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The Minimoon: Mini-Breaks to Prepare for the Wedding


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The Minimoon: Mini-Breaks to Prepare for the Wedding

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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. hellbay.co.uk

Grandes Alpes Private Hotel, Courchevel 1850

Courcheval

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. grandesalpes.com

Jávri Lodge, Ivalo, Finland

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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. javri.fi; finnair.com

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. thethinkingtraveller.com

Lutetia, Paris

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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. hotellutetia.com

Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete

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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. bluepalace.gr 

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