Are you desperate to avoid clichéd hotels or destinations on your honeymoon, while keeping the romance? Then try these quirky spots…
Take your relationship to new heights at the Harbour Crane Hotel Nestled in the docks of Harlingen, in the Netherlands, the former machine room of this 150ft 1960s crane has been refitted to create a luxury two-person hideaway, overlooking the cargo ships below. It's a thrilling ride too, as you can still operate the heavy machinery by spinning the cabin 360 degrees on its axis. The old observation windows are still in place, giving the room an industrial feel, but with the added comfort of a flat screen TV, cosy bed, terrace and a romantic breakfast delivered via dumbwaiter each morning.
This uplifting experience is from €319pn (£268). Why not order a bottle of champagne for your arrival, at €49 (£41)?
Tackle treetop walkways while playing Tarzan and Jane at the Tree Hotel in Harads, Sweden. There are few places where you can sleep at the same level as the birds and, if you're lucky, catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, but this is one of them. Every tree room is unique as well - whether it's shaped like a UFO or adorned with mirrors. Each one is warmed up with underfloor heating and the electricity is supplied locally from green hydroelectric power - making for an eco-friendly option too!
January bookings are from 4,400SEKpn (£409), dependent on the desired room.
Everyone's heard of the Palacio de Sal, but there's more than just one salt hotel in Bolivia. Try the lesser-known Hotel Luna Salada, where the rooms and the furniture within (even your bed!) are built entirely from blocks of salt and decorated with local fabrics. Winner of a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the hotel is part of the Salar de Uyuni - the world's largest salt flat - so even the floors are covered in a layer of sodium.
Doubles are from £83pn. Ask for a room overlooking the salt lake for more romantic views.
Buck the houseboat trend at Bateau Simpatico, a spacious 100-year old barge sitting at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. It's like a home from home - except you can you be rocked to sleep by the gentle Seine river, and awake to see this Parisian landmark overhead. Refitted for style and luxury, the Simpatico comprises two independent quarters, including a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and large living/dining area. It hasn't skimped out on modern amenities either, yet remains romantic in its simplicity.
This roomy boat is available from €240pn (£202).
Ever fancied flying a jumbo jet, with your new spouse as your co-pilot? Well booking onto Hotel Arlanda's 'Jumbo Stay' is as close as it gets. You'll put Maverick and Goose to shame when you stay in this unusual accommodation, located in Stockholm's Arlanda Airport. The plane's Black Box Suite, at the rear of the aircraft, is perfect for couples with its own private shower and bathroom, not to mention a flat-screen TV. How's that for in-flight entertainment?
Doubles are from 600SEKpppn (£55). Pay a bit extra and you can even sleep in the cockpit!
Calling all love birds! You and your partner can get immersed in nature and the outdoors when you stay in Treebones Resort's 'Human Nest'. Designed by Big Sur artist Jayson Fann, this work of woven wood art might just make you grow wings! It's a bit rugged - think sleeping bags, open to the elements and pitch dark come nightfall - but with views overlooking the ocean as it crashes against the craggy California coastline it really is a breathtakingly romantic stopover.
Rooms are $100pn (£61) with a two-night minimum stay.
Image courtesy of Hotel Arlanda, taken by Lioba Schneider.
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