Sunday, July 23, 2006

someone slap me

please. before i go completely batshit over here.

i'm looking at sandals resorts for our honeymoon. but i can't pick the resort i want to stay at. it's either too big, or too small. doesn't have the right honeymoon feel, or feels too secluded. it's too busy or not busy enough. the rooms are pretty, but too expensive. then the rooms are affordable, but ugly. i.can't.choose. and it's making me crazy. i feel myself slowing going insane here people! and i can't stop looking at the website. i am obsessed. and not in the good way.

so internet i ask you. help me. or hit me. but if you hit me, at least make sure it knocks me out- that way i can stop thinking about this for 2 seconds!!!

please tell me about your honeymoon. please tell me where you went and if you loved it, or hated it. and please, for the love of all that is holy, if someone has been to a sandals, please tell me what one you went to and if you liked it or not.

the end.

42 comments:

Kentucky Girl said...

Well, when Mr. Kentucky and I were getting married, we planned our honeymoon in Belize. However, right before our honeymoon, a hurricane blew through our resort and we had to cancel. Sooooo, we went "local" and went to New Orleans. We'd both been before, we both loved it...but we'd never been together. So, we booked us a posh hotel (we had a butler and everything...lol) and we ate and danced and partied our way through New Orleans. Heh

I think the thing that helped me through the planning process was just to think to myself that it's just a vacation...it's just a vacation...and not get too held up on whether it was "honeymoon-ish" or not..yaknow? Good luck!

BTW, we've since been to Belize and it was FABULOUS...kthx, shutting up now.

carrie said...

If Sandals has a resort anywhere in the Virgin Islands, I'd go. We went on a cruise that stopped in St. Thomas and St. Maarten last year and I would repeat it in a heartbeat.

As long as there is blue water, soft sandy beaches and plenty of rum punch, you will be in paradise!

Carrie

h&b said...

Coolum, Qld.

I love holiday'ing in Qld, but we were at a resort, and I hate been cooped up away from the main strip.

If I could do it again, i'd go to Port Douglas. I really loved Port Douglas: http://www.pddt.com.au/

Stephanie said...

My girlfriend when to an all inclusive resort in the Dominican Rebuplic in May. It was apparently pretty affordable and they enjoyed themselves. E-mail me at forksblog@optonline.net and I can get the info for you, if you'd like.

carmachu said...

Ah the "I'm going crazy and will kill someone" mode of the wedding planning. Pretty much right on schedule.


We went on the Disney cruise. Couple days at the park, couple days on a boat. Nice and relaxing and alot of fun all around.

If you like the house of mouse, that is.....nothing spells love like riding teh roller coaster together.

Angry Dad said...

We went to Cairns in Far North Queensland, so if you want an Australian adventure, I'd recommend it - although it can be hot and humid, and their are a truckload of crocodiles. But against that there is magnificent rainforest, great islands, and the magnificent Barrier Reef if you're into Scuba (and Finding Nemo!)

Sandals Resorts do look pretty sweet! I'd go there if I could!!

Mega Mom said...

Ha--wa-ii. Loved it. Can't help with Sandals.

PS--did you know that you are my babysitter at BlogHer?

mothergoosemouse said...

We went to Sandals St. Lucia - the large resort. LOVED IT. Plenty of restaurants to choose from, plenty of people to befriend, and plenty of mudslides.

Depends what you guys like to do. Our honeymoon was probably the first vacation I've ever taken where I just lied around all day. It was wonderful.

Jodi said...

Yeah, you don't want to hear about my honeymoon. We went to Lake Tahoe. (yawn) A girlfriend on mine went to a Sandals resort in Jamica I think and she LOVED it. She got her hair braided at a little seaside place and everything. I have heard that Sandals resorts are AWESOME so no matter which you pick you'll love it I think.

alison said...

