When nothing other than a touch of luxury will do the job, the place you need to be is the Playa Viva in Mexico. The resort offers eight fantastic rooms, each with its own ocean view and one of these is an unbelievable treehouse. If you start to feel a little guilty at the decadence, banish those feelings immediately! This entire resort runs off-grid, supplying all its electricity through solar panels, has a solar thermal water heating system and the team practices sustainable farming and permaculture. If stress still nibbles at you, join the daily yoga session in this tropical paradise – after all, it is included in the price of the stay.
The treehouse that is on offer at Playa Viva is not soaring up in the treetops as one might imagine. It stands just six feet off of the ground and is aiming to be more like a pier above the ocean than a hut up in the canopy. However, its thoughtful construction, both in design and in the choice of materials, makes guests feel as though they are nestled gently in and among the beach-side forest here, with nothing but a view of the ocean and the sounds of nature to accompany them.
The shared areas of Playa Viva have been created to encourage guests to get to know their local environment and to mingle with each other. The ethos of this resort is very much focused on connection, be that with other people, our surroundings, or indeed simply with ourselves. There are plenty of private spaces to enjoy here and of course, in the treehouse, it is easy to forget that other people exist at all!
The treehouse at Playa Viva costs upwards of €500 per night for two people. An extra bed can be added at request. The rates include a donation to an active reforestation project, which staff will happily tell you more about during your stay.