Post # 1
My fiancé and I had originally planned to take our honeymoon in Napa Valley, California right after our wedding. Circumstances beyond our control have forced us to postpone our honeymoon until January 2011 and now we’re back at square one trying to plan something. We have a lot of requirements which have made the planning process a bit overwhelming.
* We don’t mind where we stay and are open to private rentals, B&B or resorts (as long as they are adult only).
* Amazing food and service are a MUST!
* We don’t want to go on a cruise and need someplace that offers more than just lounging at the beach/pool all day. We would prefer to go somewhere warm (doesn’t have to be tropical or Caribbean) that has lots of opportunities to explore both natural and cultural attractions…as well as sit on the beach (just not the whole time) or play in the water.
* We would like to keep it under $5k after all is said and done.
I’m taking any and all suggestions…so let me know what you think might be a good fit! Thanks!
Post # 3
Yay- we are wedding date twins 🙂
For domestic travel- I am going to suggest Arizona. It doesn’t fit all of your criteria, but most. Amazing food & service, warm climate with natural and cultural attractions, price under $5k. It will be about 65-70 degrees in January and obviously there is no beach, but plenty of swimming pools.
Spend a few days in Phoenix and then head up to Sedona to see the red rocks. You could even go up to the Grand Canyon if you feel so inclined. Stay at a nice resort in both cities at an affordable price. There are so many places in Phoenix- Four Seasons, Intercontinental Monte Lucia, The Phoenician, Biltmore Resort & Spa, the list goes on and on. A little less expensive, but I love the Firesky Resort in Scottsdale because Kimpton is a great boutique hotel chain. Get spa treatments, go hiking, visit the Heard Museum, Desert Bottanical Gardens, take a jeep tour in Sedona, climb Cathedral Rock. I have a lot of restaurant recommendations.
Post # 4
Costa Rica has ALOT to do. This was our dream honeymoon but couldn’t afford to spend 4k. It has rainforest, beaches, volcanos, waterfalls, etc. Lots to see and do.
Post # 5
We’re taking our honeymoon to Couples Swept Away in Jamaica. All the reviews I have read say it’s fantastic (along with great food). One thing that really drew me to it is all the water sports are included. It’s nice to know we can go snorkeling how ever many times we want and not have to pay extra. We don’t scuba dive, but that’s including in the resort price as well….along with windsurfing, hobiecats, kayaking, and a ton more stuff. Including airfare, it’s going to be about $3400 for the two of us…Oh, and the resort is adults only!!!
Post # 6
Many of the Caribbean Island and resorts in Mexico offer all adult accommodations. The most plentiful choices are in Jamaica and Cancun/Riviera Maya destinations. Some resorts also offer resorts with adult only areas, separated from the family sections.
The key point to remember is how you are budgeting. If you were thinking of a budget of $5000.00 for a B&B or European Plan, don’t forget to add your meals and entertainment. If you are thinking all-inclusive, then you need add only a few excursions. Since all of the food and entertainment is included, you may be able to stretch the budget more than $5000.00.
Sweptaway is a wonderful spot as mentioned. They have great amenities and some very private, intimate areas all through the resort. The sister resort, San Souci, the same, very small, boutique style…a personal favorite in Jamaica. From the Ocho Rios area you can do several excursions and Couples actually offers a few too which have very much please my couples.
Next, I would turn to Riviera Maya…again, many great choices and fun excursions with some really great values in all adult resorts.
Honeymoon planning is a very personal choice. It is not a one size fits all decision. Each destination and each resort have amenities which appeal to different lifestyles.
I hope this was a little helpful!
Post # 7
I will always recommend a cruise, non stop entertainment, traveling, and great service and food, you cant go wrong! plus they have flexible payment plans, should you find the choice you made to be quite pricey.
Post # 8
You know what…Charleston might be a place for you to consider. I lived there for a year and it is a city like no other (except maybe Savannah). There are beaches (Folly Beach, James Island, Isle of Palms, etc) and while the water is not crystal clear like the Caribbean, the beaches are nice…and the landscape is peppered with Spanish moss-strewn trees and grassy wetlands. And the city itself is unreal. The architecture and the history there is mind-blowing. You almost feel like you’re on a movie set! (For instance, there are no high-rise buildings because the city ordinance forbids any building to be higher than the highest church steeple.) I lived for six years in California, which is obviously like a postcard, but it also made me appreciate the different sort of beauty that the Southeastern coast has.
Blast–I just realized your honeymoon is in January. It might be a bit cold there at that time. If you could wait until the spring, Charleston would be beautiful.
Post # 9
I completely second Sedona, AZ. My new husband and I just returned from there on Friday, and we had an amazing time!! We stayed at Enchantment Resort and couldn’t have been happier. We could shop downtown, hike on the red rocks, took a Jeep tour on the rocks (not to be missed!), lounged by the pool, had spa treatments at the on-site spa. It was perfect for releasing all of the wedding planning and hectic wedding stress. If you’d like to see the Grand Canyon, it’s also pretty close. We didn’t make it there because we were only in town for 4 days and really just wanted to stay locally. Highly recommended. Please feel free to email me if you’d like more info.
Post # 10
I second Costa Rica as an option. We stayed here: http://www.junglelodgecostarica.com/ on a trip we took as a couple about two years ago and it was amazing. You raft into the lodge and they have quite a bit in the way of activities to keep you busy. Also, although we were short on time many of the other guests tacked on beach trips at the end (after you raft out you end up somewhere near Limon on the Carribean side). A couple of notes: 1) the honeymoon suite there was ridiculously nice, 2) the food was to die for.
Post # 11
Costa Rica has so many things to do: ziplines, see volcanoes, horseback riding, eco-tours!
If you want to consider Europe, Belgium has amazing cities! Brussels or Brugge.. also, look online for deals in Rome!
Post # 12
I would also suggest Costa Rica 🙂 Great weather, and it’s super easy to get to! Tons of stuff to do, and very romantic.
We seriously considered going there for our honeymoon, but we just got engaged in CR in March, so we wanted to try somewhere different. For our winter honeymoon, we are considering Panama (#1 choice so far), Aruba, and Bermuda.
Post # 13
Yikes…I wasnt getting any notifications that you all were posting! Thanks so much for the great suggestions. Costa Rica is definitely one of our top contenders!!