Located along the east coast of Vancouver Island, lying off the mainland British Columbia, Canada are spherical tree houses. Famously called the ‘hanging hotel’, these spherical houses offer all the glamorous luxury starting at a rate of $334 CDN for one night, with a double bed, sink, refrigerator, counter space, cupboards and all the necessary space for making tea or coffee.
The spheres are 10.5 ft in diameter with 5 windows,. You’ll get to pick from the three different kinds, calles Eryn, Melody and Luna.
Free Spirits Spheres offer accommodation all around the year with a prior appointment and have received positive reviews for their maintenance, despite having a crowd of people over and tourists visiting often.
Why is it hanging?
You may be wondering why the word ‘hanging’ is used, or if they are actually flying, stuck in the middle of the air. Well, they do look like that. Connected with wires and branches of big, healthy trees filled with luscious greenery, these spheres have a spiral staircase leading to their entrance. The reason behind this architecture is Tom, the Master Craftsman and Creative Director of Free Spirit Spheres. His aim is to globally connect communities and aim for conserving forests with this model.
How to reach Free Spirit Spheres?
The forest lies between the regions of Nanaimo to the south, Comox Valley to the north, and the Pacific Rim to the west. They are a 2.5-3 hour drive north of Victoria/Sydney on the south end of Vancouver Island, and a 2-3 hours drive from Tofino on the west side of the Island. The nearest airports are Nanaimo (YCD) and Comox (YQQ). You can also take BC ferries, taxi, transit or bus to get there.
What can you do there?
Located in a forest, the most common activities are sea kayaking, zipline adventures, visiting beaches, trails, paddle boarding, hiking and visiting caves. They are all located near to the spheres, ranging from 15 minutes to an hour away. Or if you just wish to avoid any hustle and relax, you’re more than welcome to stay indoors at your treehouse!
They also have saunas (and being in the middle of trees makes your visit worth it).
They are currently open and following precautionary measures due to the pandemic. They encourage you to frequently wash your hands and maintain social distancing at all times, and discourage tourists who just want to look. For a tour, you have to make a reservation and the tickets cost $20 CDN.
There are many crazy hotels in the world, thanks to their locations and architecture. Would you like to spend a night here, and see the majestic view?