(Image: Eco Camp Patagonia, Chile)
I don’t know about you, but as the winter months are upon us, all I want to do is stay cozy in bed or in the general vicinity of my house and eat hot cocoa and wear slipper socks. So you may be surprised at my new interest in quirky outdoors accommodation. Hear me out! There are multiple amazing outdoor tree-house-type abode’s that have me packing up my slipper socks and cocoa and heading for the wilds! Here is a list of my favorite three from around the world.
Hapuku Lodge – New Zealand
Hapuku Lodge is in Kaikoura, in the north of New Zealand’s South Island, set in breath-taking outback with lush green lands and mountains surrounding it. This resort has a number of different accommodation options, but the most unique are the tree houses located 10 meters above the ground. There are one-room lodges for honeymooners or more family-friendly ones that are over two floors, imagine how excited kids would be staying in a real-life tree house!
It is right by the pacific coast and so pristine sandy beaches are plentiful; also all room prices include a complimentary breakfast and 3 course dinner. The accommodation prices range from $800 + GST (Double Occupancy, in the one room lodge) and NZ$1,100 for up to four people, in the family room.
Post Ranch Inn – Big Sur, California
This beautiful resort is set against the iconic Big Sur stretch of coast line along the mid-western side of the Californian coast. Just a three- hour drive from San Francisco airport, made easier by hiring a car from Alamo, it gives you the perfect opportunity to take in the stunning scenery along the Californian coast.
There are again a variety of different accommodation options and with names like ‘Coast’, ‘Ocean’ and ‘Peak’ they all encompass nature and are made of natural materials including roofs insulated with grass. But don’t be fooled by my description; these lodges are anything but uncouth, with beautiful interiors and even more amazing views from every room, the Ocean House looks to be simply gorgeous. If it’s a more special occasion then check out the Pacific Lodge, prices start around $675 per night.
Eco Camp Patagonia – Chile
The Eco camp in Patagonia, Chile is the epitome of ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) with green domes surrounding the wild grass areas around the base of a collection of breath-taking snow-capped mountains. This camp dome accommodation is perfect for those looking for more of an adventure and is a hiker and trekker paradise, with a selection of day walks and tours. There are ‘easy’ walks from one to two hours to more challenging eight to ten hour treks; these take you to glaciers, lakes and rivers depending on your hiking competency and fitness levels.
But truly the most magical things about this camp are the green domes as they have amazing ceiling windows allowing you to watch the stars as you fall asleep and really feel at one with nature. These domes are also fully lined and feature comfortable beds and the option of personal hot water facilities (for an extra cost). Prices start from $854 for a standard dome and $1,128 for a suite dome both for 3 days, programs last for 1 week maximum.
Post written by Phoebe Yates of Chic Travel.