We love a mini-moon! Done right, it should have all the steamy romance of a big-fat-traditional honeymoon, just on a slightly smaller scale. It costs less, takes less annual leave, less planning, less travel time… less hassle all around. But it’s no less fun and DEFINITELY no less exciting!
Here at Prezola, we partner with Mr and Mrs Smith and Airbnb, both of which offer the most amazing mini-moon destinations in the UK and abroad. You can add vouchers for one of these stunning stays to your Prezola wedding registry and plan the mini-moon of your dreams, while your wedding guests help you make it happen.
We’ve selected some of the best short honeymoon destinations from each to give you a few ideas.
But first, exactly what is a mini-moon?
A mini-moon pretty much does what it says on the tin… it’s a mini honeymoon! It’s the growing trend among newlyweds, of sneaking off for a few days of R and R directly after the wedding. It’s a great option for couples on a limited budget or if you’re saving up for that big traditional honeymoon trip at a later date.
What do you do on a mini-moon?
Well, we can certainly think of a thing or two… But we’re sure you don’t need our help with THAT! So, aside from the obvious… it’s all about what will make you happy! Wedding planning is hard work, so this is your chance to blow off some steam and make the most of those first few days as newly-minted married people!
It’s all about minimum stress, and maximum pleasure. How does stargazing in your own private igloo sound? Adventuring around the country in an American Airstream? Or how about communing with nature in a luxury treehouse?
Pro tip: Check out Airbnb’s OMG section for some really out of this world ideas!
How many days is a mini-moon?
A mini-moon is usually a long weekend, so 2 to 5 days is pretty normal. It’s shorter than the traditional honeymoon, which is usually 10 days to 2 weeks. Perfect for a quick romantic mini-break with your number one person!
How much does a mini-moon cost?
What you spend on your mini-moon is totally up to you and really depends on the budget you have to play with. But it will usually be much less than what you might spend on the traditional exotic 2-week getaway. Staying closer to home and taking a shorter trip definitely makes for a more budget-friendly option and means you may have more spending money to splash out on something special while you’re there… world’s fastest zipline anyone?… It’s in Wales!
Mini-moon destinations in the UK
Mini-Moon in London | Luxurious Central London Airbnb
The Vibe: A serene haven in the heart of party central
If you crave the buzz of big city life, this London Airbnb is for you! Imagine living it up all day in Central London – seeing the sights, exploring the galleries, and dining out. Then you party the night away in Soho’s infamous bars and clubs, before stumbling back to your bed just a few streets away! Sound good?
The flat itself has been recently refurbished to a beautiful high-spec. Think clean whitewashed walls with pops of colour and a mid-century modern design aesthetic. It’s also wonderfully quiet – the perfect sanctuary above the hubbub of London’s streets.
Mini-moon in Cornwall | The Pig at Harlyn Bay
The Vibe: There’s a lobster terrace… nuff said.
A stay at The Pig is always a good idea. And their latest location in sunny Cornwall makes for the perfect minimoon escape. Complete with stunning sea views, oodles of quirky original features and the Pig’s signature styling – hello plush 4 poster beds and jewel-bright velvet accessories. The gorgeous hotel is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach and a quick 10-minute drive to picturesque Padstow, home to both celebrity restauranteurs Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth – dinner here is a must!
Mini-moon in Somerset | The Tree Tent Airbnb
The Vibe: Part treehouse, part tent, 100% unique
Looking for something totally different? … Allow us to introduce The Tree Tent. It’s a cosy little bedroom pod, suspended between two trees and connected via rope bridge to a fully equipped kitchen/ lounge area, all up in the treetops! There’s no wifi or electricity, so you really will be off grid, but there IS a cosy fire pit for toasting marshmallows and unlimited stargazing opportunities. There’s also an outdoor shower complete with hot water and a separate loo… so, you know, you’re not completely roughing it!
Mini-moon in the Lake District | Airbnb Riverside Retreat
The Vibe: 5-star luxury right on the river
Longing for the Lakes? You won’t go far wrong with this luxury riverside retreat. Set inside the stunning surroundings of the Lake District National Park, this is one of the most iconic Airbnbs in the area. One side is fully glazed, creating the most amazing dining area with panoramic views out across the river.
