The post-“I do” jet has never been so good.
The dress + location + that band you saw at your second-cousin’s wedding, which you booked three years in advance + the decor you’ve screenshot every inch of detail for + the three-course meal and late-night surprise eats = a bill higher than a down payment on a house. Even if you keep things intimate and elegantly simple, weddings are expensive. So after the big day, it can take some time to recalibrate the bank account for a big honeymoon. This is why we (and so many of you) are leaning into mini-moons—a quick weekend escape for just you and your S.O. after saying “I do.”
From most of the U.S. and Canada, flighs to the dreamy island of St. Kitts are aplenty, which means beach and piña coladas are only a short haul away. It has everything you’d want on a beach vacation—white sand, Evian-clear water, and lots of rum. Private yoga classes to reset your post-wedding brain, waterside seafood dinners, and perfect views of nearby Nevis are what you can find at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts.
Before you think we’re loco for suggesting such a far-flung locale, hear us out. You may be surprised to know that Portugal’s archipelago is merely a four-hour flight from Boston. What can only be described as Jurassic Park (minus Jeff Goldblum; sorry), the practically untouched Azores offers incredible five-star accommodations, experiences, food, and wine for less than the cost of a one-night stay in Manhattan.
Summer is prime time to head to the U.S.’s smallest state. Newport is a given for the charming stay at Newport Castle Hill Inn, where sleeping in beach cabanas means waking up to the ocean. NBD. Or head to the underrated Block Island—Block Island Beach House is so darn cute—and take a moped out into the salty air in search of glass orbs.
Four “words”: Wine tours ‘R’ us. So are 19th-century mansions like the Francis House. And did someone say Wine Train?
Orlando and Miami’s kitsch can overshadow Florida’s sleepy (read: paradisiacal) islands. Palm tree canopies and ultra-luxe, ultra-private bungalows with all the fixings at Little Palm Island—think outdoor copper tubs and personal fire pits—make it the perfect ’moon retreat. No passport required.
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