Lonely Planet Writer

This magical treehouse is actually one of the world’s quirkiest new hotel rooms

Like a cross between a Hobbit house and something from the imagination of Antoni Gaudi … this magical treehouse is actually one of the world’s quirkiest new hotel rooms.

Escape to a treehouse hotel in Mexico.
Escape to a treehouse hotel in Mexico. Image by Papaya Playa

The suite perches on stilts that rise above tropical woodland to give views over the Caribbean Sea. The treehouse is part of the Papaya Playa resort in the town of Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula in the southeast of Mexico.

The resort is located on the incredible Mexico coastline.
The resort is located on the incredible Mexico coastline. Image by Papaya Playa

The lodgings were designed by Emilio Heredia, who is the brains behind all of the recent architecture at the resort. He built it while asking the question of whether there was a better place to enjoy nature than “in a tree house on some sunny stretch of Caribbean coastline surrounded by the jungle”.

Relax in a treehouse hotel.
Relax in a treehouse hotel. Image by Papaya Playa

Guests reach the suite by a spiral staircase carved from wood which blends nicely into the wilderness around it. The staircase leads first to a reading area just below the tree line where visitors can relax and enjoy the shade.

Sleep in a tree in a Mexico resort.
Sleep in a tree in a Mexico resort. Image by Papaya Playa

Up above is the bedroom with a wooden roof suspended over curved beams and giant oval windows looking over the trees and water. If visitors are ever drawn away from their private tree house, the resort has almost a mile of private beach for its guests.

See the sea from the resort's lounge relax.
See the sea from the resort’s lounge relax. Image by Papaya Playa

All the rooms there have been designed with the environment in mind and their special “non-invasive” construction has left 94% of the jungle untouched. If all that sounds a little too sedate for your tastes, they also have a beach club where world-renowned DJs have come to play. “It’s a place created for like-minded people,” they told Lonely Planet, “[for] creative individuals to unwind and connect with self and nature.”