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New luxury treehouse resort in Okinawa, Japan

Japan’s subtropical southern prefecture of Okinawa is set to welcome the opening of a brand new sustainable luxury eco resort in the Spring of 2021. Designed with the concept of bringing its guests closer to nature, Treeful Treehouse will offer secluded private rooms nestled amongst the jungle canopy alongside a communal Aerohouse space and activities for visitors to explore the local area. Located in rural Nago on the north side of Okinawa Island, the resort will be home to four majestic individual treehouse rooms on the banks of the Genka River, each able to sleep two guests. The rooms have been individually crafted to sit seamlessly within the natural environment, built around the existing flora in the area, whilst still providing a luxurious glamping style setting and modern facilities including air conditioning. The wooden treehouse rooms boast 360 degree views and an outside seating area complete with cosy hammocks ideal for night-time stargazing. The unusual egg treehouse room, inspired by boats and crafted by a local yacht builder, will offer guests the chance to sleep within a truly unique cocooned space up high in the trees. The communal Aerohouse is equipped with bathrooms, rest and relaxation rooms and a kitchen connected to the treehouse rooms via a series of floating walkways and jungle paths. The resort’s Floating DNA Catwalk, inspired by the vertebrae of a spine, connects the ground to the tree deck making the resort accessible to wheelchair users. Once open, the resort will offer guests a series of excursions and experiences to explore the local area including jungle trekking, kayaking, paddle boarding and yoga. The resort is also passionate about giving back to the local community and has already embarked on projects in the surrounding area, including reinstating a water mill at the site of the Shizogumui Waterfall which was last home to a mill over 100 years ago. The resort is powered purely by its own solar energy, omitting the need to use any fossil fuels.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. It looks like a very original and inspirational project and heading in a back to nature direction that a lot of us would like to take. I’m really far more interested in escaping back to nature for my breaks and holidays than heading into a busy city. I’m sure that we will see a lot more developments springing up like this one all over the world in coming years.

  2. It is clearly all part of well thought out design. Over the years it will probably come to blend in very nice with the surrounding trees so that you’ll hardly know that the treehouse is there. Very eco-friendly.

  3. What I like about it is that it is a resort but you can also be alone if you want to. I think I’d find it a bit creepy if it were me and my partner all alone in the woods.

    Being able to meet up with other people is nice. Then when you’ve had enough of being sociable you can head back to your own treehouse again.

  4. I’ve seen treehouses before but not as sturdy and luxurious as these. I’d definitely put money on there being plenty more treehouses built like these all over the world in the next decade. A lot of us have had our fill of concrete, glass and steel.

  5. I don’t think we can ever grow out of thinking treehouses are cool, can we? I love the look of this resort and you can say without a doubt you’ve stayed somewhere so unique that none of your friends would have. The 360 degree view is a cool idea to really make the most of that vantage point and it’s great the ‘apartments’ have some mod cons for extra comfort, which I wasn’t really expecting to see.

  6. It’s looking like a very peaceful and calm retreat in southern Japan with all of nature surrounding you. It’s the perfect place to build a treehouse resort. And it’s good to see that the structures don’t stand out too much and that it doesn’t taks away from the beauty of its surrounds, nor stands incongruous. The egg treehouse looks like a repurposed oversized water tank or plastic container. It certainly fits the bills of an eco resort in Japan. Though, this is crafted by a builder, I wouldn’t be surprised to see if the Japanese people would be able make luxury room out of a plastic water container or cement mixer perhaps.

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