2. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Here’s your opportunity to enjoy a honeymoon in the African Serengeti without the 23-hour flight and malaria pills. Never mind Walt Disney World, where else on this continent can you throw open the drapes in the morning to discover a giraffe just a few feet below your balcony? This is a truly special place to stay.
Your jaw will certainly drop once you enter the grand multi-story lobby with its quintessentially Disney take on African art and architecture. After walking beneath its tribal shield chandeliers you’ll come upon a spectacular window that overlooks one of the hotel’s four expansive grasslands that are home to more than 200 animals. Even if you don’t stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, visiting here is a must. Dinner at Jiko and cocktails at the Victoria Falls Lounge would be a perfect excuse to stop by.
Besides the Savanna view, rooms offer the same quality and amenities you’ll find in similarly priced Disney resorts. Of course, you do get African-ish décor complete with decorative mosquito netting and plenty of beautiful unique wood work. Sadly, the old school bed spreads are present here. Like the Beach Club, we recommend staying at one of the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s two Villas properties.
So why is the Animal Kingdom Lodge not our No. 1 choice? Well, though it’s certainly unique, it’s also quite remote. Unless you plan to spend a lot of time at Animal Kingdom or at the resort itself, you’re likely to find yourself spending a lot of time on buses. Stopping by your room to change or for a quick nap is a lot less likely here.