Honeymoon or Mini-moon?
A Mini-moon is a relatively new concept that has really taken off in the last few years. They are becoming increasingly popular and the word mini-moon is now even listed in the Oxford Dictionary, so it’s obviously here to stay!
Mini-moons are taken post nuptials and generally are the pre-cursor to the proper, longer honeymoon which is planned for a year or more after the wedding. Also, for those who are unable to take much time off work, or simply don’t have the budget for a long holiday, spending two to four nights away somewhere special to relax and unwind is the perfect option.
There is an endless choice of beautiful cities and seaside destinations all within easy reach of the UK that are perfect for a mini-moon but here are four firm favourites from The Honeymoon Fixer.
Lake Como is the most famous of northern Italy’s beautiful “lake district”. It is one of the largest and surrounded by wonderful dramatic mountainous scenery. The shores are dotted with pretty villages and historic villas that have been used as locations for many well known films including Casino Royale.
On the western shores of Lake Como many of the large, impressive lakeside villas have been transformed into luxurious hotels. These include the world famous Villa d’Este which dates back to the sixteenth century and slightly further up is the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. These properties are set in large private parks and Tremezzo borders the botanical gardens of the famous Villa Carlotta.
There are no end of romantic things to do – a private boat tour or rent your own, walk along “lovers path” in the pretty village of Varenna, dine at one of the many lakeside restaurants or take a picnic to a secluded spot. More adrenalin fuelled activities include paragliding, a trip in a seaplane or hiking up the Lari Mountains.
It only takes about 3 hours to reach this wonderful destination from the UK. The nearest airport to Lake Como is Milan and the transfer time is about an hour.
Bodrum peninsula on the Aegean sea has had travel writers enthusing about it since ancient times. Bodrum town started life as Halicarnassus, an ancient Greek city famed for its boat buidling (the distinctive gulet boats) and King Mausolus’ tomb which is listed as one of the world’s seven wonders,
The northern coast is quiet, peaceful, and popular and visiting yachts drop anchor at Torba, Göltürkbükü and Gundogan. The southern side has the best beaches: Bardakci, Gumbet and Içmeler are three popular sun spots. Despite being labelled as ‘Turkey’s Cote d’Azur’, the Bodrum Peninsula has managed to remain peaceful and unassuming. You can enjoy simple pleasures – seafood, sea views, a chilled glass of wine or two and a book – as well as A-list adventures and plenty of amazing ancient sites to visit.
The flight to Bodrum takes four hours. There are plenty of fabulous hotels to choose from which are only a short drive from the airport.
A picture perfect volcanic island with breath taking views, gorgeous scenery and world renowned sunsets. It is awash with pretty white washed buildings, blue domed churches, narrow winding streets, vineyards and lots of traditional tavernas.
If you are looking for sporting activites to enjoy during your stay there is plenty to choose from including hiking, mountain biking, snorkelling, sailing, sea kayaking ; to list just a few! Or, take a wine tour around the vineyards, pay a visit to the ancient city of Akrotiri, languish in the island’s hot springs or enjoy a day out aboard a yacht.
There is no shortage of luxury hotels many of them small and built into the cliffs with infinity pools. Perfect for unwinding and recharging the batteries.
It takes just 3 hours to fly direct to this magical island but if you wish to arrive by boat you can catch a ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens.
Paris has to be one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. The city centre is small enough to walk around and it won’t take long for you to become totally immersed in the Parisian way of life. Stroll along the banks of the Seine, take a break at one of the many cafes that line the streets, visit the designer boutiques along the Champs-Elysees, pop into the many art galleries and museums and admire the beautiful architecture along the way. Evenings can be spent on top of the city’s iconic Eiffel tower, going on a river cruise, taking in a show at the world famous Lido; just a few of things you can do that will add to the enjoyment of your stay In this vibrant place.
Paris never fails to impress and is easily accessible whether you choose to get there by rail, road or air and has a huge choice of places to stay to suit every budget.
We in the UK are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing destinations for a Mini-Moon so if you need help and advice it is well worthwhile getting in touch with a specialist travel company. The Honeymoon Fixer excels when it comes to putting together once in a lifetime trips and bespoke Mini-Moons.
To find out more visit the website www.thehoneymoonfixer.com or ring Britt on 0203 441 6848