All-inclusive honeymoon destinations?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Destination
    Caribbean : (21 votes)
    64 %
    Italy : (6 votes)
    18 %
    Cruise : (6 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We are spending a few nights in Italy so I am bit bias. That being said, I LOVE cruises. Cruises are all inclusive except for booze (unless you buy the package). Also, cruises have awesome deals right now because they have been getting some bad press. Cruises also have many adult-only or adult-themed events that you can attend. 

    I’ve never been to an all inclusive resort so I can’t really comment on that. Where in Italy were you thinking of? I’ve been to Rome, Florence, Pisa, Pompeii, and the Amalfia Coast and am happy to give tips on any of those areas.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    My only thought is that I personally wouldn’t want to do an all-inclusive while in Italy. I really hope to visit Italy some day, but huge attraction for me would be checking out all the different delicious restaurants, cafes, and bars. I wouldn’t want to feel like I had to spend the majority of our time or budget just at our hotel. All-inclusives are much more appealing to me in a tropical setting such as the Caribbean, where the food and culture are slightly less of a draw than they would be in Italy – instead the focus would be on the weather, scenery, and R&R. So that all being said, I vote Caribbean. Or, if you go to Italy, I vote to not waste your money on an all-inclusive so that you can get out to see the sights and taste the tastes instead.

    Post # 6
    welliesMember
    1425 posts
    Bumble bee

    ITALY! I would love to go there. 🙂

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @cgaston86:  Ok I absolutely love Florence. It’s so fun and easy to walk around. Rome is nice for the big things (Vatican City, Coloseum) but I didn’t find it as memorable. The Amalfi coast is absolutely gorgeous with lots of little shops and fun things to do. The islands off the coast are beautiful but really limited in things to do. I’d recommend staying on the mainland. It really depends on whether you want to go out to places or just sit in a gorgeous hotel room and enjoy the view. If the former then I say Florence. If the latter then splurge on a great room on the Amalfi Coast. 

    I will say though, I think a cruise is a really awesome honeymoon trip. The shows are sooo soo great and it’s super relaxing. You don’t have to spend a lot of money and there are so many options for places to go. 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @cgaston86:  I would not do a cruise. We just got off of one, and while it was awesome, it was not relaxing. There are a lot of people and schedules and waiting. Plus, the drinks really add up. I would much prefer an all inclusive.

     

    Our favorite stop was Playa del Carmen in Mexico. The beaches are wonderful and I have heard great things about the all inclusives. If you get bored, it is a 40 minute boat ride to Cozumel which has a lot more going on.

    I also love Europe, but I am not sure how many all inclusives there are. Traveling is way more fun (it is what we did), but it isn’t as relaxing. If you choose Italy, I would spend 3 days at a beach chilling near Naples and then 3 days in Rome and 3 days in Venice. They were my favorite cities!

    Post # 10
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    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We’re going to the Excellence resort in Punta Cana. It’s adults only and all inclusive and I can’t wait!! I really do think that all inclusive is the way to go – it’s so nice not having to worry about anything at all. We’ve stayed at the Excellence in Playa Mujeres and it was beyond amazing (which is why we picked the same resort just in a different place).

    No matter where you go though, I’m sure you guys will have a blast! Good luck!

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’ve herd very good things about Negril- we’re doing an AI in Jamaica as well- Couples Tower Isle & are soo excited!

    We originally thought about doing Europe, but decided that we wanted to be able to just laze about and do nothing on the beach, and not feel like we’ve wasted our money or time. We felt like we’d want to see the sights, muesaums, and general touristy stuff if we went to Europe and we wanted a vacation where we’d never have to worry about a schedule.

    For us, we ruled out cruise farily quickly because you’re trapped on a boat with 100 or so other people…and children. We definately wanted an adults only escape.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @cgaston86: Oh okay, I thought you meant you wanted to do all-inclusive regardless of location.

    I’m in the process of researching Caribbean all-inclusives, too! That’s what we want to do for our honeymoon.

    You will find tons of all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana and Jamaica. They’re pretty inexpensive and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Personally, though, I’d really like to go somewhere safer, where I’m not driving through blight and abject poverty to get to my 5-star resort!

    Here are some places my fiance and I are considering. All of them have all-inclusive plans available, are in the Caribbean, and have amazing reviews!

    -Ti Kaye Resort St. Lucia (roughly $700/night for all-inclusive, may vary depending on time of year).

    -Manchebo Beach Resort Aruba (they have a 7-night all-inclusive honeymoon package that comes with tons of extras for only $5500).

    -Cocobay Antigua ($500-$800/night for all-inclusive depending on room and season).

    -Palm Island Resort the Grenadines (this is pricier at around $1000/night for all-inclusive, but it is on its own private island and looks to be a very beautiful and unique experience).

    I personally have not located many if any all-inclusive resorts on St. Maarten. However my parents traveled there about a year ago and absolutely loved it.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @cgaston86:  I am not the person to ask– I did Italy on a budgetin college. Other bees might have good recommendations and I recommend trip advisor or working with a travel agent in Italy. We also book our hotels through Kayak and Booking– we always have gotten good rates and great hotels.

     

    I have never had a problem not speaking Italian/any other language than English- most Europeans know English. However, no one ever thinks DH or I are American, so we don’t get any anti-American bias. If your profile pic is of you, you should have the same advantage– just don’t wear shorts, hoodies, or ripped jeans and you will be fine!

     

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @cgaston86:  all of your options sound amazing.  you are going to have to decide how you want to spend your honeymoon (relaxing, shopping, sightseeing, etc), when you are going and how long you have. 

    italy does not sound like a place where i would relax.  i’d want to tour and sightsee too much.  another think to consider, will you have the energy to tour around after planning your wedding or are you waiting a while to take your honeymoon?

    cruises are nice.  you can see some beautiful islands and the food is excellent.

    an adults-only, all inclusive is great if you want to relax and don’t have more than one week. 

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