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Honeymoon Venue: Hilton Imperial Hotel Dubrovnik

When considering an overseas honeymoon (or even a destination wedding), the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. As part of our #honeymoonhumpday series, we're going to be bringing you a variety of venue profiles, honeymoon styles and tips every Wednesday to help you narrow your options down to somewhere truly amazing.

Today's venue is the Hilton Imperial Hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Having stayed here myself, I can attest to the luxury and spectacular location of the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik. With its ornate golden yellow balconies that look over the main street, the city walls and the fort which stand just metres away through the gates to Old Town Dubrovnik, it is a truly beautiful hotel and what I hadn't realised until a few days after I checked in was that this very hotel was very near entirely destroyed during the war in the 90s, being subjected to a direct hit that destroyed the top floors and lit the rest of the hotel ablaze. The Grand Hotel as it was known then was refurbished into the beautiful Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik you see today and has remained as true to the original as it could be.

It was such a truly beautiful place to stay with such an incredible outlook over Old Town Dubrovnik.

The hotel itself is truly stunning, but the views are really the drawcard. Request a room that looks out over Old Town and your French doors will be filled with the incredible view of the medieval forts and city walls.

As well as the plethora of dining options in the hotel itself, you're afforded a veritable sea of dining options just outside. Restaurants and clubs line the city walls including the amazing Nautilus Restaurant. Inside the city walls you'll find even more options as well as the elusive Buza Bar that takes a bit of effort to locate but the hunt is definitely worth it to take in a drink on the side of the city walls' cliff face right over the water.

If you're going to Croatia, we recommend flying into Zagreb and driving down to Dubrovnik to really get to see the country down the coastal motorway, a truly beautiful sight to see.

Unconventional Honeymoon Destinations

For today's installment of #honeymoonhumpday , we're exploring some of our favourite unconventional honeymoon destinations for the outdoorsy couple.

One for the unconventional is the Igloo Village at Kakslauttanen in Lapland - it's quite a hoof to make it all the way to the top of the world, but if you time it right, you could spend your honeymoon in a glass igloo, admiring one of nature's seven natural wonders of the world from the comfort of a bed and lounge in the warmth that only man-made 

If you're not a big fan of the almost voyeuristic aspect of the glass igloos, the resort also offers standard houses, 'earth cabins', snow igloos and cabin/igloo hybrids which come available in November this year offering the privacy of a cabin with the novelty of the glass igloos.

Channel Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in Out of Africa at the Singita Sabora Tented Camp in Tanzania. You of course have the option of staying in more conventional rooms but then this post wouldn't be about the unconventional! The intimate 1920s style explorer's camp is steeped in rich character and provides an opulence that is in stark contrast to the rugged terrain.  Spot cheetah, bearded wildebeest,  black rhinos, Maasai giraffes, lions, elephants and more walking through the camp.

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If you're the couple who love road trips, why not hire a vintage Airstream and drive your way across the United States, stopping only where you want to stop and staying as long as you want courtesy of the freedom of this drive-your-own way holiday. 

Green Wedding Shoes provided this link for listings of vintage airstreams for rent. The route though is all up to you. 

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Perhaps you feel like camping but the idea of bugs, tents and camp cookers just doesn't work for you - The Churches Conservation Trust offers "Champing" (camping in out-of-service churches) for about $90 per head (USD) which makes it a cheaper alternative to hotel accommodation and you can hire them out for exclusive use. The churches (as stated by the Churches Conservation Trust) "are living time-capsules, with stories that can be traced back as far as the Saxon period, and centuries of history to explore. They present the perfect setting to explore England’s culture, heritage and craftsmanship throughout the ages." Read more about Champing here

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While in America, why not try out the Atlanta Treehouse? A suite of three connected treehouse rooms within the secluded Atlanta neighbourhood of Buckhead. You'll find  your treehouse among lush greenery, beautifully furnished with antiques, natural artifacts and the complete immersion in nature - just minutes from downtown in case it gets a bit too "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" for your liking. 

How about an entire house made of bamboo? This all-bamboo hut, set within the valley of Bali's sacred Ayung River in the Green Village is part of a master-planned community of high-end bamboo villas. This villa, called "Sunrise House" has an incredible open-air master bedroom with a bathtub alongside the bed as well as two other bedrooms within the expansive house in case you're not keen on the open-air aspect. 



Solscape in Raglan, New Zealand offers a Tipi Forest with Tipis in five different sizes and comfort levels to suit your style of camping. Whether it's a basic Tipi with a futon bed on a poured earth floor or a Bush Belle Tipi with carpeted floor and Queen futon, the Tipi Forest offers a way to reconnect with nature without relinquishing all the comforts of home. Solscape is so close to Raglan beaches, Solscape is perched alongside the water for ultimate viewing potential and convenient beach access. 

Regardless of your style, if you're seeking a little of the unconventional, we hope we've highlighted a few options to entice you.