7 deluxe tree-house hotels – CNN.com

Want to go out on a limb for your next vacation — literally? Once the sole province of young boys and Ewoks, tree houses offer adventurous travelers (read: unafraid of heights) a unique travel experience in an age of roadside motel chains and globe-stretching hotel corporations.

Building a hotel in the treetops is hardly a new idea: Brazil’s Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel has been inviting guests to explore the jungle canopy from its rooms since the mid-1980s. But the concept has blossomed; today you’ll find them everywhere from Massachusetts to China.

Better yet, this new breed is more than just planks of wood nailed to an old oak. Head to South Africa’s Tsala Treetop Lodge, in Plettenberg Bay, and you’ll find infinity pools and fireplaces.

Modern tree houses present a rare opportunity to drive past the McResort and break free of travel’s predicable stops and well-traveled routes. Up in the leaves, you’ll find something unique and exceptional — surely the reward of any good journey.

Tree House Lodge, Limón, Costa Rica

Why it’s unique: The highlight of this 10-acre beachfront property, within the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, is a sustainably built tree-house made from fallen trees, with solar heating, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a shower built around the crooks and roots of a massive 100-year-old Sangrillo tree.

Access: Hanging steel bridge.

What to do: Snorkel or kayak off the nearby Punta Uva Beach.

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Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

Why it’s unique: Leading Swedish architects gave the backyard staple a strange futuristic makeover at the Treehotel outside Harads village (population: 600). Perched four to six meters above the ground, each of five treetop suites has its own look, whether resembling a bird’s nest, a flying saucer or a construction of Lego blocks. The most ingenious suite has a mirrored exterior, reflecting the forest on all six sides.

Access: Ramp, bridge, or (if you’re lucky) electric stairs.

What to do: Pursue the Northern Lights by dog-sled ride or snowshoe hike through the Lule River Valley in winter, or go fishing and kayaking in summer.

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Playa Viva, Juluchuca, Mexico

Why it’s unique: The eco-friendly Playa Viva north of Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific Coast features three tree-house casitas completely built with sustainable materials. Each has a bedroom and full porch for dining and lounging, and the master development plan calls for a beach club, lounge and a 40-room boutique hotel, plus solar-generated electricity and hot water.

Access: Series of stairs, ramps, and bridges.

What to do: Tour the resort’s 200 acres, 80 percent of which is a private nature preserve.

The Aviary, Lenox, Massachusetts

Why it’s unique: Located on 22 acres of parkland designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the two-story Aviary tree-house is housed in a former aviary at Wheatleigh, a sprawling 1893 “summer cottage” in the Berkshire Mountains. The luxury suite features a limestone wet room with an antique soaking tub, circular stairs leading to the second-floor sleeping quarters in the trees and a Bang & Olufsen entertainment system.

Access: Ground-floor entrance.

What to do: Sample the season’s bounty in Wheatleigh’s elegant Dining Room restaurant, or poke around the historic area’s local galleries, antique shops, and museums.

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Hinchinbrook Island Resort, Hinchinbrook Island, Australia

Why it’s unique: Hinchinbrook, a 96-acre national park with lush rainforests, rugged mountains, and coarse sandy beaches, has just one option for accommodations: the Island Resort, a secluded hideaway with 15 roomy tree-house bungalows, each with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, small kitchen, private balcony and bath, and easy beachfront access.

Access: Winding timber boardwalks.

What to do: Stroll one of the island’s 11 secluded beaches, and in the evening relax at the Island Resort’s bar.

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Tsala Treetop Lodge, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Why it’s unique: Overlooking the Tsitsikamma Forest, this high-design stone-and-glass lodge counts 10 secluded tree-house suites, each with floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows, a log fireplace in the living room, a private deck, and an infinity-edge pool.

Access: Wooden walkways.

What to do: Explore South Africa’s Garden Route, which winds along the botanically rich Western Cape, or relax on the beach at nearby Plettenberg Bay.

