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Fabulous All Inclusive Getaways Abroad for Couples, Families and Minimoons May 2016

I was speaking to a bride to be who was asking if I had written any posts on minimoons.  Not having covered this topic just yet but having considered writing about great honeymoon destinations I thought I would assist especially as it is wedding season.

 Firstly, what is a minimoon?

 It’s a short holiday taken by newlyweds prior to a longer generally long haul holiday that is to be taken a year or a few years down the line when finances are a little healthier.  Having had a quick look online I discovered that although having been covered by others all those covered are luxury minimoons costing £2000 plus for the couple.  My intention is to take a look at possible locations for minimoons and general great holiday destinations that don’t cost an arm and a leg but are also of a good quality (I shall be looking at trip advisor reviews to help me).

 So whether you need to arrange a minimoon or simply want to book a last minute holiday for this month this is the blog post to read.

My posts will focus on warm locations and will feature all-inclusive holiday packages making life much easier for all.

 The Family Life Aegean Blue in Kolymbia, Rhodes can be found on the Thompson website.  Hurry if you want to go as its departing on the 11th May and returning on the 19th of May this looks like a great choice of hotel.  Located next to a sand and shingle beach you have your choice of beach or pool.  I should mention there’s a lagoon-style swimming pool a waterpark with tube slides, racers and a whole splash area just for little ones.  Apparently the premium rooms with pool entry are the best ones.  I love the fact these guys do a late breakfast for anyone that wants to lie in and they also provide picnic baskets if you are going out for the day, how lovely of them.  It costs £414 per person to visit this lovely 5T hotel which has been given 4.5 out of 5 by Trip Advisor users.  Parents will be pleased to hear they also have 3 age specific kids clubs!!!!  This is a perfect location for those wanting a relaxing holiday as it isn’t that close to shops etc.  For those with children look for an entertainer called Chris as apparently he is very good with little ones.  Evi and Sashia in the reception are apparently very patient and helpful, Alevizos who is a bartender working at the pool bar and is a pro at cocktail making so make sure you go find him for some great drinks!

Mayhol2016 1 Mayhol2016 2Tasia Maris Gardens in Nissi Beach, Larnaca, Cyprus is near a very popular sandy beach that I have actually visited a few times myself.  This is also near Ayia Napa which is full of restaurants, clubs and bars should you chose not to eat the hotel food one day or night.  Found on the First Choice website this is a 4* premier hotel voted as a 4.5 out of 5 by Trip Advisor users.  With poolside activities for children and adults and a children’s club there is plenty to keep all busy here not bad for £410 per person.  The flight departs on the 18th of May and returns on the 25th of May.  Walkways allow easy disabled access to the beach, a handy tip for the disabled and those with pushchairs.  Look out for Netta, Diana and Yianna on reception who are very helpful I hear.  Karen who does the daytime entertainment is very good and great fun, the barmaids Tamara and Nicolletta and waiters Andreas, Sobos and Christopher are all great so look out for them.

Mayhol2016 3 Mayhol2016 4Louis Phaethon Beach Club in Paphos Cyprus is a 4* according to First Choice and was voted 4.5 out of 5 by Trip Advisor users.  They have just about everything covered activity wise.  There’s a large pool, another with 6 slides which is open from May to October and an indoor pool with a big Jacuzzi (that’s where you’ll find me). There’s also a kids’ splash pool with tipping buckets and mushroom fountains.  As well as a buffet they have a restaurant that serves Chinese food and a Viennese café.  This price is for a holiday on the week beginning 18th of May the hotel is located in a quiet area by a small beach and it’s only 10 minutes by bus to Paphos harbour.  The cost for a week £438 per person.  The general manager Paraskevas is very welcoming, Nadia on reception is very smiley and friendly.  The entertainment team Carlie, Jax, and Chloe come highly recommended.

Mayhol2016 5 Mayhol2016 6SENTIDO Gran Canaria Princess in the Canary Islands (Thomas Cook) is an adults only hotel that has been given 4 out of 5 from Trip Advisor users.  Flying out from Birmingham on the 9th of May if you fancy going you had better get a wiggle on!  It’s a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner and at £493 per person seems like a great place to explore.  It isn’t far from the local beach and those that have visited have said that the hotel is lovely and clean, always a good sign and that the food was not only good but there was also a nice variety.  The hotel looks stunning and the perfect place for adults to unwind.  The higher floors that are south facing apparently have the best seaviews.  The hotel is approx. a 10 minute walk to the beach and the Yumbo centre.  I would love to go along sometime myself, who wants 3 children for the week?

Mayhol2016 7 SENTIDO Gran Canaria PrincessHotel Barceló Santiago in Tenerife is built into a cliff giving guests panoramic views over the island of La Gomera and Los Gigantes.  It’s just 5 minutes from a sandy beach and a 15 minute walk from Playa de Arena.  With 3 large pools and a range of activities for big and small including ride-on toys to mini-football nets for children (I know some adults that would love to play on those to) there is plenty to do.  I loved that the à la carte restaurant becomes a Tapas bar on certain days giving a bit more variety and beautiful views of Mount Teide.  They do of course have a kid’s club, handy for parents to take a break from the “mummy mummy are we there yet” scenarios if you fancy popping out for a spot of shopping.  At £447 per person you can visit this 4 T (Thompson) 4 out of 5 rated on Trip Advisor hotel from the 18th of May for a week.  Guests have reported spotting dolphins swimming in the ocean from the hotel and there are some great costal walking paths for those feeling a little adventurous.  There are also bars and restaurants nearby if you decide you something to eat on your travels.

