Post # 1
We’re getting married next September and I’m trying to think about where would be a good place for a honeymoon. September is hurricane season, so I think the Caribbean is out unfortunately. Aruba looked interesting and I guess they really don’t get hit too much by the hurricanes. Europe is a possibility too, but I’ve been there a few times and my fiance has never been outside the U.S, so I’d like somewhere we can experience the first time together.
How did you choose your honeymoon destination?
Post # 3
Neither my fiance or I really like the beach, so that was out.Â I just sunburn so easily, and we aren’t the kind of people who enjoy laying on the beach or swimming in the ocean.
So we’ve decided to go to England/Scotland/maybe France.
We were originally just going to go to London, and maybe take a chunnel to France.Â But then I foundÂ
EasyJet and they have really, really cheap fares when flying within Europe. So I’d really like to go to a couple places. I’ve been to Italy, but my fiance has never been out of the country.Â
The only difficult thing now is planning a trip with multiple hotel rooms in different countries…
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2008 - St. Catherine of Genoa, Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant
Fiance isn’t really a beach person (he’ll go, but I don’t think he could spend all vacation there), and we both like vacations where we can go and see things. So, we chose Italy. We’re in the beginning stages of planning, and figuring out what cities we’d like to go to. If we can afford it we’ll try to hit up the major cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice – and hopefully the Amalfi Coast for a few beach days for me. 🙂
Post # 5
Since we’re getting married in the Caribbean we wanted to honeymoon somewhere with a different vibe. We looked into Africa but it seemed a little too pricey and I was worried about having bad jet lag (I get it really bad). We then looked at Sardinia, but read it was a little snooty- that may not be true but I didn’t want to try. So now, we are going to Italy but only to the South of Italy (since we have been to the major cities there): namely Ravello, Positano, Capri. We also joined Andrew Harper travel group which books all your vacation for you, so we don’t have to do anymore leg work. I was going bonkers! And planning honeymoon instead of doing work!
Post # 6
When we go on trips usually, we always feel we have to do/see *everything* and we end up exhausted. We decided that we DIDN’T want to spend our honeymoon like that, so we opted to take a luxe vacation locally instead. I guess it helps that we actually live in one of the top honeymoon destinations, but I think that even if we didn’t, we would have done the same. It was really nice to just spend our time enjoying each other’s company with no obligation to check out the museum, or see the "hot tourist sights." I really advocate the idea of simply spending time with your new Mr. and recharging after all the wedding hustle-and-bustle. Plus, there’s less stress involved in planning a close-to-home, do-nothing trip than in trying to plan a huge itinerary.
We went to the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele (on the Hawaiian island of Lanai). I highly recommend it! But, you really have to be able to handle the peace and quiet! (You can see everything in the town in 10 minutes or less, and there are only 8 "restaurants" excluding the hotels’…I’m not exaggerating either.)
We are going to save our "see the world, go someplace we’ve never been" trip for an anniversary instead.
Post # 7
We stayed in Hawaii (Big Island) after our wedding last September.
September is the best time to go to Hawaii cost-wise since it is off-peak so you will get the best travel deals. There are six Hawaiian islands accessible to the public, all with unique personalities. You certainly do not have to lay on the beach if you don’t want to…there’s tons to do (we were on Oahu, Maui and Big Island last month and didn’t go to the beach once!).
Post # 8
We LOVED Hawaii (Maui and the Big Island) when we were there (and we’re not at all beach people), and if we hadn’t been already, we might have done it for our honeymoon. Same thing for Bali in Indonesia; if you stay out of the touristy areas, it’s ridiculously beautiful and SO interesting (monkeys! volcanoes! temples!). But we wanted to go somewhere new for both of us, especially since we’re taking a long honeymoon (2 1/2 weeks), so we ended up picking Thailand. That way we can spend the first week relaxing/recovering at a nice resort and the rest of the time riding elephants and seeing temples, which I’m really excited about — I like to do a lot on vacations, too! I know it’s a long way to go, but we travel a lot, so hopefully we’ll be OK — we’re really looking forward to it!
Post # 9
I just got back from Aruba and would be glad to answer any questions. You can email me at aliya dot pitts at gmail dot com.
My quick two cents: Aruba is a GREAT honeymoon spot for the traveler who wants to relax, eat great food, and have fantastic weather! There isn’t a whole ton to do/see besides a few day trips and some shopping, but we wanted a do-nothing vacation (like many folks on this board, I’m a do-everything-once-I-get-there traveler) so it worked for us. I’ve been a lot of places, and both the beaches and the food here are the best I’ve ever seen! We stayed at the Bucuti Beach Resort (http://www.bucuti.com/en) on Eagle Beach. It is not an all-inclusive, but the island does have those types of places, too.
I will admit that on our last half-day there, Hurricane Felix passed by pretty close as a Category 2 and snarled up our travel plans on the way home! But everyone we talked to (both repeat visitors and locals) said that was a tremendous anomaly. The weather is GORGEOUS and it’s a safe bet for a beach vacation during the standard hurricane season.
(Wow, can you tell how much I loved Aruba!?!)
Post # 10
Honestly, we chose because we love to stay in beautifully designed hotels. My two favorite hotel websites are http://www.amanresorts.com/ and http://designhotels.com/ which have hotels in beautiful areas all around the world and the great thing is that all the hotels are so beautifully designed.
We have chosen Amanyara in the Turks & Caicos http://www.amanresorts.com/home.aspx?id=466 but I highly recommend perusing those websites.
Post # 11
We haven’t booked yet, but my first choice is Costa Rica. I haven’t looked into how they are affected by the hurricane season though, and we’re getting married in late August next year so that will be a consideration. Another spot that generally isn’t affected by hurricanes is the west coast of Mexico i.e. Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa.
If you want somewhere warm and sunny where you don’t have to worry at all about hurricanes, you could try the Mediterranean – Greece or Italy would be GORGEOUS. I would have loved to go to Italy for my honeymoon but my fiance is not too keen on Europe just because he doesn’t want it to be a sightseeing trip where we’re busy all day long.
Post # 12
smartl– august in Costa Rica is beautiful and still low season, but watch out for september– it rains. a lot. seriously.
how about going north? the canadian rockies are beautiful in the fall and still warmish in sept. check out this website:
Post # 13
Thanks for all the advice! I’ll definitely keep them all in mind!
For those of you going to Italy, I spent four months in Rome last year and through my travelling I would definitely recommend going to Tuscany or the Amalfi Coast for romantic destinations for a honeymoon. Something my parents and I did when they visited was rented a villa for a week in Tuscany (we stayed at Montestigliano, which was near Siena, and also has a website if you type it in). If you look into it certain places you can get cooking classes and have dinners made by them. Our place had a full kitchen to cook your own meals, you can have them stock your fridge with supplies for about a day or so, but then there’s usually a local town nearby to get some groceries.
Florence, Venice, Siena, Montepulciano are all great northern towns.
Naples is very dirty and fairly creepy, not my favorite, I’d recommend going further south to Sorrento and then down to the Amalfi Coast. The Island of Capri is also gorgeous. It’s near Pompeii and Herculaneum which are very interesting to visit.
A place I have heard a lot about is Cinque Terre, but I was never able to get there, unfortunately.
Hope this helps for anyone travelling to Italy!