I've always wanted to go on holiday to Sweden. It looks and sounds like such an idyllic peaceful place... in the summer at least. I'm not sure I could cope with all the snow and darkness during daylight hours in the winter. And if I was going to go, this is where I'd like to stay, The Treehotel. It's situated in the northern Swedish village of Harads, where there's a population of 600. It's in the middle of nowhere in unspoiled natural surroundings and the rooms are all situated in the trees and range in aesthetics from the earthly to the futuristic. There's the The Bird's Nest (pictured below) which resembles, well, a bird's nest floating in the air to The Mirrorcube (pictured above) characterized by mirrored walls that reflect the surroundings.
There's also the UFO room for those with a fascination for aliens
And the capsule-style cabin:
I like the way that each of the five rooms has a different aesthetic and design but they are all united in their respect for the nature that surrounds them and are suspended four to six meters in the trees with floor to ceiling windows, offering scenic views of the surrounding forest and nearby Lule River. (the hotel is planning to expand to have 24 different rooms). On an eco level, the rooms are also all built from chemical-free wood and feature combustions toilets that incinerate waste at a 1,112-degree heat along with other eco design features (!!). The interiors are also surprisingly plush and luxurious.
According to the hotel's website, the hotel was inspired by the film ”The Tree Lover” by Jonas Selberg Augustsen, It tells the story of three men from the city who want to go back to their roots by building a tree house together and examines the significance of trees for human beings.
There's also a very inviting looking sauna in the woods constructed entirely from wood which contains a sauna and hot tub so you can bathe among the elements.
The hotel just won Sweden's Grand Tourism Award for 2011. You can check out more information on their website.