We went to Hawaii, but you've been there, done that. Go somewhere different. I can say this---don't worry too much about the look of the hotel room, as long as it's decent, of course. We didn't spend all that money to go to Hawaii to sit around in our hotel room for a week---you'll want to be out doing stuff or lounging around by the pool or on the beach. The hotel rooms are good for something....but they don't have to be breathtaking to take care of business. :)

Beth said...

Patrick and I went to Holland/Belgium for a month. All of his extended family is there, so we got to stay free everywhere. It was so fucking beautiful though.
Otherwise, one of my favorite vacations, and often thought would be a fun getaway as a couple, was the Disney Magic cruise from Orlando. It was so fun. I was jealous of the couples there. Patrick was only a boyfriend, and I was on the cruise with my family. I wanted him there so bad, and thought it would have made a great honeymoon. And, well, I know you are a disney girl! lol!
Either way, you'll be happy no matter where you choose! Good Luck!

The June Cleaver Diaries said...

We did Nantucket and Boston. Unconventional, but nice. However, Nantucket closes down around 9 pm. You'd think that would be ideal, since it's a honeymoon and all. However, certain um, female biological functions took place, so all we did was play Scrabble until bedtime. Woo hoo. Party on.

Mommy off the Record said...

Oooh, I've always wanted to slap you girl. But in that good, kinky kinda way. he he. just kiddin' of course. are you going to avoid me like the plague at BlogHer now? I'm just kidding, really I am.... Now bend over...:)

P.S. I've never been to a Sandals so I'm no help!!

Melissa said...

I won't hit you, I am against hitting, sorry. :) But let me see if I can help you. We went to to Italy, which is no help to you. But we have friends who went to the Sandals Inn in Jamica. It is the cheapest of the ones they have in Jamica. But they loved it. They said(yes I just called), pay for a cheaper room, it won't matter, it will still be decent and then save money to do the other stuff. If you stay at the inn one, it was like 300 something for a few nights, but you can go and use the nice pools and spas and extra stuff at the other Sandle resorts, all of which cost way more. And the room had a great view and an awesomes bed and......

Now, stop hitting yourself in the head okay? ;)

Oh and my brother and his girlfriend went to the Carriabean in September. DOn't go at that time of year, they spen the first two days with no air, no electricity and no real food, because of a hurricane.

creative-Type Dad (Tony) said...

The wife and I went to Tahiti for ours. Our two absolute favorite places in the world - Tahiti and Venice (Italy, not L.A.).

We've been to Hawaii, Caribbean, New Zealand, Fiji, Most of Europe, Japan, and nothing beats Tahiti (Bora Bora) if you want the ultimate honeymoon.

Jen said...

I think the best advice is to think of it as another vacation. That's really what it is...yeah, it's special and a honeymoon, but once it's over that won't matter.
That being said, we had the best 'moon ever. We went to the Turks and Caicos Islands in the BWI. We had a gorgeous room, and yes, it mattered, you are in there for more than "just that". The T&C was rated number one beach in the world for 2005. It is very isolated but once there has plenty to do. We stayed at the Royal West Indies, VERY nice. I would stay away from all-inlcusives, regardless of where you go. Jamaica is a dump, once you are outside of your compound, it is really just a dirty country, so if you are into exploring, you may want to go to Tiajuana instead! They do braid hair there too ;). The Sandlas resorts in general are a good time (I've been to 5)..but to me, more of a party atmostphere like Club Meds. Speaking of which - there is a CLub Med in The T&C called, Turkoise. It's an all-includive - ehicha cehsy to me, but if you are looking to go somwhere expensive, will save you money...you just have to decide the cost you are willing to pay. Luxury is my thing, and I like nice places, where I don't have to worry *too much* about food and service, etc. If you are looking to do water sports all day long, then some of the all-inclusives may be a better value. however, you ahve little choice in the food, when you eat, etc,...unless you leave and go somewhere private (unrealted).
Also, look into car rental beofer you go, depending on which kind of package you end up with,...on many islands, worth it's weight in gold, and others, doens't matter.
Bora Bora and Tahiti and Australia are also great places to go.
What month is your hnoneymoon? That can determine lot as far as weather in the Caribbean, and storms...I wouldn't hestitate to go then though...I'd just get the trip insurance, although we did it without! And had wonderful weather late July, early August. If you are into diving - you can't beat the T&C and Belize (even snokrling), but the underwater life in UNREAL...I have been all over the world and see nothing like it!!

