Post # 1
My FI and I have a ways to go before our wedding/honeymoon, but we’re both pretty excited and I LOVE to travel, so getting excited already!
FI has not traveled much at all, where I’ve done a bit more (though so much more to see!). Since I’ve seen many of the Caribbean islands already, both FI and I would love to be able to do our honeymoon elsewhere, somewhere that is entirely new for both of us. We’ve been looking at Hawaii as an alternative, and after seeing some pricing for Tahiti I’m not opposed to that either. I wouldn’t mind going back to Europe (I’ve only been once), but I’m afraid that A) that wouldn’t be a relaxing type of vacation, and B) FI would stress out if we were somewhere that we could encounter a language barrier. I’m going to have to ease him into this travel stuff, haha. As a result, I think the only way Europe would be an option would be a cruise, and FI is a little nervous about being on the water, so I’m not sure that would fly, although with some discussion I suspect it could become a viable option.
We both LOVE the idea of the all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, though, and there are some I haven’t been to that I would love to visit (St. Lucia, Jamaica, Grenada, Antigua)… but I feel like the Couples Swept Away and Sandals types resorts could be sort of generic/honeymoon-factory-esque. I’ve done an all-inclusive in Mexico exactly once and while it really was an amazing vacation, I’m not sure if it makes for a really memorable honeymoon, especially in a couples resort where you are just one of a million honeymooning couples.
I know this is long but if anyone has any tips or thoughts, or if anyone can speak from experience on couples-only honeymoon AI resorts, I’d really appreciate your input! Money is obviously a concern, although we’re willing to spend a bit more than we would normally spend on vacation considering this is our honeymoon and we will only ever get one! I also would love to go somewhere where there is some culture to be had and where we wouldn’t be so isolated.
Post # 3
@LilySarah: We did an all inclusive in Antigua and it was amazing!! Message me if you want details 🙂
Post # 4
My FI and I just visited Jamaica in May. We REALLLLLY enjoyed our stay at Secrets Wild Orchid. It’s an AI that has any and everything you could ever want. The beaches are not that big but they are beautiful, the sand is soft, and there was plenty of beach loungers on our side. 9we stayed preferred). They have 8 resturants and swim up bars, snorkeling etc. We had a fabulous time.
Post # 5
Hi Lily Sarah,
Wow I found your post AWESOME because I am thinking all the same things as you withnot having cookie cutter honeymoon. Our dream thoughts of Hawaii are out due to crazy prices but we are thinking about the Caribbean…maybe Jamaica or Antigua? Where have you heard is good? I have heard good things anout Couples Resorts so far.
The other thing is that if you don’t do AI then any watersports are going to be excluded but we didn’t want to feel stuck on a “compound” either with not exploring cultural part of area. Neither of us have ever been to Caribbean so we are open though he went to St. Lucia for his first HM…ugh.
Where in Caribbean have you been too so far? Hope we pick soon because we got married in June and need to leave within a month….need HELP
Post # 6
I hear Granada is great for non all inclusive but not too much to do there. Jamaica is great for non all inclusives and has so much culture and history. There is definitely something for everyone there. Negril is the best spot for small non inclusive resorts or perhaps Port Antonio or Oracabessa. I have only experienced all inclusives but know many people who have stayed there non AI
Post # 7
Make sure you research the places before you go, especially on the food. I have been to AI before where the food was terrible. It was edible, but we didn’t really enjoy it much – and I actually got sick from there one night.
I did LOVE Negril, Jamaica when I went there. I stood at an all-inclusive there (a Riu) it wasn’t couples only, but it was still great. I think that they have a Sandles though, or other couples resorts.
Post # 8
@FoxyBride14: you can research food all you want, but that won’t make any difference! it’s a matter of taste obviously! Most people get sick eating food in Cuba but I never have. I’ve never got sick eating anywhere in the caribbean. some people have weaker stomachs than others, and just because 10 people say the food at a place is bad, doesn’t mean Everyone will think its bad.
Post # 9
@LilySarah: I used to work for a travel agency that did a lot of work with AIs. Here’s my take:
+ Really don’t have to stress about money once you’re there.
+ Sandals/Couples cater to couples, so you can make out in the pool and there’s no kids throwing their toys/dirty diapers at you.
+ Plenty of food & liquor
– If you’re adventurous/want to see the island, you’re not going to get your money’s worth (i.e. You might be off resort for a meal or two)
– EVERYONE is looking for a free upgrade for their honeymoon.
– They all look the same, more or less.
Post # 10
Costa Rica has AIs now and I think as a destination it would fit most/all of your criteria…the downside is that we found them way more expensive than AI’s in Mexico, DR etc.. We didn’t want to spend too much on our honeymoon because we have bigger trips planned for next year and we had our wedding overseas in India…but we wanted to go away for a week and Costa Rica would have been significantly more than we wanted to spend. The resorts looked beautiful though! I found a deal on CheapCaribbean.com earlier this year.