A guest post by our friends at Truly Experiences
“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”
– Lewis Carroll
After you’ve tied the knot, it’s tradition that you’re whisked away by your new spouse on an extensive and magical getaway. But these trips have become increasingly expensive over the years, especially during the popular wedding months when prices surge. Going on a honeymoon isn’t as appealing to younger generations, or just isn’t financially viable.
Enter the minimoon! The minimoon has become increasingly popular because of the brevity and low prices. These 3 to 4-day trips are a chance to escape on a beautiful adventure and celebrate your marriage without breaking the bank. Need some inspo for your romantic minimoon? I’ve got you covered!
Michelin-Starred Foodie Getaway in the Lake District
The Lake District is the perfect place to get away from the busy world and indulge in some alone time with your other half. Why not enjoy a weekend escape at the beautiful scenery of Lake Windermere? Take in the beauty during the day and attend fine dining restaurants in the evening. Experience the cuisine the Lake District has to offer, which includes the highly acclaimed double Michelin-starred L’Enclume Development Kitchen.
A Relaxing Getaway to Cornwall’s Eden Project
Cornwall’s Eden Project is claimed to be the eighth wonder of the world by some due to its architecture and landscape of the area. Taking a trip here will allow you the chance to experience the bubble-like buildings that hold the world’s largest indoor rainforest, the Mediterranean Biome. For serious chocoholics, there’s the chocolate flavoured option which takes you through the dark cocoa secrets of the Amazon.
After exploring the wonders of the Eden Project, relax at the luxury cliffside Carlyon Bay hotel located no more than two miles away. Utilizing their spa will help you and your spouse destress from the frenetic energy surrounding the wedding.
Stargazing at a Scottish Castle
A trip to the Glennapp Castle Hotel in Scotland is perfect for star-crossed newlyweds. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area, indulge in fantastic food and experience the romance of stargazing from a castle with your partner. Waking up each morning to a full Scottish breakfast will secure an amazing start to the day, and in the evening the two of you can enjoy a guided celestial journey through the stars. Professional astronomer Steve Owens is available to give you expert advice on the twinkling lights in the sky above the grounds of the palace. How romantic!
Seaside Escape to Devon
If you and your spouse love the serene atmosphere of the seaside, then a minimoon in Devon is the ideal choice for you. Finding the right place to stay is a tough decision because the whole area is breathtakingly beautiful, but the Sea Sentry cottage directly on the seaside is arguably the perfect place to relax for the weekend.
Originally this cottage was built in WW2 for housing the soldiers who guarded Shaldon in the south Devon sea. The history of this area is vibrant, and if you’re a historic fanatic you’ll relish soaking up all the interesting facts of former times.
During the weekend, journey into the town of Shaldon for many on-foot adventures and highly rated restaurants. If you’re looking for the real seaside experience, just down the steps of the cottage is the sandy beach ready to relax on.
The Old Railway Station, Petworth
A unique area with a classic feel is what you will receive when you take a trip to Petworth for a stay at The Old Railway Station. Once a station built in the late 1800s, now it’s a colonial hotel. You get the option of staying in the central station or a luxury converted railway station. Either way, you’ll feel like you’re on a railway adventure without even moving!
During your stay, enjoy the small town of Petworth, which is a short distance away from the hotel. Walk the streets and submerge yourself in the art and culture of the area, browse the antique shops, and dine in wonderfully delicious restaurants.
Whisky City Break to Edinburgh
This trip is specially designed for the scotch-loving newlyweds! It goes without saying that the Scottish capital is the ultimate destination for all things whisky. Enjoy a dram or two at one of the many local tasting bars or buy a bottle to enjoy it with your loved one alone.
During your stay be sure to take in the history, sights, and sounds of the city’s medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town. Go shopping, enjoy the outdoor scenery, and experience a late-night comedy show to fully experience all that Edinburgh has to offer.
Vintage Mini Car Adventure in Surrey Hills
Jump in the driver’s seat of a beautifully restored classic 1960’s Mini and take a romantic minimoon road trip to Surrey Hills. Stay in the picture-perfect countryside and soak up the fauna and flora of an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; perfect for the city dwellers looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Surely to be a romantic road trip, enjoy navigating the picturesque roads of Surrey together from behind the wheel of a vintage dream car.
Luxury Treehouse in Dorset
This is a trip for the newlyweds who love to enjoy the outdoors without the hassle of camping. Travel to Dorset to stay at the one of a kind Woodman’s Treehouse- awarded the coveted RIBA SW award and named the RIBA SW ‘Small Project of the Year.’ This treehouse offers a brand-new way to experience luxury in the country, a place to escape from everyday life and fulfill a childhood dream of living in a treehouse.
A romantic getaway awaits you at this woodland escape which holds luxuries of a hot tub, sauna, and a slide.
Royal Weekend in the Cotswolds
What could be more perfect than being treated like royalty? Head up to Gloucestershire for the ultimate Royal weekend getaway. A stay at the Kings Head Hotel and a stroll through the Highgrove Garden will leave you with the feeling of utmost importance!
Residing at Kings Head will allow you and your spouse to enjoy the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds, the perfect place to spend a few days enjoying your minimoon.
The Royal Gardens are a must-see when in the area because of the amazing developments that have been made by the owners, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. By taking a guided tour, you will get to experience the many different gardens on the estate and the stories behind each of them!
Upon return from your day of exploring, indulge in a spot of celebratory champagne afternoon tea at The Orchard Restaurant.
Countryside Cycling Break in Bath
Calling all cycling enthusiasts! A romantic cycling weekend awaits the happy couple in the Somerset wonder of Bath. Hop on a detailed cycling route for a 13-mile journey down the Two Tunnels Greenway, which travels along the Kennet & Avon Canal and leads into Central Bath. Along the way, discover the many hidden gems of the city, never-ending picture-perfect moments, and fantastic pubs!
After a long day of riding, come back to the Grays Boutique B&B to relax and enjoy the remainder of the weekend side by side in this historic city.
The minimoon’s long weekend of luxury will allow the happy couple to recharge, so upon return to reality, they can take on the married life! Hopefully, you have been convinced that the minimoon is the perfect romantic escape after your big day. These trips are the biggest craze right now, I even want to go on one!