Well, we've been inspired by Harlequin's The Chatsfield series to look into the most exotic and unusual (okay, and priciest!) hotels around the world — that also happen to be some of the most romantic spots we’ve ever seen. All of The Chatsfield installments take place within a chain of luxury hotels, proving that there’s something inherently romantic about staying in a lavish place that's not your own. Hey, a girl can dream!
Let this list inspire you to take an unexpected vacation of your own someday, but don't forget to bring a good book to get you in the mood!
1. Space Adventures
What's more romantic than reenacting Gravity with your significant other? Okay, that thought might not be at the top of your date night list, but just imagine being one of the first people in space!
Space Adventures is offering a trip to the moon for two for the cheap, cheap price of $100 million per seat in the private spacecraft that will act as your hotel for the week. You also have to train for four months in a Russian cosmonaut training center alongside actual astronauts to prepare for your seven-day space flight.
But the circumlunar excursion will take you around the moon, allowing you to see the farthest side when it's illuminated. You'll come within 100km of the moon's surface and you'll get one of the most spectacular views in the universe: the Earth rising above the surface of it’s only moon. And it'll be just the two of you up there in space; what date could be more romantic than that? Image via Space Adventures.
2. The Emirates Palace
The Emirates Palace is notorious for having offered one of the most expensive vacation packages for two in the world, with the most obvious title: the Million Dollar Travel package. And it costs, you guessed it, one million dollars. The Palace offered up the package once in 2007 and again in 2008 but no one ever took the bait. For the hefty sum, the lucky couple would get a seven-night stay in the Palace suite, a day trip to Jordan, and a helicopter tour of the desert.
That may not seem like much for a million, but the package also included pretty much whatever the customer wanted that the million dollars would cover. From deep-sea pearl diving in Bahrain to creating your own Persian rug in Iran, all you had to do was ask and the hotel would arrange it! Although this specific package is no longer being promoted, Emirates Palace still remains one of the most opulent couples' retreats in the world. Image via Kempinski.
3. The Mirrorcube
Without a doubt, Treehotel is a one of a kind experience. Instead of housing all their rooms and suites in one building, each Treehotel room is it's own tree house nestled in the Swedish forests. All of the tree houses look like your ultimate childhood hide-a-way but only one is custom built for couples. It's called the Mirrorcube, which is exactly what it sounds like. It's a 4x4x4 cube nestled in a tree that gives the illusion of a mirage. It's so reflective; it has to be tinted with infrared film to keep birds from flying into it.
But inside, it's a quiet oasis of birch and Swedish architecture complete with a double bed, lounge area, bathroom and a rooftop terrace to enjoy the view for about $700 a night. Civilization is only a hop, skip and a jump away at a nearby affiliated hotel where you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as TV and Internet. They even have a sauna and relaxation area for when you venture out of your tree house. Image via Treehotel.
4. Giraffe Manor
Of course, there's going to be a coveted vacation for the animal-loving couple, too. Giraffe Manor is a part of the Giraffe Center in Nairobi, Kenya that operates as a home to the endangered Rothschild giraffes. The house is built to look like a Scottish hunting lodge but the experience is far from dangerous.
In each of the six bedrooms and in the breakfast nook, there are huge windows where guests are able to feed the giraffes from their hands as they wander about the sanctuary. The giraffes are so friendly they even come right up to the front door!
The rooms are furnished with the personal belongings of Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa. For a couple that loves adventures, the Kenyan plains is a dream. There's nothing like being woken in the morning by a giraffe sticking his head through your window, right? Even better, all proceeds from the Giraffe Manor go to Animal Friends for Education and Welfare. Image via The Safari Collection. Keep reading...
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