Early honeymoon planning pays offBy Courtney Toomey
The wedding might be over, but the honeymoon has just begun. For most newlyweds, the romantic trip after the “I do’s” is almost as important as the big day. That’s why it is essential to start planning early in order to create the vacation itinerary of your dreams, whether that involves zip-lining through the jungle, sailing into the sunset or just simply sipping a Mai Tai on the sand.
“My best advice would be to book months ahead of time,” says Susan Peavey, owner of Susan Peavey Travel of Marshfield, Mass. “This way, the couple gets the exact room they are looking for and can pay for their honeymoon over time. Weddings are beautiful, but they can be very structured. Most of our clients are ready to relax on a beautiful beach with lots of amenities and we can make that happen.”
When asked why couples should book their honeymoon with a travel agent and not do all of the planning on their own, Peavey has some words of wisdom. “Booking online can be confusing and there’s no one to reach out to when a mistake is made,” she shares. “With all of the different destinations and resorts to choose from, it can also be tricky to find the perfect fit for you from a few photos online. We have personally experienced many of the popular resorts out there today and can give the real feedback needed to make your decision.”
While couples honeymoon all over the globe, many favor sunny, sandy destinations. “The Dominican Republic and Mexico are definitely the honeymoon hot spots,” claims Peavey. “Most couples want warm climates, great food, beautiful beaches and relaxation.”
So sit back and imagine your perfect honeymoon adventure. Maybe it looks something like this:
Depart 02APR16 JetBlue #895
Leaves Saturday, April 2, 2016 6:10AM Boston (BOS)
Arrives Saturday, April 2, 2016 10:12AM DR, Punta Cana (PUJ)
Travel Time : 4hr 2min
Return 09APR16 Jetblue #196
Leaves Saturday, April 9, 2016 1:55PM DR, Punta Cana (PUJ)
Arrives Saturday, April 9, 2016 6:10PM Boston (BOS)
Travel Time: 4hr 15min
Resort Check-In 02APR16 / Check-Out 09APR16
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, All Inclusive, Hotel Rating – 5 stars
Location: Punta Cana – Beach
Room Type: Caribbean Diamond, 1 King Bed, Views Vary
The best of the best. Caribbean Diamond is all about upgrades, including best locations in the resort. Additional amenities: Liquor dispenser with premium brands, in-room à la carte restaurant menu, 24-hour room service, aromatherapy and pillow menu, exclusive beach bag (one per room/per stay) and private check-in and check-out.
The Extras: Up to $1,800 Limitless Resort Credit included—can be used towards selected tours, golf, spa and beauty salon services, romantic and special dinner events, upgraded wine selections at restaurants, Photo Collection and upscale experiences at Oro Night Club.
Honeymoon Specials: Guests who are celebrating their honeymoon will receive the following: bottle of sparkling house wine, mini cake, honeymoon dinner, in-room breakfast, hydro spa tub experience, welcome note from celebrity party planner, Colin Cowie.
For added fun, book some extras to round out your trip, like a candlelit dinner on the beach—choose the location and your own menu. Or, experience a couple’s massage at the spa.
Looking for a little adventure? Try these off-property excursions.
“Fly” from one platform to another and swing through the air with a privileged bird’s-eye view of the lush scenery. Leaving Punta Cana behind, you’ll travel through the Dominican Republic’s scenic countryside on your way towards Anumaya. Duration: Approx. 4 1/2 hours.
SAONA CATAMARAN CRUISE:
Whatever your idea of paradise is, you’ll find it on Saona Island. White beaches, clear turquoise waters and countless palm trees are just some of the things you’ll find there. Take a relaxing stroll on the miles of white sand and return for your hot lunch on the beach. Once aboard the speedboat, you will stop off at the natural swimming pool, a unique wonder of nature, where you will interact with starfish. Duration: Approx. 12 hours, includes transportation to and from your hotel.
Sail along the breathtaking Bavaro Coast on a luxurious catamaran. Stop for snorkeling in the pristine waters of an unspoiled natural reef to observe colorful fish and marvelous coral formations, then sail your way to a sandbank for music and drinks. Then head to a private beach club for a unique lunch experience. Duration: Approx. 5 hours.
Price Breakdown* Spa and private dinner pricing varies
Land & Air $4,670.53
Travel Protection $259.98
Zip-Line Adventure $180.00
Saona Island Catamaran $212.00
Sailing Adventure $228.00
TOTAL PACKAGE $5,586.51