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Ten unusual honeymoon spots

Head to one of these more unusual spots for a romantic trip a world away.


Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

Experience the American Wild West like nowhere else - from an old ghost town. Scenically set in an alpine valley, the atmospheric log cabins at Dunton Hot Springs have all been beautifully restored into luxurious accommodation that oozes rustic charm. Days can be spent hiking or horse-riding through the surrounding mountains, or simply soaking up the surroundings from the spa.


IceHotel, Sweden

IceHotel, Sweden

Donning thermal undies and sleeping bags to get into bed might not quite be the romantic image you had in mind for your honeymoon, but for an out-of-the-ordinary experience it's hard to beat the IceHotel in Swedish Lapland. Once you've had your night in the cold, spend the rest of your honeymoon in one of the warm rooms and chalets - where you can watch the Northern Lights dance across the Arctic sky.


Panama

If you're after the best that the Caribbean has to offer - not least that classic combination of sun, sea and cocktails - but want to escape the crowds and head somewhere that feels a bit different, Panama could be just the place. From low-key beach resorts that thankfully haven't yet been affected by over-development, to wildlife-packed jungle and charming colonial towns, the country is a real treat to discover.


Madagascar

Madagascar

If you want the typical honeymoon beach experience, but with a bit of a difference, consider Madagascar. For a start, the beaches are a lot quieter than on the more popular Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles and the Maldives; however, the main draw is undoubtedly the wildlife, much of which is unique to this amazing island (which includes ninety species of lemurs).


The Knoydart Peninsula, Scottish Highlands

Traditionally known as Garbh-chiochan, or Rough Bounds, due to its remote location in Scotland's West Highlands, the Knoydart Peninsula today remains geographically separate from the rest of the country. Accessible only by boat or on foot, getting here in itself is part of the adventure, but you're rewarded by a dramatic landscape of moorland and mountains, with beautiful beaches and fabulous views over to the islands of Skye and Mull.


The Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

The Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

There remains an undeniable romance about long-distance train journeys, not least in being able to take your time and really soak up the scenery as you travel. Travelling between Vancouver and the Rocky Mountain towns of Banff, Jasper and Calgary, the Rocky Mountaineer is one of the world's most scenic train routes, allowing you to contemplate the majesty of the mountains - and its wildlife - from the comfort of your train seat.


Lyon, France

In a country full of amazing meals, Lyon remains an undisputed foodie highlight. Whether large, bustling places, or intimate and candlelit, the city's countless bouchons are the best places to try the local specialities - highlights include deliciously melt-in-the-mouth pike quenelles and vivid pink praline tarts. Afterwards, you can walk off your gluttony with a wander through the cobbled streets of atmospheric Vieux Lyon.


Colonial towns, Yucatan Peninsula

Colonial towns, Yucatan Peninsula

Most honeymooners head to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for its superlative beaches, but the interior of this fascinating region is home to a number of captivating old colonial towns where you can really experience local Mayan life (and fabulous food). The pick of them are Merida, with its almost-daily festivals of music and dancing, and Valladolid, a laid-back town where you can cool off in its peaceful cenote (sinkhole).


Andaman Islands, India

India boasts many honeymoon-worthy beaches, but its best kept secret is the Andaman Islands, located 1000km off the country's east coast, in the Bay of Bengal. The surrounding crystal-clear waters are home to pristine reefs that are ideal for diving and snorkelling, while the soft-sand beaches are scenically backed by lush tropical forest.


Cappadocia, Turkey

The unique rock formations of Cappadocia make this one of the most beautiful - and mystical - parts of Turkey. Despite its unearthly appearance, churches and houses were carved into the rocks from the seventh to the eleventh centuries AD - today, the most romantic experience in this region is to stay in a cave hotel, converted from a Byzantine monastic retreat.


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