Amazing treehotel, Sweden
What does the discerning holidaymaker look for in a hotel? Room service, pool, lively bar, local amenities within walking distance? How about complete isolation, in a near zero-emission resort, in rooms designed by Scandanavia’s leading architects? That is the philosophy behind the breathtaking Treehotel, 50km outside Lulea, north-eastern Sweden.
The hotel is run by Britta and Kent, whose love of the area inspired them to create something special in the forests. “Treehotel offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature,” say the creators. “Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment.”
The rooms range from £400 to $420 per night based on two adults sharing. The hotel has a total of 24 rooms with five unique designs, all of which complement their natural surroundings in very different ways.
The Mirrorcube is the first and arguably most striking of the five designs. Hidden deep in the forest and camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect the surroundings, the room is built around a tree trunk and is supported by an aluminium frame covered with reflective glass.
If the other rooms try to integrate with their natural surroundings, the UFO aims to stand out from the crowd. Thirty square metres of cosy interior covered by durable composite metal, the UFO provides plenty of living space and extra modern furnishings in its hull.
The Bird’s Nest is a room of contrasts: from outside, a stack of twigs, bleak and uncompromising. The interior, however, is familiar and warm with space for two adults and two children.
The Cabin was developed to exhibit the best views over the Lule River Valley. The roof terrace also means you can eat your dinner under the Northern Lights.
The ironically-titled Blue Cone (it’s red) is the quintessence of simplicity and accessibility. The room is a traditional wooden structure with three foundations in the ground to give a sense of height and lightness, but also stability.
No Scandinavian hot spot would be complete without a Scandinavian hot spot, so Tree Sauna is the perfect way to sweat those metropolitan worries away. A sauna in the woods is both natural and sensible. The Tree Sauna accommodates up to eight people. Guests have access to a hot tub as well as the custom-designed relaxation area. Treehotel provides all sauna guests with shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels and slippers.