(Closed) All-Inclusive Honeymoons & What You Paid

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Ms.Sugarsnap:  Im interested in what people reply back, Im SO lost on the honeymoon part and where we should go. Im afraid of just comitting to a place…there so many great places and options that I get overwhelmed.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am going to Jamaica to an AI for ten days. Our cost is 3k (which includes a $300 resort credit). We will spend about $800 on airfare. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are going to Fiesta Americana Condesa in Cancun Mexico. We’re going April 22-27 all-inclusive (airfare, all food/drinks/tips/airport transportation, trip insurance) and we paid $2554.00 total for BOTH of us. I suggest booking early, you’ll save on airfare that way and I found the resorts were a little cheaper booking further out.

They’re (the resorts) super cheap if you book last minute, but you’l pay a fortune in airfare!

We went through a travel agent, but booked with Apple Vacations. I’ve used Apple several times and love them! Highly recommend them!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@X0JLYNN03:  I’ve never used a travel agent before, what are their rates? Honeymoon packages online are so overwhelming, we want to be smart with our money but still want an all-inclusive so we aren’t paying more once we’re there. The price you paid sounds really reasonable, and since our wedding is in May, we have the option to book early! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

We had a 10-day honeymoon at The Royal in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. It was $4,000. The resort was all-inclusive and the cost included airfare. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are going to the Dominican and staying at the Hard Rock resort and casino, we paid $1982 for the AI which also includes resort credits and about $1200 for airfare, the actual hotel was gifted to us by family. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We went to Catalonia Royal Bavaro in Punta Cana, DR.  6 days for $2010, nonstop airfare on JetBlue included, and private transfers to and from the airport in DR.  The resort was adults only all inclusive, with pool service, beach service, and 24 hour room service.  It is also connected to a larger family resort, and you have benefit of going over there for more options (but the Royal AO was much nicer). There is not much going on in the evenings on the Royal side, but we had our own entertainment πŸ˜‰

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are going to Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

7 days, all-inclusive and airfare for both of us is $3,800.

We have a villa (like a one bedroom suite with living area and fully stocked bar) which also has a semi-private pool (shared with two other villas). A complimentary couples massage was also included in our price.

So excited πŸ˜€

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re going to Sandals Royal Carribean in Montego Bay Jamaica for 6 nights and it is $4900 not including airfare. We are staying one of the higher-end swim-up rooms with butler service. Sandals has different levels of rooms and part of what is different is the level of service. Other all-inclusives we looked at all had the same level of service for all guests but room prices varied based on view only. Pros and cons to each. From what I’ve read, Sandals’ butler service is above and beyond any level of service at any other AI.

Also, Sandals does not allow tipping at all, except for your butler at the end of the stay. So you have to take that into account, and to me, that was a big selling point. Staff can lose their jobs if they take tips and it truly isn’t practiced, where other places tips aren’t required but most people do so you kind of need to.

I would HIGHLY recommend using a travel agent if you’re looking at an all-inclusive. It doesn’t cost a thing extra. I am very much a DIY kind of girl, plan trips on my own using Priceline and such all the time. However, travel agents operate as a marketing agent for the All-Inclusives and are paid by them, you don’t pay anything extra. I researched very heaviliy and got the best available price through the travel agent.

Other perks of using a travel agent:

– If you use one that specializes in all-inclusives, they have been to pretty much all of them and can help you narrow it down. I found it really overwhelming to try and figure out the best location and then the best resort of us. A TA was hugely helpful on that and not trying to sell me at all, just giving me lots of details on all the options and helping guide based on what I said my preferences were.

– With my TA, if the price goes down at all between now and the trip, as long as you haven’t paid the balance, she’ll get you the better deal, no problem. I already had to do it once when the price went down $80. It was soooo easy! And if they ever offer any incentives like a spa credit or something, she’ll get you adjusted for that.

– They have strong relationships with the all-inclusives and can sometimes get you perks if they are available – a room upgrade, a specific building to stay in (ours advised us that our room type is in 2 different buildings, and one of them is better than the other, and she will put in a request 2 weeks in advance to get us in the better building), etc. The all-inclusives want to keep their travel agents happy.

I used Totem Travel – you can find them online. They are AWESOME and so nice. Another one is Tripguy.com, I talked with them but ultimately just didn’t care for interacting with the agent as much as Totem Travel. But they gave lots of good tips and in-depth descriptions I couldn’t find anywhere online.

Didn’t cost me anything and ended up saving me money when I saw the price went down! I loved it. The honeymoon is an area we’ve chosen to splurge. You could definitely stay at Sandals for much cheaper, probably like half or 60%, but we just wanted primo everything.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Not for my honeymoon, just for vacations but we went to Secrets Wild Orchid and Couples SA both trips were in late winter and I think they were each around $2k for 5 nights for two. Both were allinclusive that included everything. Hope that helps. Best wishes!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

We went to the Excellence Riviera Maya, Mexico for about $5,200 for the two of us. This included airfaire, transfers and was all inclusive for 10 days. Absolutely amazing and worth every penny we paid. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Sandals Grande St Lucian for 7 nights (maybe 6, can’t remember) and it will be 5800..but tack on another several hundred to do things around the island lol..I plan to eat plenty of the free food tho πŸ˜‰

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We went to a resort in the Bahamas for 8 days for $5,000. The flight to Florida was an additional $1,000

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