Honeymoons

The (mini) escape

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What if taking a fully-blown honeymoon just can’t be on the agenda? We take a look at minimoons, a growing trend in wedding land.

THE BASICS

A bit more petite than its big sister the honeymoon, a mini-moon has all the romance, relaxation and rejuvenation offered by a traditional honeymoon, popped into a manageable few days. Perhaps taking time off isn’t feasible (whether it’s thanks to endless work or little tots waiting at home), maybe your budget is a little thin, or maybe you want to catch up with interstate guests outside of your wedding’s busy schedule. Whatever the reason, a long weekend break is certainly popular! We’re seeing more and more couples taking a mini-moon now, and their full length, more traditional honeymoon later.

NEED TO KNOW

As you plan your getaway, try to keep it close enough that you’re not spending hours and hours on travel, be it via plane or car. After all, now’s the time to relax with your sweetheart, and we all know travel certainly isn’t relaxing! While this does mean an escape to Europe’s out, you can experience a range of romantic indulgences right on your own doorstep. Check out Location Love below for some ideas if you’re stuck! Although mini-moons are certainly du jour, you may find that some of your favourite locations don’t have packages tailored specifically for the occasion. Never fear! Book a romance package (most hotels and resorts offer this), and spend the rest of your minimoon tailoring your own escape.

Photo: Tourism Fiji

Photo: Tourism Fiji 

Photo: Miss Moneypenny's

Photo: Miss Moneypenny’s

THINGS TO DO

Eat and drink: 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.

The iconic Lourve at sunset. Photo: Le Royal Monceau Raffles

The iconic Lourve at sunset. Photo: Le Royal Monceau Raffles

Art and culture: Wander hand-in-hand with your sweetheart around the location of your choice, familiarising yourself with the lay of land and all its cultural delights. Maybe you and your partner are history buffs, avid readers, art lovers or nature children. Whatever you choose, spend some time focusing on pure enjoyment.

Stephanie's Ocean Spa

Stephanie’s Ocean Spa

Indulge: Raise your hand if you deserve a massage! Linger in a day spa with a romantic treatment for two, working away all those months of stress. QB’s Digital Director, Nikki, suggests going all out with your treatment – follow up the deep massage and scrub with a night on the town, with a degustation menu at a local dining institution and some seriously stellar wines.

Couples can cruise the Whitsunday's with WRAY

Couples can cruise the Whitsunday’s with WRAY

Splurge: 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 yacht ride, snorkelling, bridge climbing, hiking to a particular locale, hitting the skies in a hot air balloon… just make it a memorable experience for all the right reasons!

LOCATION LOVE

Photo: Tourism NSW

Photo: Tourism NSW

City
Escape interstate to the bigger smokes, Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney has all the glitz and glam a couple could want for, so book a suite in a hotel with exquisite views across the shimmering Sydney Harbour. Melbourne’s cultural vibe has been beckoning couples for many a year, so spend some time exploring its many museums, parklands, and markets, plus all the foodie options your tastebuds could dream of.

Country
The sounds of birdsong and clean country air await – not to mention privacy! Meander into the hills with a hinterland getaway. The Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast Hinterlands are always popular, or you can wander further south and hide out in New South Wales’ Northern Rivers for a few days. Bangalow, with its laid-back charm, is one of our favourite little towns.

Yasawas Island. Photo: Tourism Fiji

Yasawas Island. Photo: Tourism Fiji

Beach
There’s nothing we dream about more than getting away for long days filled with sunshine, surf and sand. Explore the coastline for the perfect seaside minimoon, or run away to one of our favourite locations, the Whitsundays. Low-key and lovely islands, like Stradbroke, Heron and Tangalooma, are also ideal. After spending a few days with sunkissed skin and sand between your toes, you may never want to leave. International Okay, we’re suckers for a bit of jet-setting, and can you blame us? Take a short getaway to some islands closer to home. Fiji is a gorgeous mini-moon locale at only four hours away, while beautiful Vanuatu is less than three hours’ flight. Try exploring New Zealand’s north and south islands – at just over three hours away, it’s perfect for an international escape with next to no travel.

Discover your honeymoon perfect match here.

– QB x


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