1. Treehotel Sweden
Don’t just imagine drifting off to sleep high above the ground: that experience can be had in countless hotels around the world. Instead, imagine resting amidst sun-flecked branches, with birdsong all around. This, of course, is a tree house: the pinnacle of relaxing in the fresh air. A daydream, to be sure, but in some places it can actually come true.
In a pine forest next to a river in Sweden’s northernmost landscape Norrbotten, you can choose from seven different “tree hotels” to check into. Each is equipped for comfortable living and designed by a different architect. Just take The Mirrorcube, whose walls are made from reflective mirror materials – talk about melting into the greenery! The Bird’s Nest also does this in its own way, with its “wall” of sprawling branches.
The Treehotel, which is the name of this resort, is part of Britta’s Guesthouse. Here, wild game and other local ingredients are often on the menu as an extra ecological bonus.
Where: Treehotel is part of Britta’s Guesthouse, situated in the village of Harads, between Luleå and Jokkmokk in north Sweden.
Eco profile: Treehotel has been built so that the living trees are not damaged where the huts are attached. All seven rooms are ecologically conscious in terms of sanitation and building materials.
2. Crosby Street Hotel USA
A taste of the country in the middle of New York, Crosby Street Hotel has a lush vegetable garden on its roof. It was the first hotel in town to receive gold certification for its environmental performance.
Where: On Crosby Street in the neighbourhood of SoHo, New York.
Eco profile: The first hotel in the city to be awarded the LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. The rooftop garden supplies the hotel restaurant with tomatoes and other products, and also houses its own small henhouse.