And all the local pubs and nature walks are right at your fingertips. So, you can have your coffee by the river, venture out during the day, and then end the evening lounging in the hammock and gazing up at the stars. Dreamy.
Mini-moon in Scotland | Secluded Hillside Cottage Airbnb
The Vibe: Bright, cosy cottage, utterly secluded
Want to get away from it all? Set about a mile up a single-track road in the stunning Scottish countryside, this place is a truly secluded spot– perfect for a romantic mini-moon escape for two! The bright, cosy cottage is beautifully done up, complete with a working log burner and record player for cosy nights in, as well as a hot tub out back overlooking the stunning Scottish hills… With only sheep for neighbours, swimsuits are optional!
Mini-moon in Wales | Mongolian Yurt with Mountain Views
The Vibe: Boho glamping in the mountains
If there was ever a good time for glamping… your minimoon is it! What better way to explore Snowdonia National Park than with a 19ft traditional Mongolian Yurt as your basecamp! Live that boho life and get completely off grid while enjoying the stunning surroundings. Then cuddle up around your own log burning stove of an evening before ending the night with a spot of stargazing… Go on - you know you want to!
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Mini-moon destinations abroad
Mini-Moon in Paris | Hotel Adele and Jules
The Vibe: Sweet as a French fondant fancy
Paris is a city for lovers, making it a perfect mini-moon destination. And if you’re looking for a sweet boutique hotel to base yourselves at, Jules and Adele guarantee the full French chic experience.
Set across two identical 19th-century buildings (one is ‘Adele’, the other is ‘Jules’), the hotel features a different jewel tone colour scheme across each floor, dressed with an eclectic mix of artwork and flea-market finds. And you’re just a short stroll away from the Grand Boulevards to take in all the romance that Paris has to offer.
Mini-moon in Prague | Boho Hotel
The Vibe: Clean lines and cool aesthetics against a fairy tale backdrop
BoHo Hotel’s clean lines and cool colour palette mark it out as one of Prague’s most modern-minded hotels. Set in a former art deco post office, the clean aesthetic and exposed blonde wood make for an eclectic, yet cohesive design experience.
And it’s close enough to the Old Town to wander in and swoon over all the baroque fairy-tale romance that Prague is famous for. Couples can indulge in cosmopolitan dining, massages in the intimate spa and lavish breakfast spreads to cure any honeymoon-night hangovers.
Mini-moon in Stockholm | Lydmar Hotel
The Vibe: Achingly cool and utterly Instagramable
Any Swedish stay worth its flaky smoked sea salt is sure to be both ultra-glam and achingly cool, and the Lydmar Hotel is certainly no exception. Boasting a city-centre location in Stockholm with stunning harbour views, you couldn’t find a better spot for your Swedish minimoon stay.
Rooms are lavishly done with plush fabrics and intriguing artworks. And it’s worth lingering in the lobby, which plays host to rotating art exhibitions. Don’t miss the live music on the sun terrace and exceptional local seafood.
Mini-moon in Reykjavik | Sandhotel
The Vibe: Sleek styling
Sandhotel in central Reykjavik is the perfect base if you’re planning an Icelandic adventure of a minimoon. Run by the same people as the beloved Icelandic bakery Sandholt, which is conveniently located right next door, you can order fresh spiced cinnamon buns and enjoy them from the cosy comfort of your bed.
But don’t lounge the day away – from volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls to the natural geothermally heated blue lagoon – Iceland has SO much to explore. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch the magical Northern Lights!
That’s all folks! If these stunning mini-moon ideas haven’t got you geared up to pack your bags and go, then we don’t know what will! And don’t forget, you can add Mr and Mrs Smith vouchers or Airbnb vouchers to your Prezola wedding gift list to take your pick of their luxury boutique hotels and quirky stays and plan the romantic minimoon of your dreams.
Happy mini-mooning lovebirds!