Fulfil your childhood treehouse fantasy through some of ASIA’S BEST TREEHOUSE HOTELS
If you have always dreamt about staying in a treehouse but never quite got your wish fulfilled as a child, there’s hope yet. Around Asia, there are hotels that are built as high as the tree grows where you can get close to nature and even interact with monkeys. Read on to discover some of the exciting treehouse hotels around the region.
The Datai Langkawi ● Malaysia
The Datai Langkawi offers five-star accommodation on the side of a mountain surrounded by a 10-million-year-old rainforest. There are villas in different designs; you can opt for the Rainforest Villas which are built on stilts giving you an eye-level view of the tree tops and monkeys from your room balcony. Best of all, the beach is just a short walk down the side of a hill or you can call for a buggy if you’re lazy to walk. The resort recently re-opened after extensive renovation and guests are offered an even greater experience whether in the room, around the resort grounds or at one of their amazing restaurants.
Ambong Ambong Langkawi Rainforest Retreat ● Malaysia
Possibly one of Langkawi island’s best-kept secrets, Ambong Ambong is a small boutique resort tucked away on a hill top. The resort has a small pool, a restaurant, yoga deck and a spa centre. The rooms may not be five-star but they are cosy enough with four-poster king-size beds and an open-air area where you can sip a cocktail on the balcony or soak in a wooden tub surrounded by the rainforest. If you’re lucky, you might catch sight of one of those cute-looking dusky leaf monkeys.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle ● Thailand
Located in northern Thailand bordering Myanmar and Laos, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle offers guests a luxurious treehouse experience surrounded by mountains and bamboo forest. During your stay, you can ride an elephant, go jungle trekking or learn more about the life of the nearby ethnic people. The tents are designed in lavish safari style with posh fittings including a customised wooden hot tub.
Keemala, Phuket ● Thailand
A short drive from busy Patong beach in Phuket, you will find Keemala tucked away in the rainforest. The wellness resort, famous for its spa facilities, offers 38 villas shaped like cocoons overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea. Hailed as an architectural masterpiece, the villas are connected by a network of natural walkways and hotel guests will be kept busy feeding their Instagram with lovely photos that will be the envy of friends.
Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood ● Thailand
Soneva Kiri is a luxury resort located on an unspoilt island fronting a quiet beach. Tucked away amid a rainforest, the resort hideaway offers a combination of luxury living with stunning eco-friendly design. There are 34 villas to choose from and all are walking distance to the beach. The resort stay, dining options, wellness and spa packages all present unique experiences that you will not forget. In a day, you can go diving, jungle trekking, island hopping or sign up for a cooking class, among other activities.
Bangkok Tree House, Bangkok ● Thailand
Located just 30 minutes outside Bangkok, the bustling capital city of Thailand, Bangkok Tree House offers a respite for city folks yearning for fresh air and a back-to-nature experience. The 11-room lodge, launched in 2012, is a cluster of treehouses including one which offers a 360-degree view of nature. Bicycles are complimentary and guests can use it to explore the natural surrounding or ride to the floating market just 10 minutes away. Their restaurant serves delicious farm-to-table organic or vegetarian Thai dishes which you can enjoy with a view of the nearby river. However, the owner cautions that the lodge may only appeal to true nature lovers who are prepared to walk, cycle or take a boat ride there as road access is not an option.
Green Village, Bali ● Indonesia
Green Village is an eco-community that offers accommodation in six-storey bamboo villas overlooking a valley. You are basically sleeping in the jungle with luxurious amenities within easy reach. The bamboo villas come in various sizes while common amenities include a riverside yoga pavilion, outdoor spa and poolside barbeque. Sharma Springs is one of their recommended villas as it is said to be the tallest in Bali.
Villa Awang Awang, Bali ● Indonesia
Awang Awang, which means “floating in the space between heaven and earth”, is a collection of rustic villas in various sizes and configurations. All the villas come with private pools and are perched on the edge of a ravine with stunning views of the river and jungle, perfect for travellers looking for natural Balinese beauty, genuine hospitality and modern comforts. Because of the open-air design concept, you may find the occasional guest from the forest such as the harmless gecko, frog or firefly paying you a visit. Spa treatments can be enjoyed in your room or at the villa terrace surrounded by nature.
The Gibbon Experience, Huay Xai ● Laos
If you’re not afraid of heights and enjoy that top-of-the-world feeling, you will love The Gibbon Experience. The tourism-based conservation project offers guests the unique experience of living in a treehouse built around a tree using wooden consoles and rope wires. The treehouses are built as high as possible and guests can zip-line from one tree to another. The treehouses are set within the protected Nam Kan National Park and there are ample opportunities to learn about the rich habitat and wildlife of the Lao forest. Proceeds from The Gibbon Experience are mostly channelled back towards conservation efforts and providing a livelihood for the local community.
Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Danang ● Vietnam
Hidden in the forested Son Tra Peninsula about 40 minutes north-east of Danang, the award-winning Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula is possibly the most luxurious – and some say the most Instagrammable – resort in Vietnam. The Son Tra forest, also called Monkey Mountain, is home to over 300 species of animals including the adorable red-shanked douc, a rare monkey species. The resort is huge, with 201 rooms spread across 39 hectares at different levels, named Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea. The villas may not be treehouses but they are all built on the side of a mountain overlooking the ocean. There is cable-car that takes guests from the villas down to the beach area.