When it comes to planning your honeymoon, sometimes going to the usual hotspots for loved-up newlyweds isn’t going to cut it – especially if you’ve been there, done that in your travels before.
Maybe you want to try something different instead of heading to the Gold Coast, Noosa, Bali, Fiji or Thailand. Perhaps you like going off the beaten track, or maybe just have an appetite for the weird and wonderful.
Here are some quirky honeymoon ideas that might work for you.
1. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
This small boutique guesthouse in Nairobi is set on an estate surrounded by giraffes – who visit day and night and are known to pop their heads inside looking for a treat!
2. Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru
Located in Peru’s Sacred Valley of Cuzco, Skylodge Adventure Suites let you sleep in a transparent luxury capsule that hangs from the top of a mountain.
3. Houseboat in Kerala, India
The southern Indian state of Kerala is known as “God’s Own Country” and offers unique honeymoon experiences – including being able to stay on one of the region’s iconic houseboats. These are huge, slow-moving, exotic barges that once used to carry spices and rice, but are now used for leisure trips.
4. Sala Silvermine, Sweden
The Sala Silvermine in Sweden is home to the world’s deepest hotel room – situated 155 metres underground. The room was carved out by hand more than 300 years ago and is surrounded by galleries and cavities.
5. Las Pozas, Mexico
Las Pozas is near the village of Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, a seven-hour drive north of Mexico City. Set on more than 80 acres of jungle in the mountains, it features natural waterfalls and pools interlaced with towering surrealist concrete sculptures, built by Edward James.
6. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort glass igloos, Finland
Stay in a glass igloo at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finnish Lapland – 250 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Get close to nature situated in a pristine environment near national park. The best time to stay is when the northern lights are visible from late August to late April.
7. Red Beach, Panjin, China
Around 30 kilometres south-west of Panjin city in China is the Red Beach- located in the Liaohe River Delta. The beach gets its name from its red appearance – not caused by sand – but w by a type of seaweed that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil.
8. Lovers Deep Luxury Submarine Hotel, Saint Lucia
If you want to join the “mile low” club, which is the opposite of the “mile high” club – there’s a luxury underwater hotel on a submarine off the coast of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. This is what they mean by sleeping with the fishes.
9. Apennine village, Matera, Italy
The historic Apennine village, Matera is in the south of Italy. Here you can find a stunning and well preserved example of a village where hundreds of caves were turned into dwellings, churches and palaces dating back to the stone and bronze ages.
10. The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania
If you want to disconnect from the world, head for The Manta Resort situated on the remote Pemba Island off the east coast of Africa, where you can enjoy close encounters with nature and a lot of peace and quiet. The highlight of the island is the underwater room, four metres down at the bottom of a three-level floating structure.