It’s all about the views at the Suitree Experience Hotel in Costa Rica, designed by Studio Saxe as playful treehouse-inspired architecture.
The Costa Rican firm has created a series of elevated pods for the Guanacaste hotel. These stilted cabins resemble trees, with living spaces within their canopy. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and airy terraces offer stunning panoramic views of the surrounding rural landscape from their elevated positions. Accessible via a central staircase in their ‘trunks’, the cabins boast a timber-clad design that captures the nostalgic charm of rustic childhood treehouses.
The hotel’s owners explain, ‘During our childhood, the treehouse symbolized a realm of enchantment and wonder. It was a hideaway for our deepest secrets and fondest memories – a sanctuary providing solace from worldly concerns. Today, Suitree [Suite + Tree] presents a contemporary interpretation of this enduring concept, providing a tranquil and serene space to detach from the demands of life and rediscover inner peace.’
Situated near the town of Sardinal, a mere 10 km from Playas del Coco, Suitree enjoys a prime location in Guanacaste – affectionately known as the ‘Golden Coast’ due to its balmy climate and picturesque landscapes, ranging from arid tropical jungles to some of Costa Rica‘s most popular beaches, including Playa Tamarindo, Playa Flamingo, and Playa Concha.
The region is also celebrated for its commitment to eco-tourism, and Suitree seamlessly aligns with this ethos. Each cabin – priced at approximately $450 US per night – features an autonomous water harvesting and management system.
The prefab ‘treehouse’ pods are lightweight, portable and four robust supports add seismic stability. But nature is able to grow beneath the cabins uninhibited, and the pods are dotted between existing trees.
Studio Saxe shares their design ethos, stating, ‘Our architectural philosophy centres around the concept of ‘floating architecture,’ wherein structures coexist harmoniously with the existing ecosystem, fostering a symbiotic relationship.’