Honeymoon Recommendations? Caribbean All Inclusives?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would check out Sandals.  We are doing that, and came in at $5000 for 6 days.   They have locations at all the sights you listed.  if you start researching flights in February, you will likely find a good deal.

Post # 5
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@laureneliz87:  Yup, Sandals ! I was a travel egent for allmost 10 years and I was lucky to get to stay at just about all of their properties and I LOVED them all!!

Post # 6
2381 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Couples resorts in jamaica

Post # 7
6812 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I stayed at the Valentin Imperial in the Riviera Maya (near Cancun). It was the most amazing vacation. The food and drinks were AMAZING, which can be hard to come by for an AI. The price was good. It was adults-only. Swim up bars. Tons of activities, nightly shows, 24 hr room service, etc. It was great.

We are going to Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana for our wedding in June. We anticipate it will be better (it is also more expensive, but has more activities included, etc).

If you want a good value for your money for AIs, Punta Cana and Cancun generally cannot be beat. The other islands tend to be more expensive.

Post # 8
10886 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@laureneliz87:  More than four years ago, my DH and I honeymooned at a small, beautiful, amazing, luxurious, boutique hotel in Jamaica that recently has been re-branded under the Sandals umbrella.  It’s called Royal Plantation.

I am unable to provide current details about the property.  However, when we stayed there, the resort was not an across-the-board, all inclusive property.  However, it did offer an option known as the Royal Plan that included all meals and beverages as well as transport to and from the resort via private car. 

Our one-bedroom, ocean-front, honeymoon suite was amazing.  The beach was beautiful. The food was absolutely delicious. And the service was completely top notch.  Having been to a number of Caribbean islands, I had no intention of ever honeymooning in Jamaica — until I saw this property.  It is fabulous.


Post # 9
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @laureneliz87:  When it comes to planning a Honeymoon… and finding something that works for you… reading & research is essential.

You said you’ve read some other posts here on WBee… not sure if you’ve seen this one (I will cut & paste here) where I sorted out AIs for antoher Bee

== cut & paste ==

Travel Nut here… Mr TTR & I are semi-retired, and able to travel quite a bit.

As a Canadian, we often find you can get good deals for AIs in Mexico – Cuba – Dominican Republic – and Jamaica

The thing is there are deals because all of these places have issues… be they political, economic or social… so in order to attract the much needed tourist dollars they build AIs and offer good prices.

The truth is in many of these places this isn’t going to be a world like the one you have at home… none of these are 1st World Countries… and at least one is 3rd World.

Safety is also a major factor… so if you are the type who likes to explore, you might want to think twice of going beyond the resort unless it is on a Resort Organized Tour

Not to say that the resorts are nice, cause many of them are… just that they are sort of Disney-like existence, where you are in an isolated world (walled, and often armed guards) seperating you from the rest of the locals.

For me, that isn’t a reality that I want any part of…

AIs elsewhere in the Caribbean are going to be more costly because those Islands don’t require this type of accommodations solely to attract tourists… consequently there is a lot more to choose from on each island (ie Aruba, Barbados, Antigua, Turks & Caicos, The Bahamas etc)

Personally, I prefer to spend my own vacation dollars in places like those… or Florida (the whole state is gorgeous… and a lot less less expensive than the Caribbean… and yet The Keys have pretty much the same vibe)…

Or we go on a cruise…

Mr TTR and I have done several cruises now… and some can be quite similar to the benefits of an AI Holiday (several cruise lines now offer Beverage Packages)… with the BONUS of waking up each day in a new Country / Island to explore.  And nothing beats the pampering to be found on a decent cruise ship.

== end ==

January and you are safely out of the Atlantic Hurricane Season (June 30th to November 30th) so the entire Caribbean is yours to enjoy

BUT just like everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere, January is the coldest month of the year… so if you want guaranteed great weather, you really have to go as far south as possible (the jet stream is the weather feature that drags cold arctic air south… it shifts up and down over Canada & the USA… if it dips low enough is what can bring snow to the Southern USA… or freezing temps / frost to places like Florida).  When conditions are right it means that places like Florida – The Bahamas – Cuba – and even Mexico can see unseasonably “chilly” temps in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

You really have to be south of the Greater Antilles and into the Lesser Antilles… Leeward Islands (above Dominca) or the Windward Islands (below Dominca) … or the Leeward Antilles (aka the Dutch Antilles… ABC Islands of Aruba – Bonaire – and Curacao which are off of South America)

Wikipedia – Lesser Antilles = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser_Antilles

I suggest you start doing some research on Islands first… every one has a very different vibe, history, and stuff to do.  (Wikipedia is always a good place to start for an Overview… as is TripAdvisor… and the individual Islands / Countries all have their own Tourism Websites as well)

And then worry about finding a place to stay…

Mr TTR & I have been to a good smattering of Islands, so I’d be able to give you some input (and I have replied to many posts here on the Honeymoon Board in the past too)

Hope this helps,


Post # 11
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR & I have visited quite a number of Caribbean Islands… some for individual visits (AIs or not) and some via Cruises… we also have a wide expanse of friends who have similar… so we all trade info.

