If there’s one travel trend that we love right now, it’s the minimoon. These short post-wedding getaways have become more and more popular recently and when you check out these ideas, you’ll see why. Super special, totally memorable and utterly indulgent, the minimoon is here to stay.
So, why do couples choose a minimoon instead of an all-out honeymoon? Well, perhaps you’ve got work commitments that make taking time off for your wedding and a long honeymoon tricky. Perhaps you’d like a break between wedding and honeymoon or perhaps you’re getting married at a time of year that doesn’t guarantee great weather at your dream honeymoon destination. Lots of couples just don’t want a lengthy long-haul break and others just prefer a break closer to home that’s family or pet friendly. Whatever your reasons, here are some great minimoon ideas plus a few dos and don’ts you might want to check out.
Minimoons in the UK
The UK is full of fabulous destinations for short holidays and, without airfares, you can book yourself a fantastic minimoon without spending a fortune. Here are some of our favourite minimoon ideas in the UK:
Get glamping with Canopy & Stars. Find yourself a treehouse, secluded cabin or luxury yurt and escape. Lots of these destinations include open fires, hot tubs, amazing views and some can even arrange gourmet meals for you too.
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Wherever you want to go in the UK, you can be sure you’ll be able to find a great holiday cottage to escape too. English Country Cottages lists hundreds and hundreds of stunning properties right around the UK and you’ll often find special offers listed.
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Airbnb has totally changed the short break game by linking you with directly with hosts. Whatever you want to experience, you’ll find it on Airbnb.
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Another great site for finding quirky accommodation is Sawdays. Search by location, style or even the date you’re travelling and find yourself something really extraordinary at a great price. Boutique hotels, welcoming guesthouses and unusual self-catering options are all here.
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We’re a bit in love with this luxe beach hut atop a Cornish cliff. Seaglass is definitely our idea of a romantic bolthole for two and it’s great at any time of year.
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For something a little grander, take a look at the National Trust’s own collection of places to stay. There are towers, turrets and wings of amazing properties available or, if you prefer your accommodation to be a little more unusual, why not book a lighthouse cottage, a round house or even a wild camping break in the Fens.
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If you can hop on a place for a few hours, you’ll find some amazing destinations that are just waiting to be discovered. These short honeymoon ideas will certainly make you want to grab your passport and get packing:
Lisbon is one of the hot destinations in Europe right now. Lots of see, delicious food and plenty of ace accommodation, it’s a budget-friendly destination that’s got lots going for it.
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Mallorca is a great bet for a minimoon that can feel like a glam, long-haul honeymoon with plenty of sun. The Barcelo Illetas Albatros is an adults-only hotel overlooking the ocean has an upscale feel and offers plenty of treats for newlyweds.
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A truly alternative minimoon in France could see you living a life of luxury in a treehouse near Bergerac! Chateaux dans les Arbres couldn’t be more perfect for an indulgent minimoon without huge travel costs.
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Rome is always romantic and tucked away in the heart of this amazing city is Hotel Campo de’ Fiori. After a gorgeous makeover, it’s now a hidden gem with a budget-friendly price tag.
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For beauty, it’s hard to bet Florence and AdAstra is a secret you really have to know about. Set in the largest private garden in Europe, it’s a boutique hotel with a very special ambience that’s perfect for loved up newlyweds.
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Minimoon dos and don’ts
When it’s time to book your minimoon, follow these dos and don’t for the ultimate short-break:
Do book in advance. You want to be sure that you get exactly the accommodation that you want so don’t leave it to the last minute.
Don’t forget that this is a really special break. Book yourself some treats, excursions and experiences to make the most of your time away.
Do still tell everyone that you’re just married! Upgrades and complimentary goodies can still be yours.
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Don’t forget to confirm your travel plans in advance and check luggage allowances.
Do take out travel insurance, especially if you’re adventuring or getting sporty on your minimoon.
Do your research before you travel and plan out rough itineraries for the day so you catch all the local highlights.