Large tree houses

Award-winning Kadir’s offers a unique way to experience nature. After hiking and climbing in picturesque Olympos, guests can return to a bed in an actual treehouse. Vegetarian and seafood buffets served daily.

Kadir’s Top Tree Houses offers 3 types of accommodations. There are hostel-style Treehouses and Dormitories, where guests share a large room with fellow travelers. Also available are private Bungalows for 2 or 3 guests, with individual bathrooms.

Guest services at Kadir’s include laundry, satellite television, and internet access. Outdoor amusements include volleyball and ping-pong. Scooter and bike rentals are available. A travel agency offering tours, travel tips, reservations is also on site.

Kadir’s has two bars, serving guests from lunch until late night. Breakfast and dinner buffets are served daily and available to all guests. Kadir’s has a pizza house that serves fast food and Hangar Restaurant that mainly serves seafood.

There are a wide variety of outdoor nature activities, including excursions and camping.

Kadir’s Top Tree Houses is a 1 km hike to the Olympos beach, known as one of the world’s only breeding grounds for the loggerhead turtles.

Free private parking is available on site.

This region of Sumbawa can get surf all year round. The peak swell period is from April to September.  Late and early seasons, October to March, can offer perfect clean conditions with light winds. There are 7 world-class surfing waves situated in the same bay.  The main wave, The Peak, has a left and a right-hand takeoff. Just 5 minutes away from the Tree House you have the world-class breaks surrounding Lakey Beach which offers great waves all year long for intermediate and advanced surfers. For the more beginner level surfers, you have Nungas and Cobblestone right (see below).  All surf spots are very consistent, there is rarely a day without waves. Surfboard rental and surf lessons can be organized.

Chuzi House Camouflage as “Snake Crouching Under a Rock”

Like a giant snake curled under shady rocks and trees, Wallmakers designed a house as part of “camouflage architecture” meant to blend into the landscape. It is located in the village of Shoolagiri, India, which has an unusual topography to build construction. The house was later named Chuzi House and was designed using waste around the area.

Chuzi House in Shoolagiri, IndiaChuzi House in Shoolagiri, India

With the challenges of steep rocky topography, large trees, and dense vegetation, the floor leveling of this house will be more dynamic compared to houses in urban areas in general. Seen from the outside, the house looks winding on the walls and roof, which revolves around the trees and rocks on site and helps create a living space with a different impression. The spiral shape of the house is an implementation of the meaning of the name Chuzhi which has a meaning in Malayalam, namely “whirlpool”.

“The design and dimensions come entirely from the position of the trees, and rock formations on site,” studio founder Vinu Daniel told Dezeen.

The section of Chuzi House The section of Chuzi House

The layout of Chuzi House

The layout of Chuzi House

To respond to environmental conditions, Wallmakers collected as many as 4,000 plastic bottle waste from around the house site to be reused in this building. The bottles are filled with concrete, used to make walls, and then covered with wet construction. As a result, some parts of the winding wall have a dual function: furniture, such as seats and storage cabinets.

Walls can also be used as seat and storage cabinetWalls can also be used as seat and storage cabinet

The roof on this house was designed by Wallmakers with a spiral shape. Among the wooden spirals is a glass roof design to give the impression of living under the canopy of trees. The use of glass for the roof is triangular-shaped shatterproof glass connected to an iron construction. Natural sunlight can enter the house through this glass roof. In addition, the roof also doubles as a seating area around the tree.

The roof also doubles as a seating area around the treesThe roof also doubles as a seating area around the trees

The spiral glass roof is like a skylightThe spiral glass roof is like a skylight

Chuzi House is a two-bedroom residence designed with an open layout with many glass openings facing out of the room full of green vegetation. The interior design applies a minimalist concept and has the floor made of reclaimed wood that has been put together. The furniture used is mostly made from wood to harmonize with the façade of the building. Some chairs are also made of natural woven materials with a comfortable shape for residents.

The bedroom faces glass windows for a natural viewThe bedroom faces glass windows for a natural view

Furniture is made from natural materials to harmonize the buildingFurniture is made from natural materials to harmonize the building

The design designed by Wallmakers shows their concern for nature, Not only supporting aesthetics but also thinking about the sustainability of natural resources, such as utilizing waste around it for reuse.

“We were extremely mindful that we would be the first to construct this virgin landscape and wanted to hide the building. But, more importantly, we wanted it to merge into the landscape.”


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Checking In

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The Rumah Pohon was only manned by one person during our stay. He was the caretaker, the receptionist, the housekeeper, and the cook. Not sure if he was also the owner.


