7 Most Unusual Romantic Getaways Inspired By Travelzoo Deal Experts
If there’s one common thread linking the hundreds of Travelzoo employees across our 28 offices worldwide, it’s our passion for travel. And more so, it’s our willingness to deviate from the guidebooks and pursue unconventional experiences, even when it comes to romantic getaways.
These seven experiences will inspire you to think out of the box when planning your next trip with that special someone.
Stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia
Floating above Cappadocia’s “fair chimney” rock formations in a hot air balloon already qualifies as exceedingly romantic, but for an even more memorable shared experience, stay in a cave hotel. Cappadocia is honeycombed with caves, in which exist all forms of hotels, from minimalist hostels to ultra-luxe resorts. Whichever style you choose, you’ll be treated to supreme views of the landscape and Turkish hospitality.
Watch the sunset over Inle Lake in Myanmar
Visitors from all over the world travel to Bagan to witness dawn and dusk settle in over the pagodas. These legendary sunrises and sets can be observed throughout Myanmar, and one of the most unique places to see them is from Inle Lake. Wooden bungalows, some available for rent, sit atop the fresh water, alongside floating gardens and Intha fisherman who row canoes in the most distinctive form: standing on one leg.
Witness sea turtles hatching on Lankayan Island off of Borneo
A 1.5-hour boat ride from Sandakan, Malaysia, across the Sulu Sea will lead you to a remote island where you’ll feel as though you are the first to step ashore. You won’t be alone, though. Lankayan Island is within the Sea Turtle Corridor and is a prime nesting ground for green and hawksbill turtles. During hatchling season from June to September, hundreds of baby turtles migrate to the sea – a miraculous event, as these species are endangered.
Go off the grid in the rainforest of Cape Tribulation, Australia
While Sydney and Melbourne land on most Australia itineraries, travel to the northeast part of Queensland for a more off-the-beaten-path experience. In Cape Tribulation, visitors have the best of both worlds, as the coastal headland is directly between the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef. Couples can hide away in a guest house in the middle of the rainforest, while still being in close proximity to the beach and a short boat ride from the world’s largest coral reef system.
Hike waterfalls in Mayflower National Park in Belize
Nature lovers will be entranced by the beauty of Mayflower Bocawina National Park in the southern district of Stann Creek, Belize. For an immersive experience, check into a jungle eco-resort located within the park. The 7,100 acres are directly in your backyard and comprise hiking trails, swimming holes, diverse greenery, 200 species of wildlife and ancient Mayan ruins. For couples who enjoy high-octane activities, the park is home to Belize’s longest zip line and five waterfalls, which can be seen up close on a waterfall rappelling expedition.
Experience Oktoberfest in Venezuela
Upon entering the town of Colonia Tovar, you’ll soon forget you are in South America and feel as though you’ve been transported to an alpine German village. Founded by European settlers in 1843, the area’s German Black Forest roots are still intact. You’ll find apple strudel and bratwurst served in the restaurants, traditional German architecture and an annual Oktoberfest Festival.
Watch the Northern Lights from an igloo
When it comes to unique hotels, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort leads the pack with its glass-ceiling igloos. After a day spent snow mobiling, dog sledding and a host of other winter activities, you’ll be able to curl up next your significant other and spend the evenings stargazing without leaving your bed. If you are lucky, you might just be able to see the northern lights.