Sunday, August 8, 2010

Honeymoon Destination

Back in the day, I mean way back in the day well before I met Mr. E, I always dreamed of a honeymoon in Hawaii. I have never been and thought what a way to splurge and enjoy the most tropical state.

Once Mr. E & I got engaged, we talked about the honeymoon, and he was game for anywhere I wanted to go. We didn't do the normal, groom plans the honeymoon thing, because let's face it... I'm a planner. I have planned every vacation that we have gone on together and Mr. E loves not having that responsibility. (This was actually something that was brought up in our premarital counseling and the reason why Mr. E took on the responsibility to plan a trip for us.)  So after we made that decision, I started to actually look into the price of a Hawaiian honeymoon, I thought that we could get more bang for our buck with an all-inclusive.

I was drawn to the Honeymoon all inclusive go-to of Sandals resorts. I did some research (aka lots of reading on the Honeymoon boards and the Sandals website) and decided that St. Lucia was it. You got three resorts for the price of one, or as they liked to put it "stay at one, play at three". Of course I wasn't really looking at the prices (my bad), but figured that we could work it into the wedding fund budget. The room that we want (becuase it has room service included) is more on the pricey side, but they do always seem to be having a 60 or 65% off sale. Too bad the cost of flying to St. Lucia was also on the pricey side.

We were pretty set on Sandals, without really thinking about the cost, until I started looking into videographers. Wouldn't it be my luck that the videographers I loved the most, were the most expensive? Why can't it ever be the other way around?

To try and work the budget to our advantage (i.e. squeeze in a videographer without having to lose something else, or take on a second job) we really looked at the cost of Sandals, and decided we could go somewhere else, with just as much sun and fun but a smaller price tag.

I had heard a lot about Excellence Playa Mujeres in Mexico on the Honeymoon Knot boards, as well as Mrs. Penguin's 2 part review on Weddingbee. I liked it so much I already had it bookmarked as a place for an anniversary trip.

Living in Texas, the flights to Mexico are shorter and cheaper than it would be to fly all the way to St. Lucia. I read more about the restaurant options, and the suite options and thought "wouldn't this make a great Honeymoon?" The flights would be cheaper and we could afford an extra night or two for the cost we were looking at with Sandals. Since it is our honeymoon, we decided to splurge and get the two story rooftop terrace suite, where we would have our own pool to enjoy away from the crowds (even if it might be too cold to really swim in).

Source for Excellence photos

Doesn't it look amazing?!?!? We worked with a travel agent to get the best deal possible (she will continue to look for a price drop between when we booked and 45 days before our travel dates) as well as any perks they may be able to offer. There is still the possibility to head to Sandals someday as an anniversary trip.

Did you go through several decisions before picking your honeymoon destination?

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