Post # 1
We are looking for some honeymoon inspiration! Where are you going on your honeymoon? Where are you staying while you are there? When are you travelling? What is your budget? And do you have any concerns (safety, weather, etc) about your chosen destination?
PS. We are leaning towards the Mayan Riviera. I am kind of obsessed with Tulum right now but have not found an All Inclusive that meets all of our needs AND is close to the area. That being said, I’ve never researched All Inclusives before so if you have any tips, let me know!
Post # 3
We’re renting a private island off the coast of Belize for 10 days. The rates have gone up a lot since we’ve booked so I’m happy we got it when we did! So we have 10 days of isolation with just us and the island staff. We didn’t want to be surrounded by 37 other honeymooning couples or have to go to dinner shows, etc. Maybe for our next vacation we’ll do an all-inclusive since they’re a lot of fun, but for our honeymoon we wanted something really personal and unique. My major concern is hurricane season! Thankfully though Belize doesn’t get affected too much by hurricanes, although Alex did pass through when it was a tropical storm. They’ve only had to evacuate the island once in 8 years, and it was for one night and somewhat unneccessary we’re told. I’m SO excited to get down there!!!!
Post # 4
My sister went to one just a few weeks ago near Tulum, but I dont’ remember the name, it was all inclusive and she liked it. What are all of your needs, I can ask her about where she stayed and if it has all that stuff.
Post # 5
I really, really, really want to go to the Excellence Playa mujeres. After reading Penguin’s review on it, I’m just dying to go! We did the Excellence in the dominican republic and loved it (but the food was awful)…however we liked the set up and style of the hotel. We didn’t have a budget but the trip was $3800. We didn’t have any concerns about the location, though. All inclusive are great, but my only concern with them is that the food is not super fabulous. It’s okay, but not swoon worthy. I haven’t had luck at the places i’ve visited. But that’s ok, it just keeps me from pigging out =]
We really loved the way the pools are set up (we’re pool people) and the service here is top notch.
Post # 6
Ooh and there’s a place in Panama someone on here posted that I bookmarked, it looks a-mazing. I would have booked it if we weren’t going to the island 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for the responses! A private island sounds fantastic after planning a wedding!
Troubled, I would love to hear about where your sister travelled and about her experience near Tulum. I guess our biggest concern is that we end up at a place that has a pretty strong reputation (no recent bouts of food poisioning, etc). My FI’s biggest requirement is that there is a swim up bar and we both would like to do some fun excusions to see ruins, etc.
I look forward to hearing more!
Post # 8
Well, this probably isn’t what you’re interested in but…we’re going to South Africa and Mozambique. We’re leaving on Sept 26 and returning home on Oct. 10th. The things I’m mainly concerned about are surviving the 15 hour flight over there and avoiding bugs/mosquitoes while we’re there. I am SO excited about this trip! I’ve heard amazing things about the camps/resorts we’re staying at.
Post # 9
We’ve decided to skip the beach honeymoon (although I can totally appreciate it! We go on a beach vacation every winter though, so wanted to do something different for our honeymoon.
We’re going to Europe for two weeks. We will spend the first week in Portugal where we’re renting a car and driving around north of Lisbon (we love wine, so hope to spend a lot of time in the Douro Valley). We’ll spend the second week in Paris, where we’ve rented an apartment in the Marais. The Guy has never been to Europe before, and I KNOW he’s going to fall in love with it…can’t wait!
Post # 10
Technically, there are no all-inclusive resorts on Tulum beach. A lot of resorts use the name (like Dreams Tulum and Catalonia Royal Tulum). A lot of resorts even have Tulum as the address, but they are not technically in Tulum, most are in Akumal or Xphu. For what its worth, I’ve heard the beach at Catalonia Tulum is incredible, and I always hear good things about Dreams, too.
Tulum is beautiful and has sort of a rustic/hippie vibe to it. There are lots of smaller hotels/beach bungalos on the beach, such as Ana y Jose, La Zebra, Om, etc. Trip Advisor and its forums are great resources.
