When it comes to hotels, it's always refreshing to see new takes on the four-walls-and-a-bed formula. In these five treehouse suites, woodsy interiors, jacuzzi tubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows give the idea of a childhood hideout a creative update. If you're ready to stay among the treetops, and shell out some major cash, you too can have this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Just outside London, the tree house suites at Chewton Glen fit the hotel's VIP-in-the-country vibe to a tee (tree?). In total, there are six houses, each named after a different type of tree -- Willow, Sycamore, etc. -- each containing two suites. Nestled like Hobbiton at the edge of a forest where wild ponies roam free, guests enjoy individual kitchenettes, wood-burning fireplaces, and private balconies with a hot tub. From $960 per night.
If airy bedrooms and wraparound porches are your thing, the new digs at Rosewood Little Dix Bay are sure to inspire. The hotel recently debuted five Tree House Suites, with unobstructed beach views and shaded garden patios. The luxe interiors offer separate tubs, indoor showers, and outdoor showers -- that's three different places to wash up! From $1,140 per night.
Not all treehouses have to be about lounging in a hammock and birdwatching. Leave it to The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia's all-fitness all-the-time resort, to install a spin studio and yoga deck inside a 25-foot-high treehouse overlooking the Caribbean. Inside the glass-enclosed structure, guests can get their heart rate up spinning on the 25 available bikes, or just stretch out on the rooftop "zen deck." Rates from $674 per night, including access to the Tree House Spin Studio.
None of the properties listed above could ever be described as rowdy, but for a true retreat, California's TreeHouse, located in Sonoma County, hits the mark. The elevated house, made entirely out of stone and wood, is situated in the middle of the forest, taking the concept to its most literal meaning. A private spa is available, and the adjacent private pool deck is a great place to cool down from all that intense reflecting you'll be doing. From $650 per night.
Vermont's only five-star resort, Twin Farms, boasts a 1,000 square foot cabin known as the Treehouse. With vaulted ceilings, skinned log beams, and a chandelier made of twigs, the interior is a visual feast that looks more like something out of a Sex and the City episode than Bart Simpson's afterschool haunt. A roaring fire keeps guests toasty in the winter, but come summer, it's all about the screened-in porch. From $2,000 per night.