Unfortunately, the T&C don't look as spectacular as they are on websites. Most people only go becasue they hear about by word of mouth.
Don't know fi you guys are considering a cruise...I personally don't care for cruises, to contrictive...time wise, schedule wise and food wise. If you find a good one that has long port calls then you can use the cruise for you hotel, and for instance in Bermuda, park for the day, and tool around mopeds. Pink sand is pretty! Of course, I am used to dirty CA beach sand..:(

I think one thing you will be torn with though, it what you are finding -- things are either too secluded for your likeing, or too much. That just seems to go with the majority of these types of vacations.

Good Luck...Keep us Posted!!

Jules said...

We honeymooned in St. Maarten for 2 weeks and had an incredible time. We stayed at the Pelican Resort on the Dutch side of the island and it was beautiful. We're going back for our 15th anniversary in 2 years.

Piece of Work said...

We went to zihauntenejo, Mexica, and loved it. But I've also been to St. Lucia with my family years ago, and ADORED it, so if there's a Sandals there, I'd say go for it.

Stephanie A. said...

IBEROSTAR! I LOVED it and felt like a rockstar the entire time we were there. We stayed at the Iberostar Quetzal in Playa del Carmen Mexcio. Go! Have fun! We're going to try to go again next May, too.

Lisa Goldstein/Kelly Kelly said...

Hmmmmmmmmm. They all look good. I see why you are stuck.

My husband and I went to Iceland. It was awesome. The land of fire and ice. volcanic and glacial sights, beautiful waterfalls. It was a geologists wet dream.

It was so beautiful, quiet, romantic. Like we were the only two people on the island. It was like going to another planet.

You guys will have fun wherever you go, because you are fun.

Lisa

Yorksdevil said...

Does it have to be Sandals? Are you paying with gift vouchers? That'd be a straight-forward wedding list "Just buy us some Sandals holiday vouchers, we've already got all the kitchen appliances we need."

Christina_the_wench said...

We holed up in a cabin in the mountains and got our freak on in the hot tub out back for a week. I'd go back in a heartbeat. No beach though for you. Sorry.

Pattie said...

Maybe I can help with the Sandals thing, since I have been to six of them....before I had kids. I really liked Sandals St. Lucia and Sandals Antigua. My all time favorite was Sandals Bahamas....it was the nicest in my opinion. All three of these were romantic and a little more sophisticated than the other ones. The food was great. I also liked Sandals Negril. It wasn't as fancy as the other three, but, the beach was gorgeous and there is so much to do. We took a bus over to Rick's Cafe and cliff jumped. There is even a bar in a cave over there. And the Jamaican people are so nice. I also went to Sandals Montego Bay which I liked, but it is near an airport...lots of planes flying over the beach area. The last one I went to was Dandals Dunn's River. I didn't care for that one at all. I thought it was a little run down. I think Sandals is a great vacation, and certainly a good value for the money. It really is an all inclusive resort, with just about anything you could possibly want. I didn't do my honeymoon at any of them (went to Tahiti and Bora Bora...great, but too far!) but I think if you decided to go to Sandals, you would enjoy it.

Mike said...

My wife Jenn and I went on a cruise to Key West and Grand Caymen. We enjoyed ourself. It was nice to not have to pack up our stuff to see different things. The bar bill could get out of contrl if you don't watch it though.

Missi said...

Sandals looks great! I see why you are torn!

We stayed at the mountains like the pp. Didn't leave the room much, but we didn't pay much attention to our surroundings either :-)

I bet you will have fun no matter where you stay *wink*

Becky said...

i didn't really have a honeymoon! we stopped at 2 bed and breakfasts on our way down here. we moved the very same day we got married! sorry!

adjunky said...

