Many newlyweds check into ordinary hotels for their honeymoons. While these places can provide luxury, amenities and privacy, they don't have the some kind of romantic allure as some honeymoon venues. If you really want to turn up the romance, consider having your honeymoon in a castle.
Some of the world's most beautiful and historic castles have been turned into hotels. These grand palaces and manors provide a certain level of romance and luxury that can make couples feel a bit like they have found themselves in the pages of a fairytale.
Africa's Giraffe Manor
One of the most unique of this type of venue is Giraffe Manor. Perched on 12 acres of private land just outside of Nairobi, Kenya, this grand home was built in the 1930s. Giraffe Manor is one of the only hotels in the world where you can feed a giraffe right from your window.
The manor is home to a herd of Rothschild giraffes that are quite tame. They will even pop into the hotel’s windows looking for handouts. Aside from these long-necked residents, the hotel has a classic 1930s feel that hearkens back to a time when visitors from Europe came to East Africa to enjoy safaris. The 10 rooms at Giraffe Manor boast Art Deco touches and four-poster beds. Guests get to enjoy full board during their honeymoon stay.
Just 80 minutes from Dublin and only 60 minutes from Belfast, Castle Leslie fulfills those dreams of staying in a true European castle. Set in the scenic Irish countryside, this estate has been home to its namesake family since the 1660s. Considered one of Ireland’s finest luxury hotels, the property boasts four master bedrooms and 16 heritage bedrooms. Each room has its own theme and a unique history.
In addition to the rooms within the castle, the sprawling property of more than 1,000 acres also boasts cottages that are perfect for couples seeking additional privacy. With a bar and restaurant on site, couples never have to leave this rural Irish fairytale.
An old Italian castle sounds like the setting for a dream honeymoon. Castello Di Vicarello is just that. This castle could very well show up in a dream with its idyllic location on a hill overlooking the Tuscan village of Maremma. Castello Di Vicarello was very old, it was first constructed more than 900 years ago.
Luckily for honeymooners, the castle was transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. Guests can check into one of the property's seven uniquely furnished suites. In addition to the seven suites, the property also has smaller buildings on the grounds where guests can have a bit more privacy. There is a wellness center with a sauna, steam bath and massage services.
New York's Oheka Castle
For honeymooners looking to stick a bit closer to home, Oheka Castle still provides the grandeur of a castle in Europe... without the jet lag. Oheka sits on the highest point of Long Island’s North Shore in Huntington, New York. This estate once belonged to the investor and philanthropist Otto Kahn. The 32-room luxury hotel gives honeymooners that classic and glamorous Gilded Age atmosphere.
There are no cobwebs and spooky dungeons in this castle. But you will find all the extras, from complimentary wi-fi to continental breakfast. Rooms come with different themes and Egyptian cotton linens. In addition to being a luxury retreat for couples, Oheka Castle has also been featured in a number of films and music videos.
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