Romance doesn’t have to mean an all-inclusive hotel in the Maldives. If you and your amour are more adventurous at heart, what could be more romantic than sleeping in a tree, on top of the Great Barrier Reef or camping on a beach? Check out our alternative romantic holidays.
What to See
There’s nothing quite so romantic as sleeping under canvas and at Mimi’s Tree Yurt in the beautiful Brecon Beacons you can sleep under canvas in refined style. With a wood-burning stove, brass bedstead and an in-room roll top bath this tent couldn’t be further removed from a two-man tent pitched on a campsite. Decorated with antiques and surrounded by nature you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a romantic novel from the 19th century.
For more information visit beneath-the-stars.co.uk
Ignite the Tarzan and Jane in your relationship in a stilted treetop hut 10km from Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. As the surrounding birds dim their evening song, turn down the lights in a cosy cabin and feel the stillness of night among the boughs of the thick forest. A remote suspended infinity pool outside each hut is surely the most glamorous jungle living in the world.
Horseriding through the flat plains of Argentina’s countryside seems like its been snapped straight out of an epic romantic film. Become a gaucho for a day or two at a traditional farmstay. Estancia Don Joaquin has all of the trappings of a wonderful hotel – swimming pool, beautiful rooms, great food – plus cow herding and fabulous equine friends.
For more information visit estanciadonjoaquin.com
The Great Barrier Reef is one of nature’s great wonders and diving around its networks of plant and animal life is an unbelievable experience. Spend the night with your loved one literally on top of the reef. Sleep in the open air in small pod-like tents with a stargazing viewing panel all aboard a permanently moored pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef.
For more information visit cruisewhitsundays.com
1973 Vintage Airstream
This cute little bug of a caravan is so compact and cutely kitsch you’ll have no choice but to embrace the one you love. Based in Oregon this airstream is a classic vehicle with a beautiful styled retro interior. With a little outdoor deck and barbecue this would make a great escape from modern living, just for two.
For more information visit airbnb.co.uk
A boat cabin designed for two city love birds marooned above the Southbank Centre. A room for London is one of the most unique stays in the city, a singular boat cabin hoisted above the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Inside the design is chic, with copper and compact storage and panoramic views across the Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and the House of Parliament. If you can get a ticket for this one-off stay it would be the the most magical night in London imaginable.
For more information visit living-architecture.com