Love is Strange: Weird Honeymoon Destinations

Where are the most bizarre places folks have honeymooned…ever? Here are our favorite weird honeymoon destinations.

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We all know a pretty bed-and-breakfast when we see one, or a charming waterfall. We wouldn’t mind resting our heads in a yurt and glamping on the central coast. But where are the oddest, most random places & landmarks lovers go to revel in their newfound love? Behold, our curation of the strangest and raddest honeymoons in the world. Why drink wine at a seaside resort… when you can walk around naked for two weeks on your own private heart-shaped island in Australia? Well actually both options sound great, but we digress…

Elixir Lovers:

Brothels, Bites, and Booze” In San Diego, California

Get an in-depth look at the infamous red light district and the women who ruled the streets at the time. See what drew them to this lifestyle and the price they paid to be amongst the few financially independent women of the time. Scandalous tales of the most popular brothels and Prohibition-era gangsters will no doubt leave you thirsty.

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Art Lovers: Las Pozas in Xilitla, Mexico

Las Pozas (“the pools” in Spanish) is a collection of surrealist structures created by Edward James. James left his English aristocratic family and childhood mansion to create a fantasyland amid central Mexico’s jungle. The 20 acres also include a staircase to nowhere. Yeah, let’s just chew on that for a minute.

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“Blue Lagoon” Lovers: Makepeace Island in Australia

This Australian resort is so private that once the trip is booked, you and your love will be the only guests on the entire island. You set your own dress code on this surreal, heart-shaped island. If this sounds cool, also check out Sable Island in Canada, famous for its wild horses…but you’ll need permission from the Canadian coast guard to visit (which kind of makes us want to go more).

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Scary Movie Lovers: “Gravedigger Ghost Tour” in Ireland

Travel to a church, a jail, and a pub, while being chased by creepishly realistic “gravediggers.” There really is something for everyone…

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Nature Lovers: “Leshan Giant Buddha” in Sichuan, China

The Leshan was carved out of a mountainside in the 8th century. At 233 feet high, it is one of the largest images of the Buddha in the world. You could be one of those fit, adventurous hikers…we can see it now.

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Music Loves: “Portmeirion” in Wales

This place is still a Downtown Abbey-esque wonderland, where legends like Paul McCartney and Frank Lloyd Wright have chilled. Plus, this rad musical festival happens every year.

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Well, go on then, it’s your honeymoon. Indulge your oddest desires.

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Secret Retreats: Ancient Kingdoms in Indonesia, Cambodia & Laos

Where luxury meets tradition: 7 unique hotels that will evoke a sense of wonder

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Like a strong espresso on an early morning walk, reading about Secret Retreats has us awakened the dreamer and doer in us. We have never encountered such a luxurious approach to traveling in Asia, so we had to partner with these guys so you could reap the benefits! Secret Retreats prides itself on being fuller than full service, offering melt-worthy accommodations, off-beat activities, rejuvenating spa services, and idyllic excursions.  Here are seven exclusive properties for our Wanderable couples where incredible luxury meets tradition. You can thank us later.

1. TUGU BALI(Indonesia): Following the coast of Bali along Canggu Beach, this resort is a dream for the still at heart. Get lost on the walkways of a wild garden, where winds are rumored to whisper of Balinese spirits.

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2. TUGU LOMBOK (Indonesia): Periwinkle waters mirror the sunrise over Mount Rinjani, fixed with plunge pools, tropical gardens, and bamboo bungalows. This hotel evokes ancient Hindu times, an honest oasis from the daily grind.

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3. MISOOL ECO RESORT (Indonesia): A sustainable paradise for the urban treehugger, this exclusive hotel and conservation center is located on a private island just south of the equator and holds only a maximum of 32 guests. Suffice it to say, what happens in Misool stays in Misool.

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4. THE SAMAR VILLAS & SPA RESORT (Cambodia): A haven of well-being, the Samar Villas envelop you in a cloud of peacefulness and offer the richness of fantastic archeological ruins and ancient temples for the culturally curious daytripper.

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5. BALI JIWA VILLA(Indonesia): These lavish modern villas offer the royal treatment. In true Balinese style, politeness and minimalism are paired with indulgence and luxury in nonchalant conversation.

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6. JEEVA BELOAM BEACH CAMP (Indonesia): A beachfront “glamping” experience on a secluded cove with white sand beaches, this is an untouched gem that can center and stun even the most jaded traveler.

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7. SATRI HOUSE (Laos): Here you’ll taste sumptuous homemade dinners and soak in the gorgeous colonial Laotian architecture. Immersed in the city’s heart, you can enjoy quiet moments with your lover and unwind while observing the everyday life of locals from your balcony. People-watching is our favorite sport.

Secret Retreats quotes the Buddha on their website, saying “when the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”  So clear your mind while you experience ultimate relaxation, grab a drink with the one you love and sit back while all your needs are met.  We promise, your joy will never, ever want to leave. Secret Retreats: you deserve it.

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