The pre-moon trend is catching on, even the Royals are doing. Pre-moons, or pre-wedding breaks are taking off with engaged couples everywhere. Rightly so, what’s not to love about a relaxation break before everything kicks off?
You could spend the final two weeks fretting over wedding favours and table settings, or you could use that time to unwind and enjoy the leadup to your big day. If you’ve been planning a wedding for a year or over, you’ll have certainly earned a break. Particularly when more and more couples are postponing their actual honeymoon so they can save.
In case you needed any more persuation, the Duchess of Sussex, who had an entourage of helpers, opted for a pre-wedding break with her prince before the big day.
Plus it’s the perfect opportunity to top up your tan and stick to your healthy fitness plan, thanks to all the clean food and workout classes. Here’s our roundup of the best wellness retreats for pre-moons.Rixos, Dubai
This luxury resort is located on Jumeirah Beach, Dubai with breathtaking views that make the journey worthwhile. The resort has a wellness staycation offer to help couples unwind and enjoy some much needed R&R.
Whilst there’s the enticing private sunbeds and rooms overlooking the sea and skyline, it’s still a haven for the fitness and wellness junkie. Your stay will include personal training sessions to ensure you fell on track as well as a healthy breakfast delivered to your room. Everyone loves room service, right? There’s also the option to have a 60-minute massage or the Royal Ottoma hammam option with unlimited spa access. Trust us when we tell you, you’ll want the spa access.
Prices start at £185 per night.Surya, Fuerteventura
For those who want to keep moving but not too strenuously. A week of yoga, pilates and meditation classes awaits you on this Canary Island. If the postcard-perfect views of the surrounding hills aren’t enough for you, we should tell you the powder-white beaches, clear-blue pools and alluring hammocks will.
What’s better is, this retreat is delightfully more affordable than some of the others. Full board (on healthy vegetarian meals), access to all classes and 60-minute full-body massage, prices start at £100 a night.Lanserhof, Austria
This 30-year-old medical spa goes beyond your usual wellness retreat into a full-scale wellness operation. Over the seven days, you will have had a medical examination, reflexology, a number of massages, electrolysis and even have your urine analysed. All this in the tranquil location of the Austrian snow-capped mountains where you can go for walks or bike rides and take the time to really enjoy your surroundings. Or you can stay where you are, enjoy the pool and a yoga/pilates class or two.
A seven-night stay for couples at the Lanserhof starts at 7,530 EUR.Ayii Anargyri, Cyprus
We are amazed at what you can get at for such great value at Ayii Anargyri Healing, including different pool treatments, underwater massages, reflexology, mud therapy and more massages- all included. Their vast hydrotherapy pools of natural spring water will certainly get your emotional equilibrium on track and you’ll easily lose yourself in the tree-lined, rolling hills surrounding you.
Seven nights at Ayii Anargyri from £830pp. Price includes full board, with a healing programme, and return transfers. For advice, guidance and booking visit healthandfitnesstravel.comCas Gasi, Ibiza
Imagine your days spent sipping on clean juices between yoga classes and relaxing spa treatments. Well, that’s the deal here. Located in the quieter pockets of Ibiza in a classic Spanish villa with an alluring pool, the teams here will ensure your nutrition levels are on-point whilst keeping meals light to avoid indulgence. Ideal pre-wedding prep with plenty to explore outside of the retreat too.
Six nights, full-board starts at £2,130.
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