This is the most extraordinary place we have ever stayed at.
You’d think you might have to “rough it up” a little to spend the night in a tree house, but this was not the case…
Skye, the artist behind this tree-house near Volcanoes National Park, in Hawaii, is the closest to a building genius I have ever come across. He managed to build this tree-house (which has a bigger sister in the neighborhood) without using invasive methods. This means that no trees had to be cut down in order to create this magical home (in fact, they keep on growing as you read this). The respect for nature and the immediate surroundings is obvious not only to the eye, but as Skye walks us in an explains that everything was done keeping sustainability in mind. All materials used for the construction are recycled. Power is 100% solar and water used in the shower and taps is collected rainwater which gets filter and treated. For drinking and cooking purposes, there is a big container with drinking water provided.
Not only the tree-house looks like something out of a story book, it also offers a lot of comforts of the modern world. Looking around I state “You could actually live here“, to what Skye replies “Of course, this was my home for several years!“. That explains a completely equipped kitchen (with fridge, plenty of pots and pans to cook with, stove, coffee machine and even a coffee grinder). As well as the entertainment collection that includes CDs, DVDs (some about the nearby Volcanoes National Park), TV (to watch the DVDs), board games and even a small library.
The living room has a comfy couch that invites you to stick around in the evenings. If it’s cold, there are fluffy blankets and a fire-place to warm up the spirits. Talk about a romantic atmosphere!
Upstairs, there’s plenty of room for a master bedroom and a secondary bed with enough space for a couple of kids or adults. There are nice comforters, robes and lots of storage space all around. The use of space is the house is truly incredible!
Imagine the feeling of waking up in the middle of the night because the moon is shining too bright right above you. You close the shutters above to sleep well and, finally, wake up in the morning with a glorious blue sky and lush greenery all around you.
You must walk downstairs to use the bathroom… and what a bathroom that is! You are not very likely to do your deeds with a better view anywhere else in the world.
The shower gets plenty of pressure and hot water. While good-quality towels and eco-friendly shower gel are provided.
Over all, this feels like the happiest house on earth. Glass is used extensively for the walls and ceiling, allowing a lot of natural light to come in. Between the rays of sun and the plants hanging inside the house itself, the frontier between indoors and outdoors is really thin.
Outside, there’s a canopy for you to mingle with nature, and a sitting area for you to have your morning coffee and make friends with the birds.
The tree-house can’t be seen from the road or the “outside world”. Once you are on the inside, it’s time to get lost in a magical world… Is almost like a well-kept secret that we want to share with you. Skye’s tree-house not only respects the surroundings, it blends with them in a way I had never seen a house do before.
You can feel that there’s so much love and care that have gone into building and maintaining this house. Skye built it all by himself during a period of 6 years. Now, it is a privilege for any of us that he has opened up the doors to this world of wonder!
Personally, I have been dreaming of coming back ever since…
Near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island