(Closed) Tell me about your BEST vacation ever! Getting ideas for honeymoon:)

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
1678 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Barbiestylez:  i guess it depends on what you want out of a trip…but my favorite trip ever was 9 days my fiancé and i spent last summer in the outer banks of north carolina. we drove the entire chain of islands and towns, and stayed at various hotels along the way, exploring each spot for a day or two before moving on. we got to see and do whatever we pleased whenever we pleased, which appeals more to us than a cruise or an all-inclusive where you are limited, IMO. it was so beautiful, quite relaxing and quaint. we had the time of our lives!

Post # 4
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Barbiestylez:  I have so many vacations that I love, I am not sure if I can say one was the BEST or not!  I have never done an all inclusive type of place.  Nearly all my vacations involve some camping just because it gives you more flexibility than always having to go to a hotel.

I will mention where we honeymooned.  We drove from Utah to the Canadian Rockies for a 2500 mile road trip adventure for 11 days. 

Where was it: Canadian Rockies, including 5 National Parks and 9 Provincial Parks.  We hiked everyday.

What time of year:  August-Sept 2012

All inclusive, cruise, or just hotel: 3 nights of camping, 4 nights of hotel, 3 nights of a fancy lodge (we got married on this trip and used the fancy lodge as our base).  Only 3 nights were officially booked before we left Utah, the rest we did on the fly!

Pros of your trip: Easy to plan (planned it in 15 days, including our wedding), we had our own vehicle with us, flexible, no lengthy reservations needed, weather was perfect for us (never topped more than 75 F!), scenery to die for

Cons of your trip: Wish we had more time!  So much to see.  We’ll go back for our 5th.

Cost:  $3700 for 10 nights lodging/camping, all meals, all gas, all parks passes

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Post # 5
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ll post the best one we had was our actual honeymoon.

Where was it: San Jose del Cabo

What time of year: September 9-15, 2013

All inclusive, cruise, or just hotel: All inclusive, beach front resort

Pros of your trip: The honeymoon was the best thing I have ever experienced, besides the wedding. The hotel was at the end of a line of places, so it was very quiet and peaceful being on the end. There was an estuary on the other side of the resort, where it ended, so there were constantly wildlife to watch. There was a sea turtle nusery on the beach and they released sea turtles every night at sunset which was AMAZING and I love turtles so it was the best. The food was really good, I’m a vegetarian and didn’t have trouble eating there. Hubby loved it. There were open pools with not too many people around. The drinks were AMAZING, not watered-down at all. The hotel was nice and cool in our room, despite the 80-90 degree temps and humidity. The people who cleaned the room made towel animals each day when they cleaned and it was awesome. We had a deck that looked out to the ocean. Within 2 hours of getting to the hotel we were brought a bottle of champagne and a place of Meixcan desserts for our honeymoon start. We had a glass bottom boat tour in Cabo San Lucas. I LOVED IT ALL!

Cons of your trip: It was freaking humid, let me tell you. The bugs were slightly annoying, but nothing that wasn’t handled with OFF Bug Spray. It was far from town, so hubby and I walked one day to San Jose del Cabo and it was a couple miles. It was far from the busier Cabo San Lucas, so it was an adventure getting there. 

Cost: $1600 total for both of us, including airfair and stay

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Here are some pictures from the hotel grounds!

Post # 6
8827 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’ll play because our honeymoon was amazing.  though every trip with Darling Husband is amazing.  

Where was it: Italy, our honeymoon

What time of year: october

All inclusive, cruise, or just hotel: we booked through europeandestinations.com. i was a little weary but 2 of DH’s friends recommended it.  they arranged our hotels, airfare, and train from city to city.  we did have control over flight times and we upgraded a few hotels.  the cost of 1/3 of what travel agents wanted to charge.

Pros of your trip: Darling Husband planned our trip, it was amazing.  we had a loose itinerary of what we wanted to cover in each city but nothing was set in stone.

Cons of your trip: we didn’t upgrade our room in florence because it was more than we wanted to spend.  it was beautiful weather but the hotel didn’t have screens on the windows.  we didn’t know it was going to be a problem until the next morning when Darling Husband woke up with 14 mosquito bites. i didn’t get any.  (he’s much sweeter than me) 

Cost: for flight, train, hotel, and travel insurance for 11 night was about $5000 for both us.

we spent more on food, museums, activities, etc.

