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The Minimoon: Mini-Breaks to Prepare for the Wedding

A few days away helps to process the big day...

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Time to treat yourselves for getting through the trials and stresses of wedding planning with a mini-break away before the big day. Plus, it’s hard to get cold feet when you’re cozied up by a fire in Courchevel or on a sun lounger in Sicily.

Hell Bay Hotel, Isles of Scilly

Hell Bay Hotel

The Isles of Scilly, scattered off the Cornish coast, have a balmy microclimate and waters reminiscent of Caribbean lagoons come summer time. Hunker down at New England-style Hell Bay Hotel on Bryher island with its deserted beaches and poetic sunsets.

BOOK IT: Doubles from £135.

Grandes Alpes Private Hotel, Courchevel 1850


Nothing spells out romance like cuddling up fireside at this alpine retreat nestled in Courchevel 1850’s snowy peaks. It has a state-of-the-art spa, ski-in/ ski-out access and eight Michelin-starred restaurants to ski for.

BOOK IT: Doubles from £854 B&B.

Jávri Lodge, Ivalo, Finland


A chic, hauntingly remote hideaway and former peace negotiating hotspot for the Finnish President, Jávri Lodge is wild luxury at its best, enveloped in thick forest and donning Finnish saunas and floor-to-ceiling windows to behold that midnight sun.

BOOK IT: Doubles from £932 half board.;

Villa Al Jafar, Sicily

Sicily Minimoon

If optimum privacy and minimal ‘bother’ is on the minimoon agenda, a private villa is the one. Thinking Traveller has a few up its sleeve but this lavish mini castle, with its ancient walled gardens and Mediterranean vista, is a firm favourite.

BOOK IT: From £2,710 per week.

Lutetia, Paris

Hotel Lutetia - View from the room 1

For some Left Bank Parisian romance, ‘Grand Hotel’ Lutetia is the epitome of new-meets-old Paris, drenched in Art Deco and Nouveau features with a contemporary finish and wonderfully clichéd views of the Eiffel Tower.

BOOK IT: Doubles from €850 B&B.

Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete


Blue Palace’s sweeping views across the kaleidoscopic blue Aegean Sea and Crete’s Spinalonga island prove you can forgo the long haul and jet lag for an ethereal, five-star setting and diving paradise. Much more refreshing.

BOOK IT: Doubles from £203 B&B. 


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