private plunge pool and exclusive hammock-shaped bathtub. Regardless of whether travelers want to indulge in a soothing massage, practice yoga or trek through the surrounding rainforest, they can personalize their treehouse experience at this island escape for maximum relaxation and rejuvenation – perfect for the vast majority (83%)* of travelers who said giving themselves time to relax is a key motivation to travel. Making huge efforts towards sustainability, this resort provides organic, locally sourced food, bans single-use plastic and uses 100% renewable electricity, while each treehouse villa is decorated in a luxe modern vintage style using upcycled and recycled materials. For travelers seeking to explore the surrounding area, a Krabi Jungle Guided Tour offers an excursion to discover the hidden gems of the jungle, while over on Phuket island travelers can immerse in an Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Experience to spend time with these gentle giants and learn about their behavior patterns, habitats and history – both just a short boat ride away.
Perched high in the heart of the Pyrenean mountains halfway between Pau and Toulouse in southwest France, these secluded treehouses are surrounded by wild deer, babbling brooks and two-hundred-year-old oaks. Romantic touches are plentiful with four poster beds, terraces connected by suspension bridges and a Nordic bath that heats to a blissful 39 degrees and the option to upgrade with a bottle of champagne. Each morning, guests can hoist a breakfast basket full of freshly baked croissants up to their terrace, and have the option to dine at onsite Kota Grill in the evening – a small hexagonal chalet that offers an all-inclusive menu from aperitif to dessert based on local products. Surrounded by the gentle sound of birdsong, guests will wake up to a dawn chorus and sleep to a symphony of owls. Outdoor adventurers will want to add the crisp mountain air and cloudless blue skies of the French Pyrenees to their bucket list, with this Travel Sustainable property offering a wide range of activities from hiking and skiing to canyoning and stargazing, all organized by local guides. For a day trip out of the woods, visitors can rent a car and head to the pilgrim town of Lourdes, an hour’s drive away from the property, to explore the history of Saint Bernadette on an Our Lady of Lourdes Guided Tour including a visit to the underground Basilica and the healing waters.
Travelers are guaranteed to reconnect with nature at this boutique treehouse accommodation in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area that stretches along the north-east Queensland coast of Australia, one of the world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforests so diverse travelers will find flora and fauna there over 100 million years in the making. On the banks of the Ithaca River and surrounded by 100 acres (40 hectares) of protected rainforest populated by indigenous wildlife, these light and airy treehouse cabins offer huge windows and elevated balconies with uninterrupted views over the Atherton Tablelands, and all come with whirlpool baths, fully equipped kitchens, wood-burning stoves and hammocks. Guests can mosey along the forest tracks and spot different species of animals from the colorful cassowary to tree kangaroos and platypus, while this Travel Sustainable property promotes bird and wildlife tours organized by local guides and even invests a percentage of its revenue into sustainable community projects to protect the surrounding area. Renowned for its lush waterfalls and spectacular national parks, travelers can explore the area on a Waterfall and Wildlife Viewing Tour in the Atherton Highlands. Just a short drive from the property, swim in a volcanic crater at Lake Eacham or kayak around Lake Barrine, getting up close to sunken fig trees.
Nestled near Puerto Viejo in the Limón region of Costa Rica, this oceanfront eco-lodge is set on forested tropical grounds along a beach on the Caribbean Sea. Travelers will be sure to reawaken their sense of adventure at this bohemian playground that features minigolf, ziplining and quirky imaginative lodges built from recycled, natural and sustainable materials – including fallen loquat trees. The treehouse is submerged by the forest and features a sloped wooden suspension bridge leading to its front door. With a hot tub and terrace, it also offers intimate views of the surrounding landscape and an amazing opportunity to observe the area’s unique wildlife, from beautiful tree frogs to red-lored parrots. A great base for the seaside, the resort grants direct access to the soft white sands of Punta Uva Beach and is a surfer’s paradise for those who want to ride the waves. Visitors can trek through the jungle of the neighboring Gandoca-Manzanillo wildlife refuge that holds the only intact mangrove swamp in the Atlantic and which is the nesting area for manatees, dolphins and several species of turtles – or head to the Cahuita National Park with its 1,500 acres (600 hectares) of coral reefs and colorful marine life. Sustainability to protect its surrounding environment is extremely important to this resort, with all water heated by solar panels and wastewater cleaned by water lilies.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 42,513 respondents across 33 markets (2,000 from USA, 1,008 from Canada, 2,000 from Mexico, 1,000 from Colombia, 2,000 from Brazil, 1,000 from Argentina, 2,000 from Australia, 1,000 from New Zealand, 2,000 from Spain, 2,000 from Italy, 2,000 from France, 2,000 from UK, 2,000 from Germany, 1,000 from Netherlands, 1,000 from Denmark, 1,000 from Sweden, 1,000 from Croatia, 1,000 from Switzerland, 1,000 from Belgium, 1,000 from Ireland, 1,000 from Portugal, 1,000 from Israel, 2,000 from India, 1,000 from China, 1,005 from Hong Kong, 1,000 from Thailand, 1,000 from Singapore, 1,000 from Taiwan, 1,000 from Vietnam, 1,000 from South Korea, 1,000 from Japan, 500 from UAE). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months, and planning to travel in 2023 and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in January and February 2023.
**Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 33,228 respondents across 35 countries and territories (1,019 from USA, 1,002 from Canada, 1,007 from Mexico, 1,005 from Colombia, 1,008 from Brazil, 1,015 from Argentina, 1,008 from Australia, 504 from New Zealand, 1,008 from Spain, 1,002 from Italy, 1,008 from France, 502 from Switzerland, 1,008 from the UK, 1,000 from Ireland, 1,008 from Germany, 1,006 from the Netherlands, 1,006 from Belgium, 1,004 from Denmark, 1,007 from Sweden, 1,016 from Croatia, 1,012 from Israel, 504 from UAE, 1,012 from India, 1,001 from China, 1,000 from Hong Kong, 1,000 from Thailand, 1,020 from Singapore, 1,001 from Taiwan, 1,000 from Vietnam, 1,002 from Indonesia, 1,007 from Philippines, 1,002 from South Korea, 1,009 from Japan, 1,005 from South Africa and 510 from Kenya ). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and must be planning to travel in 2023, and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in February 2023.