Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica
Situated in the South Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica between a bird migration corridor and the Talamanca Mountains is one of the most sustainable communities in the world. After husband-and-wife duo Matt and Erica Hogan saved the 62-acre site from being sold as a timber harvest site, they began to build a neighbourhood of whimsical tree houses connected by zip lines and Indiana-Jones-style suspension bridges. Forty tree houses now sit in the upper layer of the jungle canopy among exotic flora and fauna; the Taj Mahal of tree houses is the 90ft El Castillo Mastate. A web of hanging bridges connect the living quarters, bedrooms lead out onto wrap-around balconies and an outdoor shower benefits from a live soundtrack of chattering toucans. While it does contain all the expected creature comforts, Finca Bellavista is better suited to outdoorsy types who aren't going to mind coming face-to-face with creepy crawlies as opposed to the concierge.
Tres Kilometros al Este de la Escuela de La Florida, 60505 Piedras Blancas, Costa Rica