Reader needs help planning a honeymoon

Reader submitted question: My soon to be finance has put me in charge of planning the honeymoon. Any specific specific resorts/locations to recommend? I googled for vacation planning websites but didn’t see anything that good. Any specific booking/planning sites out there? My original thought was to go to Italy but I don’t think it will be affordable.

My answer: Firstly, this vacation planning blog is pretty good…

Seriously though, I honeymooned in Italy in 2001. It is more expensive now, and we don’t know what your budget is like, but personally I wouldn’t be afraid of an expensive honeymoon, even if it means spending less on the wedding. My wife and I soent 9 weeks in Italy on our honeymoon and it was incredible. Sure we were paying off loans to various relatives the next 18 months, but it was well worth it for us.

We do have a few resources on this site, including several blog entries about Rome and an interesting discussion about honeymooning in Disney World. Let’s see what else we can find you.

Other people’s ideas:

1. You can’t go wrong with a beach like Maui, but it should really be about what you guys are into. If you like Europe but think Italy might be too expensive, some of the eastern European countries might work for you. I’ve not been personally, but I’ve heard really good things about the Czech Rep/Prague and Hungary/Budapest. It also depends on what time of the year you are planning on going…

2. I leave for my honeymoon on sunday. I’m doing St Lucia with Sandals all inclusive resort. The whole thing cost us about 5k including airfare and we are staying in a honeymoon suite. We have access to all three sandals resorts that are on the island we are staying at the Halcyon.

Whatever you do go all-inclusive or get a Caribbean cruise. I personally like Western Carribean (it’s much less crowded in Cozumel, Isla Mujares, Belieze and Roataan), but most people prefer Eastern. Anyway, a cruise is usually stress free which is nice after a big wedding.

3. If you want intimacy and quiet solitude, go to Maui/Hawaii (big Island). Whatever you do… DON’T go to Honolulu. Too commercial and cheesy-touristy. If you are feeling adventureous look at renting a villa instead of staying at a resort. We have done both and enjoy both. At a Villa you are much more “on your own” as far as things to do but the privacy of your own pool on your honeymoon is priceless. At a resort you will meet more people and have all the resort amenities at your convenience. If your looking for privacy, go with the villa. My wife and I went to La Bagatelle Villa in Soufrie, St. Lucia. Awesome!

4. Antigua was nice for doing absolutely nothing, if relaxation is all you want. But there isn’t much doing beyond sitting around. Ditto for Aruba. The best part about Aruba is the food. Great restaurants and nice people. But the beaches are very windy and there is no snorkeling to speak of. Not a very pretty island either, as it is desert, not tropical.

5. If you want something different and have the money, the Greek Islands are amazing. my wife and I went to Santorini, Rhodes and Mykonos. A honeymoon should be, in my opinion, once in a lifetime, and the Greek Islands were just that! If you can only do one, Santorini is the perfect honeymoon spot!

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  1. Lori says:

    Santorini island near Crete. I saw an episode on the Food Channel and it looked amazing so I’ve been reading about it. You should check it out. It’s beautiful!!

  2. blacktornado says:

    I am a special event and meeting planner. I agree with the all inclusive resorts. It is easier on the pocketbook, and worry-free. But remenber the most important part of this is the two you you. What do you both like and want to do during this special time start there. And then go to what is in your price range Congradulation and best wishes

  3. Wanda says:

    MY first thought was definitly a Sandal’s Resort. It’s ALL INCLUSIVE, right down to the drinks and gratuity!Absolutely NOTHING comes out of your pocket once you reach your destination, except of course any shopping or any extras that you might choose to do. There are several island resorts to choose from, check out http://www.sandals.com, the locations and resorts themselves are magnificent! ALSO… you might consider Ceasar’s Poconos Resorts, ALSO all inclusive! They have VERY romantic accomadations, offering luxurious suites that have 6 foot tall champagne glasses as the jacuzzi, heart shaped tubs/jacuzzi’s, AND private indoor {in your suite} pools, located in the mountains! Several to choose from. Visit http://www.ceasarspocono.com {I THINK that’s it}

    ANOTHER maybe not so well known romantic place is “Little Palm Island” Resort & Spa. Located off of the Florida Keys, with the only way to get to it being by boat. It offers ultra private beaches and luxurious and super romantic cabanas to stay in! Check out http://www.littlepalmisland.com Hope this gives you some great ideas… HAPPY HONEYMOONING!

  4. Wanda says:

    SORRY… me again! This is the correct url.

    http://www.CaesarsPoconosResorts.com

  5. Leo says:

    My suggestion is do something different. Does not every honeymooner go to HI or VI? How boring! I was thinking of renting a little place in France or Italy and bike (bicycle)around the vineyards or so, end of september beginning of october is grape picking season. My wife and I did a little vacation in the Alsace (NE of France) and road our bikes all over (yes including wine tasting). But of course if you like to lay on the beach and do nothing that wouldn’t be fun for you guys.

    What ever you do, do something fun and different.

