15 Amazingly Romantic Mini-Moon Getaways For Newlyweds
Jetting off on your honeymoon the night of your wedding is a romantic notion that has become a bit unrealistic in modern times. Receptions are going later, budgets are becoming tighter, and scheduling a seamless departure is nearly impossible. But just because you can’t get away for a much-needed two-week vacation after the excitement of your nuptials doesn’t mean you can’t take a quick trip—or, as it's better known in wedding terms, a mini-moon.
It’s important to take a few days to decompress after such a big event, but it can be costly for many couples to spend money on lengthy trip so soon after dropping some serious cash on a lavish affair. That’s why more and more newlyweds are opting for just a couple of days away to a nearby location.
These mini-moons are either a few hours’ drive away or a short flight to somewhere relaxing and romantic. It’s just enough time to reflect on the whirlwind of the wedding, but without the commitment and planning of an over-the-top honeymoon. Some couples will simply go on a mini-moon, while others will use the quick trip as a pre-honeymoon before the real deal a few months or year later.
The trend has become so popular that some hotels are even offering tailored packages around these short getaways, with perks like champagne, spa services, and private dinners. Whether you’re in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, or elsewhere in the U.S., there is a nearby destination ready to cater to your every need.
From Mexico and Colorado to upstate New York, here are 15 fantastic mini-moon options.
Rendezvous, St. Lucia
The whole premise of this resort (a three-hour flight from Florida) is that it is couples-only. The staff goes out of their way to organize romantic dinners in a secluded area on property or set the mood in guests’ rooms with music, flower petals, candles, exotic scents, champagne, and truffles. During the days, you're free to relax on the white sand beach or indulge in a massage at the spa.
Viceroy Riviera Maya, Mexico
If you want to get out of the country without sitting through a long-haul flight, head to this Mexican retreat. Their Fall in Love All Over Again package is all about igniting a spark with the numerous romantic amenities. You’ll get a private luxury villa, romantic plunge pool, turndown with bottle of sparkling wine, a butler to set the stage for romance with candles, music and wine, a couples massage, a three-course dinner, and daily a la carte breakfast.
Madeline Hotel and Residences, Colorado
In the heart of Mountain Village Telluride, this luxury property is the epitome of an idyllic mini-moon destination. Between its convenient ski-in/ski-out or hike in/hike out location, spa with a variety of nature-inspired therapies, and fine-dining experiences, you're guaranteed to have a romantic trip.
If that wasn’t enough, the hotel also offers a "Bath Bar" and "Bath Barista," who comes to rooms to customize the bath with bath salts, facial cleaners, facial oil, and body oil infused with lemon, juniper, cardamom and more.
The Roundhouse, New York
Located next to the rushing falls of Fishkill Creek, on the corner of Beacon's charmingly eclectic Main Street, this Hudson Valley hotel is ideal for a quick trip from the tri-state area. Spend a couple of days in the penthouse, with its private deck overlooking the water along with complimentary wine and cheese. And if you feel like leaving your luxe suite, Beacon's charming streets are known for its art scene, unique eateries and shopping.
Trump National Doral, Miami
For the perfect mini-moon, the resort’s Couple's Retreat package includes something for everyone, with luxurious accommodations, breakfast, a round of golf on one of the resort’s four championship courses, and a spa treatment at the acclaimed Trump Spa. Couples who book this package also receive daily access to the Trump Spa’s lounge areas, pools, Jacuzzi, saunas, and steam rooms.
Rosewood CordeValle, California
This secluded luxury resort is locatedthe foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California's wine country, making it the ideal hideaway after an eventful wedding. The hidden gem boasts an 85-acre winery and vineyard, where you can roast marshmallows over a fireplace, arrange a picnic, and hike the three-mile vineyard trail by Clos La Chance vineyard. Book a Villa Suite and you’ll enjoy the bonus of an outdoor hot tub that looks over the lush California valley.
Sea Island, Georgia
An easy drive from Atlanta, Jacksonville, and many other cities south of the Mason-Dixon line, the five-star resort is an ideal destination for a romantic mini-moon. Combine five miles of private beaches and Southern hospitality, and you’ve got yourself a carefree, secluded getaway.
Choose between two lodging options, the Cloister at Sea Island or the Lodge at Sea Island, and take in experiences like golf on three championship courses, horseback riding on the beach, salt marsh kayaking, sailing, boating, and tennis, as well as indulgent spa treatments.
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, Puerto Rico
No need to break out your passport for this island getaway. Just a couple hours away by flight from many spots on the East Coast, the budget-friendly beachfront property in Puerto Rico offers a Grand Romance package. You’ll get accommodations, daily breakfast, champagne and berries, private dining under the stars, complimentary wine, special turndown service, a poolside cabana for one day, one complimentary activity, and 20 percent off spa services. There’s even a Director of Romance to make sure any further romantic gestures are taken care of.
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Arizona
There’s no better way to get away from it all than heading out into the desert. Located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, this property provides new couples with the option of serenity or adventure. From the breathtaking location to the creative cuisine, the desert oasis offers newlyweds couples treatments at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, country club access, and more.
The Resort at Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas has become a popular retreat for Southern Californians, as it’s only about a two-hour flight from Los Angeles. You’ll instantly be transported away from any chaos back home as you walk through a private tunnel to reach the oceanfront resort. At the Resort at Pedregal, a team of personal concierges is available to take care of your every need. Suites are more like luxury apartments, with full kitchens, sweeping views of the Pacific, and private plunge pools—so you’ll never have to leave your room.
The Hideaway, California
With its stunning sunsets, sun-kissed beaches, and overall tranquil pace, it’s no wonder the picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea is regarded as one of the country’s most romantic destinations. And situated there is a cozy 24-room bed and breakfast in the heart of town, within walking distance of art galleries, restaurants and the beach. They even offer a customized picnic-to-go and until January, there's a pay for two, stay for three deal.
Ocean House, Rhode Island
For anyone getting married in New England, Watch Hill, Rhode Island is the quintessential destination to relax and unwind afterward. The seaside hotel is perched high on the bluffs, with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to the only Forbes Five-Star spa in the state. The spa offers personalized packages that encourage total relaxation, lasting for up to 4.5 hours.
Curtain Bluff, Antigua
To get a little bit further away without spending your whole day on a flight, jet off to Antigua. The flight takes less than four hours, and once you're at this beachside property, all you have to do is relax. Curtain Bluff's Over-the-Top, Under-the-Stars Spa Takeover includes a sunset dinner on the spa terrace, couples massage, outdoor treatment rooms that overlook the sea, a dozen red roses, a bottle of champagne, and a photographer to capture your special moment. You'll also get to sleep under the stars in a canopy bed on the spa's intimate terrace, and receive personalized embroidered spa robes.
Hotel Bel-Air, California
There’s a reason celebrities flock to the Hotel Bel-Air on a daily basis for a little escape. The romantic hideaway is dotted with footbridges, gardens, fountain courtyards, and swans swimming in a lake, and is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. There are a number of two-night package deals to choose from, where you can enjoy things like a private suite and daily breakfast.
Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico
Only a three-hour flight from Southern California, this top resort offers packages that make for the perfect long weekend away. The Punta Mita Dining package includes a complimentary third night with every two consecutive paid nights and a three-course dinner for two at any Resort restaurant or through In-Casita Dining.