All-Inclusive Pros and Cons? Alternatives to AI? Need ideas!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey bee

@LilySarah:  We did an all inclusive in Antigua and it was amazing!! Message me if you want details 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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.  

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@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. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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. 

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