It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. But for so many couples, a wedding is just the start of something even better: the honeymoon. There is no more wedmin: you can both have fun with no pressure and no annoying family members to watch out for. But life is not quite back to normal yet, and movement is still restricted, even though you are the Prime Minister.
After their micro-wedding last weekend, Boris and Carrie Johnson got a two-day mini-moon by the sea to help them out until they were allowed to vacation abroad. This is the way to do it. You might be disappointed that the mind-blowing three-week adventure in Japan you had planned wasn’t on the cards right now, but the upside is you get another vacation. Okay, it will be UK, no new countries should be added to the green travel list for the foreseeable future, but if the weather stays like that, who cares? Here’s where to mini-moon in the UK this summer.
The lakeside retreat
Escape to your own secluded sanctuary. Set on 17 acres nestled on the edge of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, Storrs Hall is surrounded by gardens and woodland, and has its own private jetty and shores where you can spend days paddling, canoeing, kayaking or take a boat trip. The luxurious lakeside suites have floor-to-ceiling windows that open to terraces overlooking the lake and feature Japanese-style cedarwood hot tubs for a soaking tub with a view. Enjoy picnics with champagne and a free mini-bar. For more food, there’s the Lake Edge Restaurant and the Tower Bar.
The stay in London
London’s hottest new hotel comes from New York. NoMad has opened an outpost in London in a former Magistrate Court opposite the Royal Opera House. There’s plenty to look at, with over 1,600 works of art scattered around the hotel celebrating post-war American art and European avant-garde – and up to 50 pieces per room in some of the its most chic suites. Blush interiors, gold clawfoot tubs, and views of the opera house are just a few of the highlights, but the star of the show has to be the hotel’s dramatic restaurant: a light-flooded atrium draped in hanging foliage . Start with seasonal cocktails created by mixologist Leo Robitschek and see where the night takes you.
Take him to the beach
Wake up to the sound of crashing waves in one of Watergate Bay Hotel’s beach lofts to surf and enjoy the soothing salt air. The spacious boho-chic suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking views of the Cornish Ocean. They also have a free-standing bath, hanging chairs and private access to the beach. Try to impress your partner with a surf lesson or enjoy the clifftop hot tub at night. With four restaurants, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining. You’ll also have your own personal host to handle room service, reservations, and breakfast baskets for the beach. Be sure to book into the new Emily Scott Food restaurant for simple yet exquisite seafood dishes.
Seafood in Scotland
Rustic, rural and romantic, The Nature Cabin, Moray is set in the Scottish Highland Woods. Take a boat trip through the Moray Firth and feast on lobster and monkfish rolls at Bootlegger’s Bothy in Hopeman. Take a walk in the nearby Culbin Forest or head to the sandy beaches of the Moray Coast, just a 30-minute drive away. Meanwhile, the spectacular wilderness and beautiful countryside of Cairngorms National Park are less than an hour away.
Beach-loving mini-moons missing their slice of Mediterranean sun this summer should look no further than the Jersey shores for sparkling coastlines and all the holiday thrills. With an outdoor pool, spa, tennis courts, wooded trails and luxury yacht charter, book a room at the Longueville Manor Hotel for an added dose of well-being during your stay. Admire palm-fringed St Brelade Bay with its soft sands and stunning swimming spots – regularly voted one of the UK’s best – explore the caves and rock pools of PlÃ©mont Bay, a gem hidden between towering cliffs , or head to St Ouen Bay for fantastic Atlantic surfing and dazzling sunsets.
Go totally off-grid – literally, this place generates its own electricity – to Singdean, a slice of lonely and rugged bliss in the Scottish Borders. Fantastically secluded, child-free, and dog-friendly, this is an Alpine mountain retreat with comfortable yet luxurious cabins nestled in the rolling Cheviot Hills, each with their own private rustic wood-fired hot tub. Walk, bike, bird watch, stargaze, and breathe in deep breaths of fresh air as you reset and recharge after the big day.
Partial to a dive? The Gladwill Farm Pond in Somerset is a romantic hole with a secluded log cabin, with its own private swimming spot and a scenic long jetty. Start your day with yoga on the deck, before a day frolic in the water and exploring the surrounding countryside. Unwind in the hammam before relaxing in the sunken bath with a glass of sparkling wine. Long lunches and dinners can be prepared and enjoyed in the outdoor kitchen and dining area with a log fire to keep you toasty warm while you soak up the atmosphere.
Luxury by the lake
Feast on pizzas made in your own outdoor oven at The Lakehouse, located in Coddington Mill grounds nestled in the Cheshire countryside. This cozy retreat features a freestanding copper tub and your only neighbors are the friendly ducks. Cycle or hike the beautiful surroundings, with many routes to choose from, including the popular Sandstone Trail nearby.
Glamping with a twist
Set in lush Kent countryside on an estate once owned by Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, just beyond the chocolate village of Wickhambreaux, Camp Quaives is a new luxury tent glamping site. It’s surrounded by wildflowers and equipped with all the little luxuries, including plush beds with carved wooden headboards, and an on-site kitchen serving fresh wood-fired pizzas with fine English wines. Eliminate any hangovers on the tennis court or with a daily yoga class in the morning before heading out to sample more of the local drink at one of the many nearby wineries.