Lonely Planet Writer

More people than ever are looking to stay in treehouses, you can see why...

If you’re looking to take your travels to new heights, consider spending the night in a treetop as interest in treehouse accommodation continues to grow.

Keemala resort in Phuket, Thailand.
Keemala resort in Phuket, Thailand. Image by PRNewsfoto/Hotels.com

There was a nearly 30% increase in demand for treehouse hotels in 2016 over 2015, according to newly-released information from travel booking site Hotels.com. Their research found about 33% of people surveyed said they wanted to sleep in a treehouse, compared to 23% who want to visit an ice hotel.  As part of its Loved by Guests awards, which ranks accommodation based on user reviews, the company launched a new category with their top-rated treehouse hotels.

The Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden.
The Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden. Image by PRNewsfoto/Hotels.com

Among the favourite treetop spots in the “Best for Treehouse” category is the Eureka Springs Treehouses in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The treehouses are also themed around destinations like Venice, New York and Paris, so visitors can get a taste of another destiantion at the same time. If you want to head someplace warmer in North America, the Azulik – Adults Eco-Resort & Maya Spa in Tulum, Mexico features wooden-crafted homes with views of the water and a “hanging Balinese bed”.

Azulik, Adults Eco-Resort Maya Spa in Tulum, Mexico.
Azulik, Adults Eco-Resort Maya Spa in Tulum, Mexico. Image by RNewsfoto/Hotels.com

In Thailand, travellers can head to Keelama outside of Phuket and pass the time in their own 30-metre infinity pool over the rainforest. For cooler temperatures, the Tree Hotel in Harads Sweden will take travellers up into the air with eco-treehouses that include a Mirror Cube, Bird’s Nest and more. There, you can even hang out in a massive hammock and watch the Northern Lights.

Silky Oaks Lodge in Mossman, Australia.
Silky Oaks Lodge in Mossman, Australia. Image by PRNewsfoto/Hotels.com

Also included on the list of best treehouse hotels are: the Four Seasons Resort in Papgayo, Costa Rica; Tsala Treetop Lodge in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa; Japamala Resort on Tioman Island, Malaysia; Aqua Wellness Resort in El Gigante, Nicaragua; Silly Oak Lodge Mossman in Mossman, Australia; and Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa in Lower Daintree, Australia.

It’s unsurprising that interest in staying in a treehouse has sparked so much interest. Airbnb released a list of its most desirable properties last year and a number of treehouses take the top spots.