Butterflies. Excitement. Anticipation. The swirl of emotions leading up to your big day is a part of what makes your wedding day so special. Now it’s time to plan the most romantic trip of your lifetime … your honeymoon. And with the stress of wedding planning, many couples prefer the ease of an all-inclusive resort. An all-inclusive resort is a holiday resort that typically includes three meals daily, soft drinks, most alcoholic drinks, gratuities, and possibly other services in the price. Many also offer sports and non-motorized watersports and other activities that are included in the price as well.
I recommend all-inclusives for many young couples simply because they are an easy vacation after the difficult task of planning and executing a wedding. My top three picks are:
Rendezvous St. Lucia – Best small, intimate getaway with exemplary service
This quiet, intimate resort is for couples only and offers two miles of powdery, white beaches. At the Rendezvous St. Lucia, known for its family-like atmosphere and first-class service, your every need will be met seamlessly by a dedicated staff. The resort offers a number of honeymoon experiences including a candlelit dinner on the beach, an in-room retreat with a honeymoon massage, or a sunset cruise around the island.
The resort is located and hour and half from the airport, so many guests take advantage of helicopter transportation, making the trip all the more memorable and showcasing the natural beauty of the island and geography. This family-owned resort will offer a personal touch that will make your honeymoon feel like you’ve discovered your own treasure island.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla – Best variety activities and dining
Located on a private bay with pristine beaches along a preserved mangrove coastline, this adults-only resort is located just 45 minutes from the Cancun airport. The Paradisus is the perfect choice for those couples who want to explore a bit during their honeymoon stay. The resort offers a number of nearby attractions and activities including Playa del Carmen’s trendy shopping district, Fifth Avenue, and the famous Mayan archaeological sites of Tulum, Chichén Itzá and Cobá. World-class golfing and spectacular diving are among the activities offered as well.
On the dining front, guests can enjoy a different menu every night of their stay, including Japanese, South American, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine. Eleven restaurants and ten bars offer unparalleled variety and a rich ambiance that will enchant honeymooners for the length of their stay. Finally, the YHI spa offers treatments, studio classes and more in its 20,000 foot, state-of-the-art facility.
Azul Sensatori – Best Sunsets and Gourmet Cuisine
Although the Azul Sensatori resort will accommodate families, the two adult-only sections are the reason I recommend this intimate resort. Located in Negril, Jamaica, a region known for its spectacular sunsets, this is an ideal resort for relaxing and escaping the demands of a busy life – and decompressing from post-wedding stress. Four restaurants boast a gourmet selection of International, Italian and Caribbean cuisine.
The honeymoon section features both oceanview and oceanfront rooms and suites on Negril’s famous seven-mile beach, including daybeds for lounging on the balcony or terrace. This adults-only section also features an oceanfront pool with swim up bar which becomes a lounge in the evening. Another special draw for honeymooners are the cliff-top massages with jaw-dropping views. Past honeymooners have loved the staff’s habit of over-delivering on service, and the gracious, friendly attitudes.
Each of the above resorts offers its own unique brand of luxury, romance and and relaxation. If you’re ready to begin exploring these and other honeymoon options, please give me a call. I have personal experience with many of the resorts and would love to direct you to the perfect one for your honeymoon.