Valentines day is just round the corner !
Recently I’ve started singing again. About a year ago I joined the Primrose Hill Singers, a small group of 12 singers, 3 voices in each part. My friend Nas said to me, “I’ve never seen you so happy as the day you got into that choir!
The music is varied but almost always uplifting, and I’ve been doing singing lessons too with Maestro Matthew who runs the choir.
Some of my favourites are undoubtedly Italian songs of adoration. Amarilli Mia Bella by Giulio Caccini and Se Tu M’ami, by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi are my current favourites, and every time I sing them, I come out from those sessions almost floating, and was thinking how I could achieve the same effect this Valentine’s day.
So I‘ve done some research and found some elevated love shacks and here are my top favourites, on six continents.
1- Starting in Europe in Italy of course-
In the shade of leaves of a 200 years old maritime pine, 7 meters high, this incredible tree house will drug your senses. Perched above an olive-grove and 12 hectares of lavender hills, one has unadulterated views of the Cimini Mountains and the sea of Tarquinia.
Stay here and not only do you feel elated and elevated at 30- 40m high, but Visiting its treetops, you are protecting the Nam Kan National Park.
Zip line your way through the tree tops to this incredible reserve protected by locals who engage with their community to find ways of causing minimal destruction to the forest.
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
It's located in Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island. Although it is a famous spot for whale-watching, this Tree house spells luxury!
At 10m above ground level, you enjoy spectacular views over the Manuka groves through large windows, whilst lounging in a spa bath! You might even spot deers prancing below depending on how great your eyesight is!
Set in 600-hectare grounds, between the Kaikoura Seaward Mountains and the Mangamaunu Bay.
Whilst this is definitely high end, the resort still aims to be environmentally friendly, using solar power and sourcing produce from local growers and fisherman, and an attempt at replanting native trees.
How many years before they can be used to build tree houses on I wonder?
4- North America
Set among tall trees in a rainforest west of Vancouver Island in Canada, these suspended, hand crafted yacht style pods are described as tree houses for adults, but my 9 year was just as excited to see these photos as I was!
5- South America
Our cousins came here and we were seriously envious!
An ocean front 10 acre site within the Gandoco- Manazillo Wildlife Refuge is host to this much simpler childhood dreams tree house. Having said that, once you approach it on a suspension bridge through the canopes, you find that it is split level and one of its bathrooms is encompassed by a 100 year old Sangrillo tree. The toilet in one fold, and an outdoor shower in another!
However, at this eco tourism project, iguanas (iguana verde), rather than gibbons are the animals protected here. They are an endangered species.
Basalt rock beds and the branches of an ebony tree are the foundations for this secluded tree house in Tongabezi, Zambia. With views overlooking the Zambezi river, however if you and your partner have a fight you could send them to the dog house, which in this case wouldn’t be such a drag considering that this surrounds an infinity pool floating above the Zambezi too!