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.
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.
Walking over the nearby coral reef. Just don’t forget your reef shoes.
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.
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.
Walk under a star-filled sky to see glow worms lighting up an entire riverside crevasse.
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.
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.
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.
Bamboo luxury … guests staying at Sunrise House can have their own Balinese chef to do the cooking.