(Closed) Calling all travelers: Play travel agent for me?! Help with Honeymoon!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 31
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Italy and Croatia is beautiful, but my vote for a honeymoon location would be Greece.  10 days isnt too bad if you’re not trying to jam too much stuff in and move around a lot.  I’d pick 2 islands (we did Santorini and Milos and loved both) and spend a night or two in Athens on either end of the flight.  But I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those 3 places.

Post # 32
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Busy bee

Bali, you can live like a king and queen (luxury villa with private pool) for unbelievable prices.  Ubud is the place to stay in my opinion, it’s the arty cultural centre of Bali with many rice fields, hills/valleys, spas, gallery’s, boutiques, etc. The culture is so unique and remains strong, you can see traditional dances, visit temples the Balinese have ceremonies regularly which you may witness. The scenery is beautiful and the whole island is so photogenic. There are so many great restaurants and cafes  to eat at and bars with live music. The people are always happy and friendly and the majority speak English (as their livelihood revolves around tourism). It’s definitely the place to pamper yourself, massages, couples treatments, etc. Also many activities like white-water rafting, cycling tour through the villages (reccomend), cooking lessons, wood-carving, art lessons, etc. if you don’t just want to laze around. I know there is the little issue of a volcano at the moment, but after that passes it will be perfect.

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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windycitywedding2019 :  have you been to the Azores? I am planning my honeymoon there and mainland Portugal and would love any recommendations you have. 

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper

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ceebees :  how about Portugal? We had 13 nights there and visited 3 different places (Porto for 3 nights; Lisbon city centre for 3 nights; Estorial/Cascais for 7 nights). It would be comfortable to visit those 3 places in say 10 or 11 nights, too, as they’re close together (Porto is approx. 3 hours from Lisbon by train, and Estorial just 30 minutes from Lisbon). They’re all very different so you would feel you’d seen a lot, without it feeling like you were on the go all the time.

Another good optiuon is Croatia, as a PP suggested. If you do the Northwest (eg Zagreb) you can pair it with Slovenia easily; or if you venture further south to Dubrovnik this can easily be paired with overnight trips to Bosnia and/or Montenegro.

Post # 35
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Bee Keeper

Also, a more general tip: if you do chose Europe please don’t try to pack too much in. My general rule is to allow 3-4 nights/full days per place, excluding travel time. I see itineraries where people want to visit like 5 or 6 different places in a 10 night trip and it just makes me cringe.

Post # 36
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Helper bee

We are going to Italy for 10 days! Yeah it’s not the longest time but it’s a good amount and still worth it to travel for that amount of time. Not many people can take a month or more to explore the whole country. 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee

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ceebees :  I’d recommend Italy, sticking to Tuscany. Spend a couple days on the cinque Terre for amazing sights. It’s a pretty small area, I wouldn’t worry about spending time travelling. We did a day trip to cinque Terre by train from Florence. Would love to spend more time there though 

Post # 38
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Helper bee

Honestly, the good thing about Europe (Italy, Spain, Greece) and SEA (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia) is that all these countries are essentially a short hop away from each other. Once you land in the region, there’ll be so much to explore and see and eat and do…I’d go with either of these regions over Hawaii or Maldives etc.

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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ceebees :  Cook Islands & Australia is what we did and I highly recommend it 🙂

Post # 41
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Honey bee

I have been to Greece twice.  The first time was for my honeymoon and we went to Athens, Santorini and Mykonos.  The second time I went with friends and we went to Mykonos, Paros and Santorini.

The food, the culture, the beaches, the water, everything is beautiful.  I love the people.  

I would recommend staying in Oia in Santorini because the views are absolutely to die for and it’s really romantic.  Mykonos is more of a party island, but it’s also beautiful. 

Now I want to go back!

Post # 43
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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ceebees :  We opted not to go to Mykonos for that same reason even though it seems to be one of the “must see” islands.  I wanted to go to a more scenic one and ended up picking Milos.  It’s a much slower pace and not as popular and we loved it.  We did a sail boat tour there and had a car and just went around to different beaches.  It was nice that there wasnt as much to see and do and we could could just relax. I do think Santorini is definitely very busy, but I do think it’s one of the musts.  We stayed in Oia on a cliffside hotel and it was worth every penny.  We usually stick to no frills budget hotels, but was SO glad we splurged here and would definitely do it again.  And it was still probably on the lower end of their cliff side hotels.  (We stayed at Fanari, and had the room with outdoor private hot tub and sunning deck!  It was so awesome we forgot to check out their resort pool.)   I dunno if I posted this before, but here’s a recap I did a while back with some pics… https://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/greece-trip-recap-pic-heavy/  

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

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ceebees :  We really enjoyed Mykonos. For us it was a nice break in the slow pace slow bits of the other islands. We aren’t big “partiers/dancers” but did have fun grabbing a couple drinks in the evenings. Santorini is amazing. Naxos is a super fun place lil place, you might enjoy it.

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