Mini Moons and Short Honeymoons
If you’re planning a honeymoon but don’t have the time – or perhaps the budget – for a fortnight in the sun, you should consider a mini moon.
A mini moon can be every bit as glamorous and indulgent as a longer honeymoon – so long as you get the location right. With only a short time away from home, you clearly don’t want to spend too long travelling. It’s all about finding a gorgeous place to stay and settling down quickly to a few days of fun and relaxation.
Here you’ll find a selection of my favourite short honeymoon destinations in the UK and overseas.
UK and Ireland mini moons
Scotland is wonderfully romantic whether in the long days of summer or the crisp short days of winter when you can snuggle up beside a real fire. Check out these honeymoon ideas in Scotland including trips to island escapes, tours by train and stays in luxury castles.
The Cary Arms – owned by Peter de Savary and his wife Lana – is one of the most sophisticated hotels in Devon. The hotel is set above Babbacombe Bay and is the best of modern British seaside chic. There’s a bijou spa room and a space-age pod for wedding vows with breathtaking sea views.
Gilpin Lake House is a remarkable collection of six suites set in the grounds of Gilpin House – a Relais & Châteaux hotel in the Lake District. Enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and spa treatments beside the lake – where you have your own spa and indoor swimming pool – then in the evening a chauffeur drives you up to the main house for a candlelit dinner.
If you want somewhere different, how about renting one of the fabulous quirky properties at Sawday’s Canopy & Stars. They have yurts, gypsy caravans, love nests in private woodland glades and this amazing uber-designed Ekopod in Cornwall.
Mini moons in Europe
Paris is the ultimate mini moon destination – within a couple of hours you can immersed in the city of romance, walking by the Seine, ascending the Eiffel Tower, wandering the streets of Montmartre and enjoying charming restaurants. If you live near London, travel by First Class Eurostar, or jump on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
The Cote d’Azur in France is a glamorous and sophisticated honeymoon destination, and easy to reach by a short flight or super-fast train from St Pancras. My recommended hotels include Le Negresco in Nice and the Hotel Metropole in Monaco.
For old-fashioned glamour and indulgence, you can’t beat a journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London followed by a couple of nights at a luxury hotel in Venice.
If you’re looking for short-haul sunshine in winter, I recommend Madeira. Stay in a beautifully renovated quinta (country house) and take fabulous walks in the rolling countryside. More about honeymoons in Madeira.
Italy has no shortage of options. I particularly like the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa on the stunning island of Capri. You could also make a quick dash for Tuscany and stay in one of these fabulous hotels.
More honeymoon advice by Jane Anderson
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