Ariau Amazon Towers, Brazil
Ariau Amazon Towers, northwest of the Brazilian city of Manaus, sets the standard for treetop hotels. With 288 suites located in seven towers over the Rio Negro, it's the largest commercial treetop hotel in the world. The late explorer Jacques Cousteau came up with the idea of creating a hotel in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, in the style of the native Brazilians. He shared it with a local hotelier, who decided to make Cousteau's dream a reality. Ariau Amazon Towers' tallest unit, known as the Tarzan House, is perched atop a living Mmahogany tree. It stands more than 72 feet above the grand to capitalize on its views of the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. But this vista pales in comparison to the sights you'll enjoy from the hotel's 150-foot observation towers.
Cedar Creek Treehouse
Nestled between the evergreens of Mount Rainier National Park and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the Cedar Creek Treehouse offers a bird's-eye view from its 50-foot-high perch in a 200-year-old cedar tree. A flight of five stairs takes visitors to their accommodations, which include a sunroom and a sleeping loft complete with a skylight. For more vistas, you can take a walk on the rainbow bridge to the 100-foot-high observatory.
Kadir's Tree Houses, Turkey
The novelty value of most treetop accommodation sends the tariffs sky high. But that's not the case at Kadir's Tree Houses, a village of 300 tree houses located at the former ancient Turkish city of Olympos. It ranks among the cheapest hotels in these parts, so it attracts plenty of backpackers searching for a bargain. Kadir's Tree Houses channel the rustic charm of the clubhouses we created as kids. However the site is surprisingly well appointed, with satellite television, ping pong tables, laundry facilities, and a seafood restaurant. Breakfast and dinner is also included in the price of your stay, although with few meat dishes you'll need a taste for vegetarian cuisine. Kadir's Tree Houses are a great option if you want the experience of staying amongst the treetops without the exorbitant price tag.
Unusual Treehouses at Treehotel, Sweden
Treehotel, located in the small Swedish village of Harads, offers some of the strangest tree houses you'll ever see. Local architects were commissioned to create the hotel's unusual lodgings. Each one has its own distinct personality, from the rustic bird's nest to the futuristic looking Mirrorcube. The rooms are on the small side at 15 to 30 meters squared, but those petite dimensions do nothing to deter travelers seeking a unique vacation experience. Each room at the Treehotel was created carefully to minimize damage to the trees of the Swedish Lapland. Further ecological measures include the use of hydroelectric power and sustainable waste solutions, like the Mirrorcube's unusual freezing toilet. These striking hotels prove that progress and the natural world can truly work in harmony.
This guest article was contributed by Joseph Stark Jr., a freelance writer and blogger with a passion for lifestyle and entertainment. He loves traveling the world while watching his wallet so he does his best to find reasonable flights and cheap hotels. He hopes to one day step foot on every continent.
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