Post # 1
My FH and I are having a weddingmoon at a resort in Jamaica. We’ll be staying for 6 nights. I’m trying to pick a room category and I’m not sure how high to go. This hotel has quite a few options.
Bees who stayed at a resort for your wedding, honeymoon, anything… how high of a room category did you pick? Did you wish you had gone higher or lower or was it perfect?
Post # 3
@mepayne: We picked one of the highest for our honeymoon. Then again it was an overwater bungalow so it really made a difference! LOL
I am all for splurging for honeymoon or wedding.
Post # 4
@mepayne: I went to Jamaica this summer and it was SO fun!! I’m not sure what a weddingmoon is, but I would book a medium room category- maybe the resort will upgrade it! 😉 Obviously something you will be happy with in case they don’t, but I wouldn’t want to spend the money on the fanciest room personally.
Post # 5
@HeartsandSparkles: A weddingmoon is just a wedding/honeymoon combo.
Post # 6
@mepayne: we did an oceanview but not beachfront. It would have cost us thousands more to have beachfront when the beach was literally a ten second walk away. Our view was of the ocean so it was perfect. We honestly spent so little time in our room, I would not have cared what type we had.
Post # 7
@mepayne: Thanks! That sounds awesome!! I’m sure it will be fab!
Post # 8
Just booked the honeymoon last week. I got a double room upgrade for free from my travel agent who was able to match internet prices. We ended up getting a Beachfron Jacuzzi suite. The honeymoon is a bit of a splurge but when will you ever have the oportunity again?
Post # 9
We considered getting an extra fancy/deluxe room on our honeymoon cruise, but decided we’d rather be in a more secluded area!
We did splurge for an extra-fancy hotel room after the cruise, though!
Post # 10
On our 2 Week Honeymoon, Mr TTR & I stayed in 4 Locations:
Florida Key’s Resort – This is where we were married & spent 3 days. We took the highest accommodations they had as (a) We were familiar with the resort, had stayed there before so KNEW we wanted the Best of their Best, having done a tour (b) And well, it was our Wedding Base-Camp and Wedding Night Suite. Our room was incredible, and right on the ocean. This was not a cheap choice, just for our Hotel Suite was over $ 500 a Night.
Miami Airport Hotel – This was a quick in and out location. We took a Standard Room. This cost us aprox $ 200 for the Night
San Juan Hotel – We were here for 2 Nights. We took Ocean View Accommodations Mid-Range. We were fortunate to have Points to pay for this… otherwise it would have run us in the $ 300 to $ 400 range per Night.
Caribbean Cruise – We took a one week cruise thru the Southern Caribbean. We chose a Mid-Level Cabin (Sunset Aft Cabin Extra Large Balcony – Concierge Class). This was worth EVERY PENNY – NO REGRETS. IF we would have had even more money, would have upgraded accordingly. Our Cruise Fee including Accommodations, Meals & Entertainment (so somewhat similar to an AI ashore) cost us about $ 1200 each… so $ 2400 for the 2 of us for the week (Booze, Taxes, Tips etc = $ 1500) so about $ 550 a day.
AI Resorts are usually organized similarly…
As others have said a Honeymoon is a once in a lifetime thing… general rule of thumb is to do the best you can afford.
Hope this helps,
Post # 11
@mepayne: There were 7 options. Ranging from 1) basic room with no spefic view of the beach or anything — 5) swim up room with 24/7 room service, private concierge —- 7) a presidential suite with a 24/7 butler, private swim up pool…
We picked a middle of the road. Where we still qualified for all perks, had a better room, BUT we did not go crazy. We dont plan on spending a lot of time in the room (nor are we big swimmers, sun bathers, etc) so we did not need a swim up room or anything. We went with the 4th option out of the 7. I have dietary needs, and having 24/7 room service is important (especially because we plan to be off the resort much of our honeymoon on excursions). Save the money to do something extra special, unless you are the type of person who does like lounging around the room..
Post # 12
@SparkleBee11: I’m the type of person who likes to hang around the hotel, but FH isn’t so I’m trying to find a good middle ground. This resort has 8 (2 of which are presidential suites – 1 and 2 bedroom), according to the info I got from the wedding planner, but the spread is about the same as the resort you’ll be staying at.
It seems that upper-middle (like tiers 5-6 of 8) is the general consensus.
Post # 13
To @mepayne: Yes if I had to define my Honeymoon I’d say we did Upper-Middle for the most part.
On our Cruise Ship there were 6 Different Classes … and Sub-Categories within each Class based primarily on location within the ship.
* Suites, well that is just a whole world onto itself… CRAAAAZY Money (when I win the lottery)
- Suites = 4 Categories
- AquaClass Cabins
- Concierge Class Cabins
- Balcony Cabins
- Oceanview Cabins
- Inside Cabins
We were Concierge Class, Top Category.
Friends of us just recently did an AI Vacation (Mexico) where they opted for a higher tier… they had a room that was swim-up (access to the bigger pool)… and they LOVED IT. They said it was awesome to be able to go outside their room 24/7 and just sit and relax in the pool which has steps (good if you just want to stick your feet in) and a shallow-ish area with a sort of Chaise built in.
PHOTO – Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico (not my photo)
As for Butlered Suites… that is what they have on the Cruise Ship, and like I said I’d LOVE to be able to afford to travel like that.
As for AIs I’ve heard mixed Reviews… in that not all Butlers are created equal (and they typically have a long list of Guests they are working for) so you may be paying extra for a service you rarely see in action / use. Altho those who have had good experiences tend to say that they are PHENOMENAL.
Hope this helps,