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Treetop accommodations growing in popularity

travel Updated: May 20, 2013 12:51 IST
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Adventurous travelers interested in branching out may want to consider looking beyond the standard hotel room and gazing further afield at an increasingly popular kind of accommodation: treehouse hotels.

It’s a concept that may appeal to nature lovers interested in intimate, wild, jungle experiences, as well as those seeking unique but luxurious experiences given the wide spectrum of treehouse accommodations that have become available in recent years.

Think hot tubs, a log fire, outdoor pools and showers.

Online travel website TripAdvisor’s newly released list of vacation rental treehouses, for instance, includes the Treehouse Hideaway in Canterbury, UK, which includes all the amenities expected of a standard hotel and then some: heated floors, a 60-inch cinema screen with surround sound, WiFi, fireplace and separate kitchen.

Missing from TripAdvisor’s list of treetop accommodations, meanwhile, is the uber-hip and trendy Treehotel in Sweden, a project that enlisted innovative Scandinavian designers to come up with concepts like the Mirrorcube which reflects its surroundings and is well camouflaged in the Swedish forest.

Here are Tripadvisor’s picks for treehouse hotels around the world:

Exotic Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
Perched in the rainforest, mid-canopy near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the treehouse is pitched as a romantic, honeymoon destination and includes a queen-sized bed, cedar hot tub, outdoor shower.

Tropical Treehouse, Puerto Rico
If you’re looking for more of a traditional Swiss Family Robinson-type concept, the Tropical Treehouse offers more rudimentary, open-air accommodations that come with a shower, kitchenette, queen-sized bed and views of the ocean.

Treehouse Hideaway, Canterbury, UK
Built six meters above ground, the Treehouse Hideaway comes with all the amenities expected of a standard hotel and then some: heated floors, a 60-inch cinema screen with surround sound, hot tub, WiFi, log fireplace, robes, slippers and separate kitchen.

Into the Woods, Whippingham, UK
Geared towards families, the spacious, treehouse includes a living pod that comes with a kitchen area, dining table, and sofa, while the sleeping pod can sleep six.

The Treehouse, Taunton, UK
Decorated in the style of the English countryside, the sprawling luxury cabin sleeps five people and includes a cedar hot tub, a wood burning stove, leather sofas, and a winding staircase that leads to bedrooms upstairs.