There’s no question that everybody loves a package holiday, but for a truly unique couples’ break, we’re going to have to put away a few pennies. Be willing to put off our flights for a year or two to save for something unusual, especially where adult treehouses, underwater hotels and luxury cruises are concerned.
When it comes to alternative couples’ holidays that exude just that little extra luxury, these ones are worth the buzz.
You’ve probably seen pictures of adult treehouses stashed up in the canopy. For those of us that don’t have a garden big enough for a tree, much less a treehouse, these alternative hotels can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t get outside of high rise hotels, and even then, it’s not quite the same as looking down over a forest landscape. Like most dream holidays, treehouse escapes can carry quite the price tag – but if you stick close to home with spots like the Port Lympne Reserve in Kent, you’ll save on flights and additional travel costs.
Cruises might sound a little mainstream, but when you factor destinations like Antarctica into the mix, they become about as alternative as it gets. Plus, cruise entertainment has gotten wackier than ever, with rock climbing walls, stargazing activities and robotic bartenders onboard, plus that range of destinations we mentioned, some of which are out of range to practically everything but cruise ships. The Galapagos Islands to the Arctic Circle and far-flung spots like the Pacific Islands are on the agenda, as are adults-only cruises. There are some great cruise comparison websites out there that’ll help you separate the kid-friendly cruises from the strictly adult's ones.
Believe it or not, there are hotels these days that are actually carved into rock. They’re none other than cave-hotels, some of which are underground, some above, some in volcanic chimneys and others in restored monasteries. Either way, they’re all a little bit spooky in all the right ways, and more importantly, are tucked up in some pretty fantastic holiday locations too. These cave-hotels are probably not for the claustrophobic, but they’re definitely for the adventurous traveller looking for something a little different. Just don’t expect much of a view.
Most people take time off for the relaxation, but there’s more to a holiday than spending time on the beach. With an adventure holiday, you and your other half can dive straight into the scenery, forgoing traditional waterparks and zoos for the real deal. Costa Rica is one of the original destinations for adventure holidays, mostly because its rainforests and exotic animals were practically made for them. Here, travellers can whitewater raft, kayak, zipline through the trees and, yes – spend some time on the beach.
The concept for an underwater hotel might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but they’re very real. Instead of windows, you’ve got thick glass looking out into bright blue water and the fish and coral that live there. For some of the best underwater hotels out there you’ll have to fly to far-away places like the Maldives and Florida, but these bizarre yet awesome alternative hotels will be well worth the expense.
As growing numbers of us seek out breaks that offer more than your traditional beach-front stay, the pressure is on travel retailers to continuously come up with new and exciting experiences. There’s certainly a huge range to choose from, with the ones listed here only scratching the surface of alternative holiday ideas for you and your loved one. If you’ve managed to make it this far down the post without booking a trip, you’ve done incredibly well!
*This is a collaborative post.