Mayhol2016 9 Mayhol2016 10I hope you all love my selections and that they are useful for those planning a last minute trip this May.

Are you planning on going away this summer and if so have you decided where to go yet?


This Post Has 49 Comments

  1. I did not know what a minimoon was but you have enlightened me. I love all three holiday destinations they look great I particularly like Rhodes.

    1. I want to go to all of them, it was so hard to choose just these ones.

  2. I had never heard of minimoons!
    See, you live and learn. However, if money in tight, personally, i would have a smaller wedding and a bigger honeymoon!
    great choices by the way 🙂 SENTIDO Gran Canaria Princess looks to be my choice!

    1. It does look lovely there.

    1. Have fun looking up destinations 😉

  3. I think the idea of a minimoon is nice idea as you can have a little holiday as newlyweds without having to worry about forking out too much money after the wedding itself x

    1. I think it’s a great idea too!

  4. oh a minimoon what a great idea. The whole expense of wedding and then holiday after it scares me a little.

    1. It is a big expense that’s why these are great.

  5. Oh my goodness I want to go on holiday where the sky and sea is blue – where everyone waits on me hand and foot *dreams*

    1. My goodness that would be lovely 😉

  6. We never had a honeymoon, or a minimoon, or anything of the sort. It just costs too much. Me, I’m traveling solo to Norway this summer and very much looking forward to it!

    1. It is nice to visit new places and try local foods. Enjoy Norway.

  7. Those look like amazing hotels – I’ve heard really good things about the SENTIDO ones! H x

    1. They are great, I’d love to try one.

  8. You’re making me want to search for holidays again even though I’ve already booked to go to Mexico in June! I can’t wait to go on holiday! 1 month today woooo 😀

    1. Have a wonderful time Kira 😉

  9. Although we have a weeks holiday booked in the sun for September I can’t help looking for a shorter break away in the sun for a few days! X

    1. I don’t blame you. There are loads on offer have fun looking.

  10. I’d never heard of minimoons, but it’s such a good idea. Weddings are so expensive! I’d be happy to visit any of these places 🙂

    1. They can be very expensive which is why a minimoon is a great idea.

  11. Agggh I have proper holiday envy after reading this! I am desperate for some sun! I love the idea of a minimoon too!

    1. It does sound great doesn’t it. I think they are adopting the term here too now.

  12. This was a really great post. We aren’t planning to go away this Summer but hoping to next year

    1. Thanks you can see I really want to get away lol.

  13. Sadly I haven’t been on holiday for years as we just haven’t been able to afford it, not even a short break 🙁 These destinations all look so beautiful though, especially Paphos. x

    1. That’s a shame Zoe, maybe I should look at maybe doing a budget holiday post if I get a chance.

  14. I really would love to visit Rhodes but the Canary Islands are the top of my list! It sounds and looks amazing. I never really leave my children, I think I’d miss them if I went without them but gosh, it would be lovely to have a break! Maybe one day! xx

    1. I think just one of the destinations was adult only so you can still go to the others.

  15. Ah yes the mini moon, do you think it is more of an American tradition than a British one?

    1. Nothing stays American for long I was asked by a British lady about minimoons so they seem to have been adopted here now too.

  16. Also I have always wnated to go to Cyrpus and that is not a bad price for the stay!

    1. I was very strict with the pricing to make sure they were affodable.

  17. Those minimoon destinations look fabulous. I went on a ‘minimoon’ to Ibiza, to a quieter part of the island and I loved every bit.

    1. I bet it was lovely, I really want to go away some where but not sure where yet.

  18. Some great suggestions! It is hard to believe that people spend £2K on minimoons! All the photos and options you are suggesting look great to me. I am not planning a summer away this year as it is going to be a really hot one in UK this year. We’ll see 🙂

    1. I’m hoping for warm weather but also if I can a trip away too.

  19. Wedding season is coming (June, at least in the Philippines) and with the fast-pacing of the lives of the newly weds, minimoon is perfect. I love all your list and worth to share with my friends who are getting married soon. 🙂

    1. I’m so pleased you liked my selection Jessica, I will be doing one for June soon too!

  20. Love this! I’d love to go on a minimoon one day myself, as we had to skip having a honeymoon. Cyprus looks beautiful x

    1. It is lovely and the mix of sun, sand and fresh food makes it a great destination.

  21. I have never heard the term minimoon before but it seems like a good idea. I love the look of these beachy places and would love to have a honeymoon or minimoon there! I’m hoping to go to SE Asia this summer 🙂

    1. Wow that sounds amazing, have a lovely time.

  22. There are some lovely hotels there. I admit i am a fan of adult’s only hotels as i don’t have kids so just like to chill 🙂

  23. All of these destinations look amazing – could really do with some sunshine asap. We usually don’t do all inclusive although I do think it’s a less stressful way to travel

    Laura x

  24. I haven’t heard this term before, interesting! Looks like a lovely getaway.

  25. Some lovely hotels & locations you have found. I got married June 2015 & we had our minimoon in the Uk as we spent a great deal on the wedding, which is what we wanted.
    We have 4 children between us which we had to prioritize because they had school.
    The Uk is also an option as there are so many pretty places here too. 🙂

    1. It is also an option, shame the weather isn’t reliable.

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