"Mini-moons" are a growing trend where newlywed couples take a two- or three-day trip straight after their wedding; in essence, a mini-moon is a shortened version of the traditional honeymoon.
Whether it's not quite as long, closer to home, or a bit less expensive, mini-moons are equally as relaxing and enjoyable! Mini-moons are a growing trend for busy newlyweds who are looking to take a short, but still luxurious, honeymoon immediately after their wedding, which then could be followed by a longer trip later in the year.
Here are my 5 favourite inspiring locations for couples looking for a magical and memorable mini-moon:
Why I love it: the perfect woodland retreat
Take a long soak in the wood-fire hot tub that overlooks the picturesque lake at this woodland retreat in the South of France. With its sculpted earth and straw walls, the hexagonal cabin has glass-panelled doors featured in five of the six walls surrounding the king-size bed, making you feel like you’re living right in the forest! Branches spiral on the ceiling, drawing your eye to the night stars each evening.
Even when you’re cooking, you’ll be one with nature using the covered outdoor kitchen. You might also see deer roaming the woods as you head down the private path to the lake or while taking a breezy nap in the hammock.
To book the Elvensong cabin, check out the availability here.
Lough Corrib, Ireland:
Why I love it: the ultimate romantic and royal experience
Ashford Castle is an 800-year-old medieval and Victorian castle in Ireland that was once home to the Guinness family. Set in 350 acres of woodland in Lough Corrib, the multi-award winning property has been voted, ‘Best Hotel in the World’.
With exquisite interiors, unique artwork and sumptuous fabrics adorning each of the 83 individually designed rooms, you'll be able to take your (what may seem impossible to choose) pick at ultimate luxury!
Ashford Castle is also known for serving delicious Irish cuisine and a the state-of-the-art spa. They even offer incredible packages that can add even more romance to your stay.
To book your unforgettable mini-moon at Ashford Castle, click here for dates and details.
Why I love it: ultimate glamour and luxury in the heart of Venice
With 270-degree views out across the water, stay at Hotel Cipriani and enjoy vistas spanning the Doge’s Palace to the church of St Giorgio and the islands beyond.
As one of the most sought-after stays in Venice, Italy, every inch of this iconic luxury hideaway is guaranteed to enchant and marvel. Priceless antiques and artifacts will whisk you back in time, while Michelin-starred dining, attentive staff and the only Olympic-sized swimming pool in the city offer modern sophistication and pure grandiose.
With picture-perfect views in almost every part of the hotel, there is truly a special air of romance at Hotel Cipriani.
For more details about Hotel Cipriani and how to book, visit their site here.
Why I love it: seaside serenity not far from home
With a seaside view that spills into the entire space, you'll feel you're sleeping right on the edge of the water when staying at Watergate Bay in Cornwall, England. Featuring very modern and contemporary furnishings, the space feels inviting and cosy, perfect for a mini-moon.
And with a bath overlooking the beach, an en-suite bathroom with a double walk-in shower featuring ‘rain dome’ shower heads, and twin sinks, you'll never leave your room - except to take a dip in the scenic sea.
To book your stay at the Watergate Bay, click here.
Why we love it: a room with THE view
Having a mini-moon in London may seem less exciting than travelling abroad, but just wait until you see Shangri-La at the Shard- you'll think again!
Set across floors 34 to 52 of the tallest building in western Europe, Shangri-La at the Shard has some of the most amazing views of London. Floor-to-ceiling windows are the highlight of the rooms, providing an insane city backdrop to your stay; from landmark-spotting in beautiful bathtubs to waking up to the sunrise reflecting on the River Thames, you can see miles and miles from almost every part of your room.
And the best part? The bars and accommodations at Shangri-La at the Shard are second to none with service and even more views- you may never even leave the building for your entire stay!
What did you think of my picks? From glamping to ultimate hotel luxuries, mini-moons are an amazing way to celebrate your new marriage!