Playa del Carmen is another nice area in the Mayan Riviera. Again, a lot of the resorts say PDC, but aren’t actually in the town of PDC. That really only matters if you want to be in walking distance of the town. You can walk or take a $5 cab ride from most places in Playacar. If so, I’ve heard great things about The Royal Playa del Carmen.
Also, on the Mayan Riviera, look into Secrets Capri, Secrets Maroma, Secrets Silversands, Iberostar Grand, Valentin. There are tons of resorts in this area.
Check out TripAdvisor for reviews and pics of the resorts. Also, the people on the forums are very helpful!
Post # 11
We are going to Ocho Rios Jamaica. Leaving on August 23 (2 days after our wedding) and coming back on August 31. We are staying at Couples Sans Souci which is an adults only all inclusive resort. Our total honeymoon including flights was less than $3000 (around $2700) and we dont plan to spend very much at all while we are there considering its all inclusive. It even includes a trip to the famous Dunns River falls (google it – its awesome!) We might spend some money if we decide to go into the town, but not much.
I am not concerned at all about safety. I am only concerned about weather because it will be prime hurricane season. However, Ive heard that at this resort you will still have a great time even if the weather isnt perfect. We also have sunshine guarantee and hurricane insurance. meaning that if it rains one day we get a free night at the hotel for each day it rains!!
I am SUPER excited!!
Post # 12
@clarebee: we’re also going to San Souci!! I’m SOOOO excited!!
Post # 13
we change our mind constantly, but for the last few weeks we have been heavily leaning towards zoetry resort, near cancun.
we aren’t really worried about food poisoning or safety (according to some people, maybe we should be). i’m one of those people that really enjoys developing counties so i’m fairly comfortable with our choice and not worried at all. and the weather for us should be just fine.
Post # 14
We are spending 7 days at the Sandals Royal Bahamian in November. We were torn between the Bahamas and then renting a condo in St. Thomas and doing our own thing. In the end, we went with the Bahamas because A) It was somewhere we’ve never been B) Super easy flight from where we live C) We wanted to try an all-inclusive just because we never have and D) BOBBY FLAY has a restaurant in the Bahamas and I am sooooooooo “in lub” with Bobby Flay. Ofcourse, I kept that reasoning to myself until after we decided to go there. Then I told my sweet husband that I absolutely have to have to have to go to Bobby Flay’s restaurant while we’re down there! LOL
As for worrying about our safety, yeah I’m worried…but that’s because I’m a pathological worrier.
Our budget was originally about $3500, but we ended up going WAY freakin over our budget…unfortunately. So, hopefully it will be worth the added expense.
Post # 15
We are spending two weeks in Kauai (one week each in two different parts of the island) and I am SO EXCITED. The places we are staying are condo-style villa hotels, so we will have a room that is the equivalent of a two bedroom, two bath condo (with full kitchen) for our stay. I am really excited about that part becaue I really like having a kitchen when I travel. Maybe it’s weird, but I get really sick of eating out for every meal… I start feeling like I eat too much junk, that it’s a waste of money, that I don’t appreciate going out… so I would rather have the option to stock up on my favorite breakfast and lunch foods, plus my own booze for happy hour. :o) That way I can get really excited about going out to dinner and splurging every night. I know this is only really possible in some places (i.e. not Mexico), but it is one of the things I am most looking forward to!
I also can’t wait to have the flexibility to go hiking/sailing/snorkeling/exploring or to just sit on the beach… I know a Hawaiian honeymoon is a total cliche, but I think it’s a cliche for a reason. :o)
I am not worried about travel (and we got an amazing deal on our flights and rental car) or safety at all. But then again, I have traveled a lot of places and always had GREAT luck with safety, so I wouldn’t let that worry anyone overly much. As long as you are smart and take good precautions, you will be fine!
I am loving reading about everyone’s trips. Makes me want to travel all the time (and not work, ha!).
Post # 16
@shellyjean: AWESOME! I always read the honeymoon posts on the boards and no one else is ever going there! The reviews seem graat i am so excited!!! I have a friend from Jamaica and he has been to the property (when it was under different management as a different resort) and he said its absolutely stunning!