Channel Your Inner Tarzan

How to sleep in a tree the civilized way
BY: DOUGLAS FURR

Los Cabos offers just about every type of accommodation you could want. From luxurious villas to hotels and motels, condos to hostels and, on one AirBnB listing, you can even book space to camp in someone’s yard (deal killer: you must bring your own tent).

Coming soon, we can add treehouses to that list of accommodations. Acre, the farm-to-table restaurant and event space in San Jose, is in the process of building 13 “treehouse” structures, which are scheduled to be fully opened by December 1.

tarzan.JPGRachael Watt, Acre’s hotel manager, says the idea for the treehouses came to them when someone made the suggestion that they build an Ewok village, like in Star Wars. Since the property has a lot of natural palm forest, the idea wasn’t too far out there.

Watt says they think the idea will be appealing because deep down, everyone's a kid at heart. They’re also expecting that diners at Acre’s restaurant will want to spend the night, and are considering creating hotel packages for that crowd.

Now, even though these treehouses might appeal to the kid in you, these aren’t like the treehouses from your childhood, where the floor was built on top of the tree limbs and you had to climb up a rope ladder or some boards nailed to the trunk to get in. Instead, the treehouses are more like a hotel room that’s built among the trees. Each tree house will include a terrace, bathroom, closet, outdoor shower (you can look up at the sky while you wash your hair) and a queen-sized bed.

Instead of climbing up into your room through a hole in the floor, like you would with a real treehouse, there’s a metal staircase that leads to your door. Of the 13 treehouses, one will be a double unit, connected by a suspended bridge.

Oh, and because this is the age of technology, all of the treehouses will have wi-fi available too.

The treehouse feel of the rooms comes from the “open stick” design, which means that the walls aren’t solid. Metal framing provides the solid structure of the treehouses, while panels of large sticks make up the walls. They got a little chintzy with the sticks, so you can see through the walls. You’ll be able to feel the breeze coming through, and hear all the birds and whatever other wildlife is roaming around. Just like camping! Although, with a bathroom and a shower, this would actually be considered “glamping” – that’s short for glamorous camping.

If you’re worried about privacy, and don’t like that anybody walking around down below or diners enjoying Acre can see into your room, there are canvas curtains on the inside of the room that can be drawn shut all the way around, so you won’t be exposed. And now you are truly camping, as you are wrapped in canvas. Ear plugs will be provided for those guests who want to drown out the sounds of the birds and, more likely, the guests in the neighboring treehouses (although, if you’re going to be fussy about that, maybe staying in a treehouse isn’t for you.)

Prices for the tree houses will run from $275 to $350, depending on the season. This price includes breakfast, a daily morning yoga class, and  an evening class, such as a wine or mezcal tasting, cooking class, or learning how to milk one of Acre’s Nigerian dwarf goats. Goat milking, just what everyone wants to do on vacation.

According to Watt, they are in the beginning stages of accepting reservations for the treehouses. If you want to learn more, visit their webpage at acrebaja.com/treehouse.html. They have a web brochure full of pictures, and it includes a floor plan as well.