Our personal faves… Bermuda (altho that is really far north) – Barbados – Antigua – and Sint Maarten / St Martins… all are very progressive for the Caribbean broaching on 1st World Countries.  I have no qualms about any of them.  AIs aren’t as popular on them consequently… but there are some (usually expensive).

Our next Cruise we are considering will be the Western & Southern Caribbean… and take in some other relatively good places too… Grand Cayman – the ABC Islands – and Turks & Caicos (altho T&C is a bit north for my liking in January)

If I was to go to an Island in this above list and do an AI, I think I’d pick Antigua or Turks & Caicos.

Otherwise I’d choose any of the others and just do a Hotel or Condo (with cooking facilities).

Generally speaking AIs in good countries are going to be more expensive than Hotels & Condos.  And the further south you go the more you are going to pay for airfare.

Out of my list, and your wishes… for an AI… I’d pick Antigua.  It is a GORGEOUS Island… relatively modern & safe (you still have to use common sense / street smarts… as you would as a Tourist anywhere), people are friendly, lots of history & culture etc.

Friends of ours have also been and loved it.  Mr TTR & I will go back, and are considering the Sandals location there as that is where our Friends stayed…

We have a large group of friends who have also been to Aruba… and they rave about that Destination as well.  BUT the thing with Aruba is definitely the distance… you are practically on South America’s doorstep… so flight expenses tend to be much greater.

Hope this helps,


Post # 12
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Any secrets resort. They are so fabulous – adults only, usually on the smaller side, great food options, wonderful service. And to top it off they have lots of romantic add ons for honeymooners like private pool or beach side dinners, etc. They have locations in Mexico, Punta Cana, and Jamaica. The Zoetry resorts are a step up from secrets owned by same compnay (and secrets is VERY high end), so they are more pricey but 5 star food and drinks and accomodations.


I have been to a lot of all inclusives and this company is truly the most luxurious, best services, best amenties, best facilities!

Post # 13
2381 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I guess it depends on your reason for travel and what you want to experience.

 a big reason I love going to the caribbean, mostly Cuba and jamaica, is because I love their way of life, and I love the people.  For some people those places are considered scary and dangerous but really, it’s no more unsafe then anywhere else.  To me Cuba is a must at least once.  sure the resorts aren’t first class but they are safe, and the people friendly and wonderful.    

 Jamaica isnt really cheap and there are no armed guards outside the resort.  Same with Cuba.   


Post # 14
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You should consider Costa Rica…beautiful weather and would def fit your $10K budget. When I went I did snorkeling, natural hot springs, hiking, beaches, ziplining, horse back riding, and several other activities.

Post # 15
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@laureneliz87:  I’m a Michigan bride doing an all inclusive Caribbean honeymoon in January too…17 more days!!!!! Were staying at the Riu Aruba. 80s…no hurricanes…dry…and beautiful 🙂 give me a few weeks and I’ll have pics and a review lol

Post # 16
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We went to Jamaica for our honeymoon and never felt unsafe, but I can understand your apprehension especially on your honeymoon.

We have been to a lot of the Carribean islands, granted on cruise stops but we tend to do as many island tours as we can so that we can see as much of the island in a day as possible, and pick which ones we want to go back to for a week.

I think it depends what type of vacation you want. Do you want total relaxation on a beach chair, to be super active, or somewhere in between?

I would highly recommend Antigua, St. Lucia, Aruba and St. Thomas. I absolutely LOVED Curacao but I am not sure i’d want to spend a week there. If I spent a week in Aruba I would do a day trip to Curacao, if at all possible.

Antigua is stunning. The water is insanely gorgeous, the beaches are great, it felt super safe, the people were SO nice and the food was awesome. I would go back for a week in a heartbeat. I know a number of people who have honeymooned here and loved it.

I would do St Thomas or Aruba if I wanted to do beach and action in one. Both have beautiful beaches, good food and lots of other stuff to do – good shopping in towns, day trip to St. John or the BVI’s from St. Thomas, etc We were looking at doing this in Feb but couldnt swing it, so are doing a cruise that stops in St. Thomas instead to snorkel in St John. Everyone loves Aruba, the food the people the shopping the beaches and the sunsets. It’s becoming a very popular honeymoon destination. St. Maarten is nice too, personal preference I just like St. Thomas better.

St. Lucia is beautiful and there is tons to do. The island is so green, there are the Pitons and ziplining and tons of water activities but the beaches arent as beautiful as the ones above (IMO).

We also love Peurto Rico, been there numerous times – Old San Juan is super fun. We also loved Barbados, Grand Cayman and St. Croix just not quite as much as the ones above. St. Kitts, Dominica and Cozumel were ones we werent as fond of.


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