Honeymoon Indecision of EPIC proportions

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Honeymoon places?
    Definitely stick with Maui : (9 votes)
    21 %
    Go to somewhere else in Hawaii : (4 votes)
    10 %
    Go to St. Barths! : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Go to St. Lucia! : (11 votes)
    26 %
    Go to Anguilla! : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Go to Costa Rica! : (15 votes)
    36 %
    Go somewhere else amazing, I put my rec in the comments! : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I’ve heard Sandals in St. Lucia is amazing. I don’t know what the pricing is, though.. I can’t imagine it would be cheap.

    Have you tried playing around on your own on sites like Expedia? We’ve booked plenty of trips through there and you’re bound to find something in your budget.

    I’ve been to Mexico twice and loved it, but sounds like you’re looking for something a bit different.

     

    Post # 4
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    2546 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    why don’t you plan your own maui trip and make it cheaper? seems easy enough

    Post # 5
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    St Lucia (IMO) is over-rated. It’s VERY expensive, and not very many nice places outside of the resorts!

    We did a 7 day cruise that departed San Juan Puerto Rico, made stops in St Thomas, Barbados, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Maarten, and returned to Puerto Rico! And we did three days after the cruise in Puerto Rico at a B&B from the 1600s!

    We spent less than 5k!

    If you wanted to pick one place, St Maarten had GORGEOUS beaches, AMAZING shopping, and we never wandered anywhere we felt unsafe!

    Post # 6
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    3249 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @chippybee:  We have a great travel agent, and we are going to give her the budget and tell her to book us a great honeymoon, the best value she can find.  We are looking forward to something adventurous, and making it fun no mattee where we end up.

    Post # 7
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    457 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    That price for a Maui and Kauai honeymoon is waaayout of line. You may think you have a “great travel agent” but IMO she onviously doesn’t know what she’s doing. If you deduct $2400 for your airfare from the $8500 quote you’re getting, that leaves a balance that equals $610/night for lodging and car rental, which is totally ridiculous.

    You can get a luxury condo in a beautiful location for less than $250/night, and your car rental will run you no more than $75/day. All the best things to do in Hawaii cost nothing or very little (like a park entrance fee).

    I’d go on TripAdvisor for your chosen locations and research it that way. The Hawaii DEs are awesome and will be able to help you much more than a travel agent who is far from Hawai’i.

    Post # 8
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    5087 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Go to St Lucia! It stunning. 

    Post # 9
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    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I really love St. Lucia, but all of the Islands you mentioned are nice and each one has pros and cons, depending on what you are looking for. Are you looking for a beach focused relaxing vacation or are you more intersted in history and a beautiful city (Europe: Paris, Tuscany, Greece). If you went to France, Italy, Spain, Portugal or Greece etc. You could combine a few days of city with a few days of beach. For example: A couple of days in Florence, a couple of days in the Tuscan countryside and a couple of days on Elba Island etc.

    If you are interested in St. Lucia here are a couple of great places that we have found:

    Jade Mountain http://www.jademountain.com/

    Or here, if you want a more budget option: Windjammer Landing http://www.windjammer-landing.com/ (I would suggest purchasing the all inclusive option if you go with the second hotel)

    Post # 10
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    163 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I choose Costa Rica because that is where we went and loved it.  We spent the second half of our honeymoon at the JW Marriott.  The JW is a beautiful property but is isolated.  It was good for what we wanted (to relax after the “adventure” part).  If you have specific JW questions, please let me know.  We started our honeymoon in the Arenal area at Nayara Hotel.  Loved, loved, loved Nayara.  Those two areas of Costa Rica are so different, but beautiful in there own way.  Now it can be the rainy season in August in Costa Rica, but it varies by area (not sure the JW area gets that much rain) and sounds like it is similar to Florida and an afternoon shower.  Also consider locations at are/aren’t in the hurricane belt, since August is prime hurricane season.  Good luck!

    Post # 11
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    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We used Pleasant Holidays to book our Maui honeymoon and we paid about half what you were quoted for a 9 day / 9 night trip, including airfare, oceanview room at the Westin, and Hertz car rental.  This also included some great extras, such as free daily, breakfast, 4 drinks tickets per day, and a $15 daily credit toward resort charges.

