Post # 1
After a truly ridiculous amount of back-and-forth (refresher: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/honeymoon-wars-help-us-agree-on-something – thanks to everyone who offered suggestions), my fiance and I have finally decided to do a Caribbean all-inclusive. We’re naturally still working on deciding which one, as we’re incapable of quickly deciding anything honeymoon related. However, I was wondering whether people would be willing to share what they spent. We’d like to go for about a week, and the cost should include airfare. So, those of you who honeymooned in the Caribbean, what did you spend? And for those of you who have chosen the Caribbean but haven’t gone yet, how much are you planning to spend? (And if anyone has specific resort recommendations, that would also be appreciated.)
Also, I have absolutely no idea why, but it won’t let me list “<$1000” as an option, so for those folks lucky enough to spend that little, please just vote for $1000-$2000. Thanks!
Post # 3
I’d love to know where anything less than $3000 is. That’s our budget and we’ve been having a terrible time finding anything, which has resulted in not having a honeymoon with less than four weeks to go (we’ll probably minimoon at this rate).
Post # 4
we just booked a deal via travelocity for hotel (including breakfast) for 5 nights/6 days and flights for $3200 for st. lucia in august–we figure lunches, dinners, and any other costs will probably make it closer to 4k in the end.
Post # 5
I have been looking into Jamaica for 6 nights at around $2700 including everything (all-inclusive resort, air). However, after talking to a travel agent from Apple Vacations this past weekend, she pointed out that we could go to Punta Cana for 1 week NON-STOP for the same price as Jamaica with the extra night (2700 approx).
My budget is $3000 and we have found plenty of deals for under that. It looks like you will also be leaving from the Burgh as we are 🙂
I am still undecided between islands but I think I’m now leaning towards the DR…sigh…this is so hard!
Post # 6
Fiance and I went to the DR last summer and it was just about $1000 each so about $2000 for the both of us. You will find the best deals for all inclusives at the DR or Mexico (think Cancun or Playa del Carmen). These are gorgeous spots with some really lovely resorts. In the DR we stayed at the Melia Caribe and it was amazing! Everything was perfect – the accomodations, the beach, the food – everything!
Try using bookit.com – they seem to have some of the lowest prices out there – and then compare them with what a travel agent can get you. Good luck!
Post # 7
Well, this is somewhat encouraging. A few of the places my fiance and I have looked at would have been, bare minimum, $5000 for a one-week stay with airfare. $3000ish is a LOT more doable!
Post # 8
We booked our honeymoon in St. Lucia at the Sandals Regency. It was just shy of $4,000 but that includes the airfare, a suite and $300 toward spa services. Its a lot of money. But we hear only great things about any Sandals resort so it was worth the risk. Once we decided against Europe I figured we should still do something special!
Post # 9
Doesn’t Beaches offer al inclusives on the semi-cheap? I feel like they always give huge 65% discounts and it’s been somewhere around 1500 a person including flights…i would look there…
EDIT: Just looked up Beaches…way to expensive…
check out http://www.Gate1travel.com
that’s how we went on our honeymoon…great prices, and i’m sure you can find something that both you and Fiance like!
Post # 10
When I was looking a few months ago, I found that Breezes Resort in the Bahamas gave me a price of under $3000. In april 2010. Oh, and for 7 days.
I ended up going to Cancun because I found a resort for the about the same price, plus this resort in Cancun was newer and plus, its a shorter plane ride from Seattle than to Bahamas.
My trip to the carribean will have to wait.
Even though I would love to go to Sandals or Couples, I just can’t afford to spend $4000 or more for 7 days.
My sister went to Sandals in St. Lucia. Not for her honeymoon, but she went for 4 days and that was $3300.
For me I would rather have a vacation for 7 days at a 4 star resort than 4 or 5 days at a 5 star resort.
By the way, Breezes Resort in the Bahamas is an adult only all inclusive… a definite plus!
Post # 11
$3,000-$4,000 is legit for a week all-inclusive at a decent place.
Post # 12
We are going to Sandals Royal Bahamiam resort. It was $4,300, including airfare and a $250 spa credit, for 5 nights. We chose one of the higher level rooms with the butler service though, so you could easily spend less than that. Plus, the bahamas has a special right now where companions fly free – basically a buy one ticket get one free deal.
Post # 13
I would suggest looking at the lowest rooms at nicer resorts. Basically, you will be getting all of the same all inclusive benefits in a more budget friendly room. We’re going to Sandals Negril, Jamica next week (eep!) and for 6 nights including flight from Boston we paid just about $3000. We don’t have a suite or an ocean view for that price but were offered an upgrade for $600 to an ocean view concierge room with a mini bar and room service which we may have taken if it was our honeymoon.
For our honeymoon, we also booked one of the lower level rooms at Sandals St. Lucia (with a patio) 10 days, including flights works out to about $5,000.
Post # 14
Just got back from Punta Cana, DR (it was awesome!). 6 days/5 nights was 2200 for 2 people, all inclusive. Sounds like 3000 is doable! I booked through CheapCarribean.com, and it wasn’t even the cheapest deal I found, I just liked the resort I chose better.
Post # 15
We are going on a 7 day cruise to the Caribbean! Everything totaled up to be $2.300… that’s without airfare, but includes all of our excursions and drinks and everything!!!
Post # 16
Our honeymoon is $4300 for an all-inclusive in St. Thomas for 7 days. (Including airfare from Philly) This includes of course all food/drinks and gratuities. Plus some snorkling tours and a sunset cruise. Can’t wait!