Blessed with 120 thermal water springs, Budapest is one of the greatest spa capitals of the world, so if you’re looking to recharge after the wedding, a couple of days in the Hungarian capital could be just what you both need. But a great minimoon is all about balance, so once you’ve enjoyed your R&R, there’s plenty to explore with incredible nightlife, shopping and food. Whether you plan to party past dawn, eat your (combined) weight in traditional cakes and pastries or simply marvel at the city’s Gothic aesthetic, there’s a Budapest for everyone.
Hands down the best place to stay is on the Pest side of the Danube, right in the heart of downtown Budapest. Here’s where you’ll find designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants and five-star hotels, including the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest.
The reception is epic; a soaring expanse of glass and marble. Staff greet you in warm Hungarian style, and the concierge is on hand to help with every need. The personal touch is golden; you’ll never feel like just another guest here. There are two bars, a café/deli and two restaurants, including a Nobu - one of the finest Japanese restaurants on the planet.
There are 351 including 35 suites at the Kempinski Budapest. Spend your evenings luxuriating on deeply relaxing king beds or planning a day of sightseeing from the plush sofas.
If you’re in the mood for traditional Hungarian with a gourmet twist, head to ÉS Bisztró. The food is utterly superb. We left our meal in the hands of our waiter and were rewarded with lavender and herb-infused steak, king prawns gently tossed in garlic butter and truffled mash. For cocktails, go to Blue Fox, the ultimate starting point for a night out. Low lit and covered with wood paneling, the bar oozes class.
Hotel: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
When to go: Christmas markets make Budapest more magical than usual
Flight time from UK: 2hr 30min
As seen in Khush Wedding Autumn Winter 2018 KW20. Buy this issue here