Swap the honeymoon for a minimoon
The term ‘minimoon’ has certainly established itself here in the UK, as more and more newly-wed couples are opting for a shorter break closer to home after saying ‘I do’.
A UK minimoon is the perfect way to have a few special days of post-nuptial relaxation before honeymooning somewhere further afield after the wedding celebrations have come to an end.
No baggage allowance restrictions or tiring plane journeys are just some of the perks a UK minimoon offers, but we could go on!
For some minimoon inspiration, we’ve rounded up our top picks for a far from ‘mini’ getaway…
Live like a royal at Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire
Nestled within 26 acres of picturesque grounds, this luxury country house hotel is just a 20-minute drive from the regal town of Windsor and has hosted a number of royals, making it the perfect place for a modern-day King and Queen!
As well as having gorgeous rooms and landscaped gardens to wander through on a romantic stroll, there’s also the King and Lamb Restaurant, which pays homage to royal chef Patrick Lamb who commissioned the construction of Stoke Place back in 1690. Here, loved-up couples can indulge in regal inspired dishes and traditional afternoon tea.
For something even more special, the hotel’s Friday Night on the Town package includes an overnight stay in one of its signature rooms, a cocktail each and sharing platter in the Juniper Bar, a carriage (taxi!) to and from Windsor and breakfast the following morning.
Say ‘cheers’ at The Cairn Hotel in Edinburgh
This stunning hotel is within walking distance of Edinburgh’s shops, restaurants and bars, so is ideal for couples wanting to enjoy a city break for the first time as Mr and Mrs! There’s also the option to stay in one of the hotel’s exclusive private apartments including the new Montgomery Mews.
Spend the day exploring the capital, starting with the city’s famous castle before heading to the Old Town to discover the famous Royal Mile, where you can pick up tartan gifts and Scottish treats along the way.
The hotel’s Juniper Bar is every inch the showstopper and the best place to celebrate in style as husband and wife after a day in the city. With breath-taking panoramic views across the skyline, you’ll find all the classic cocktails you’d expect on the menu with a twist of course, and if there’s nothing you fancy, the mixologists will happily create your very own bespoke minimoon cocktail.
Relax on a romantic spa break at Redworth Hall in County Durham
Tying the knot can be tiring, so what better way to revive yourself than at this picturesque manor house hotel. Surrounded by woodland and with a brand new spa to take advantage of, you’re guaranteed a peaceful countryside escape.
At the stunning new Retreat Leisure Club & Spa, you can take time to enjoy some well-deserved pampering together, making the most of the heated indoor pool, six luxurious treatment rooms, a tranquillity room and a stunning L’Oréal hair & Jessica nail salon.
There’s a selection of spa packages and breaks which include one and two night stays with a choice of treatments each, use of the spa facilities as well and dinner and breakfast in the hotel’s 1744 Restaurant.
Stay by the seaside at The Old Ship in Brighton
From strolling hand in hand along the iconic pier to treating yourself to an ice cream on the beach, a few nights staying in the coastal resort of Brighton is something you can both treasure forever.
Dating as far back as 1559, the hotel is one of the city’s most historic and has come a long way with 154 contemporary en suite rooms today.
Embrace stunning views and experience Brighton’s unique attractions with its Brighton Rocks package. This includes a luxurious two night stay with dinner on the first evening, breakfast and one of the following; Afternoon Tea in The Wardroom Restaurant, tickets for a flight on the British Airways i360, entrance to the Royal Pavilion or a day at Sea Life Brighton.
We hope our UK minimoon inspiration has left you full of ideas for your own post-wedding celebration!