7 Mini-Moon Destinations Perfect for a Quick Romantic Getaway
From private, pristine beaches to culturally rich European cities, discover these unique destinations and enjoy a little getaway after your big day.
After the excitement of walking down the aisle and saying, “I do,” enjoy a short journey to these nearby getaways. Cosmopolitan metropolises, white-sand beaches perfect for escaping all the noise and exotic destinations offer special opportunities to forge an even deeper connection to each other.
1. Laguna Niguel: Laid-back Southern Californian Luxury
Located on a seaside perch overlooking idyllic Salt Creek beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel pairs laid back vibes with natural beauty. The town is filled with artists who run small eclectic galleries and events like the Festival of the Arts, an open-air festival that includes the world-famous Pageant of the Masters — a production that reimagines legendary artworks as live performances. Wake up early for the magical sunrises and to explore the scenic spoils like hikes along the mountainous Badlands Park and Doheny State Park’s tide pools, which teem with fascinating wildlife.
2. Colorado: A Cozy Mountain Escape
For a mountainside adventure, set out for The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, which, contrary to the name, is perfectly suited for a romantic couples getaway. Located within the exclusive Beaver Creek enclave, the resort offers a variety of opportunities to connect deeper. Enjoy ideal ski-in/ski-out access to beautifully powdered runs. After a day on the slopes, recharge with a massage at the resort spa, a sanctuary that captures the beautiful natural mountain scenery. Then enjoy locally sourced dishes, like pasture-raised elk chops, at Wyld, a New American restaurant with a cozy fireplace. In warmer months, scenic hikes, dreamy picnics and evenings on the patio with mountain views and a bottle of wine create a magical setting.
3. Sintra: Portugal’s Royal and Rural Getaway
Sintra is less than an hour from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and home to Penha Longa Resort — a resort that was once a monastery and a retreat for royalty as far back as the 14th century. Set among verdant gardens and still lakes, the property is an easy jumping off point for landmarks like the UNESCO World Heritage site Pena National Park. The park contains a majestic palace and over 500 different types of trees, ornate Moorish structures such as the Monserrate Palace and cafés like the celebrated Piriquita, where you can enjoy traditional delights like queijada (cheesy cakes).
4. Arizona: A Blissful Stay in the Sonoran Desert
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, a five-star Arizona retreat framed by the Tortolita Mountains, offers a complete retreat, perfect for completely unplugging with a special someone. Spend days playing rounds of couples’ golf or hiking the Colossal Cave Mountain Park. A tour guide can guide you to stunning stalagmite and helictite formations. End each day at the legendary spa, where holistic treatments like gemstone healing massages combine intuitive body and energy work for total rejuvenation.
5. Aruba: Experience a Caribbean Jewel
Long lauded for its postcard-perfect beaches with powdery sand and azure waters, Aruba offers just as many opportunities for quiet relaxation as it does to engage with breathtaking scenery. From a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, you can begin each day with a private breakfast on your beachfront balcony before indulging in a couple’s Deseo pa Dos spa treatment. During this 110-minute escape, you’ll both enjoy a body scrub and a massage, followed by a blissful bath for two. Round out your day with a little adventure and book a jeep tour of Arikok National Park to wander rugged caves lined with centuries-old drawings and hop dunes on secluded beaches.
6. New Orleans: A Little Getaway in the Big Easy
Perhaps no city in America has a stronger mix of vibrant cultural cuisine, beautiful architecture and nightlife than New Orleans. And The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, a Beaux-Art gem, is well-situated in the French Quarter. Meander your way down a portion of the six-mile long, tree-lined Magazine Street for a romantic night out. Begin with dinner at one of the city’s most charming establishments, Lilette, where James Beard-nominated chef John Harris serves imaginative French- and Italian-inspired cuisine. After, enjoy a nightcap and a live performance at the Saenger Theatre, an historic European-style landmark.
7. Miami: Sun, Art and Culture
Miami offers a luxurious and tropical vibe that doesn’t require leaving the States. Book your stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Miami for easy access to incredible shopping, pristine beaches and the city’s world-class art scene, much of which is located in the Arts District. Browse the extensive Rubell Collection, which features works by modern masters like Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Yayoi Kusama. Between catnaps by the waves, rest your feet with a restorative Honey Dream treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Coconut Grove. With this indulgent treatment, a full body massage is followed by a honey body masque.