(Closed) BOOKED OUR JULY/AUGUST HONEYMOON!!!!

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ohhh!! So cool! πŸ™‚ I’m definitely going to be sending you a message since we are looking into the same place! & you are definitely ahead of me! I’m getting married in April but we are going on our honeymoon in May so I needed to start bookin’ Wink

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

You guys are going to have an amazing time! My fiance and I stayed there in May 2010 and absolutely LOVED the resort! πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Excellent choice! We were there last June and loved it πŸ™‚

 

I have loads of pics; how do I post them?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

ohh please post! This is wear we are most likley going too. Suppose to book in nov. with our travel agent

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

OK here goes!

The courtyard:

 

The lobby:

 

 

The buffet restaurant:

 

Seating outside the buffet restaurant (lovely for breakfast):

 

The main pool:

 

 

 

 

The beach:

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

The quiet pool/’lazy river’ (our favourite; loads of space between loungers, really quiet and romantic):

 

 

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our room (the basic silver juniour suite):

 

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsWilson2012: we are going to have the same last name Laughing

@barbie86: Those pictures are really helpful! That beach looks amazing!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Looks amaaaaazing!!!!  Congrats! πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

We use taxis. The main reason being the resorts are often set back from the main road, so walking out of the resort to the nearest bus stop can easily take 20-30 minutes, which is not my idea of fun in the Mexican heat! The hotel will call a taxi for you, no need to pre-book, they have them waiting all the time. A taxi into Puerto Morelos (a small fishing town that we like to visit to do our shopping and have lunch; if you’re into snorkelling or diving I’d suggest going with one of the several dive shops there) costs approx 150 pesos/15 USD, and a taxi into Playa del Carmen costs approx 220 pesos/22 USD, each way.

They do also have an ADO bus system (large air conditioned coaches) which are reasonably priced and we spoke to a few people who visited the ruins on these rather than taking an escorted tour from the hotel (it works out much cheaper).

The trips and activities we’ve done over the last 3 years are:

Speed boat and ATV combo at Maroma beach, which was great fun (half day trip, cost approx 65/70 USD pp if you shared vehicles if I remember right)

Selvatcia: zipline park which was great fun. Costs approx 100 USD with transport. Xplor is also highly recommended and there’s more to do there, so worth a look if you’re into that kind of thing

Crococun Zoo near Puerto Morelos: you get to interact with and touch/hold/feed different animals inc baby crocodiles/crocodiles, deer, parrots, snakes, Mexican hairless dogs, and spidermonkeys (there are wild ones which are so cool as well as some which they rehabilitate)

Resort course dive: most resorts offer these, you have basic training in the pool and then do a shallow open dive, again, great fun

Snorkelling: we did this through a dive shop in Puerto Morelos. We paid about 13 USD pp for 1.5 hours just us two with our own guide. If you head to Akumal, you can snorkel with turtles, though I haven’t done this myself, it’s highly recommended

Chichen Itza: large site, approx 3/3.5 hours away. Very interesting. We also swam in a cenote which was absolutely beautiful and stopped in Valladolid (colonial town) for about 30 mins)

Coba: we did this with a company called All Tournative and would recommend it. Coba itself is pretty cool, and situated in the jungle; when we were there we were able to climb it, I’m not sure if this is still the case. Also included on the trip was rappelling down into a cenote, zipling back across, canoeing down a small (and very shallow!) river to the jungle, walking through for approx 5 minutes looking at pretty birds and wild monkeys, witnessing a Mayan ceremony, then swimming in a cenote. Great fun. There’s a photographer with you all day (very unobtrusive) so you can purchase photos on a disc as a memento.

Tulum: the setting is pituresque on a wonderful beach,  but it was our least favourite ruin. The site is very open and VERY hot, with little shade, and we just didn’t find it as interesting as the other two. But, at approx 20 minutes away, it’s the closest and so popular for that reason

 

There’s a wealth of other trips available inc Xel-ha and Xcaret which are popular but have never appealed to us, cruises (eg a lobster cruise from Cancun), and so on. I’d also suggest getting a honeymoon photo shoot done; we’ve had photos done at the Excellence in Mexico and the Bahia Principe in the DR, most resorts offer this (I’m pretty sure the VIM do, but contact them to find out) and it makes a lovely souvenir IMPO.

 

HTH!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

We booked with Best Day Travel at our hotel, and the company we went with was called Go Natural. We were picked up from our hotel at approx 7.20am, then made about 4 stops to pick up other couples (I think there was 12 of us in all; the maximum number they take is 14; do check this whoever you book with, as smaller groups are much better), then set off for Chichen Itza. We made a stop at a shop on the way (basically, a chance to buy tourist tat, but it was an opportunity to stretch our legs and nip to the toilet), and arrived at Chichen Itza at about 11.45. Our guide took us round for just over an hour, explaining everything and showing us all the main sites. We then had about 1.5 hours of free time, to take pictures at leisure, look at the stalls, and so on. Unfortunately, as soon has he left us they sky went black, so we ran back to the covered area at the entrance and just missed it chucking it down with rain. We got a drink, then at about 1.45 our guide came for us and we went for lunch (simple buffet meal).

After lunch we visited the cenote (approx 25 minute drive away) which was very beautiful. Because it was raining, I was the only one in our group who went in for a swim, but I’m SO glad I did as it was so cool and refreshing, and just so pretty, I was just laying back looking up at all the stallactites πŸ™‚

We then visited Valladolid (approx 15 minute drive away) for approx 25 minutes; there’s an art gallery and a church there, as well as a nice park, and some cafes.

We then headed back, and arrived back at about 6.45 (we were the last drop).

All in all it’s a long day, but we really enjoyed it. We paid about $80 if I remember right.

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