Post # 1
I’m thinking of ideas for our honeymoon. I want to budget $3000 for the trip. I’d like all inclusive. My cousin was planning on gifting us a timeshare in los cabos but her hubby left her so now thinking of ideas we would like to research. My dream was a European or Hawaiian HM but neither are going to happen. So saving those ideas for our 15th or 20th anniversaries.
My mother and father in law went to Aruba for their 25th anniversary and said it was perfect. We will be honeymooning in August during hurricane season so I realize we are limited.. I’ve read aruba is below the hurricane belt. TIA for any recs for resorts or ideas!
Post # 3
Indeed Aruba is below the hurricane belt, so you will be safe from that. It may rain a bit more during those months though but rain in Aruba never lasts all day. It may rain a bit in the morning or at night and the rest of the day is beautiful.
I have been to Aruba in the past and absolutely loved it and I am getting married at Bucuti & Tara beach resort in 6 weeks! There aren’t that many all inclusive resorts in Aruba and to be honest, when I did all my research it was actually more expensive. The good thing about Aruba is that everything is close by and there are so many different restaurants to chose from! You could easily get away with spending a lot less money not doing an all inclusive.
The most popular all inclusives all Divi Aruba/Tamarijn and Riu. I know some people who went to Riu and they didn’t have great comments about the food and the service they received in general. Divi/Tamarijn is in the low rise area which I think is ideal for a honeymoon. That is where Bucuti and Tara is as well.
If you are looking for a fantastic honeymoon I would definitely recommend Bucuti & Tara. It is not an all inclusive but there is a big brunch included in your stay. Internet is also included, which is something a lot of resorts charge extra for. If you chose the smallest room, which is still very nice, you will probably go over your $3000 budget. But I do believe that with any all inclusive resorts on the island you will be close to $4000, unless you get one of those last minute deals.
Let me know if you need any more information! I’ll be happy to help!
Post # 4
@emsy3110: Awesome. Thank you for the info!! I will look into that place. Did you book through a website or travel agent?
Post # 5
I booked through my wedding coordinator. A travel agent may be able to find you a good deal so you could try that!
Post # 6
My husband and I went to Aruba for our honeymoon last August and we loved it. One of the reasons we picked it was because we wanted something tropical and it was below the hurricane belt. I don’t believe it even rained the entire week we were there, but it is windy! Not just warm tropical breezes, but an almost constant 10 mph wind. It feel nice though because it’s so hot.
We’re quiet people so we did not want to do any all inclusives, so I can’t help you there. We rented a condo that had it’s own kitchen and rooftop patio with a jacuzzi. 🙂 We did eat out for dinners, but just made our own breakfast/lunch and then took snacks and whatnot to the beach with us. If you end up going, you have to eat dinner on the beach though. We tried a couple different places, but our favorite was Passions on Eagle Beach. It has fancy white table clothes, glasses, dishes, ect. but you’re literally right next to the water with your feet in the sand. We made reservations for sunset and it was truly amazing.
I hope this was somewhat helpful!
Post # 7
A quick note to say that SO and I recently returned from a holiday that was intended to be Curacao and Aruba, but hated the Riu so much, that we decided to leave Aruba early and went to Bonaire instead, which we loved.
We planned on staying at Bucuti, which was well recommended, but the agent advised us against it since they were doing some construction work at the time.
The Riu was absolutely vile, unaccomodating (we were unceremoniously dumped from their ‘nice’ restaurant because SO’s bags had been misplaced on the flight over and they didn’t care that he didn’t have a change of clothes) and the food, the drinks, even at their so-called better restaurants, which you had to get up each day at 8am and stand in line to reserve, fyi, was horribly sub-standard. Food was recyled from meal to meal and between restaurants, burned and/or flavourless.
The whole thing felt like a downmarket spring break cattle farm, which is fine if you want to sit in a hotel all week and drink cheap, but it was sold to us as being high end, so please don’t believe their star rating if you’re looking for a memorable honeymoon! (Sorry for the venom; months later and I’m still seething, lol!)
All the other people we went diving with said they were happy with their resorts, so pick anything else I guess 🙂
Post # 8
Aruba is a great little island. If you’re not at an all-inclusive you can take advantage of the dine around program which gives you vouchers to use at local restaurants. Your travel agent can assist you with adding it to your travel package.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! We could do non inclusive I’m on the fence. I saw a bunch of posts about Riu, they were all pre HM posts so didn’t really help my research. Thanks for giving us that info I would be really upset if our honeymoon sucked bc we don’t take vacations really. So I want at least one good one ha ha. I’ve seen those dinner vouchers.
Post # 10
@Bliss Honeymoons: Oh yes I forgot about the vouchers. I believe they are around $40 per day for a 3 course meal and you can choose from several restaurants.
@Ashtoreth: Thankfully the renovations have been completed for a few weeks now and it looks absolutely beautiful! Your review of Riu sounds exactly like what I have heard from other people in the past.