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10 U.S. Friendly Locations for a Luxe Mini-Moon

A mini-moon is a scaled down version of a traditional honeymoon which usually entails as much time as you can spare at an exotic, far flung location, staying somewhere that feels ‘once in a lifetime’. A mini-moon, therefore, can be summed up as shorter, closer to home and often more affordable. That doesn’t mean it can’t be special so the trick is finding destinations that – just like Goldilocks when reviewing her new digs at the Three Bears house –  you can get to easier, only need a few days to enjoy and balance budget with wow factor. Here is our list for easy to get to U.S. friendly, luxe mini-moons.

  1. 1. The Cove Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Cove is a gorgeous location in the Bahamas that is ideal for a secret island vacation. Take advantage of snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and cycling activities, as well as the only sushi bar on the island. Complete with a stunning infinity pool for reclining back with cocktails. The Cove is a perfect getaway for you and your new love. Even better, prices per night start around US$328.

 

  1. 2. Washington School House, Park City, Utah

Consider the intimacy of this 13-room boutique hotel, which offers chef-created dinners, plenty of premium aprés afternoons, and a new kind of experience to add to skiing or snowboarding: yoga on paddleboards within a 10,000-year-old crater while floating in its 90-degree therapeutic pool. Rooms start around US$750.

  1. 3. Jackson Hotel, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

With easy access to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, a mini-moon in Jackson Hole puts the great outdoors at your fingertips. Winter brings skiing and snow sports, while other seasons offer hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rafting, and hot air balloon rides. This boutique-sized luxury facility can organize it all, as well as provide outsized hospitality and five-star amenities. For a premium suite, you’re looking at US$5,600 for a four-night stay.

  1. 4. Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Punta Mita, Mexico

Not only does this expansive Mexican resort have every remarkable amenity, but it also has Jack Nicklaus golf courses and an incredible spa. The Apuane Nights treatment closes the facility to all other guests for bubbles, a romantic dinner, and a couple’s massage. Rates are around US$1,100 per night.

  1. 5. Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

At this sprawling property, leisure activities include sailing, paddling across islands, biking to the nearby historic town, playing racquetball, and shooting clays. With all creature comforts provided and superb cuisine, this vast and lavish resort complements the continual bustle. Expect around US$750/night.

  1. 6. Los Angeles Outpost, Running Springs, California

A new Getaway outpost two hours from Los Angeles features 40 minimalist tiny cabins with views of Big Bear Mountain for a wellness mini-moon that aims to inspire couples to frankly do nothing, unplug, and bask in the natural environment. Nights range from US$150-$300.

  1. 7. Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island, Maine

This exquisite inn, ten miles out to sea from Portland, Maine has an unplugged atmosphere in the one-of-a-kind guest rooms and a coastal New England ambiance. A private beach bonfire, lobstering trips, and sunset cocktails on board a vintage schooner will kick things up a notch. Rates are around US$340.

  1. 8. The Loren at Pink Beach, Bermuda

A sleek, expansive resort with unbroken sea views, great art, and plenty of natural light can be found on Bermuda’s southern shore. Relax on the pink dunes, indulge in spa treatments, or go fishing with the chef on a boat – and don’t forget to try the famous rum swizzle. A night will set you back US$840.

  1. 9. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, Colorado

This resort, located outside Moab, Utah, offers horseback riding through breathtaking scenery, trekking to uncover dinosaur fossils (the ultimate souvenir), helicopter flight tours, skeet shooting, poolside fire pits and gourmet dining. Explore on your own by renting anything from a Jeep to a Bentley from the resort’s fleet. Rates are around US$400 per night.

10. Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Big Island, Hawaii

This Hawaiian resort, set on a giant swath of coastal Eden, is a haven for admirers of nature – complete with royal fishing ponds, lava plains, lush tropical gardens and immaculate beaches. Expect to pay US$700 per night.

 

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