Check-in was pretty straightforward. We were served with welcome drinks that felt so refreshing after a half day of baking under the hot sun. Then, the host handed us our key, showed us around, and told us what time dinner and breakfast would be served.


The Tree House

There were a few tree houses, some higher than the others. Ours was probably the second highest, located next to the bathrooms, but not too close.

There was a small wooden gate at the landing of the stairs to keep the dogs out and a balcony with a bench to lounge on. Inside was a double bed with pillows, a bolster, a blanket, and a pair of clean towels.

The tree house shook with every little movement we made.

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There was a small table and shelf for putting your stuff on, a mirror, a single light bulb to illuminate the entire room, and a fun-sized table fan.

If you’ve got multiple devices to charge, you’re in luck because there’s more than one power socket on the wall, so you can charge your devices without having to turn off the fan or light bulb.

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Not gonna lie — the room was a little too warm for comfort, especially in the middle of the day, during the hot season, and with such a teeny weeny fan. But you can keep the door and window open to add extra ventilation.

Do note that the room doesn’t come with any mosquito netting. We didn’t have any problem with mosquitoes throughout our stay, but if you tend to attract them like a magnet, you might want to bring some insect repellent with you.

VIVA – The Korowai tribe live in the southern coast of Papua. It is said that they live in tree houses with a height of about 10 to 12 meters above the ground. Unfortunately, in April 2018, the British news portal, BBC made a statement to the public that one of their reports about the Korowai tribe living in tree houses was not true.

The show is the Human Planet series about Papua which was shown in 2011. The film tells of the Korowai tribe as people who still live in tree houses.

The problem became complicated when another film crew came to the area, at that time the situation was different. The house that he wanted to cover turned out to be out of shape as it was before. The house was all that remained, the wood that made it up had partly crumbled in the wind and no one lived there.

Finally, the Korowai people said that the tree house was deliberately made for television impressions purposes only.

The BBC has issued a clarification, they say that the practice of journalism has ‘violated their editorial standards’, they also admit that they have corrected its editorial directives.

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The BBC show that reported the discrepancy was a program entitled “My Year with The Tribe”. During the production process of the show, a member of the tribe told the presenter that the tree house was solely made for the purpose of making a film.

The presenter immediately said in the next broadcast that the tree house that had been broadcast before was completely artificial. The tree house is not where the Korowai people live. The house was made solely for the benefit of tourists and television.

An anthropologist from Cambridge, Rupert Stasch, in an article published in the journal Cambridge Anthropology in 2011, noted that the Korowai treehouse news had become very popular in the mid-90s.

In 1994, the Arts & Entertainment Channel film premiered in the United States under the title Treehouse People: Cannibal Justice. Then in 1996, National Geographic published a photo series entitled “Irian Jaya’s People of Trees”.

Since then, the Korowai tree house has become very famous and has been published in dozens of magazines and newspapers. There were about twenty television stations reporting it. Starting from the United States, England, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Vietnam, even television from Indonesia itself, TVRI.

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The Real Korowai House

The main house of the Korowai people is a house named Xaim. This house is a house that is usually built on pillars from small trees that become stakes. Generally, these Xaim are between 10 and 30 feet above the ground. About 3 to 9 meters from ground level. The average house of this type is only about 15 feet or 4.5 meters.

The Korowai people also have houses that are built only one meter above the ground or even have no stilts at all. This house is known as Xau. However, photos of this house are very rarely published.

The description of the house that has caught the attention of the global world is the third type of house called Lu-op, meaning a house that has to be climbed, the Korowai people very rarely make this type of house. These ‘climbing’ houses are generally 15 to 35 meters high above a large living tree.

A very famous photo of a ‘climbing’ house is a photo taken by George Steinmetz in 1995. The photo was later published in National Geographic in 1996. A few months later this photo was republished in Reader’s Digest, and it has since become the most reproduced photo for various purposes.

The Korowai people say that their house is mostly the Xaim type. Seven out of ten houses are of this type. Meanwhile, three out of ten houses are Xau models. Only one in fifty new homes is a Lu-op or climbing house.

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In Korowai history, a climbing house is a house built by Korowai youths to enjoy amazing scenery. A place for shouting or voices from above.

The climbing house was never used for housing. For the Korowai people, a climbing house is a house that is not really needed. At that time the Korowai used to build this type of climbing house because there were requests from film crews and tourists.

For example, in March 2010, two houses built on the tallest tree were made for two customers. The first was for a group of German tourists and the second was built for a group of Japanese film crews who were going to make a documentary for Fuji TV which they called Unbelievable!

The booming news about the exotic Korowai house over the last twenty years is part of a global cultural phenomenon that presents a ‘primitive’ style appearance as something that’s very popular in the market.