About the Hotel
Remember the days when all you wanted from life was to live in a tree house like Tarzan and have adventures like Mowgli in a beautiful jungle? But then life happened and reality hit you smack in the face. Those childhood dreams and fantasies were long forgotten and replaced by the nosier realities of urban lifestyle. However, amidst all the shuttling between balancing personal and professional commitments, we still have the hope to live those naïve, innocent fantasy of the simpler times. Well, now you can! The tourism industry has moved on from its luxury five-star hotels and has now ventured into what can be best described as green eco-hotels situated in the most exotic corners of the planet.
The TreeHotel in Sweden, for instance, is the perfect combination where all your childhood dreams merge with the modern-day luxuries offering guests a once in a lifetime experience. Situated far north of Sweden in the Harads forests, just a few miles away from the Arctic Circle, the TreeHotel is a truly unique accommodation in a harmonious environment.
Set along the pristine forests of Harads somewhere up the Arctic Circle, the Treehotel in Sweden is not your standard accommodation. The resort is truly one of a kind featuring some of the most innovative and unique cabins and tree houses you will ever come across! Surrounded by the unspoiled and virgin forests of northern Sweden, the hotel combines the best of style and sustainability making it a true eco-friendly lodging space where guests can laze around and bask in the glory of nature.
The hotel was designed by a team of Scandinavian and Norwegian architects, each of whom has added their own special elements to the structure. The rooms are all raised four to six meters above the ground and offers a spectacular view of the majestic and meandering Lule river valley. The Treehouse hotel has become a new genre of accommodation over the years and can be best described as a sophisticated, grown-up version of a child’s innocent fantasy.
It all started in 2010 when Britta and Kent Lindvall decided to convert the ancient 1930s retirement home located in Harads into a treehouse. This was no ordinary bed and breakfast guesthouse, but a magnificent collection of seven treehouses all designed and constructed by a team of renowned Scandinavian architectures like Tham + VidegårdArkitekter and RintalaEggertsson Architects. Jonas SelbergAugusten’s film The Tree Lover was a major source of inspiration for the tree hotel. The lodging aims to offer the best of urban luxuries in a place that’s far away from civilization as possible giving you the best of all worlds.
However, the Treehotel was not really this popular always. Back when the couple had opened their guesthouse to the public, it failed miserably, not attracting much attention for almost six years until it was converted into a treehouse. Over the years, the architects and engineers have been updating and adding more elements and features to the TreeHotel. Currently, the place has seven tree houses namely, The Bird’s Nest, The 7th Room, The Mirrorcube, The Blue Cone, The Cabin, The Dragonfly and The UFO. Open all round the year, the place is a popular holiday spot for both summers and winters.
The Treehotel, set in the forests of Harads with the Lule river valley beneath its rooms, and pristine pine forests all round, is a place that takes you into a more primitive, natural world. However, if there is something more striking than the ambiance, it has to be the architecture of the place. Yes, TreeHotel comprises of seven treehouses, each unique in its own way and designed by a well-known architect in his/her trademark style. Everything in the hotel is built with the aim of promoting a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.
The seven tree houses that form the Treehotel are all stunning and magical in their own way, built over the years by different architects. Read on to know all about these seven accommodations and the kind of facilities they offer.
The Bird’s Nest
Staying true to its name, the Bird’s Nest really does look like a nest made of twigs, don’t worry though, the structure is not as fragile. The external construction of the place features a tree-like structure that easily blends in with the surroundings; the interior décor is a whole new matter, however. The stark contrast between the appearance and interiors is pretty evident as you enter the treehouse. Spacious, light and airy, the accommodation is built for families and has separate bedrooms, bathrooms and a living area.
The 7th Room
The charred timber house is the latest addition to the list of tree houses and was opened to the public only in 2016. Anchored to the trunk of a pine tree, the accommodation features a netted terrace where guests can lounge and have a nap under the stars. The 7th Room is also the largest and the tallest of tree houses of the lot.
Fascinating and fantastic, the Mirrorcube is a hideout camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect the surrounding pine forests and foliage. The cubical structure is built around the trees and has an aluminum base with glass walls. The walls feature an infrared layer to prevent the birds from dashing straight into them. The place can house two people and features a minimalistic yet tastefully done décor made of plywood and birch.
The Blue Cone
The Blue Cone is ironically a red tree house that by far the simplest and most accessible of accommodation in the lot. Set on wooden platforms and three foundations, the rooms are light and pretty stable. The rooms are suitable for people with disabilities who cannot climb ladders or walk through bridges. Inside, there are four beds, sleeping lofts, bathroom and a living room.
The Cabin is a recent addition to the list in Treehotel’s seven accommodations and by far the most modern of them all. The treehouse is constructed high up on a platform perched up on the steep hillside with the Lule river valley underneath. Guests can enter their room walking through the huge horizontal bridge built over the forests. Very sharp and precisely, the Cabin stands out clearly in the forest foliage. Inside, there are bedrooms, bathrooms and an open terrace.
The inspiration for creating the UFO came sometime during the construction of the Bird’s Nest, the architects wanted to create a whole new world, and what better than a UFO! The structure is perhaps the lightest yet the sturdiest of tree houses made from the durable composite material. Set over an area of only 30 square meters, the UFO can accommodate four people and features a modern décor with separate bedrooms, a bathroom, and a comfortable living area.
The Dragonfly is a heavyweight wooden structure supported by six pine trees and was built in 2013. The structure features a rustic metallic covering and huge glass windows. Inside there are two sparsely furnished bedrooms, bathrooms, and a terrace.
As the Treehotel is open all throughout the year, there are loads of fun activities you can enjoy here depending on which season you visit Sweden. During the fall season when the days are warm and sunny you can hike up the mountains, fish in the freshwater streams, kayak, and ride horses in the grasslands and pine forests of Harads. Come winter, the guests can snowshoe, ice fish, and dog sled over the snow-capped mountains and spectacular frozen rivers. Moreover, the hotel is just a few miles away from the Arctic Circle; don’t miss out catching a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis or the mystical Northern Lights if you visit the Treehotel during winters.
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The Treehotel located in the lap of nature is replete with all the luxuries you’d find in any modern-day resort. Listed below is a list of important information about the hotel that would contribute to your stay here
- There are a total of 24 rooms here divided between seven tree houses and designed by 24 architects.
- The Treehotel works to protect the Boreal Forests features eco-friendly and sustainable energy sources only.
- The rooms feature biodegradable incineration toilets and water-efficient basins.
- Open during all seasons, the place hosts a horde of activities during the summer and winter months.
- The Treehotel also has a tree sauna that can accommodate about 8 people.
- The place is a non-smoking zone and also doesn’t entertain pets.
Very rarely do you come across a place that is lofty both in terms of architecture and altitude! The TreeHotel in Sweden is one of them. A truly unique lodging space, the hotel is surrounded by pine forests, meandering rivers, and majestic hills. It provides travelers an escape from the chaos and monotony of city life into a childhood fantasy that was long buried but never really lost.