Honeymoon HELP!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Maldives?

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I was in Tahiti last December, and it really is one of the most beautiful places on earth. With your budget, you could also enjoy St Lucia, The Grenadines, or the Greek Islands too. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kjweaver:  Kauai? I know Hawaii is a pretty common place but Kauai is a lot less touristy

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@kjweaver:  Granada? I don’t know if they have huts over the ocean, but its nice there and different. 

or st. Lucia. There’s a nice resort that looks over the Pitons. I’d check that out. 

ETA: here’s the resort on st Lucia. http://www.ladera.com/

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Latitude 41

We decided on Antigua.  We wanted something relaxing and private that didn’t feel like “honeymoon camp.”  We are staying at CocoBay Resort in a Premium Waterfront Suite.  Here is a pic.  It’s very rustic and simple.  I love it.  I haven’t been to this resort or Antigua for that matter but it has gotten awesome reviews on TripAdvisor.  Also, our travel agent couldn’t get as good of a deal as we got booking directly with the resort so we are handling the arrangements on our own.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Latitude 41

P.S.  It’s not right over the water like you want but if you get a Premium Waterfront Suite the water is RIGHT there and you have your only private plunge pool.  It looks like the resort also really tries to make them extra private by planting a bunch of greenery between the suites. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@haker4:  we booked the premium waterfront suite for our honeymoon in late February 2014… When will you guys be going? We can’t wait!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Latitude 41

@smv22114:  OH MY GOD!!! I’m sooo happy for you!!  We aren’t going until late June 2014.  YOU HAVE TO GIVE ME FEEBACK WHEN YOU RETURN!!!  Google Antigua as much as you can.  I have found out great information about the adventures and sites to see while there.  People also have great tips on TripAdvisor regarding the Island and CoCoBay Resort.  The most popular place seems to be Shirley Heights on Sunday nights.  The sunsets are suppose to be AMAZING and they have live steel drum bands.  I was just talking to a friend the other day who also spent her honeymoon in Antigua (she did the Sandals resort) and said the Island is absolutely beautiful (but wishes she had a bit more private space)!  EEEKKKK!!!  Can’t wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait!!!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @haker4:  Mr TTR and I were in Antigua on our Honeymoon for the day on our Southern Caribbean Cruise … the Island is indeed GORGEOUS, and the People some of the friendliest in the Caribbean.  It is also a very clean & safe island.  No worries.  I would most certainly go back.

Here is a wee treat you might enjoy…

PHOTO – Freeman’s Bay taken from Shirley Heights Lookout

PHOTO – Galleon Beach Resort on Freeman’s Bay (as taken from Shirley Heights Lookout)

I realize that this isn’t the resort you booked, but it is pretty indicitive of what Antigua has to offer in regards to Beachfront, GORGEOUS ocean waters, and scenery (spectacular scenery)

We LOVED Antigua, and Mr TTR & I will go back in the future.

Hope this helps,

PS… And yes the Sunsets (and Sunrises) are indeed SPECTACULAR !!

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@haker4:  I will def keep you posted upon our return! : ) we will be there 8 days, so we have time for plenty adventure. We decided on that venue after MANY hours of research, and it was by far the closest to what we were looking for (paradise, seclusion, romance, etc). Because we have everything we need, we did our Wedding Registry as a honeymoon registry, and found lots of great once-in-lifetime things to do. So, I’ll be sure to report back! : )

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Latitude 41

@This Time Round:  Thanks for sharing the pictures!  Those views are really amazing!  I’ve heard that the island is really safe.  Thank you for confirming.  This is one of the major reasons we decided on Antigua.  I wanted to be able to roam the island without worrying. 

@smv22114:  Awesome idea with setting up your wedding registry as a honeymoon registry! And the same thing with us- we researched other islands, then decided on Antigua then looked at every resort on the island, three times over but kept coming back to this one.  Have fun!  I can’t wait to hear about it!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@haker4:  okay, so I wanted to send you a quick update on CocoBay. So TravelAdvisor has been sending me “new reviews” on CocoBay every few days. It was because of all the raving reviews on this site that we originally booked there. So, I finally went to check them all out. While they were all very thorough and detailed, there were just too many written recently and I quickly noticed a few concerning issues amongst all of them. Please also excuse any typos, my phone doesn’t get along with weddingbee. 

-They are all written within days of each other. Sometimes on the same day.

-They are all “5 Star”. Which would be great it it weren’t for the next issue…

-You can catch the same statements in every couple or few reviews. Things that would not normally be repeated back to back. For instance, that “the place can’t be faulted.” We don’t say this statement very much in the US, or even in the same context as these postings, but they are trying to say “there are no complaints”. It’s just funny that it’s said so consistently in the reviews, with it being such an oddly worded statement altogether. Or, the reviews all thank the same staff by each individual name and then continuously follow with “just to name a few”. There are some others if you look closely. It was enough that it brought us to realizing the next concern….

-I found duplicate reviews copy and pasted on other review sites, with completely different names.

-Some of them are defensive… defending some of the complaints in prior reviews. Some even acknowledge some “issues” (making it seem genuine, but also justifying the issues).

It is completely obvious to me that some (if not all) reviews are being written by CocoBay themselves, in an effort to “drown out” any negative ones. A lot of dishonest companies do this (I’ve worked for some), and it scares us a little considering we already made our deposit. It makes me wonder what they trying to hide? The manager is also very active on Travel Advisor and responds to every negative post. That’s great and all, but not if you feel the need to write ten more positive ones as a rebuttal.

The good news is that most of the “Very Poor” and “Poor” reviews are from 2012. However, there are still some more recent ones that state they are baffled by the “amazing” reviews because of how mediocre they thought everything was (relative to what you are paying). We will still be doing some research to find some *real* feedback, but FI is concerned enough that we will also be looking for a better place to go… We are both very tolerant and relatively low maintenance, but he says it’s not worth having to deal with some of the issues mentioned in the negative posts (them not changing the sheets, cleanliness, safety and security issues, etc.) We would eat 5%, but he’d like to find place that is nice enough that THEY don’t have to write their own reviews. 

The place is beautiful and may be wonderful, but thought I would at least share  this little tidbit of our pre-honeymoon journey. ; )

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Latitude 41

@smv22114:  Wow.  I would have never noticed it.  Have you checked out their facebook page?  I had clicked on some profiles of people who commented on it and went to their personal pages to see if I could find additional photos and those all seem legit.  Maybe I’m being neive but if you research any resort you are going to find negative reviews.  People are more likely to post reviews on bad experiences than on good ones.  I would find a few people who posted on the CocoBay facebook page, check out their personal pages to make sure they are legit and then FB message them with your concerns.  Honeymoons are not cheap.  You want to make sure you are 100% comfortable with your decision.  Let me know how you make out!!!!

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