The Treehotel, Harads $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Just south of the Arctic Circle, this property not only enables guests to get away from it all but to do so from a unique perspective, between 6 and 40 feet up in the pines. The four rooms, each designed by a different Swedish architect, are literal tree-house fantasies. The Bird's Nest is accessed by a retractable ladder, the Blue Cone resembles a giant Lego block, and the Mirrorcube has reflective surfaces that blend into the landscape. Though small and sparsely decorated (there are no TVs), rooms are stylishly furnished, floors are heated, and picture windows in all but the Bird's Nest provide in-your-face forest views. Owners Britta Jonsson Lindvall and Kent Lindvall strive to stay "as green as possible," and as such, the guest experience is closer to an upscale camping trip than a luxury hotel stay: Eco-toilets incinerate waste, rooms have a hand basin rather than running water, and showers are taken in Treesauna, a five-minute walk away. The Lindvalls provide personal, friendly service, however, and will arrange Sami cultural tours, dogsledding, snowshoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and fishing. The Treehotel's antiques- and memorabilia-filled restaurant specializes in well-prepared local fare, including reindeer and elk. 2011 Hot List
Which room to book: The camouflaged Mirrorcube is the most visually spectacular. Accessed via a swinging bridge, the room is supported by a pine tree growing through it and feels like part of the forest.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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