La Piantata - Italy
A charming 18th-century Italian farm wedged between Rome and Tuscany, La Piantata is a paradise for lovers of nature, tranquility, and healthy eating. The property offers boutique style accommodation in various types of units, from tasteful rooms with nature-inspired themes and traditionally decorated apartments with private kitchenettes to spectacular treehouses built in centuries-old pines and oaks. Elevated 7-8 meters off the ground and overlooking endless, sunkissed fields of lavender and olive groves, both treehouses make for wonderful lodging experiences. One of them is a romantic 44 square meter wood cabin with rustic chic interiors, while the other, with its state-of-the-art technology features and exquisite décor by interior designer Claudia Pelizzari, is billing itself as the largest treehouse in Europe.
Lion Sands Game Reserve Treehouses
In addition to its exquisite lodges, the fabulous Lion Sands Game Reserve boasts three magical treehouses, all set amidst the wilderness and majesty of South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve. With only one open air bush bedroom elevated on a former photographer’s platform, the Chalkley Treehouse invites guests to sleep and dine in complete privacy under the African stars. Equally staggering, the Tinyeleti Treehouse offers alfresco riverside accommodation on a 50 sq m deck provided with a lavishly comfortable bed, torches, and a small dining area. Built entirely from wood and glass, the Kingston Treehouse is a luxurious sanctuary with stylish, contemporary décor, a full bathroom, and all sorts of night predators roaming wild at your feet.
Loisaba Wilderness - Kenya
From its dramatic Star Beds to the staggering game-filled surroundings, everything at Kenya’s Loisaba Wilderness is quintessentially African. Enjoying a spectacular setting in Laikipia, the property offers delightful accommodation in a self contained cottage and two camps with unique, open air beds overlooking either the “Kiboko” waterhole or the Ewaso Ng’iro River. Suitable for up to 10 guests, the tastefully furnished Loisaba Cottage comes with en-suite bungalow rooms, a private swimming pool and a game drive vehicle. For a truly outstanding experience, sleep under the stars in one of the farm’s custom designed Mukokoteni (bed on wheels).
Silky Oaks Lodge - Australia
A gateway to Tropical North Queensland, the elegant Silky Oaks Lodge on the Mossman Gorge River offers accommodation in a fine array of river and tree houses designed to connect guests with the surrounding nature. All tropically inspired units have marble bathrooms and tasteful furnishings made of rosewood and oak, and some of the upgraded suites come with spectacular rainforest views and terraces/balconies furnished with daybeds and hammocks. Further amenities at this eco-luxury lodge include an award-winning spa inspired by the surrounding Daintree Rainforest, and the open-sided Treehouse Restaurant, where guests can enjoy romantic riverside dining while savoring delicious Australian cuisine and wines.
Madikwe Safari Lodge - South Africa
Built in perfect harmony with the wild, breathtakingly beautiful natural surroundings, Madikwe Safari Lodge offers exclusive game lodge accommodation in the heart of South Africa’s stunning Madikwe Game Reserve. This family-run retreat consists of three different lodges, the largest of which boasts 12 beautiful suites with private plunge pools, outdoor showers and magnificent viewing decks. Interiors are appointed with rustic chic décor, reflecting the red, tawny hues of the African landscape.
L’Auberge de Sedona - AZ, USA
Nestled in Sedona’s Red Rock Country, on the edge of Oak Creek, L’Auberge de Sedona welcomes its guests in idyllic private cottages and spa suites with rustic-style décor and breathtaking creek views. Dining is a magical affair with creative French-inspired cuisine served in a gorgeous natural setting along the creek, and the spa is a decadent haven of peace and relaxation. Some of the resort’s superbly appointed accommodation units come with cedar outdoor showers and romantic wood-burning fireplaces, or picture windows and terraces overlooking the red rocks of Arizona.
Tinga Lodge - South Africa
Perched on the banks of the Sabie River, in the heart of Kruger National Park, Tinga Lodge is one of Lion Sands’ most luxurious accommodations. Consisting of 9 huge suites and a dazzling array of public spaces that open out onto fabulous wooden decks, the lodge is one of those rare places where luxury and wilderness blend marvelously together. Guests are greeted with grand, colonial-inspired interiors decorated with rich dark woods, and each spacious suite has its own plunge pool or viewing deck overlooking the river. For indoor recreation, there’s a classy library filled with stately leather couches and African literature.