Post # 17
We went to Sandals Antigua last summer for vacation. It was very fun. However for honeymoon in June, we’re doing Excellence Playa Mujeres in MX. A close friend had been to Sandals and to Excellence PM and said Excellend PM was way better so we’re trusting that advice! Sandals does so much advertising everywhere, so of course everyone knows them, but there are a lot of nice, lesser-known all-inclusives out there, like Excellence. Plus, we got such a great deal in MX that we could get 10 days in an upgraded room there vs. 6-7 at Sandals with a regular room.
I definitely agree that kid-free is the only way to go for vacation OR honeymoon. Why torture yourself when you don’t have kids with you?? There will be plenty of time later on to go on kid-friendly vacations. Pay the extra money for the serenity!!!
Post # 18
All those negative kid comments came from a couple on our bus who stayed at the Dreams Punta Cana….he said it was like crossing a sea of children to get across the pool to the bar. Totally convinced me we’d made the right choice.
I’d look specificially at peak travel times tho–if kids are in school you should be ok.
Post # 19
My friend went to Sandals Gran Lucia and LOOOOVEd it. Her SIL is a travel agent and that’s where SHE went, too. Both were highly recommended by the SIl and my friend.
Post # 20
Wow, great advice on the excellence. Looks incredible as well. WOW, what a toss up. For me, I have just always wanted to go to St Lucia and see the black sand beaches and so many other things. Now I am torn….
Post # 21
We’re going to Sandals Whitehouse and got a great deal going through a travel agent. We definitely wanted couples only because other all-inclusives we’ve been to have definitely been kid zones. Which is usually fine, but if you want to relax and have a romantic weekend, screaming kids really kills the mood for me.
I don’t think it cost any/much more for the adults-only element, I think it’s pretty comparable to what we paid for the other all-inclusive vacations that we had in Mexico.
Post # 22
Goldsgirl, I hear you 100% – so hard to decide. I think @Lillindy had the right idea with one for honeymoon and one for 1-year anniversary!! LOL And don’t forget about 2nd year anniversary, 3rd year anniversary, etc. 🙂
In my next life I hope to be a writer for a travel magazine and get paid to visit these places. Wouldn’t that rock?!
Post # 23
We’re considering Royal Suites Punta Mita (in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico). Adults-only, secluded, non-touristy area with a nice beach and affordable! The pack we’re looking at is about $2500 for 7 nights, direct flight out of SFO.
Post # 24
That’s my total dream job as well! I would love to be a reviewer of hotels and destinations and just travel the world… and get paid for it!
We’re signed up for Sandals St. Lucia Regency… I’ve heard the Grande was nicer but we’re going 9 nights and it’s more money. Since they have the program where you can play at all 3 we thought we could visit the Grande too for cheaper.
We were considering the couples resorts in jamaica… excellence looks nice too– never heard of it until today! The $400 deposit for Sandals is refundable!
Post # 25
I’d say for your Honeymoon splurge and go adult-only. Fiance and I discussed it and we decided that having kids around us while we’re trying to relax and have a romantic time wasn’t for us. My FB and SIL went to Couples Swept Away in Jamaica for their Honeymoon and LOVED IT, they raved about it so we looked into it and the company has a really good reputation. We decided to stay at Couples Tower Isle since it just got remodeled. It’s reasonably priced and their ocean view rooms are I think only about $150-200 more than the standard room, total. Just another suggestion to look into 🙂
Post # 26
We’re going to Casa Velas outside of Puerto Vallarta. It’s adults only but I don’t think you pay that much more for it if you look at what you get. The all inclusive was reasonable and the place is gorgeous. I just want a quiet atmosphere and there are a lot of places that get too many families and/or spring breakers.
Post # 27
We thought it was worth it to go with adult-only all-inclusive. We’re also doing sandals in st lucia, and found they run some really great deals throughout the year.
In order to maximize our funds, we chose our honeymoon based on the cost to get there – we were looking at both Excellence and Sandals, so I looked up flights to all the islands/locations, and was surprised to find the our St Lucia flights were literally half the cost of flights anywhere else in the caribbean (we’re flying from the west coast.) Bottom line – consider the travel costs too, because there is a lot of potential savings there!
Post # 28
I literally just got back from Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. It was both adults only and all inclusive. Until I have kids, I will *only* go on adults only vacations (except cruises). Kids are loud, annoying and usually dirty. Although I do wish I could find a place that I could bring my cats, LOL.
I would also never go anywhere that wasn’t all inclusive, except probably Disney World or Europe. MH likes to drink and he would not have been able to drink 1/2 of what he did if we had been paying for it. He’s not an alcoholic, I’m just frugal, lol.
I do not recommend where I stayed though because the service sucked and was slow, the entertainment was seriously lacking, and I personally did not like the food. I only like pasta so it sucked for me but MH, who is pretty adventerous, loved the food.
Definitely splurge. Seriously, how much are you going to spend on souveniers and such? We spent about $350 which included $40 in taxi fees and we got a LOT of stuff.
Post # 29
lillindy, how was your experience at the Excellence? I am really considering now and its only a few hundred cheaper than the St Lucia Grande. I would just hate to go somewhere and be disappointed. We never even considered Mexico until we just looked at the Excellence. Mr M is in charge of the Honeymoon booking and planning so I immediately sent it to him.
How blessed we all are to be torn about such a decision!
Post # 30
Hmm. Thanks I’ll check out the prices to other islands too.
Thanks. That was something else I was considering, how much money will I spend on souveniers and excursions. I was afraid it was going to add up. That’s not that bad if you spent about $400.
Post # 31
We’re deciding between the iberostar grand hotel paraiso which is where my brother went and frequently traveling travel agent loves most… or the Excellence…. which our travel agent also LOVES.
It’s pretty much a tie and price is a bit better at Excellence. I am leaning that way but we haven’t made a decision yet.
Both are in the Cancun area.