Why is picking a Honeymoon spot so hard?!

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

It is hard- there are so many options. I just figured out what we wanted and then searched trip advisor till I found options.

I knew we wanted: a short/direct flight, a perfect secluded beach, private villa with private pool, boutique (less than 100 rooms- aka not Sandals etc), luxury resort with an all inclusive option, with excellent food. Under 15k with flights and everything. 

That left me with Antigua- Hermitage Bay, and 

St. Lucia- Sugar Beach, Jade Mountain, Ladera. 

I also wanted something that felt remote, so we’re going with Sugar Beach as it’s on 100ish acres of land. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Kacie209:  its hard because there are so many options. We knew that we didn’t want to go to the Caribbean bc we’ve been there, and most people we know go somewhere tropical for their honeymoon. Plus, DH has never been to Europe, so I wanted him to experience that. We went to Paris  & Barcelona. It was amazing!

Have you thought about Aruba? Barbados? or Antigua?

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Kacie209:  are you looking at All Inclusive resorts? You can def find an all inclusive for under $5K!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Kacie209:  I would suggest calling the resort and trying to book over the phone with them. Sometimes the website will say one thing but the resort has other/better options.

We are in the same situation though. We want to go somewhere we have never been and might not ever get to go to. So we are eyeing Thailand, but the problem is finding the right resort. They are all so beautiful but picking the right one is the hard part. I think we need to meet with a travel agent too, that might help us narrow down our choices.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

Kacie209:  I loved Sandals’ when we went.  Probably the most relaxing vacation that we have been on.  We went to Royal Bahamian, and the private island that they had there was perfect.  My DH who is not a beach vacation type still raves about it.  We paid extra for the Club Sandals and while there were parts that were nice (room service starts at the club level) it wasn’t necessary and we are split 50/50 as to if we would do that again. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Kacie209:  i would visit a travel agent, but don’t book with one. they work off commission and their prices are not the best. 

I would try booking through Expedia and use trip advisor for reviews. I have done alot  of traveling and i have found that expedia always has the best prices

Post # 11
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308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Kacie209: I think they would, plus they might be able to provide you with better options and rates.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

St. Thomas is really beautiful too.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Kacie209:  We stayed a week at Emerald Bay last November. It was fabulous!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Kacie209:  Honestly, as silly as this sounds, I was trying to plan a honeymoon around when I wanted to conceive a baby. FI works for UPS, so around mid-October to mid-February, he sometimes can’t get time off. He only got time off for our wedding because he put it in so far in advance. I had been anxious to have a baby right away, so I was trying to find a weekend trip or something. We live in FL, so any tropical beach is at our fingertips. We are driving distance from one of the best beaches in the country. 

Well, then I realized that I didn’t want to have a crappy honeymoon just so we could have a baby, so we started thinking about March 2016. We started looking at cruises because we are so close to many of the cruise ports. We found pretty great deals, but ultimately decided we aren’t cruise people. 

As of the last month or so, we’ve decided to really splurge on a honeymoon several months after the wedding. We are currently planning a tour of New England (RI, MA, NH, and VT) for June 2016. This way we can go for two or three weeks. Who knows if we will change our minds (as we apparently do each time the wind blows), but as we’ve started planning it, we’ve been getting more excited. The only two things FI wanted to do on the excursions anyways was zip lining and going on a flume ride…both of those things are available in NH and VT, so it’s a win!

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