Chewton Glen, Hampshire, UK

Why it’s Unique: Six private tree houses, with two stately suites in each, are on the 130-acre grounds of Chewton Glen in the Hampshire countryside near New Forest National Park. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic canopy views, as does a spacious outdoor terrace, with a hot tub and daybeds, 35 feet above ground. Heated timber and marble floors encourage bare feet.

Access: Gangplanks lead the way to these floating suites.

What to do: After breakfast (a chef-prepared hamper delivered to your tree house) explore the English countryside via walking trails, horseback, or kayak.

Check out more of the world’s coolest tree-house hotels here.

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Shanghai container hotel products, from $3599/unit

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Guangzhou RichTown prefabricated container hotel is a modular and knock-down product. It is easy and fast to transport also reduce the transport cost.

1. Bolt connection. It is easy to installation at the site. It takes only 3 hours to finish the installation work for 4 skillful workers with simple tools.

2. Firm and safe. It resists wind of 10/ whole gale, earthquake measuring 8 magnitude. And fireproof degree of protection materials is B2.

3. Convenient package and transportation. They are considered when the house is designed. Either container or flat truck is available for transportation, and it also could be integrated packaging.

4. Waterproof. Roof is designed to be waterproof, and it doesn’t need to deal with water leaking.

5. Water and corrosion proof. Surface of the metal is sprayed after galvanizing.

6. Insulation. the middle material of the protection is polystyrene which is good at heat preservation.

7. Size and arrangement of the house could be changed as costumer’s requirement. Window, door and separation could be rearranged to make full use of space.

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Recycled Shipping Container ‘Glamping’ at Beach Resort in Buenos Aires : TreeHugger

Alterra is a so-called ‘glamping’ which offers rooms in refurbished shipping containers in the woods of Pinamar, an upscale beach resort 350 kilometers south-east from Buenos Aires.

They say it’s the second luxury camping in the country after Adventure Domes in Patagonia, although this one resembles more a hostel or a hotel.

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Some particular features about Alterra are that the containers are placed next to a house built by local star-architect Clorindo Testa and that it aims at artist types.

The space is located in a 32,000 sq. feet lot which used to house an art gallery. After moving the gallery to the first floor, the owners turned some of the rooms into ateliers and brought in the containers.

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While the look of the recycled spaces is little compared to some amazing retail stores we’ve seen everywhere from Zurich to Alicante, the added value is their surroundings: Pinamar is one of few beach resorts with dense pine woods in the coast of Buenos Aires, and the glamping is placed in-between the green.

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Fair to note is also that the containers were isolated with discarded materials, use energy efficient lightning and appliances, and were placed without cutting down any trees.

© Alterra

While January is the month you can only enjoy crowded beaches and endless lines to get a meal in the beach area, Alterra seems like an interesting alternative for upscale travelers to get outside the city at other times of the year. Prices to spend the night at

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Stay in a shipping container – for hotel luxury on a budget | Travel | The Guardian

Amsterdam is a good place to try new experiences. Sleeping in a shipping container is unlikely to be top of every visitor’s list, but when I wake up after my first night at citizenM Centraal, the city’s newest designer hotel, I feel like I’ve seen the future of international travel — and it’s a 14-square meter steel box.

The hotel, made up of 215 shipping containers welded together over five floors, is one of a new breed of budget hotels that aim to make life easier for the cash-strapped 21st century traveller. It’s a particularly Dutch idea – the lack of affordable housing in Amsterdam has meant local students have been living in homes made of shipping containers for years – but now it’s becoming a huge hit with international travellers.

As we’re being asked to spend more on air taxes, checking in our baggage and even the privilege of using a credit card to pay for it all, hotels like this are springing up across the globe.

The first budget hotels, such as Yotel and easyHotel, were constructed around airports and aimed at business travellers, but they’ve become so popular with tourists that branches have started opening in city centres. They cater to those who travel light and don’t mind forgoing a bit of space and privacy in exchange for affordable luxury in the world’s most expensive cities.

