Thailand is a nature lover’s paradise where rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls and verdant green forests meet palm fringed beaches and turquoise seas, all beckoning those ardent devotees of the great outdoors.
Perfect for them – and for couples seeking out the ultimate in romantic settings – are the country’s spectacular treehouse hotels and villas that invite a combination of adventure and generous spoiling, with unbeatable bird’s eye views.
These are some of Thailand’s dreamy luxury treehouses to consider for your next breakaway.
Bangkok Treehouse, Bangkok
Perhaps the best known of them all is the peaceful tree house resort in Greater Bangkok’s Samut Prakan. Set on an artificial island where large trees provide plenty of shade, the rooms at Bangkok Treehouse are comfortable and airy with views towards the Chao Phraya River. You could also opt to sleep under the stars on one of their beautiful open-air decks that are set above the treeline, a mosquito net covering the double mattress and curtains that can be drawn for privacy.
The resort has bicycles that can be used to explore the rest of Bang Krachao – Bangkok’s green lung. A preserved area with no high rise buildings, just a series of elevated, wooden, maze-like paths that lead to the botanical garden and numerous markets and temples.
Reflect restaurant serves modern Thai and International cuisine, paired with organic produce and sustainable seafood, the menu offering engaging flavours while celebrating local, organic and seasonal ingredients. This is a truly sustainable resort and perfect for the eco-friendly tourist or traveller, it has a big communal living area and warm atmosphere and is only be reached by bike, boat or walking.
Soneva Kiri, Ko Kut District, Trat
Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood in the Trat Province appeases the desire to sleep in a tropical rainforest. An eco-resort by heart and build, the luxury treehouses are placed high on stilts and have been constructed around existing trees with minimal impact on nature.
Accommodation ranges from a Six Bedroom Sunset Ocean View Pool Reserve to the wooden Bayview Pool Villa. The rustic-chic villas stretch across the island’s forested hillside in a generous sprawl of pergolas, decks, daybeds and sun loungers. Features include indoor and outdoor showers, private pools, daybeds and sun loungers.
The resort has a large swimming pool, tennis courts and a fitness centre as well as a play area for children. There’s even an open-air cinema. Activities include snorkelling, kayaking and time relaxing on the beach. A must while there is to enjoy a meal in one of the hanging tree-pods, a mastermind of the resort and part of a full-blown restaurant that’s shrouded within the thick green foliage.
An enchanting evergreen wonderland, Keemala is set well away from the crowds overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea, positioned in the hills and within the lush woodlands.
The resort’s 38 pool villas are shaded by an enchanted canopy of rainforest and connected by a network of jungle walkways. Available as one-bedroom, two-bedroom, single-storey, or duplex styles with the option of tree houses and ‘bird nests’, the villas are designed to provide a rustic yet lavish escape. Each comes with elegant furnishings and an enticing private pool – cooling off in the water in the treetops is certainly a novel experience.
Keemala is close enough to Patong Beach to enjoy the area’s many attractions, yet offers a peaceful retreat with meditation, Pilates and yoga as well as running trails, Thai boxing and an on-site spa, pool and fitness hub.
Keemala has a strong commitment to environmental, ethical practices and energy efficiency with an impressive waste management program and their own organic garden where herbs and vegetables are grown. They also have a number of rescued animals living with them.
TreeHouse Vilas, Koh Yao, Phang Nga
A unique jungle resort that prides itself in challenging expectations, the TreeHouse Villas are set amidst the island’s virgin forest and accessible only by a single winding road. Offering a complete sense of seclusion, its duplex-style luxurious treehouses and beach villas feature private plunge pools and plenty of outdoor spaces from which to soak up the remarkable natural beauty of the setting.
These extraordinary thatched-roof abodes are connected by elevated wooden walkways and speak to the resort’s signature ‘shabby chic’ island roots, with plenty of lavish features such as hammock style baths, comfy king-size beds and sophisticated decor.
Driven by a sense of discovery, beauty, style and sophistication, one of the things that sets TreeHouse Villas apart is the creator’s deep connection with the environment and the desire to contribute in some way to a sustainable future and carbon-free world – without any compromise to luxury.
The resorts offers sea kayaking, trekking and mountain biking. If health and wellness is your focus, enjoy yoga and time at the spa which overlooks a lily pond. In-villa dining is offered – and if you don’t want to leave your treehouse villa for the duration, it would be completely understood. No children are allowed at TreeHouseVillas.
Six Senses, Yao Noi, Phang Nga
This Six Senses resort unfolds onto more than 24 acres of forest on the beautiful Thai island of Yao Noi. Constructed with natural material, the resort blends in effortlessly with the surrounds to create a peaceful sanctuary that imparts the impression of a private island.
Stilted and thatched, the 56 villas are perched like plush tree houses within the tall trees. Choose between dramatic views towards the limestone pinnacles of Phang Nga Bay and the romantically secluded lush greenery of the tropical forest. Villas range in size from one to four bedrooms and include all creature comforts and high-end amenities. All have their own private pools.
Rejuvenate at one of the Spa’s individual treatment salas that are set into the hillside. Take a boat trips to the surrounding secluded beaches and secret lagoons. Enjoy a Thai cookery classes, bicycle tour, diving, rock climbing or one of the many hiking trails. A visit to the resort’s eco-friendly farm where it keeps chickens, goats and grows organic vegetables, is highly recommended.