Dream Honeymoons: From Airplanes to Treehouses, These Unusual Stays are Unforgettable
A honeymoon could be as simple as staring into one another’s eyes. But, since ideally, you’ll be doing that for the rest of your lives, why not experience something extraordinary to mark this momentous new phase? Memorable and quirky, these distinct hotels fit the bill.
Sleep in a Tree House
Loire Valley, France
With a bottle of Sancerre, you can make like a French Tarzan and Jane in one of 18 luxurious treehouse suites, each designed by a contemporary artist, in France’s Loire Valley. Intimate, romantic Loire Valley Lodges lie deep within a 750-acre forest with full amenities. Near the lush Loire Valley’s array of famous chateaus, the lodge can arrange such additional activities as forest bathing, “lyrical hikes” led by a world-renowned tenor, biking, ballooning and wine tasting.
Sleep in a Boathouse
Mayo County Ireland
In the shadows of 13th-century Ashford Castle, an iconic castle-hotel, Hideaway Cottage at Ashford Castle, lords over the shores of Lough Corrib, among storybook woods. Dating back centuries, the refurbished, one-bedroom dwelling is the stuff of fairy tales. Surrounded by private gardens and lake front views, serenaded by the music of lapping waters, it has stone elements, old fireplace lintels from the Castle Estate, hand-crafted parquet flooring, original artworks, lush fabrics and a blue Murano glass chandelier adorning the ceiling. Even better news? Guests enjoy all the services of the castle, as well as a personal “Hideaway Assistant” to accommodate every need.
Sleep in a “Gingerbread” Cottage
On the vast grounds of Heckfield Place, a luxurious Georgian manor house, which dates back to the 1700s, The Church Lodge nestles amid gardens and towering trees. An historic, black and white-timbered, two-story structure, it features plenty of space for Anglophiles to read their favorite books by British authors, to look for Shakespeare’s woodland fairies and to muse over history. All cottage guests can partake of Heckfield Place’s coddling amenities, including its renowned dining.
Sleep on a Boat
Bora Bora French Polynesia
Ahoy Matey! What’s even better than an over-water bungalow in French Polynesia’s Bora Bora? Your own floating villa, of course. Take over a four room, 52-foot solar catamaran, its design inspired by the canoe culture of the ancient Polynesians. ELYT Yacht Charter offers various itineraries for exploring the paradisiacal expanse of Bora Bora, a far-flung Pacific wonderland composed of myriad tiny islets and isles and crystalline waters. Lazy days, abundant marine life, chef-prepared meals and Tahitian bliss rule the day.
Sleep in A Library
New York City
Bibliophiles will be in their element at the Library Hotel, tucked as neatly as a book into a shelf into Midtown Manhattan. With each of its ten floors a homage to the Dewey Decimal System’s organizational nomenclature — Literature, The Arts and so forth — the hotel has adorned its rooms with a thematic collection of books to match. Also, ensconced in the page turner’s fantasy, a poetry garden, reading room, writer’s den and terrace. Complimentary fun includes a daily wine and cheese reception.
Sleep in a Cave
You’ll yabba dabba do louder than Fred Flintstone himself, when you honeymoon in Kokopelli’s Cave, an authentic cave dwelling, hewed into the 60-million-year-old Ojo Alamo sandstone cliffs near Farmington New Mexico. Set 70 feet below a cliff’s edge, reached only by foot, the cave has a bedroom, living area, full kitchen, replica Native American kiva, dining area, and bathroom, with rock walls incorporating a waterfall shower and hot tub. Two porches with sliding glass doors showcase the jaw dropping views of the La Plata River.
Sleep in a Plane
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about an uncomfortable seat on an overnight flight. Instead, feed your aviation geek yearnings at Arlanda Aiport, where a grounded Boeing 747 has been transformed into a seriously hip, 29-room hostel, Jumbo Stay. With a luxury cockpit suite and 24-hour bar and restaurant built into the former first-class cabin, this unusual hangout fulfills wanderlust. Try it as a bookend sleep during a honeymoon to Scandinavia.