Tree houses

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TREE HOUSE VIL­LAGE ECO RE­SORT, KAVIENG, PNG

Set on a golden sand la­goon, this sprawl­ing tree house has been de­signed specif­i­cally to catch the soft sea breeze by day and the moun­tain winds at night, mean­ing you’ll stay cool dur­ing your stay. There are views over the la­goon, outer reef and the Pa­cific Ocean.

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The own­ers also own Po­ton Moun­tain rain­for­est area, over 2000 hectares that you can trek with the help of a guide, just a 30-minute drive away. Ex­pect to meet par­rots, lori­keets and but­ter­flies be­neath the rain­for­est canopy, as you make your way from the moun­tain to white-sand beaches.

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Walk­ing over the nearby co­ral reef. Just don’t for­get your reef shoes.

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See tree­house.com.pg.

WOLLEMI WILDERNESS TREE HOUSE, BLUE MOUN­TAINS, NSW, AUS­TRALIA

De­spite the fact that Lionel, the creator of Love Cab­ins, owns about 250 hectares near the Wollemi Na­tional Park in Aus­tralia’s Blue Moun­tains re­gion, he has only six cab­ins on the prop­erty. This means ul­ti­mate seclu­sion when you stay. There’s a cave, a teepee, a cabin – but the tree house is the pick of the bunch. Set more than 10 me­tres above the ground among tow­er­ing eu­ca­lypts and cre­ated with lo­cal tim­ber and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, it’s the epit­ome of bare­foot luxury.

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Open the glass doors wide and ex­pe­ri­ence the won­der of bathing in the tree­top hot tub, which be­comes all the more spe­cial when there’s a wild storm. In keep­ing with the eco­con­scious­ness of the prop­erty (there are so­lar lights and a fire for heat­ing), when you drain the bath the veg­e­ta­tion be­low gets wa­tered.

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Walk un­der a star-filled sky to see glow worms light­ing up an en­tire river­side crevasse.

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See love­cab­ins.com.au.

SUNRISE HOUSE, BALI

Tucked away on the ter­raced slopes next to Bali’s sa­cred Ayung River, 25 min­utes from Ubud, Sunrise House is a four-level mas­ter­piece built en­tirely from bam­boo, with a de­sign that mim­ics the shapes of leaves. Sur­rounded by lush bam­boo and palm groves and fac­ing east to catch the sunrise, this is an abode built for ul­ti­mate re­lax­ation and long morn­ings laz­ing in the canopied beds in the three dou­ble bed­rooms. Or in the free-stand­ing cop­per bath­tub, if you so de­sire.

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The plunge pool and pri­vate gar­den, with views across the lush river valley, are likely to be where you’ll spend most of your days. If you’re more of a beach­goer, Sa­nur beach is just a 30-minute drive away.

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Or­gan­is­ing an in-house mas­sage, or a meal cooked by a Ba­li­nese chef in your villa. Sunrise House is part of Green Vil­lage, a com­mu­nity of prop­er­ties sup­port­ing sus­tain­able liv­ing – it in­cludes a Green School fo­cused on nat­u­ral and sus­tain­able liv­ing, which guests can tour and take short cour­ses at.

DE­TAILS

See greenvil­lage­bali.com.

Bam­boo luxury … guests stay­ing at Sunrise House can have their own Ba­li­nese chef to do the cook­ing.

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