Post # 1
So Fiance and I don’t travel. We’ve been historically too broke. When I realized we could finally go on a honeymoon I was ECSTATIC!! But since I don’t go anywhere, I barely know how to book the thing let alone how to figure out if the hotel is any good and if it’s in my price range (why the eff don’t those shiny books have prices?!)
Here’s our wish list! Please help us!!
- We want to go for two weeks, two people, all inclusive, hard top budget of 3k (CAD all in – including taxes). We were thinking Dominican Republic but it’s not a requirement (but no Cuba, please)
- We would really, really, really like an adult only resort/section (not a dealbreaker, but close)
- Fiance is a terrible eater and I’m vegetarian so we need a decent food spread (he could probably survive on fries alone, but he’d need something like a burger eventually. I just need some veg options)
- We would want to leave very shortly after the wedding (Nov 3rd or 4th)
That’s it! Not a ton of requirements but we’re still a little lost on how to proceed. I’m really looking for help from bees who regularly travel/vacation to all inclusives regarding where to look for pricing, best places for reviews, who to book with, how to get the best rate, when the best time to book is.. basically I need a lot of help.
THANKS BEES! 🙂
Post # 3
I think two weeks at an all-inclusive under 3,000 is unlikely but not impossible. I would look at all inclusives in Mexico. We are going to the Riviera Maya to an adults only all inclusive. Look on traveladvisor.com for reviews. We are staying at Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an, its not directly on the beach, but its part of a complex of resorts so you get beach access and its A LOT cheaper than any other adults only all inclusive. It also had great reviews on cheapcarribean and traveladvisor. For reference we are paying $1000 per person including airfare for 7 nights. I found cheapcarribean.com to have the best rates.
Post # 4
I am courious to see what turns up, have you looked on Costco Vacations?
Post # 5
We’re doing Riveria Maya for 8 nights All inclusive adults only for just about 3k. If you don’t get an upgraded room or can find cheap flights it can easily be done as 2 weeks for 3k. We are so excited! FH went to the Dominican Republic and said he would never go back there. I’m sure others have had different experiences but that was his.
Post # 6
I’m booking through Unforgettable Honeymoons and they were really helpful on creating the right package for us. You might want to check them out.
Post # 7
I suggest booking right away, our travel agent said the best time to book is 10 months before the trip for the best price and upgrades. All inclusive book up very fast, especially in the summer, but with going in the fall you may be able to get away with booking only a few months out.
Post # 8
@sanjessica: look at travel packages from expedia.
i think sandals is an adult only all inclusvie place, they have tons of locations in the carribbean.
Post # 9
i booked with chaepcarribean.com. it helped me get ideas of places and then I looked around for prices,and went with them
Post # 10
@sanjessica: i’ve been travelling for the past 25+ years. i’ve been to most of the carribean islands. you can probably get something in your budget for 2 weeks but it may only be a 3-3.5 star resort. what you want is a newer resort. they are always fresher and cleaner. cuba is the cheapest but since you don’t want cuba go with either mexico or dominican republic.
check out these canadian sites for great all inclusive deals. they are very user friendly and all fly out of toronto. i’ve used these for some great deals with all-inclusives with direct flights.
if you have any questions, feel free to pm me.
Post # 11
@sanjessica: I’d got to a travel agent – they can tell you where you’ll get the best bang for your buck, and most will match internet prices. Go in, tell them what you’re looking for and they’ll give you prices and brochures, etc. Hit up the internet and see if you can find better prices – if so, write them down and bring them in to the travel agent to match them.
The benefit of using a travel agent is that they can see all flight segments, etc. to get you the most convenient flights for you, and they can get you the honeymoon perks more often than you can get them yourself.
Especially if you’re not a frequent traveller – I’d vote travel agent. 🙂
Post # 12
wow this is so helpful.. thanks everyone! I have lots of links to check out this weekend!! 🙂
Post # 13
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My fiance and I got confused too, so we went to flight centre and the agent there was really helpful. We are even able to fly directly from our city to the main airports:) I recommend going to see a travel agent because they have all kinds of tips and tricks.
Post # 14
I’d suggest going to a travel agent too. We’re in a similar boat, tight budget and wanting maximum bang for our buck so to speak (we’re going to Thailand). After lots of looking at expedia & trip advisor and getting confused we went to a travel agent yesterday and they were absolutely marvelous – and most importantly they didn’t treat us like our budget was too impossible. We might have to stretch it a wee bit but they weren’t laughing at it anyway! lol. The guy got on to the best flights, transfers and found us an absolutely amazing resort with a pool villa that should be able to squeeze into our budget. We’re not booking for a while longer, but it’s so nice to know there are options! And there’s no way we would have sorted it out so quickly without his help. He zeroed in on the best resort straight away and it’s been all FH and i can dream about since! lol