As I wash my hair in our room’s “rain shower” cubicle before breakfast, I’m able to watch my other half still asleep, curled up in our duvet, three feet from my navel. It feels a little strange, but it’s all part of the experience, or so we’re told. “citizenM understands that mobile citizens want luxury without unwanted extras,” says its self-consciously hip brochure, published on newsprint. “That means great locations and great showers, big beds and big towels, free films and free Wi-Fi. In other words, big expectations for not so big prices.” Those prices start at €79 a night – a snip compared to other Amsterdam hotels.

“Over the past year, we’ve definitely noticed an increase both in the number of these hotels opening and also the number of bookings for them,” says Andrew Warner, senior director of marketing at Expedia. “They aren’t just offering you a value-for-money proposition, but they’re also giving you that sort of designer style you might expect from a more expensive hotel but at a very accessible price.

“This is the hotel equivalent of easyJet and Ryanair,” says Nigel Pocklington of Hotels.com. “The middle is getting squeezed. There’s clearly a market for five-star luxury, and the expectations consumers have of that are ever-increasing, and the segment of consumers who are much more value-conscious are less happy to pay for a bog-standard three-star hotel.

“From what we can see, people who are staying in them are smarter and more experienced travellers because they’ve figured out they can pay for things that are important to them, but not necessarily everything,” he adds. “It was a very clever concept when Ikea brought it to home furnishing, and frankly there are quite a lot of parallels there.”

He predicts that these kinds of hotels will start being rolled out across “all of the classic weekend-break destinations over the next few years”.

citizenM certainly has global ambitions. There are two in Amsterdam – one at Schiphol airport and the new one in the city – while Britain’s first branch opened its doors in Glasgow in September, and the first London citizenM will open on the South Bank next year. Another is being built in east London in time for the Olympics. Two sites in New York and Paris are also in the pipeline.

Yotel, run by Simon Woodroffe of Yo! Sushi fame, is also cashing in on the trend. It has been offering rooms near airports since 2007 starting at £25 for a four-hour stay. They’ve been so popular that Yotel is opening a branch near New York’s Times Square next year, which will house nearly 700 cabins. Its rooms are styled to look like first-class aeroplane cabins, with the biggest pods just 10 square metres.

The easyHotel chain owns 13 budget hotels across Europe and one in Dubai, with five branches in central London. These are less about luxury – the cheapest rooms have a tiny six square metres of floor space and no windows – but with prices starting at £25 a night, you get what you pay for, including easyJet’s trademark screaming orange.

“It’s really important that anyone who’s thinking of staying in one of these hotels checks the reviews,” says Warner. “In some of the chains you might have to pay extra if you want your room cleaned. Some of them charge if you want toiletries or towels in the room. You need to be a little bit careful in terms of where some of the hidden costs might lie, which might push the price up beyond what you thought you were going to have to pay, for things you take for granted.”

Of course, these hotels aren’t going to suit everybody. If you like a human being to check you in and help with your baggage, this certainly isn’t for you. You need to be happy using gadgets and obviously not prone to claustrophobia.

More than anything, you need to be sure you’re very comfortable with the person who’s sharing your room. While our toilets at citizenM had customisable light and temperature settings, the designers still hadn’t figured out how to make them soundproof. If the future of international travel is affordable luxury, the traveller of the future might have to sacrifice a little bit of dignity to get it.

via Stay in a shipping container – for hotel luxury on a budget | Travel | The Guardian.

South Africa New Eden Foundation Shipping Container Hostel | WebUrbanist

This hostel was built in South Africa in 1998 and uses a total of 40 second-hand shipping containers. It has accomodations for up to 120 tenants, a flat for a hostel manager and two small flats for hostel employees. While the surrounding community was originally against a “container squatter camp” being erected in the area, they eventually warmed to the idea after seeing that a shipping container building doesn’t have to look like a raw, industrial structure.

via New Eden Foundation Shipping Container Hostel | WebUrbanist.