  6. Bob says:

    Why not consider something right here in the states. There are more places to go here than most people ever see and less expensive also. Try a cruise in Alaska. There are also places inthe western states around the Grand Canyon. I know someone that did a Honeymoon there and they did a helicopter trip to one of those tall rock formations that stick up. They were dropped of ontop for a few hours and had a nice picnic lunch and enjoyed the scenery until they were picked up again. They loved it.

  7. ashley says:

    I think no matter where you go all that matters is enjoying each other. Quite honestly you can do that any where. Maybe there is some place that has been mentioned one would like to see, or see again, or some place with a special meaning? Good luck and no matter where you decide to honeymoon enjoy!

  8. kathi says:

    I’d recommend a cruise to Bermuda on NCL. The ships are beautiful. Everything you need is on the ship. Neither of you have to clean or cook. You just enjoy each other. After planning a wedding, you deserve a total break! Bermuda is clean, has wonderful natives, & has great beaches. Horseback riding at Spicelands is very romantic by the beaches. Nassau is also a great destination. My best snorkeling was in Mexico. Wherever you cruise to, the relaxation is the best on a ship!

  9. Stephanie Nolan says:

    years ago, my husband & i were planning our honeymoon and we had a bit of trouble trying to figure out what we wanted to do. so, we combined our interests! first we drove down to the kitty hawk area in north carolina to try our hand at hang-gliding. we stayed a hotel (can’t remember the name of the hotel!), with ocean view right outside our room. We ate out, went para-sailing, rode a bicycle for two, etc., during our first week. then we took a short 4/5 day disney cruise as my husband had not done disney world and i had. it was the perfect honeymoon for us! it was cheap and we loved spending time w/each other in the car on our way to north carolina and we continued our ride to florida to pick up our ship on the disney cruise. remember this was 15 years ago… today, i would not change a thing about my honeymoon! it all depends on what the two of you enjoy doing and of course, your pocketbook. congrats!

  10. Dian says:

    I think Positano on the Amalfi Coast or in the United States Lake Tahoe. A romantic city is Quebec, Canada. Hope this is helpful and hope you have a wonderful time wherever you decide to go!!!! Congratulations!

  11. pam says:

    New Zealand or Austrailia they are very romantic they both offer unforgettable views and a rich mixture of things to do or sites to see with the unexpected and exciting night life. As well as the people are so friendly

  12. Jord says:

    We went to Greece and then Portugal. We thoroughly enjoyed Santorini (stayed at Kirini)and found Naxos to be less luxurious than we expected (would not recommend). We HIGHLY recommend Portugal, starting with Lisbon at Pestana Palace for 2 days, then to the beach at Praia D’el Rey (Obidos). Went for about 21 days Definitely worth every penny (except maybe Naxos) check out Portugal it is awesome.

    JK

  13. Justin says:

    Wow. Some of these suggestions sound pretty exotic. We didn’t have a lot of spare time or $$$ after the wedding so we chose a week long cruise in the Southern Caribbean. It was great for us because we could do as much or as little as we wanted and the planning was basically limited to what daily excursions we wanted to do. (there were plenty of choices) It was just the ticket after all the mayhem and planning involved with a large wedding.

  14. MM says:

    We are getting married and having our honeymoon on the same trip at the Half-Moon resort in Jamaica. I think they have some “romance packages” for honeymoons as well as weddings.

    They have an amazing place there if you want a beach honeymoon that is not too generic. Our wedding package includes everything and depending on what room you get ranges in price- we are going with the middle of the road for $4200 for the whole week and we can’t wait to go. They also have activities like golfing, tennis, glass-bottom boats, a new spa, and a dolphin lagoon where you can swim with dolphins!

    Also great food there and they take good care of you!

  15. david says:

    Try Thailand. My wife and I spent about 6 weeks there. The Thai currency (Baht) is about 35 to $1. Everything is cheap. Massages were about 7 dollars per hour and the food was also good and cheap. You can get a nice room for $30-40 per night. Look at SAWADEE.COM (Koh Samui and Phuket).

  16. Emily says:

    I had my honeymoon in Australia, almost 3 years after our wedding. Because we lived in Singapore, a tropical island, we have not experience snow and thought it will be romantic. So I spent a month planning our honeymoon. We spent about 3 days in Sydney, then head for Mount Buller and spent another 3 days there before we proceed to melbourne for another 3 days. We were totally worn out by the trip but had enjoyed every bit of it although we did not get to see snow raining from the sky. And to add, we even did a last minute extension, although just one day.

    I agree that Thailand is cheap and nice. However, the key thing is what do both of you like to see on your trip that will make it memorable for life? And if you live in the west, perhaps you might want to visit asia.

    Amongst those places that I visit, I like fukuoka, Japan; Seoul, Korea and Australia. Happy planning and congratulations!

    And here’s a site that might help you plan, http://bookonlinenow.net

  17. Lori says:

    Kauai,Hawaii is the most romantic place…

    Stay at Poipu Shores on Poipu Beach,the rooms are oceanfront with beautiful views. You can watch the dolphins and the turtles swim right from your bedroom. The sunsets are incredible and so is the snorkeling. Take a boat ride around the Na Pali coast this is breathtaking!!! Go to Kauai.com to plan your trip.

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