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  • You’ve ordered the bouquets. Booked that photographer everyone’s been raving about. Painstakingly saved pennies for the dream venue. And found that your pockets are completely, utterly, empty. Booking a lavish honeymoon after splashing all your cash on the big day is almost impossible – which is why mini moons offer up the perfect alternative. Here, you’ll find the top short break deals. Don’t forget everything’s All Inclusive with First Choice, so you can cheers to being newly-weds once, twice, or three times, without worrying about the cost of the cocktails…

    Relocate to the beach in Menorca

    After all of that planning, a few days of doing nothing but stretching out on Balearic beaches sounds ideal, right? Pretty little Menorca offers up more beaches than big sisters Ibiza and Majorca put together, so it’s more than earned its bragging rights and beachy credentials. Laidback Punta Prima offers up a Blue Flag beach that’s a firm favourite with the locals, but Cala’n Boscha a bit more lively. Head there after the sun sets and you’ll find loads of trendy bars and yacht-filled marinas there for the taking.

    Spend three loved-up nights at Globales Mediterrani

    Turn up the romance in Italy

    Italy’s always been known as a lovers paradise, so it’s the perfect place to spend your first days as a married couple. More specifically, though, head to Campania – a place the Roman’s nicknamed ‘the happy land.’ It’s home to Sorrento, full of twisting lanes decorated by family-run boutiques, dreamy piazzas and shabby chic buildings. Celebrity-favourite Capri is also just half an hour’s ferry ride away. Explore the Blue Grotto, ride a chairlift for views of the entire island, and shop in designer stores for the perfect mini moon souvenir.

    Hideaway in Sorrento at Hotel Parco Del Sole

    Escape from it all in Madeira

    If you’re more about being up and on your feet than horizontal on a beach, Maderia’s your perfect match. While it’s known as one of Europe’s top spa destinations, it’s got tonnes to do to keep you busy. Ride a cable car over Funchal, go for a hike around the botanical gardens (looking their best in Spring) or explore the mile-long old town in Canico De Baixo. If you’re still in the party mood after your evening celebrations, Maderia hosts a Rio-style carnival in February that runs for three days. Just don’t forget your glitter and sequins.
    Stay right by the beach at Hotel Riu Palace Madeira

    Once you’ve ticked off your mini moon, take a peek at our top destinations for a babymoon and keep ahead of the curve with a read of the top travel trends.