Luxury Mini-Moon Destinations
If you're looking for mini-moon ideas, then you must have recently got engaged – congratulations! Planning your wedding is certainly an exciting time but for some couples it can also be draining. Trying to arrange a full-blown honeymoon at the same time can be a little too much, and that's where a mini-moon comes in. It's a shorter getaway, so you can still escape for a few days straight after your wedding, but without as much stress!
Then, at a later date, you've got a bit more free time to plan the 'big one'. However, we still believe you should take care when choosing a mini-moon destination – it will be the first holiday you take as a married couple after all! It's the perfect time to pamper yourselves with a splash of luxury before the next stage of your relationship together.
What is a mini-moon?
Planning a wedding is always really busy, but it can be more hectic for some. Throw in the honeymoon of a lifetime and the amount 'wed-min' you have to do can be too much, especially if you want to spend as much time planning your honeymoon as you do organising your wedding. A mini-moon can be the perfect solution. You can jet off for a few days straight after your wedding, giving you some time in the sun with your loved one, without the mountains of organisation to do beforehand.
Then, when you've returned and settled into married life, you can start planning a honeymoon you won't forget, giving it the attention and care it deserves. Plus, two holidays are always better than one!
What should I consider when booking a mini-moon?
The idea of a mini-moon is something that's simple, easy and short. As you're only typically going to be away from between three-five days, we'd recommend only going somewhere that's short haul (up to an eight-hour flight) and with as few flights as possible – too many internal flights will restrict the amount of time you have. We'd also advise making it a single-centre mini-moon so you can maximise your time away together – something like a city break or beach escape would be perfect!
The best mini-moon destinations
Simple and somewhere to switch off are key factors in any mini-moon destination, as is stress-free travel, relaxation and a sense of fun. We think you should treat a mini-moon like a bite-sized honeymoon by booking a stay at an adults-only resort, so you can ensure a relaxing start to married life together!
Most of the Indian Ocean is a little too far away, but the beaches and gin-clear waters of the Maldives (despite the 11-hour flight) are perfect for mini-moon breaks, where you can recharge after your wedding. The Caribbean is another sugar-white sandy paradise and islands such as Antigua and Barbados are easy hops from the UK. We're sure you'll fall in love with the relaxing vibe of the Caribbean, too!
If you want driftwood luxury à la Robinson Crusoe, then Zanzibar is a match made in mini-moon heaven! Here, the beaches are footprint-free and the coral reefs vivid underwater worlds teeming with marine life. If you want to be really self-indulgent, then the lavish cities of Dubai or Abu Dhabi are great choices. Channel your shop-'til-you-drop mentality and soak up the sun on their epic beaches on a truly luxury mini-moon.
If you want something a little more adventurous, you needn't look too far from the United Arab Emirates, with Oman boasting beautiful tropical coastline, mountain highs and desert thrills. New York City is the original romantic city break and there's nothing wrong with visiting a classic, whether it's strolling through Central Park or sharing the view together from the Empire State Building.
Whatever mini-moon idea takes your fancy, your personal Turquoise specialist will help you craft a bespoke mini-moon getaway the two of you will never forget.
Top spots for mini-moons
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