Need to know
Seven individually designed treehouses, including the spacious Dragonfly suite.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Early arrivals can stow their luggage and relax in the restaurant or wander through the woods.
Double rooms from $478.72 (SEK3,929), excluding tax at 12 per cent.
Rates include a buffet breakfast, served in Britta’s Guesthouse (the reception building), with pancakes, bacon and eggs, cheeses and meats, freshly baked bread with home-made jams, muesli and fresh orange juice.
On arrival you’ll be ushered into Britta’s Guesthouse to check in – stop for a while to grab a cup of coffee and a handful of retro foil-wrapped sweets. Filled with vintage knick-knacks, this homey Swedish stay (there are nine rooms guests can stay in, alongside the restaurant) has kitschy Grandma-chic interiors, which are quirkily cool – Vogue held a fashion shoot here, don’t you know?
At the hotel
Restaurant, bar and shared kitchen in Britta’s Guesthouse; shower blocks (one with a sauna, the other with a sauna and whirlpool plunge bath); open-air hot tub; woodland sauna; ziplines; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: mobile phone, minibar, a kettle with a selection of teas and coffee, free bottled water and air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
If you plan to hibernate in your treehouse like a pair of upwardly mobile squirrels, the Mirrorcube is a well-camouflaged modern hideaway with rustic-chic interiors and a discreet terrace. The Cabin is simple but snug, just big enough for a bed and two cushion seats by a window feature wall. Set high off the ground, this room has soul-restoring panoramic views.
The owners can organise massages (of the Swedish ilk, of course), but here it’s all about schwitzing like a Scandinavian. The tree sauna can fit up to eight guests at a time, and towels, drinks, snacks, soap and shampoo are included with each session. Booked sessions last for up to two hours. The shower blocks are both well outfitted, with saunas in each – well, you are in Sweden, after all – and one has a whirlpool plunge bath. There’s also an open-air hot tub, which is satisfyingly brisk in the winter and surrounded by lavish greenery in summer.
Bring a full beauty arsenal: no bath products are provided, and an eye mask to shut out the winter sun’s light. A sturdy pair of hiking boots will come in handy in summer; in winter, some warming wardrobe essentials.
The Blue Cone has wheelchair access. Owners Britta and Kent can arrange transport for disabled guests from the Guesthouse to the treehouses.
Dogs stay free, but only in the Blue Cone treehouse. See more pet-friendly hotels in Norrbotten County.
Are very welcome. Extra beds (SEK450 a night) and cots (free) can be added to all treehouses, except the Cabin and Mirrorcube. A children’s menu is served, there’s a wide range of kids’ activities (best suited to over-7s) and babysitting is available.
The Blue Cone can sleep up to four, and has easy ramp access if you’ve brought a buggy. Mini space-explorers will love the Fifties-sci-fi-style UFO treehouse.
Kids can trek, zipline and mountain bike all-year round; or visit a traditional Lapp village to learn about local culture. Come summer, kayaking on the Lule River, horse-back forest tours, fishing, white-water rafting and excursions to Storforsen lagoon and waterfall are possible. Winters are equally action-packed, with snowshoe tours (for over-12s); dog-sledding (for over-7s); horse-drawn sleigh rides (free for uner-3s); and a Northern Lights tour. The hotel also runs snowman-building competitions.
Children under 12 pay half price for food. The kids’ menu has local meat and fish dishes: Swedish meatballs, moose burger with potatoes and lingonberry jam, and sausages and mash.
Local babysitters can be hired for SEK250 an hour; must be booked two days in advance.
No need to pack
The hotel has a good range of baby kit, but be sure to pack toiletries, eye masks and mini hiking boots. The in-room minibars don’t have many snacks, so stock up in Boden on the way to Treehotel.
The restaurant has an ice-cream-sundae machine for little ones, there’s a tot-tailored afternoon tea and the owners can arrange campfire cookouts.
Britta and Kent, the hotel’s owners, are serious about treading lightly in their surroundings: the treehouses are built on live trees, using non-intrusive construction methods, and all materials are chemical-free. Hydroelectric power and low-energy LED lighting are used throughout, and bathrooms have combustion toilets (or freezing toilets) and water-efficient sinks.