experience - Treehotel, Sweden
Written by Gregg Henglein
Think of these rooms as the most stylish treehouses on the planet, with names that only serve to enhance the intrigue.
Venturing into the forests of Sweden’s lush Luleå Valley, close to the Arctic Circle, visitors are presented with the accommodation that, while undeniably serene, presents the ultimate one-with-nature experience.
Five rooms currently comprise the Treehotel, each suspended high in the pine trees, offering stunning views of the valley while providing – in very distinct ways – the utmost in contemporary design. The Cabin, Mirror Cube, Bird’s Nest, UFO and Blue Cone all have their own allure, as different architects designed each of them, extending the uniqueness of the concept to every one of its individual spaces. Elk and reindeer strolling the grounds are commonplace, and making your way up to your room can include a trek across a rope bridge or up a retractable staircase. A tree sauna is supremely relaxing, while the adventurer can take to ski and snowmobiling escapades in the winter, or kayaking and salmon fishing in the Luleå River in the summer.
There’s a bed and breakfast element to Tree Hotel, where everyone congregates at Britta’s Pensionat, which doubles as guests’ check-in point and dining haven and serves home-cooked delights, such as elk meatballs and lingonberry jam.
Set upon a steep hillside overlooking the valley, this rectangular room is full glass at one end for an expansive view.
Camouflaged by mirrored exterior walls, though ingeniously surrounded by an infrared shield visible only to birds in order to protect them.
The circular windows all but disappear in the exterior’s mass of branches; the most secluded room option.
Red, not blue, the easiest room to access is stilted, on the side of the hill.
Cast in lightweight composite material, a truly otherworldly experience in the most spacious option.