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Post # 7
2597 posts
Sugar bee

Barbiestylez:  My fav trip was a cruise to mexico (leaving from Los Angeles where I live)

Where – Mexico: Ensenada, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas (my fav!) for 9 days.

Time: It was in October. Probably a little cheaper being just after summer, but the weather was fantastic! You did not need a sweater at night on the top deck.

Type: Cruise which is basically all inclusive except for alcohol, on-board gambling or shopping and the excursions at the ports (oh and gratuities is not included ~ $10 a day) This includes your room, food (at buffet or 5 star restaurant, or even room service!), entertainment on board such as singers, dancers, comedians, hynotist plus fun classes and games with other guests.

Pros – everything! I absolutely loved it. We more just walked around the ports instead of windsailing and swiming with dolphins liked everyone else. Cabo had some great shopping, but we pretty much just plonked ourselves on the beach bar and relaxed. We would visit a lounge with live music from 60s-80s after dinner, then get ready and head to the dance club and then order room service at night.

Cons – i dont have much really. Outside contact is limited, the trip wasn’t with SO so obviously i missed being able to talk to him, but other than that – i have no complaints!

cost – My 9 day trip was only $667! Plus gratuities, alcohol and gambling i probably spent another $300-$400 on board. 

Post # 8
1678 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Barbiestylez:  well in THAT case…my favorite that would fit that bill was a trip to Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamiaca in June of 2008. all inclusive, great food, great staff, met some awesome people, chilled at a swim up bar, went out on a party catamaran, and spent 6 days in paradise! i think it was $3000 total for the two of us including air for 5 nights/6 days!

Post # 9
1054 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’m not going to include Cape Town, South Africa because it was when I was studying abroad, and wasn’t technically a “vacation”… so I’ll go with…

Where was it: San Juan, Puerto Rico

What time of year: April…I’ve also been in February

All inclusive, cruise, or just hotel: Hotel

Pros of your trip: Lots to do! We spent a few days just walking around San Juan, enjoying the shopping and food. We spent a few days on the beautiful beaches and we also hiked in the rain forest and kayaked through the bioluminescent bay.

Cons of your trip: I can’t really think of any cons. 

Cost: About $800/person for 6 days not including food/drink. We probably spent between $50- $100/day on food.

Post # 10
961 posts
Busy bee


Barbiestylez:  We went to Sandals Emerald Bay on Great Exuma, Bahamas for a week last November and LOVED it!  We met another cool couple there and hung out with them and even rented a boat with them to go off island exploring.  We’ve kept in contact with them and are planning another trip together this year.

We rented the Royal Villa, which was a 1 bedroom, 2 story villa with a private pool (the only one) so it was a little over the top expensive but we were able to entertain there all week, which was awesome.  But the whole place is really nice so I’m sure you wouldn’t have to have that villa to have a good time.  The water is the brightest turquoise blue, huge beach, great food and drink (all-inclusive, of course).  Just a lot of fun and upscale.  We’d love to go back.

I’ve also been to Grand Cayman several times and loved it as well.  Very safe and so beautiful but a little pricey.  We stayed at the Ritz the first time and I was a bit disappointed with the hotel (food/drinks were so expensive and the room wasn’t anything great).  The next year, we went back and rented a 2 bed condo right on 7 Mile Beach (just a few hotels over from the Ritz) with a huge veranda/balcony overlooking the ocean and it was spectacular!  http://www.beachcomber1.com

Post # 11
3210 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My favourite vacation was driving from Toulouse (where we flew in) through various villages in the south of France to Monaco. We stayed at my family condo in Monte Carlo so our expenses aren’t typical, but I was concerned about the south of France being very expensive as most people had told us. We did this about 4 years ago in July, and spent around $2000 in total, not including air fare or our one-way rental car, for the week that we travelled through ancient towns in France. The south of France is seriously breathtaking and the people are very kind. Our accommodations weren’t hotels but bed & breakfast type inns/villas that were very comfortable. It’s obviously not an all inclusive type of deal, but it was an adventure and relaxing, all the same. 

Every time my Fiance and I discuss this trip, we feel like we were in a movie! It was very scenic, the food was great, the wine was amazing and so cheap, and once we were in Monaco, the nightlife was great. 

Post # 12
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

2 weeks in Costa Rica in March, touring the country, adventure activities.  It cost me about 4k with everything. 

A month in Peru/Bolivia in May, with a local homestay, touring the country, learning to surf at a surf camp, hiking the Inca Trail, this cost about 4k as well.

