We’re willing to bet you made a tree house when you were a kid. We’re also willing to bet it wasn’t nearly as jaw dropping as these high-end versions—take a look at these incredible arbor abodes that make our inner kid (ok, the grown up one, too) develop a serious inferiority complex—but don’t worry, we made sure you can book a night’s stay in most of them.
Free Spirit Spheres | Vancouver Island, Canada
These handmade globe rooms are hung from a complex series of ropes that let them sway in the breeze, while large glass windows showcase the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest. The best part? A night in a sphere will run you $155, a small price to pay for a room this cool.
Mirrorcube Tree House | Harads, Sweden
Just a few miles south of the Arctic circle, this hideaway tree house is made out of aluminum and build around the base of just one tree making it a marvel to see—if you can find it. The exterior is coated in mirrors, camouflaging it in the wintery white landscape.
Tree House Lodge | Costa Rica
If you want to stay in the jungles of Costa Rica, you can’t get much closer than the Tree House Lodge—built on tall stilts, the structures are submerged into the forest with wooden suspension bridges your front walk. It’s a split level inside, with hand-carved furniture and open windows (screened to keep the bugs out, of course).
Tongabezi Tree House | Livingstone, Zambia
Along a hidden path winding through Tongabezi, a luxury lodge near Victoria Falls, is a secluded tree house sitting high up in an Ebony tree. A pine deck shows off the Zambezi River and there’s a claw-footed bath tub. Can’t get more fairy-tale-esque than that.
The Hem Loft Tree House | British Columbia, Canada
Built by Joel Allen in 2011, there’s some controversy about this one: the carpenter built it totally in secret, lugging supplies and tools into the secluded Whistler hillside for three years, so he’s technically not the owner—The HemLoft was built in a “Crown” tree, so he started searching for ways to make it legal, which included paying the outrageous Whistler property value. Either way, it’s an incredible architectural feat.