Post # 1
So FI and I are not going on our honeymoon until January/February 2015. After we’re married, he hunts a lot in November and will be gone. Plus, it’s super cold here around that time (and our birthdays), so we thought going someplace warm then would be a great idea.
We do not want to go anywhere in Mexico or Jamaica, and I’ve been mainly looking at Sandals resorts – especially St. Lucia La Toc. However, I have also been eyeing places in the Domincan Republic but there are so many options… and it’s way cheaper than the Sandals St. Luci resort for the same amount of days. FI never travels, so going someplace where we’d probably never get back to is on my radar… hence St. Lucia.
Anyone have any suggestions on places to stay, or their experience with either the countries mentioned? I told FI that I’d like to go meet with a travel agent to get ideas on prices soon.
Post # 2
The Dominican Republic is beautiful. I lived there almost a year and it is an amazing place. Never been to a resort, but I hear the resorts in La Romana and Sosúa are really nice!
Ive also heard great thing about Turks and Caicos, but I don’t know much except what I’ve seen in pictures.
Post # 3
We’re going to Cuba for our honeymoon, depends what you’re looking for, plush resort, good food, spas? We’re already having our destination wedding in a fancy villa in the countryside in Spain day before we leave so we wanted to see the ‘real’ Cuba & didn’t mind a 4 star hotel(realistically a 3 star by UK standards), but the area we’re going to has sooo much to do, swimming with dolphins, jungle treks, nature reserves, nights in the city dancing and cooking, & of course an amazing beach! We got a brilliant deal compared to the rest of the caribbean.
Post # 4
I went to Sandals St. Lucia (La Toc) with the FI and was actually not blown away. St. Lucia is gorgeous, but the food at the hotel was pretty ‘meh.’ We’re usually pretty early sleepers when on vacation (by 11), and it was so loud in our room we couldn’t sleep until much later. The room was older, and so the back door got jammed shut, and the bathroom was a little gross (water all over the floor every time we showered). For way less money, we were more impressed with Excellence Riviera Cancun in Mexico (nicer beach, better food, newer, bigger, nicer rooms).
I rely pretty religiously on TripAdvisor reviews — I’d use these, and pick something that has over an 85-90% recommend rate. Our runner-up hotel choice was the Westin Playa Conchal in Costa Rica (which is high up on our list for future trips). I’ve also heard amazing things about The Body Holiday in St. Lucia (free massages every day). I’ve spent an absurd amount of time researching vacation and honeymoon ideas – feel free to shoot me a direct message if you want a few other ideas!
Post # 5
Yok Ha Resort – Belize!
It was so low key and relaxing – all inclusive resort. All of the meals were amazing – Belizean food. It was very private, intimate – not your typical commericial resort.
This is a family owned (Abigail and Willfred) resort on a 3 acre caye 9 miles off the coast of Belize – there are only 5 cabanas on the island. If you want a lot of pampering, it’s probably not the best place for you – but for us, it was absolutely perfect. Snorkeling, kayaking, diving, fishing, etc. available.
Food – we had lobster, shrimp galore, snapper, barracuda, etc. all freshly caught. Delicious.
Cabanas – all either on the water or steps from the water. Very comfortable, nice
People – amazing, friendly, know you by name.
Excursions – wonderful! We went back to the mainland for a day to visit the Mayan Ruins, but there were many things available right on their little island.
Loved it all.
Post # 6
LudaRae: We had the same train of thought! We had a DW in Cozumel, but took a cruise ship with all of our family & friends to get there. When we were planning our honeymoon, we figured we had just had the cruise ship experience, so why duplicate it on a resort?
Post # 7
We are going to Breathless Resort in Punta Cana- has great reviews and my deals with them so far have been great. We leave 9/8- Can’t wait!!
Post # 8
sweetpea3363: Your honeymoon looks AMAZING! We’re not big into luxury resorts and prioritize ‘experience’ over a fancy hotel, we’ll have fancy for the wedding, the honeymoon is all about memories!
Post # 9
We’re going to St. Maarten. Since FI and I are both West Indian, we wanted to go somewhere that neither of us have been to, and also somewhere with amazing food. St Maarten apparently fits the bill ;).
Post # 10
LudaRae: It was perfect. I would totally recommend it to anyone for any reason. And it was actually quite affordable – we used a Groupon deal. I saw a LivingSocial deal running this summer too, so I would just keep an eye out.
Post # 11
We went to Anguilla, BWI. GORGEOUS!!! We had amazing food, and the best time! Check it out!
Post # 12
He is really open to going anywhere, as long as it isn’t a long flight. Most flights would be split up no matter where we go… so it works. We mainly want to relax with a drink in our hand on the beach, and maybe go on some excursions.
I’ll have to comb through the suggestions later and look them all up at home.
sweetpea3363: I had a couple friends go to Belize last February and they really enjoyed it.
Post # 13
Kacie209: I’ve been to Dominican Republic 3 times and I don’t know how I would rate it for a honeymoon spot. Sure it’s nice, but I think that there are a lot nicer Caribbean resorts. The DR is just eh, kind of like Jamaica.
What about Antigua? I loved it there. It was so pretty and there is this awesome excursion you can do called Paddle Antigua. It was great! And the British couple that runs it is so lovely.
Post # 14
I’ve heard great things about Truks and Caicos.
The Dominican Republic is supposed to be really nice and very affordable.
I would recommend Negril, Jamaica but you said you’re avoiding it. In case you change your mind, check out the Rockhouse Hotel in Negril 😉
The Bahamas are always nice too.
Definitely look into Grand Cayman. Loved it there.
Make sure to look at Trip Advisor for any place you’re looking into. They definitely have the most unbiased reviews and it’s super helpful!!
Post # 15
NOTLBride: Thanks, I may have to do that after reading through these posts and looking up every place provided!