It won't matter where you go if you have the right attitude. We went to Chicago - because I'm from there and hubby had never been. I thought I got this great deal online - the hotel was soooo.. jus..ew.

And we had a blast. Everything we did, it was the first time we'd done it as "mr. and mrs." - from checking in to making reservations at a restaurant. We could have spent the night under a rock and wouldn't have cared.

But we're both pretty easily amused. :-)

kim said...

well i tried to visit the site and take a look but i think all your fans brought the site to a stand still lol

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cmhl said...

we went to a cabin in the smokies. I think a sandals resort of ANY type would completely beat my honeymoon!

ablondeblogger said...

I'm still waiting to take my honeymoon...and I've been married for 17 years. So I'm no help.

Softball Slut said...

Well I have not had a honeymoon, but I would think that you could make anywhere special as long as you are together?

I have heard wonderful things about Sandals resorts, or Atlantis? My dream honeymoon is Bora bora. We will see if that happens.. Realistically I always said I would go to Sandals though.

KaraMia said...

sigh, sadly I can not give you advice because a resort? Hello? never been...sad sad me. However, happy you! Good luck on the pic, it'll be wonderful wherever you land since you'll be with your love!
thanks for visiting my blog
K.

Mom101 said...

I'm sort of a not-all-inclusive-resort kind of traveler so this may be useless info. (also because well, no marriage means no honeymoon, dammitall.) But everyone swears by Hawaii for any number of reasons. Me, I'd do something European. But Nate and I would fight about it and he'd win and we'd end up on a beach or somewhere with him golfing and me drinking at the bar. Okay, so it's clear why we're not married yet...

Mrs. Chicky said...

After my first wedding, my then husband and I went to Sandals Dunn(s) Falls in Jamaica. I don't think I would recommend it again. My honeymoon with my now-husband was spent in Napa and Sonoma Valley getting wrecked on free wine. Good times, good times.

Bright Light District said...

Hey there! I don't know the answer to your problem, but the people from webdate dot com could probably help you out! I think some of them have been to a Sandals resort!

mollymcmommy said...

we went to breezes varadaro in cuba, it was cheap (we are so freakin uneducated as it was hurricane season! LMAO!) but turned out well.

i missed my baby at the time (he was 1.5) but really enjoyed myself....especially leaving tim passed out spread eagled naked with the swan towel beside him...anyhow i digress i think anywhere you go as long as you're together and alcohol is free flowing all is good.

m

Kristen said...

My mom went to Ocho Rios in Jamaica when they renewed thier vows because they never had a real honeymoon the first time around. Not sure if that's a Sandals resort, but the pics were gorgeous and they had fun. I'm not married yet, not even engaged...let's not get into that now. LOL.

spidey said...

Well, you already know about my honeymoon, but I will tell you again. We went to Belize and stayed in a little cabana (with no tv, which freaked Jason the fuck out at first, but he got over it). We basically slept the first 2-3 days, then did excursions the rest of the week. One of the things I loved about Belize is it is not that commercialized. The island we were on was very small with it's own local flavor. Plus, English is the official language there, so there were no issues with that. I'm sure you and dot will have a fabulous time wherever you go, though, so don't stress too much!!! :)

Black Belt Mama said...

I have been just waiting for this opportunity. I should post about this some day because my honeymoon was a freaking NIGHTMARE! We went to Sandal's St. Lucia. It was awful. The brochure was air-brushed. It sucked. My husband got food poisoning while eating their crappy food. It was a bunch of pretentious chicks wearing prom gowns. Did I mention when we arrived at the airport in St. Lucia, they bumped us to another hotel on the opposite side of the island for FOUR NIGHTS!!! The only compensation they offered for our inconvenience was 3 paid nights if we paid our own airfare and stayed a minimum of 7 in the same place that sucked. If you want St. Lucia, go to the Jalousie Hilton. That was awesome; Sandals sucked big time.

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