Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mini-Moon Trend Still Hot

A lot of couples are choosing a mini-moon destination as their choice of break post-wedding, and their selection is a popular one after the hustle and bustle of planning nuptials. Even if you have a limited budget, you should ask yourself what you prefer—a few days out out-and-out luxury in a stunning location, or a week of mediocre digs? I know what I'd pick...

Shermans Travel cited the mini-moon trend as a sign that couples who are usually “too busy” to vacation are still managing to sneak away. 30% of just-married couples plan to go away for a few days in the next 12 months, citing work and family as two reasons that they couldn't plan a traditional one-week honeymoon break. Thankfully, there are many hotels catering to shorter breaks and weekend stays, and they still deliver the romance you desire and deserve.

“The survey confirmed that most newlyweds will take a several day mini-moon rather than not taking a honeymoon at all,” said one expert interviewed by the press, Martin Slagter.

Curious about top destinations for luxury mini-moons? These hotels and resorts have a dedication to quality service, while providing high-class accommodations for the romantic traveler.

Destination 1: Hawaii
You can still stay in the states and vacation like stars, and what's better is that you won't spend too much time in a plane. Hawaii is a lush, green paradise, and the hotels there provide unparalleled service to visitors.

Pink-hued and pretty, the Royal Hawaiian rises above the greenery in all its Art Deco-toned splendor. A setting for international royalty and honeymooners alike, the Royal Hawaiian features private lanais, great views, and indigenous accents amongst the décor choices.

This rambling lodge is spread out on Lanai'i for an experience that's been compared to a stay at a country manor. Tranquil and flanked by great golf courses, the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele provides amazing adventures by the sand and sea.

Destination 2: Belize
Swimming and snorkeling are some of the top things to do when you're on a special outing in Belize, particularly if you're on your honeymoon. One of best parts about an underwater honeymoon excursion is that you can take a waterproof camera to snap pictures of each other underwater.

Victoria House's forty-two accommodations provide a very intimate setting for honeymooners, complete with ambiance and friendly staff, too. Private villas should be your lodging of choice if you're aiming for total privacy, but the expansive suites are also incredible.

Ka'ana Boutique Resort
This resort takes local art and furnishings and frames them in an ultra-luxe surrounding. Private islands are there to be explored for diving, fishing, and beach lounging, and Ka'ana still protects the local culture with development and growth opportunities.

Destination 3: U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands is a popular destination for honeymoons, thanks to its close proximity to the States, its great shopping options, its wonderful beaches, and all those high-end, luxury resorts tucked away on their own private expanse of sand.

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort, is the type of restful spot appreciated in bucketfuls by outdoorsy couples in love. Seven beaches border 170 acres where Caneel is positioned amongst tropical forest. Some of the most popular choices for honeymooners when on their mini-moon are sunset cruises, couples massages, and hiking tours.

The Westin St. John Resort
The Westin St. John is located on 47 acres on Great Cruz Bay, where the average daily temperature hits 85 degrees. With such balmy temperatures, you have no excuse not to explore the gorgeous surrounding bay. The Westin also specializes in honeymoon packages for travelers.

The U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and Belize are just the start of your honeymoon options, with additional lists including fantastic spots near you like Eden Roc Hotel, Mexico, Jamaica Inn, and the Bahamas.

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