(Closed) Honeymoon help- certain criteria

posted 11 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
290 posts
Helper bee

@Bind9449: one of our agents recently returned from inspecting 12 of the top all-inclusive resorts.  If you’re interested in speaking with her, please send me a PM.

Post # 5
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think my resort meets all of those requirements. We are staying at the Majestic Elegance in Punta Cana. 4 hour flight from Pittsburgh.

Post # 7
755 posts
Busy bee

We went to Sandals Royal Bahamian. It was a 2.5 hour flight from DC. The only criteron it doesn’t really meet is being close to a downtown. We went downtown one day for the straw market and shopping (where the cruise ships dock). We didn’t really enjoy it, but I’m glad I went to see what was there.

We were really tired every night and didn’t stay up too late, but I don’t remember there being a ton of night-time activities. (but we also didn’t seek them out). We did lots of daytime activities (SCUBA, snorkeling, went to the off-shore island, spa, beach, pool bars, kayaking, etc.)

We didn’t take part in any of the entertainment stuff, so I can’t comment on that.

There was def. casual and fancy dining. Not stuffy at all. There were mostly 20 and 30 somethings there on honeymoons.

Post # 8
290 posts
Helper bee

The flights may be longer than 4 hours, but I would really recommend El Dorado Royale. It fits the description of what you’re looking for perfectly. I’ve stayed there twice within the last year. I think you would love it.

Post # 9
15 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

I hate to disagree with bliss honeymoons, but the El Dorado Royale has an absolutely horrible beach!  We were there for a wedding 18 months ago and still laugh that the beach in Cancun for our spring break in college that was like 699 per person was better!  I would suggest that you look into the Royal Playa Del Carmen.  This was where we left the El Dorado and went to.  Walking distance to playa, amazing beach, gorgeous rooms, adults only, good food, and depending on your room type several really cool extra’s, like butler service, mini cooper rental for a day to zip around, etc.   If you want some pictures, just email me at

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Post # 10
290 posts
Helper bee

I would agree that there are some resorts that offer a better beach-Secrets Maroma would be a great fit too.

What we find is that a lot of the all inclusives offer a lot of upscale dining choices, but not a lot of casual. There’s nothing worse than spending your entire vacation feeling like you have to get dressed up to grab a bite to eat! So we’re always on the lookout for resorts that offer a good mix of both casual and upscale choices.

Post # 11
1741 posts
Bumble bee

I think you need to consider if you really want an all inclusive if you plan on doing things in downtown. An all inclusive is really not worth the price if you are planning on spending a lot of time off the resort, eating and drinking at other restaurants.

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