Post # 1
hi bees, i’m in the middle of trying to plan our honeymoon and i’m having such a hard time with it! fi and i are not into the party scene, don’t really drink, and are looking for a secluded and beachy honeymoon. does anyone have any advice about a quiet all-inclusive location or are they all busy, crowded places? fi doesn’t want to feel like he’s at the community pool and from most pictures i’ve seen of all-inclusives, that seems to be the feel… i really like the idea of an all-inclusive but am thinking maybe it’s not a good fit for us…
Post # 3
i think it depends then not on the all inclusive you go to, but the location.
for example, i would not recommend Cancun as it known to be a party place for spring breakers.
are you able to go to Cuba? if so, i would say Cayo Coco, it is supposed to quiet and relaxing there and not too much of anything else
or perhaps Negril, Jamaica? the beaches are stunning there and again that area is supposed to be more about the beach and relaxation than partying and crowds.
basically just look into what each location is known for. especially different cities within each country
Post # 4
I have the perfect place for you! Where we went – Sunset at the Palms in Negril, Jamaica.
I posted about it here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/can-i-go-back-to-my-honeymoon-le-sigh
PM me if you have more questions!
Post # 5
@JeniRae: i agree! i looked into Sunset at the Palms for my honeymoon too! we went with Couples Negril though because my Fiance gets bored lying on the beach all day so i needed some place with more activities!
Post # 6
Sorry I don’t have any specific recommendations, but I would definitely look into an adults only resort. Then you won’t have children running around, which definitely adds to the community pool feel 🙂
Post # 7
thanks! i’m looking into these places now! my fi is a “get-up and go” type of guy but i’m more laid back and would be happy laying on a pool raft all day so i’ll definitely have to find a place with some activities. and yes @MademoiselleL an adults only resort might be the way to go!
Post # 8
I agree with @MademoiselleL. You definitely want to look for an adults only resort!
My Darling Husband and I went to Iberostar Grande in Riviera Maya. It was AMAZING! We were treated AMAZINGLY by the staff and everything was beautiful (and delicious!). It wasn’t a “party” resort, although if you’re interested in that, there are bars, etc.
I would recommend going to a travel agent. My Darling Husband and I searched and searched tons of resorts on-line to find the kind of place we wanted to go to. We found a couple of resorts that looked exactly like we wanted (low key, pretty, no party zone). They posted all pictures on-line that made their resort look perfect (there weren’t people everywhere, no partying, etc. etc.). When we went to the travel agent, they sat us down and showed us pictures (from when they were there) that totally changed our minds.
Post # 9
oh, I wanted to add a funny story… we booked our honeymoon thru http://www.negrilonestop.com (on the recommendation of many people on Trip Advisor). The first day on the beach, this older couple walked by, came back and said “Are you [DH’s name]?” um… yes? They said “We thought it might be you… we own Negril One Stop and we’re here visiting Sunset at the Palms this week. You’re still pale and we can tell you haven’t been here long so we thought you were our clients due to arrive today! How’s your trip?” (they visit all their recommended resorts on a regular basis).
Highly recommend them for booking!
Post # 10
cocobay resort in antigua is a small, quiet all inclusive!
Post # 11
@Stacia2242: yeah, i think we might need to contact a travel agent… it’s so hard to find something by just looking at reviews online.
@JeniRae: that is hilarious!! and creepy! haha! 🙂
Post # 12
@mrs.jk: I just booked our honeymoon at Excellence Playa Mujeres. It is near cancun, but secluded and away from the “Party” scene. My colleague who also went there, said there was enough to do at the resort and that they felt like if they left the resort, they would be missing something. It’s adults-only too, so that’s a big plus.
I also used to work for a PR firm that represented Iberostar Resorts. Any of their “Grand” properties are wonderful (Grand Paraiso in Riviera Maya, Grand Rose Hall in Jamaica and Iberostar Grand Bavaro in Punta Cana, DR). I didn’t end up choosing them, because they don’t have much of a honeymoon package, and their prices are definitely higher than others.
I used a travel agent at HoneymoonsInc, and I’ve been happy with their service.
Hope this helps!
Post # 13
@drummergirl: thank you! i’ll definitely check it out…
Post # 14
@mrs.jk: I know that Sandals can get a “party scene” rep around the party pools, but my Darling Husband had a wonderful experience at Sandals Royal Bahamian.
We got a room in the Royal Village Villas which was secluded from the rest of the resort. There are 3 small pools back there that the rest of the resort doesn’t know about. One day, my Darling Husband and I had a pool all to ourselves. It was like have a private plunge pool, but not having to pay out the wazoo for it.
One another amazing thing about this Sandals, is you have access to the private island, which is about 1/2 mile off the shore of the Sandals resort…one word…AMAZING…you feel like you are on a secluded island on another world.
To sum it up, Darling Husband and I definitely had a low key, quiet, romantic honeymoon. If you want more details, PM me. I could talk all day about this resort!
Post # 15
I recommend the resort we got married at in Xpu-ha MX. It’s called Catalonia Royal Tulum. It’s a small, adult only property and it’s built into the jungle. There are winding cobblestone paths cut through the jungle that you walk on to get from the lobby to the beach. It is so peaceful, serene and romantic 🙂 It’s small, secluded and the beach is the best in the area. I researched for about 4 months before I decided on this property and it exceeded my expectations! Service, food, etc is excellent-check out the reviews on trip advisor. Good luck 🙂
Post # 16
A couple I work with chose Zoetry Paraiso Del La Bonita: http://www.paraisodelabonita.com/
They absolutely loved it – it was high luxury, all-inclusive, boutique resort in Cabo. They booked it through http://www.unforgettablehoneymoons.com/ and they were able to go there for about $4,000 total (including air). They forwarded me the details (we were going to go there but chose a different place because we wanted more of a nightlife):
- Round-trip air from Houston to Cancun on Continental (see schedule below)
- Private chauffeured airport transfers
- welcome bottle of tequila
- 7 nights in a Luxurious oceanfront suites with terraces and pool with direct access to the private beach
- Bottle of champagne and fresh fruit basket daily
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner gourmet dining options with an assortment of organic food and beverage selections
- Unlimited cocktails and specialty beverages from a variety of domestic and international premium brands
- Bvlgari® bath amenities, aromatherapy pillows and linen scents, Frette® linens and bathrobes,
- Complimentary unlimited worldwide calls
- 24-hour private, in-room dining
- Complimentary golf at Playa Mujeres Golf Club
- Non Motorized Watersports included
- Daily shopping excursions by boat
- Hydrothalasso pool and aqua gym
- Exclusive Visia® complexion skin analysis
- Relaxing 20-minute massage per guest
- Traditional Temazcal steam room ceremony every other day
- Access to sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool
- Anti-aging medical diagnostic to identify health and skin characteristics
- Daily afternoon tea time featuring live plant tea infusions
- Maid service three times each day
- Complimentary 24-hour laundry service
- All Air and hotel Taxes
We might try to go there for an anniversary 🙂