     Even if the airfare is $1,200 (which isn’t totally unreasonable – ours was $898 per person), there is absolutely no way you should be paying that amount for the package unless your agent is booking you rack rate at the Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons!  (The room we had was around $400/night if booked directly through the hotel, but closer to $90/night if booked as part of a package.) If you’re still interested in Hawaii, do a little more research — you can absolutely find a better deal.  We found the Pleasant Holidays package through the Maui Westin Resort website, or you can google “Pleasant Holidays.”

    Post # 12
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    1951 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @chippybee:  We were DYING to go to the Exumas, but since they’re so far north, they wouldn’t be good in February. The water looks insane, and we’ve heard really amazing things about it. Plus, it’s a quick trip from Miami. 

    Post # 13
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    3084 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @chippybee:  what about the almalfi coast in Italy? 

    I loved st. Thomas when I went there too. Plus from there you can take a day trip to the BVI and/or St. Johns since they are so close. 

     

    Plus if you are into snorkeling I did the best snorkeling ever in st. Thomas. And they have an area where you are guaranteed to see sea turtles. It’s so amazing. We saw the turtle pop up right in front of us. 

     

    Post # 14
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    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Hi @chippybee:  Travel Nut here… Mr TTR & I are semi-retired, and we travel a lot.

    My best advice echoes what @wahine777: had to say…

    Start looking at TripAdvisor (the BEST Trip Planning Website on the Internet).

    It has excellent Travel Guides, Reviews by actual Travellers (Accommodations – Restaurants – Attractions) and if that isn’t enough… by far its best feature is the Forums, they are like the Boards we have here on WBee… you can read or post Questions & Answers… you’ll be dealing one-on-one with Destination Experts, Locals, and those who know any travel spot the world over you have in mind best.

    (You cannot book anything per se with TA, they’ll just link you to other Websites if you looking to do that sort of thing, like Expedia and the like, but they are fantastic great place to begin “your travel” adventure… and YES if you are willing to put in the time to reading & research save you a TON of money… and the TIPS you get from the Forums are literally invaluable)

    Travel Agents are good, they certainly have their place in the world of travel.  But as someone else said the great ones are IMO few & far between, hard to find someone who has been to every single place a person might want to travel to.  If you can find a Travel Agency that specializes in Hawaii (or the Caribbean, Europe, Cruises etc), all the better, but even going that route, can mean not a lot of choice around.

    If you have your heart set on Hawaii… which is sounded like you did, I’d certainly go this route (using TA) so as to save some serious money.

    As for your other choices… Iceland & Paris sound marvellous.  They’d be good options as well… and I’m guessing the Travel Forum on TA for Iceland would quickly be able to tell you why Hotel Rooms are scarce in Reykjavik when you want to travel.

    As for the Caribbean, I’d give it a pass in August, as that is Atlantic Hurricane Season.  BUT in the Winter Months (December thru April) it would definitely be a fabulous Destination … Mr TTR and I enjoy our Winter Caribbean Getaways very much

    (St Lucia – Have heard good things about Sandals… they have 3 Resorts on the Island.  Also on our Honeymoon Cruise we spent the afternoon at Sugar Beach at Jalhousie Plantation which is “between” The Pitons, the Beachs fronts onto and it looked AMAZING.  Know that Blogging Bee, Mrs Beanstalk spent her Honeymoon there and said it was INCREDIBLE, she has lots of great Blog Entries about it here on WBee).

    Haven’t been to either Anguilla or St Barts as of yet… which are sister islands to Sint Maarten / St Martin… which I have been to several times (and LOVED it, and have the same sort of experience that @BrandNewBride: had… safe, clean, comfortable, etc).  I have heard from close friends tho that BOTH Anguilla & St Barts are similar, and gorgeous … so they are certainly on my short list of Caribbean Islands that Mr TTR and I plan to check out on future Winter Getaways.

    Hope this helps,

     

    Post # 15
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    186 posts
    Blushing bee

    My grandmother and mother grew up in Hawaii, and I grew up vacationing there twice a year. We live on the West Coast, so hawaii is pretty easy to get to. My favorite island is Kauai. I really dislike Maui, but I know it is super popular with a lot of people. If you go with Hawaii, don’t stay in a hotel. You can get a gorgeous rental by the beach for so much cheaper and the experience will be amazing.

    That being said: I think you should go with St. Lucia or somewhere else in the Caribbean. Like a pervious poster, I LOVE St. Maarten. It is so lovely and clean and safe. I love Hawaii and it has a special place in my heart, but nothing beats the Caribbean, in my opinion.

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