Anniversary holiday ideas
So you’ve put a lot of years into your marriage – it’s about time you treated yourselves to a special celebration.
Whether you’re coming up to a 10 year anniversary or looking for 25th wedding anniversary holiday ideas, we’ve got some great suggestions that will make you both feel a million dollars, and help give you the motivation to carry on for the next few decades!
The first thing to say is this is not a time for a cheap holiday. It’s better to reduce the time you spend away and crank up the luxury dial. So, for example, if your budget is limited, I would recommend you spend a night or two at a 5-star hotel rather than a week at a 3-star hotel.
The ultimate short-and-sweet anniversary holiday treat is a short break by private jet which turns out to be surprisingly affordable, particularly if you take along a few friends or family members. You can take off from an airport close to your home, enjoy champagne and canapes on board, then land in France for a Michelin-starred lunch. Details from Jet Escapes.
Anniversary holiday ideas in the UK
Of course you don’t need to leave these shores. There are plenty of great wedding anniversary weekend breaks in the UK. If you are celebrating with a large group, you could rent out a historic house in England, Scotland or Wales with Olivers Travels, or rent a big house in the countryside. The Big Domain caters for groups of between 12 and 56.
If it’s just the two of you, go for a beautiful hotel in the countryside. We recommend Maison Talbooth, a great hotel for foodies in Constable country on the border of Essex and Suffolk, and the beautiful Three Choirs Vineyards in Gloucestershire, which makes its own wine.
Other great hotels for anniversaries and special occasions include Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa near Bath, Gilpin Lodge in the Lake District, Congham Hall the North Norfolk coast and The Wentworth Hotel overlooking the beach at Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
In the Cotswolds, Whatley Manor Hotel is a stunning hotel with a two-Michelin star restaurant and a gorgeous spa. In the Welsh borders, we like Pen-y-Dyffryn, a charming Georgian country house hotel set in rolling hills, and the award-winning historic Castle Hotel in the unspoilt town of Bishops Castle.
If you’d rather do something more active and cultural, try Martin Randall which offers tours led by an expert in art, music or architecture. You could visit some of the Great Houses of England, or attend a classical music festival. Another option is an archaeology holiday in some of Britain’s most beautiful and fascinating landscapes. Details here.
Wedding anniversary holidays in Europe
How about a champagne weekend in France? Details here. Or if you want to delve a little deeper into the mysteries of the grape, you could join a wine tour with vineyards visits, tastings and stylish accommodation. Classic destinations include Burgundy, Sancerre, the Rhone and Chablis.
Take a short break to Nice on the Cote d’Azur, a great year-round destination with classy hotels, beautiful art museums and fascinating markets. Details from Cox & Kings. In the summer months we recommend a luxury hotel barge in France, travelling through regions such as Burgundy, Provence and the Canal du Midi. The barges sleep 4 – 20 people and include gourmet meals, fine wines, an open bar and shore excursions.
The train is a very civilised way to travel in Europe. Our recommended operator – Railbookers – has a wonderful trip to Venice via the Alps which is popular with couples celebrating an anniversary. Take the Eurostar to Paris, change onto a high speed TGV to Switzerland with a stopover in Lucerne or Zurich, then take the morning train to Venice. You can return home by air or take the train back, travelling through the d’Aosta Valley.
If you enjoy fine dining and spa treatments, you find some fabulous places to stay in Tuscany including the Bagni Di Pisa Palace & Spa – once the Grand Duke of Tuscany’s summer residence – and the Grotta Giusti Resort Golf and Spa which has a Longevity programme based on individual DNA analysis and a choice of restaurants so you can indulge yourselves or opt for a healthy menu.
Wedding anniversaries by year
1st wedding anniversary – Paper
2nd wedding anniversary – Cotton
3rd wedding anniversary – Leather
4th wedding anniversary – Linen
5th wedding anniversary – Wood
6th wedding anniversary – Iron
7th wedding anniversary – Copper
8th wedding anniversary – Bronze
9th wedding anniversary – Pottery
10th wedding anniversary – Tin
11th wedding anniversary – Steel
12th wedding anniversary – Silk
13th wedding anniversary – Lace
14th wedding anniversary – Ivory
15th wedding anniversary – Crystal
20th wedding anniversary – China
25th wedding anniversary – Silver
30th wedding anniversary – Pearl
35th wedding anniversary – Jade
40th wedding anniversary – Ruby
45th wedding anniversary – Sapphire
50th wedding anniversary – Gold
55th wedding anniversary – Emerald
60th wedding anniversary – Diamond
75th wedding anniversary – Platinum