When I close my eyes and memorize my childhood, I remember climbing up on trees, sitting in a cozy tree house, looking out for squirrels to visit my new home, being totally at one with nature. I often thought back of those happy days before stumbling across a special hotel on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Finally my dream of a tree house could become true – Travelettes style of course.

Staying at the Free Spirit Spheres in Qualicum Beach just north of the ferry port Nanaimo opens up a world of magic to the visitor. Whether you are packing for a romantic getaway with the man or girl of your choice or a back-to-the-roots camping trip without camping, a night in a sphere seems just the right thing to do.


The Facts
This “hotel” offers three types of spheres hanging high up in the trees, their names being Eve, Eryn and Melody. They slightly vary in size, material and in-room amenities, but they all have several windows to let you observe the surrounding wildlife and feel the presence of the forest. Naturally your comfort is of prime concern: the tree houses are equipped with heating systems, electrical power and speakers.
To all lovebirds: I’d advise you against booking the smallest sphere Eve, as it only comfortably sleeps 1 person, but Eryn and Melody both have room for 2-3 guests. Ground facilities include an outhouse, showers, washrooms, a sauna, and picknick and BBQ resources. The hosts do not provide meals, but there are several restaurants and cafés in the surrounding area.

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The globe-like hotel rooms are handcrafted and combine tree house and sailboat technology – think of a kayak, think a little bit further, and you will end up with a sphere. Luckily, your rental home is already done and anchored, and all you have to worry about is getting up there. The position and height of your tree house depend on the current tree situation and will vary from season to season. However girls, all the technical information doesn’t make me fall over with excitement so I won’t bore you with more details. Just one more thing: like boats rocking on waves, tree houses rock with the wind moving the trees. Fortunately you do not have to be vertigo-proof as the rope tethers are vertical – so even if the wind moves the treetops, the spheres hardly move at all.

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If you are in the lucky position to make it to Vancouver Island sometime soon, try this awesome hotel and report any sightings of a fairy. A squirrel will do, too.

This is a post by Kathi Kamleitner.

Kathi Kamleitner was a regular contributor at Travelettes from 2013 to 2019. Originally from Vienna, Austria, she packed her backpack to travel the world and lived in Denmark, Iceland and Berlin, before settling in Glasgow, Scotland. Kathi is always preparing her next trip – documenting her every step with her camera, pen and phone.

In 2016, Kathi founded Scotland travel blog WatchMeSee.com to share her love for her new home, hiking in the Scottish Highlands, island hopping and vegan food. Follow her adventures on Instagram @watchmesee!