Treehouse Architecture: Kanopi House

Blue Lagoon, Jamaica

There's something about a treehouse that appeals to a lot of people's childhood fantasies of independence and freedom. Kanopi House on Jamaica's Blue Lagoon is one such place. Set among Banyan trees, this hotel fits right in with the landscape, so much so that no trees were felled in its construction and — to quote the proprietors — "in some cases, trees simply go through the roof."

Rooms are open to the outdoors, and wood shutters connect the living areas with decks surrounded by branches. Furnishings were crafted and purchased locally and — like many places in Jamaica — the interiors blend colonial style with West Indian influences.

The Hew Family of Jamaican hoteliers designed, own, and operate the property, which consists of five rentable bungalows. For more information on Kanopi House, visit their site.

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Photos: Kanopi House