(Closed) All inclusive honeymoons?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i have heard great things and also want to do an all inclusive. what websites did you look at?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We went on an all-inclusive honeymoon to Cuba and we really enjoyed it.  The nice thing about all-inclusive is that you don’t have to worry about budgeting for food & drinks.  We really wanted a stress-free vacation, and felt this was the best option!

Hotel and food quality can REALLY vary when picking a resort.  I suggest looking at a lot of ratings (trip advisor, the website you’re looking at etc) before you decide.  We did this and I’m really glad we did.  Make sure you look at all of the reviews and don’t focus on just the bad ones (because really, ALL the resorts have at least SOME bad reviews).

Good luck on your choice!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It depends on what kind of vacation you want. All-inclusive resorts are usually large and isolated, so you’re not likely to get much of the “culture.”

That said, they’re awesome if you just want to sit by the beach and have a swim-up bar. All food, drink, and most activities are included. I usually bring $50-$100 in $1’s to tip people with, even though tips are already “included.” (Drinks usually come a bit faster!) They’ll have daily shows, classes, and other entertainment.

Depending on how nice of an all-inclusive you choose, you’ll have a buffet breakfast and lunch, pool-side snacks, and ala carte or buffet dinner options. Some include in-room mini-bar and room service. The food is generally fine, but nothing to get super excited about.

My Fiance and I will be doing a mid-range all inclusive (we should be able to do a week including airfare for less than $2k total) right after our wedding to relax… Then we’re planning a more adventurous honeymoon in Europe (probably Greece.. maybe Croatia or Sicily.)

Get your passport and get ready to relax!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I did an all-inclusive to Cozumel with my sister when I was 19.  It was very affordable, not luxury, but EVERYTHING was included.  You can imagine what a 19 year old wants to do while on vacation in Mexico, and I was drinking for free from about noon to 3am most days, lol.  I do not reccommend this.  But, food, scuba diving, entertainment, transportation to and from the airpoirt, was all included in one price.  We didn’t do a lot of exploring, but it was extremely easy and convenient.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

For a relaxing vacation, they’re great!  The drinks, food, airfare and hotel are all included so you really don’t have to worry about anything.  It’s nice if you can get a good resort with some variety.  The one we stayed at in Jamaica was a 4 star and it had a buffet and a grill as well as three different restaurants that you could make reservations at.  They were still included, you just had to book a time.  It varied up the cuisine a bit.  There were also about three or four different bars and a nightclub.  Some have even more so that you have choices of what to do!  I would recommend it but not for more than one week.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Check out allinclusiveoutlet.com – That’s where I booked my last all-inclusive and I got a price that was $1000 cheaper than what AAA quoted me! 

Check tripadvisor.com and look at actual guest pictures of the hotel, beach, rooms, etc.  You’ll learn a lot about what it is really like, much more so than you can from the hotel’s website. 

In my opinion, all-inclusives are the way to go.  It’s so nice to not have to worry whatsoever about money once you get there.  And considering how much I normally eat/drink on vacation, have an all-inclusive package saves lots of money on food/beverage alone!  Many resorts will also include other activities (wind surfing, scuba diving, other sight-seeing trips) for free, so check into that before you book. 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I use http://www.travelbyvip.com

they are top for romantic Caribbean/Mexico and the President is featured in Martha Stewart’s Weddings magazine.  They are free and match all the online prices plus you don’t have to pay in full.  Great experts too, and we were clueless!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For me, it’s the only way to go!  I love them!  At least you don’t have to worry about over spending, everything is included!  The only thing that’s extra is tipping (optional) and if you want to do any extra excursions.  They are so relaxing.

As far as quality and food of the hotels, well it depends on the destination, and where you are going.  Rely heavily on tripadvisor reviews and you should be ok.  Also, try to stick to a 5* for your honeymoon, especially for certain destinations.

Your money will go the furthest with places like Dominican and Mexico, possibly Jamaica too.  The other islands are usually pricier.

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are staying at Secrets Wild Orchid (All Inclusive) in Montego Bay Jamacia, I can’t wait.  We booked our travel through allinclusiveoutlet.com .  They have great rates, plus you can check out a lot of all inclusive resorts in different areas.  Plus we got a great rate, and that includes a suite :)!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@andreagrace34:We were looking at Secrets in Montego Bay but were turned off when we found out you have to pay for your entire vacation up front upon booking.  We’ve been guests at Sandals and you can make a deposit and then make payments up until 45 days before your travel date. 

Did booking thru allinclusiveoutlet.com allow you to pay for Secrets in increments?

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