(Closed) honeymoon all inclusive advice-excellence resorts

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I don’t know about Excellence, but Fiance and I decided to book through Sandals because we know a few people who have done Sandals vacations and LOVED them.

We are doing Sandals La Toc in St. Lucia for a week- they have three resorts in St. Lucia, and Sandals provides free transportation between all three. So it’s kind of like we get to visit three resorts for the price of one. 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Hcrab81:  we were thinking of an all inclusive resort but there a lil pricey for what you get.

ive heard so please don’t quote me from friends of ours unless you get the really expensive rooms you have to make reservations for dinner and other things there’s entertainment on the resort but it becomes repetitious after a few nights. so we decided on a 7 night cruise to the Bahama’s and a few other islands i love cruises and its the most bang for your buck if your on a budget like we are. there just so much to do on the ship or you can just do nothing on the ship we love it.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Hcrab81:  I believe the Sandals Halcyon resort in St. Lucia might be a little less expensive- I obvioulsy haven’t been yet though, so I’m not sure if there’s a difference in the quality of the rooms and what-not.

As a PP mentioned, a cruise is a great idea as well- and a lot of the time you can get an *amazing* deal on a cruise. When you factor in that your meals, room, and travel are pretty much covered by the resort price, you kinda come out on top. I don’t think alcohol is included, like it is at Sandals, but I think you can buy sort of an alcohol ‘package’ up front so you don’t have to worry about the bill every time you order a couple of drinks.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

One of my bridesmaids has been to the one in DR and she said it was AMAZING! She recommended it for our honeymoon. I think it might be out of our price range though :-/

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

We generally do 2 all-inclusive vacays a year (though this year none of our holidays were resort vacations Cry ).  I found our favorite resort through trip advisor.  I pick a general area, then search all of the reosrts in that area.  I prefer to read only the current reviews, because resorts can change.

From your description, pretty much any all-inclusive is going to give you what you want (beach and free drinks).  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@rachelmichelle:  Alcohol on cruises can really add up quickly, and you aren’t allowed to bring your own. Just something folks should be aware of if they’ve never taken a cruise.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@HisNightOwl2014:  some all-inclusives are a great deal.  i have travelled a lot over the past 25 years and found the best value at an all-inclusive.  restaurants are ridiculously overpriced in tourist areas so i like that i don’t have to worry about buying meals and drinks.

find a resort that has a lot to offer in and around the resort itself.  most offer evening entertainment and late night discos.  also, you want a place with a variety of a la carte restaurants.  if you are staying for 2 weeks, food can get repetitive if there’s only a couple of choices.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

@HisNightOwl2014:  Most resorts have “a la carte” restaurants, and you are entitled to so many meals/week at them. The resort we frequent has 5 restaurants, and you get 4 a la carte reservations per week. We have never had an issue with getting reservations, and in fact, the food at the buffet or poolside restaurant is so good, the last time we were there we didn’t even use all of our a la cartes.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Hcrab81:  el dorado royale in mexico is absolutely incredible… im not sure about the ones you are talking about but you should look into this one too!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I had a great experience with Grand Palladium in Punta Cana.. absolutely amazing.. you definitely just lay on the beach all day! You make reservations for dinner, but I would just do that around lunchtime, go hang on the beach, change, then go to dinner! All meals and alcohol were free, and with the “basic” room, it was around 1000 a person for a week, including airfare from Philadelphia. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@SeaSalt:  Yep, that’s why I said that some cruises offer an alcohol ‘package’ where you can pay a somewhat hefty fee up front for a special cup/ID bracelet/whatever and that gets you the alcohol for your trip.

It seems like a lot to pay at the beginning, but if you’re going to drink a lot, it’s well worth it.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Dreams in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico was amazing.

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