Loire Valley Lodges, nestled within a 300-hectare private woodland in Esvres, central France, is a one-of-a-kind retreat. Founded by former art dealer Anne Caroline Frey, this sanctuary offers 18 luxurious treehouses in a secluded yet accessible setting, just two hours from Paris.
These treehouses are not just places to stay; they are art-infused havens designed for relaxation amidst nature. A sculpture trail winds through the property, displaying Frey's personal collection. Each chic and comfortable treehouse features unique decor with original works by contemporary artists. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide panoramic views of the forest, complete with majestic Douglas fir and chestnut trees.
Frey's passion for "sylvotherapy" or forest bathing is at the heart of this haven. The lodging is intentionally adult-only and encourages a "digital diet," offering respite from the distractions of modern life. Treehouses are TV and WiFi free, but WiFi is available in common areas. Each treehouse comes with a radio to communicate with staff and an iPad preloaded with a playlist matching the lodge's ambiance.
Privacy is paramount, with treehouses spaced apart and perched four meters high in the forest canopy. The terrace features a luxurious hot tub, ideal for stargazing and solitude. The absence of cars means exploring is done on foot or by borrowing one of the available bicycles.
The hotel pampers the senses with a 65-foot pool, a spa, wellness activities, and the option for open-air massages on your treehouse terrace. Breakfast is delivered in a basket via a pulley, showcasing local delights.
The hotel's cuisine, led by chef Thomas Besnault at "Ardent," celebrates the Loire region's finest produce and operates alongside "Asperatus," which hosts a rotating cast of renowned guest chefs. While you could lose yourself in the forest, this region is rich in cultural heritage, offering opportunities to explore the "Valley of the Kings" with its extravagant châteaux, like the nearby Chateau de Chenonceau from the 16th century. Hot air balloon rides and serene River Loire boat trips await you, complementing the tranquility of your forest retreat.