In need of some inspiration for a romantic getaway? Well you’ve come to the right place – we have picked out some of our favourite off the beaten track hotels that are guaranteed to give you an experience of a lifetime. So whether you are looking for a unique hotel for a Valentine’s Day treat, a jungle lodge to celebrate an anniversary or you fancy spending your honeymoon suspended off a cliff face, check out some of the ideas below.
Better known as Magic Mountain, Huilo Huilo Montan Magica Lodge is a hotel hidden under vegetation and a permanent waterfall making it one of a kind. Apart of a larger resort it offers a range of activities close by including a microbrewery along with some amazing adventures such as hiking trails, horse riding, rafting and zip lining through the Andes Mountains. The hotel itself gives a feeling of being part of a real-life fairy tale and is decorated with natural resources enhancing the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. This lodge is found at the bottom of the Andes Mountains and is a destination within itself.
Why only travel in style and comfort when you can sleep in it too? This fully refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe which once shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia) is now a jumbo hotel suite. Perched on a 50 foot pedestal, you will experience views of the ocean and surrounding jungle making you feel like you’re flying. With hand carved furnishings, teak furniture from Java, Indonesia, this rare accommodation offers a spacious living area consisted of 2 air conditioned bedrooms, one with 2 queen sized beds and the other with 1 queen sized bed, each with their own flat screen TV and private bath, kitchenette, dinning area, private entrance and spiral staircase. There are also 360 degree views of the surrounding area from the terrace deck. With the sky the limit why not spend your evening observing your tree top neighbours of sloths, toucans and monkeys whilst quaffing a glass of wine as the sun sets?
Suspended off a cliff face above the sacred valley, this is a hotel not for the faint hearted. Starting with a 400 metre climb up Via Ferrata or with a hike through an audacious trail of zip lines, this adventure is one to remember before it has even started and is most definitely off the beaten track. Established in 2003, the unique and first ever hanging lodge was constructed allowing guests of all ages and capabilities to experience the breath-taking views of the magical and mystical valley. The Skylodge Adventure Suites are completely transparent and are handcrafted out of aerospace aluminium and weather resistant polycarbonate ensured to endure the elements which come at being situated at the top of a 1200ft mountain. Each suite can sleep up to 8 people and comes with four full size beds, cotton sheets, down pillows and quilts, a dining area and a private bathroom. With the only neighbours you’ll be sharing the view with are the curious passing condors you’re guaranteed to wake up to one of the most beautiful and unspoilt views in the world.
What is more romantic than lying in a glass igloo cuddled up beneath the warm blankets looking up at the northern lights? Can’t think of anything? That is because this is the crème de la crème of romantic getaways. Hotel Kakslauttanen is one of the greatest viewing points to watch the Northern Lights with the aurora season lasting from late August to the end of April. Be sure to take in the Lappish wilderness from either your own private igloo or explore the surrounding area which is one of the cleanest you’ll find anywhere in the world. Not only can you see the Northern Lights, but also the midnight sun (if you time your holiday right). Situated at a stone’s throw away from Finland’s largest national parks, Urho National Park the hotel is located right at the edge of wilderness, along the road to the arctic sea. This romantic trip away is sure to impress not only your love but all your friends and is sure to create Valentine’s Day holiday envy.
If all I could use were 3 words to describe this place to you it would have to be ‘welcome to heaven’. With powder soft beaches, azure blue waters, authentic fresh cuisine and 25 eco-friendly thatched private bungalows fenced by tropical plants, Constance Tsarabanjina at Noisy Mitso is the ultimate retreat. The laid back atmosphere allows you to completely relax in the pristine surroundings. Discover Madagascar for yourself on either a nature guided walk or during a guided snorkelling session or private cruise where you will find yourself in the largely unexplored waters. With cocktails on tap, limited wifi and no television you can be assured that you will return refreshed and even more in love.
Don’t want to travel so far, what about our choice below (this is about ½ hr away from our Pioneer UK office)
Located in the New Forest of Hampshire, this 5-star country house hotel offers an experience in the clouds, literally. The Tree House Studio Suite is tastefully decorated and is perfect for a romantic getaway for two. The suite, suspended 35 feet above ground, boasts forest views from a tree canopy, a large outside terrace with day beds and seating perfect for unwinding, a cosy sitting room, luscious king-size bed, a breakfast hamper full of fresh produce delivered daily, a mini kitchenette, wood burner and log storage, under floor heating throughout, a large marble bathroom with a free-standing bath which overlooks the forest which is complimented by a bespoke shower, flat screen TV and his ‘n’ hers basins. If these finer details don’t set the scene, maybe the mood lighting and Ruark R4 audio system with Bluetooth connectivity might just do it whilst relaxing in your own private outdoor hot tub on the terrace deck?