A week in Ireland in September.  We drove around, drank and ate our way through the country, visited FI’s friends and family.  It was only 2k, but it was a lot of staying with family, etc. 

A week in Aspen in March.  Skiing!  It cost 4k when it was all said and done.  But it was the best skiing I’ve ever experienced.  

I’ve done a Bahamas cruise (not a huge fan).  I’ve done all inclusives to Cuba and Jamaica.  They’re fun but not amazing.  I’ve skied in Austria.  I’ve backpacked through Spain and England. They were great fun, but not up there on par with the top vacations.  

Our short list for the honeymoon: 

– Driving the California coast

– Hawaii (either a cruise or just Island hopping ourselves) 

– Breckenridge or Tahoe to ski 

– Belize (rafting, biking, beach time)

– Panama (the same as Belize) 

– Argentina and Brazil (FI is leading the charge on this, they’re so far down my to visit list that I don’t have a preference.)

– NZ

– A stupidly lush AI. 

– Bora Bora

All we can agree on is that this is our last really big trip before kids, so we’re going all out.  The budget is set around 8-10k.  

Post # 13
2569 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Barbiestylez:  My best ever was our honeymoon, we went to Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs CO in February.  There was snow everywhere, it was beautiful (I’m from San Diego, he’s from Texas, we live in Phoenix, we never see snow so it was pretty amazing for us).  The place is all-inclusive so you get horseback riding lessons, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, you choose what activities you want to participate in and it’s all right there.  Also all meals are included, which were amazing, honestly some of the best food I’ve ever had.  Dessert after ever lunch and dinner plus a jar of chocolate chip cookies in the lobby all the freaking time, I gained weight but it was worth it.  All you can drink beer and wine, good stuff too, and they kept the room stocked with beer and wine also.  We were there 3 nights and it was $2400, considering that included 16 meals, probably about 5 bottles of wine, 2 days of horseback riding lessons for 2, and a really beautiful hotel room, it felt like a smoking deal by the end of the weekend.  Here’s the website: http://www.vistaverde.com/ I would move there if I could.

Post # 14
3400 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Barbiestylez:  When I was 15 my dad & I lived in Israel & he took me on Holiday in October to the southern most Israeli town called Eilat. Let me just say, it was the most amazing place EVER. We stayed at a resort hotel called Isrotel Agamim. I couldn’t tell you the cost, although I assume it was quite expensive. It was the most incredibly beautiful resort & town. No pictures could ever do it justice, but you should definitely look it up, particularly if you are Jewish or Christian.

Post # 15
437 posts
Helper bee

Barbiestylez:  Where was it: CocoBay Resort in Antigua, St. Johns

What time of year: February/March (their high season)

All inclusive, cruise, or just hotel: All Inclusive. However, also has a very upscale restaurant with private dining bungalows over the water that was not all inclusive, if you wanted a more intimate night or two.

Pros of your trip: Everything. The resort is on a small peninsula that is surrounded by beaches. So, you can go to the main beach where most of the couples flock, or walk to any of the other beaches and be the only should there. Very romantic. All of the rooms are private villas. We did the oceanfront suite, with a plunge pool on the balcony. It also had a tub and bed on the balcony, as well. The bathroom opened out to the balcony for an open, ocean view. No matter where you step, there are breathtaking views. Two luxe pools, two bars… We did the beach/mountside horseback riding, and our tour guide was a 12 year old local! It was def once in a lifetime. Did the sunset couples massage on the beach, also awesome. Sailing, etc. Staff is amazing, like they all know you. And, we met a few other cool couples that we would chat/drink with throughout. Max capacity is like 40 people, so it’s very intimate and you see many of the same couples a lot. It was also only 20min from the airport, which I liked. They also do the petals on the bed, drinks, etc.as a honeymoon surprise.

Cons of your trip: Coming home! Seriously, not a single complaint other then that. And I am hard to please. Food was good for the all-inclusive, but just good (they have a lot of cultures to please, so that’s probably for a reason). The non-inclusive restaurant food, however, was AMAZING. The chef even comes to greet/chat with each couple.

Cost: Around $6k for a week (with honeymoon discount at the resort, and airfare from FL)

I have done both Italy and Australia. Both were amazing! I would have done either, but we didn’t want to have to spend so much of our honeymoon time in-flight. We really wanted an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, but didn’t for the same reason (flight time). However, CocoBay was the next best thing that I found in my weeks of research… It also meant more spending money for Antigua shopping, excursions and such. : ) hehe

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