Can’t take more time off from work? Can’t afford a two-week getaway? Can’t decide where that honeymoon to end all honeymoons will be? Focus instead on a “can.” With just a few days to spare and a more modest budget you can still embark on an epic, easy mini-moon that will more than tide you over while you work the rest of those things out. It’s important to schedule some separation between the wedding festivities and returning to your newly married albeit same ol’ same ol’ life—even 72 hours to celebrate, privately, the love you share and the chapter you’re about to write. Here, 18 places requiring just a few hours of travel that will knock your socks off.
The Cove Eleuthera, Bahamas
For a secret island getaway there’s The Cove, which serves the only sushi on the island and offers snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, cycling and an epic infinity pool for lying back with cocktails. Off site, stroll down pink sand beaches, swim with pigs, laze in naturally warmed Queens Bath pools and check out the Glass Window Bridge, with blues and turquoises on either side.
Washington School House, Park City, Utah
For winter brides consider the intimacy of this new 13-room boutique hotel with options for specially created dinners by the chef, plenty of deluxe aprés afternoons and a new kind of adventure to add to skiing or snowboarding: yoga inside a 10,000-year-old crater atop paddle boards, floating in its 90-plus degree therapeutic pool.
Ventana Big Sur, California
Suckers for awe-inspiring views will find happiness at this adults-only Big Sur hideaway amid redwoods and meadows, where you can embrace all manner of water—a hike to McWay Falls for an 80-foot waterfall ending on the beach, the infinity hot tub, or clothing-optional Mountain Pool and Japanese hot baths—from the comfort of plush suites or glamping tents. Indulge your creative side with classes led by local artists or photography hike workshops.
Hotel Jackson, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
With easy access to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, the great outdoors is at your fingertips with a mini moon in Jackson Hole, where winter brings the expected skiing and snow sports while other seasons bring opportunities to hike, mountain bike, take hot air balloon rides, horseback ride, raft, kayak and go paragliding. This boutique-sized luxury property can arrange it all, plus offer outsized hospitality and five-star amenities for those off hours and recovery.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Punta Mita, Mexico
You almost don’t need to say more than amphibious waiters at a floating bar, but not only does this spacious Mexican resort surrounded by water on three sides have that very dreamy amenity, but there are also Jack Nicklaus golf courses and an incredible spa where one option, Apuane Nights treatment, closes it off to all other guests for bubbles, romantic dinner and a couple’s massage.
Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
Southern charm is in full effect at this vast property where it’s all leisurely sailing on a yacht, canoeing between islands, biking to the historic town, playing racquetball and shooting clays. This grand and opulent resort matches that constant activity with all the creature comforts and impeccable cuisine.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico
The three-night Minimoon in Paradise package at this idyllic beachfront resort comes with customized romantic surprises planned by a dedicated Romance Director—tailored to your likes and interests—as well as a private chef dinner with guitarist and Champagne, bespoke embroidered pillowcases, and things like horseback riding on the beach, in-suite massages (there’s also your own infinity pool), custom firework display and a one-hour photo shoot.
Los Angeles Outpost, Running Springs, California
Two hours from LA is a brand-new Getaway outpost comprising 40 minimalist tiny cabins with views of Big Bear Mountain (find more of these adorable escapes near New York, Washington D.C., Boston and Atlanta) for a wellness mini moon that aims to inspire couples simply to do nothing, unplug and immerse yourselves in the natural environment. Follow the analog activity guide to explore the area, or just wander.
Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island, Maine
Ten miles into sea from Portland, Maine, is this elegant inn boasting an unplugged atmosphere—no TVs or phones in the one-of-a-kind guest rooms—and coastal New England vibe, thanks to L.L. Bean bicycles, local art and a hot spot of a restaurant serving oysters on the half shell and lobster corn dogs. Turn it up a notch with a private beach bonfire, lobstering excursions and sunset cocktails aboard a classic schooner (from May to October only).
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico
The new three-night Micro Break package at this palm-adorned, just-renovated resort can be customized to a couple’s whims with such experiences as a jungle boat excursion in the mangroves, cabana rentals, pasta-making class and morning fitness classes. There are also brunch baskets, pampering spa treatments, Chichen Itza, cenotes and a Four Hands dinner, in which two chefs collaborate to prepare each course.
The Loren at Pink Beach, Bermuda
The convenient, Zika-free island of Bermuda is home to a chic, sprawling resort with uninterrupted sea views, fine art and tons of natural light. Hit the pink sands for leisure time, revel in spa treatments, or head out on a boat with the chef to catch your dinner—and don’t forget the iconic rum swizzle.
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, Colorado
Miles from Moab, Utah, is this resort boasting horseback riding through epic landscapes, hiking to find dinosaur fossils (the ultimate souvenir), helicopter air tours, skeet shooting, fire pits by the pools, and also gourmet cuisine. To explore on your own rent from the resort’s fleet—Jeeps to Bentleys—and hit the road.
Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Big Island, Hawaii
Opening late 2019 on a vast swath of oceanfront Eden is a haven for nature lovers—think royal fishing ponds, lava plains, lush tropical gardens and pristine beaches. When you’re not sleeping in or indulging on property venture to the newly reopened Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to hike, or scuba dive along the Kohala Coast alongside manta and spotted eagle rays.
Silversands Grenada, Grenada
There are near countless ways to come down from the wedding buzz—or stress—at this luxury resort on the Spice Island. Laps in the 100-meter infinity pool (the Caribbean’s longest), nutmeg oil couple’s treatments in the spa, sunset boat tours on a Carriacou sloop, trips to an underwater sculpture park, and excursions to the monkey-filled rainforest and chocolate factories.
Brasada Ranch, Bend, Oregon
Outdoor enthusiasts will be wowed by the plethora of unique activities to engage in, from trail riding on horseback in the high desert to biking for Cascade Mountain views. It’s possible to take to the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, hang out at the local breweries, and climb the face of Smith Rock.
Grand Isle Resort & Spa, Great Exuma, Bahamas
If you’ve ever had a Gilligan’s Island fantasy then book this resort’s Private Island Experience, a day out on a chartered boat with crew who catch fresh conch, fish and lobster en route to a secluded island where a private chef prepares lunch and you get to sunbathe and swim and pretend you’re the only two people in the world. Also on offer, shark tagging adventures, along with marine biologists.
Casa Adela, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Book the Honeymoon Suite—with floor-to-ceiling windows, double-facing fireplace, soaking tub and mountain views—in this private hacienda turned sanctuary-like villa and you’ll have a hard time leaving to enjoy the hot spring–fed swimming pool and hot air balloon flights leaving just steps away. You won’t be sorry you did though.