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Top event planner David Beahm and The Travel Siblings share their destination picks for a quick post-wedding jaunt with your mate:

Prince William and Kate Middleton just jetted off to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean for ten days. While fabulous, many people can't afford a 10-stay stay (reportedly for $6,500 a night!) on a tropical island. However, the weekend "mini-moon" they took in the U.K. just after the wedding was also a wonderful idea and is much easier to emulate. The royals didn't disclose exactly where they took their little honeymoon, but here are my getaway suggestions for us mere untitled mortals:

Winvian in Litchfield Hills, CT
Set on 118 acres of pristine woodlands, Winvian, which is part of the david beahm destinations collection, features 18 unique, cozy cottages built for two. ''It's absolutely perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of a city like New York,'' says Beahm. You can happily hole up in your cottage or get outdoors and hike, bike, kayak and play tennis. If shopping is your thing, Litchfield is a haven for antique hunting.

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But my guess is you'll want to get outdoors since the grounds, formerly farmland, are gorgeous, especially in the spring. There's also a restaurant run by executive chef Chris Eddy (who was trained by Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud) -- in case you don't want to get away from civilization entirely.

Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, CA
The Travel Siblings, Harlan and Kara, enthusiastically recommend the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, calling it "one of our favorite places to stay on the planet." It has 39 rooms and two private houses, all featuring decks and stunning ocean or cliff views. Perched on 98 acres of seaside ridges and 1,200 feet above the Pacific, the inn offers wood-and-glass guest cottages built around existing trees, plus the ultra-private Ocean House and Coast House.

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"So close to the edge of the earth," Harlan and Kara say, "you get the impression that you've joined the clouds." Also on tap: couple's massages; an on-premise restaurant, Sierra Mar, with a 13,000-bottle wine cellar; and nature abounding.

Ballyfin in County Laois, Ireland
An Irish country house hotel opening this month, Harlan calls Ballyfin "an oasis one hour from Dublin -- the perfect mix of city and country." It has 15 rooms on a 600-acre estate, and each room has its own theme. Harlan says, "The Little Library room would just be so cool for a mini-moon. It actually has its own little library!"

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Ballyfin was originally a private house built in the 1820s, which has been faithfully restored to its original glory. Harlan and Kara say, "You really feel like you're in a manor house from a Jane Austen novel."

There are plenty of opportunities for you and your partner to feel like lord or lady of the manor -- from eating in the stately French dining room to picking your own fruit and vegetables from Ballyfin's garden to participating in any of the on-site activities, such as fishing, tennis, archery, croquet, falconry (falconry!), clay pigeon shooting or swimming in the indoor pool. And when you're done feeling like royalty, you won't have any paparazzi waiting for you. Take that, Will and Kate!


David Beahm is a leading creative force within the event industry. Named one of New York's top ten designers by Biz Bash, David's full range of highly inventive work continues to be sought after by the most demanding clients, including Fortune 500 CEOs and world-renowned celebrities. It was his dazzling design for the nuptials of movie stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas that launched the legendary event now known as "The Wedding of the Century." Most recently David has focused on expanding the david beahm destinations collection, a streamlined luxury destination event platform consisting of 30+ exceptional properties and capable of handling everything from event design to hotel accommodations to itinerary planning. To learn more, visit and use the following unique passcode (just for Aisledash readers!) to view the invitation-only collection: aisledash2011.

For over fifteen years, The Travel Siblings Harlan and Kara (they are really siblings) have been handling all types of travel, specializing in honeymoons and wedding travel. Whether you want to detox at a spa, rent a villa, charter an airplane or unwind in a top-rated resort, they can meet your needs. Their membership in the prestigious Virtuoso network (invitation only), along with their "little black book of fabulous" can open doors for brides and grooms worldwide. Visit to learn more.

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