Having already given tourists the chance to stay in hotels made of ice, or covered by a lake, the Swedes have taken lodging to a higher level with their new line of “tree hotels.”
The Tree Hotel, in the town of Harads in northern Sweden, may not be the first example of arboreal lodging, but certainly sets itself apart via its high level of modernism and high-class design.
While the rooms may be situated high above the ground, they are safely and easily accessed by steps and ramps, and have more in common with exclusive boutique hotels than Swiss Family Robinson style treehouses.
Each of the ever expanding line of tree rooms is designed by a different designer, and provide for a unique experience depending on which types of amenities and aesthetic that you desire.
One of the more spectacular rooms of the bunch is the “Mirrorcube,” which is, in simple terms, a glass cube built around a tree trunk. It contains a double bed, small kitchen, full bath with eco-friendly incinerating toilet, living room, and a roof terrace where guests can take in the amazing views. Accessible only by a bridge connected to a neighboring tree, the cube is coated with transparent ultraviolet paint which prevent birds from colliding with it.
Other rooms that are slated to be opened in the near future are the “UFO,” which is shaped like – you guessed it – a flying saucer, and the “Nest,” a particularly well executed version of a birds’ nest, complete with its mesh base made of branches. Some of the higher end rooms, which come complete with saunas and other luxuries, will set you back a cool 3,500 kronor. For those of you not well versed in European currencies, that’s a lot of money. Not to worry though, we say it’s well worth it…