Why the mini-moon is growing in popularity.
A honeymoon is one of the best things about getting married, but not everyone has the time or money to take an extended break in an exotic location immediately after tying the knot. In the meantime, a few days away, somewhere closer to home is a great way to celebrate your marriage. A mini-moon has all the romance, relaxation and rejuvenation offered by a traditional honeymoon, squeezed into a manageable few days.
As you plan your mini-moon, aim to keep it close enough to home that you’re not spending hours travelling to your chosen location – be it in a plane or a car. After all, now’s your time to relax with your partner, and there are times when long-haul travel is anything but relaxing! You can experience a range of romantic indulgences right on your own doorstep. Book a romance package (most hotels and resorts offer this), and spend the rest of your mini-moon tailoring your own escape.
What to do
Five star dining: When better to indulge in some of the best food of your life? Pick a restaurant (or two) that you’ve always dreamed of frequenting, and make a point of enjoying a romantic dinner on your weekend away.
Spoil yourself: Linger in a day spa with a romantic treatment for two, working away all those months of wedding planning stress. Follow up a massage and scrub with a night on the town, including a degustation menu at a local restaurant and some seriously wonderful wine.
Explore: Take the opportunity to do at least one thing that you’ve never done before, even if you’ve been to the location a million times. A cruise on a yacht, diving, bushwalking, skiing, cycling, wine tasting… just make it a memorable experience for all the right reasons!
Where to go
City: Escape to the city – Sydney or Melbourne. Book a suite in a Sydney hotel with exquisite views across beautiful Sydney Harbour. Or spend some time exploring Melbourne’s many museums, theatres, markets and fabulous restaurants. Then again, why not consider a stay closer to home in a luxury hotel in Hobart or Launceston, and experience Salamanca Market and lunch at a southern Tasmanian vineyard, or the Tamar Valley Wine Route and golf at Barnbougle?
Country: Head for the sounds of birdsong and breathe some clean country air. Think Cradle Mountain National Park, Lake St Clair, the Tasman Peninsula or explore the Tarkine (Takayna) Forest Reserve.
Beach: Experience days filled with sunshine, surf, and sand. Explore Tasmania’s stunning coastline for the perfect seaside mini-moon. After spending a few days with sun-kissed skin and sand between your toes, you may never want to go home.