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Our Top All-Inclusive Resort Questions: Over the years we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what is and what isn’t included in an all-inclusive resort. So we’ve put together a great list of our most frequently asked questions and answers!
- What’s included in the all-inclusive plan?
All inclusive typically means all your meals, drinks, taxes and tips. Cocktails, beer, and glasses of house wines are included. Bottles of premium wines are usually extra. Most of your better all-inclusive resorts have a lobster night, but may charge for lobster on other nights. Non-motorized water sports are usually also included. So, a kayak would be included, while using a jet ski would carry and additional fee.
- How much cash should I bring with me?
You won’t need much cash while staying at an all-inclusive resort. The resort will ask for a credit card upon check-in for incidentals, such as spa treatments. But otherwise you won’t need much cash. We usually recommend about $100.00 for most Caribbean and Mexico resorts. Most destinations do accept US Currency. But if you want local currency you can either order foreign currency from your bank before you go, or find a currency exchange desk at the airport upon arrival.
- What is the dress code?
It varies by resort, but most do have a dress code! You can find a great article about it here!
- When can I make my spa & restaurant reservations?
Most resorts will not allow you to make restaurant reservations prior to arrival. While we prefer resorts that don’t require restaurant reservations, some resorts will allow you to make all of your restaurant reservations for the week upon arrival. Some resorts will allow you to make spa reservations before you arrive. Check with your travel agent for more info.
- Do I need to bring my own beach towels?
We get this question a lot! We have yet to find a resort that doesn’t provide beach towels.
- Do I need to bring an electrical converter?
This varies by destination. For most resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, you don’t need one. But we did discover some older resorts in St Lucia that do require a converter. You will definitely need one for Tahiti! We found this great universal converter on Amazon.
- How will I get to and from the airport?
You wouldn’t get in a car with a stranger at home, so why would you do it in another country? We almost never recommend cabbing it. Your travel agent should be able to include transfers to and from the hotel in your package. Some transfers will stop at several other hotels on the way to your hotel, which can be a huge drag after being on a plane for the better part of the day. For a little extra, you can enjoy a non-stop transfer to and from your hotel.
- Do I need to tip?
This is probably the question we get asked the most! While tips are included at most all-inclusive resorts, we usually recommend that you bring along some cash for tips. The people at the resorts work a lot of long, hot hours. And with the exchange rates, a little US currency goes a long way in some other destinations. So we always recommend that you bring a little bit to tip the housekeeping staff, room service, bellhop, etc.
- Do I have to reserve the beach beds?
This varies greatly by resort. Some resorts do allow you to reserve a beach bed, while others do not. Some resorts charge for beach beds, but most are free. We’ve even stayed in resorts where the beach beds were on a lottery system. So if a beach bed is important to you ask your travel agent to check with the concierge at the resort.
- Are there any upgrades or specials for honeymoon couples?
Yes! However most resorts are going to require some kind of proof that it really is your honeymoon, such as a marriage certificate. Most hotels will extend the honeymoon upgrades or amenities as long as you check in within 90 days of your wedding date. But again, this varies by resort. Some resorts do require that you’re registered as a honeymoon couple either at the time the reservation is made or 30 days before arrival. So check with your travel agent for more info. Do you have other questions about all-inclusive resorts that we didn’t cover? Ask them here!
One of the questions we get asked rather frequently here at Bliss Honeymoons, is “what should I wear on my honeymoon?” Many of the resorts have dress codes that aren’t always easy to understand. Here’s a couple of packing tips that may make your trip more enjoyable.
If you’re heading for a beach destination, be prepared for some humidity. Clothing that is tight or heavy will become uncomfortable very quickly. Loose fitting, lighter weight fabrics will make your stay in the tropics more enjoyable.
Even in a beach destination, the evenings can be downright cool. So bring things that you can layer easily. You’ll find that many of the restaurants are down-right frigid at dinner time from the air conditioning going full blast all day long. So bringing a sweater or wrap along will help keep you more comfortable.
Pack some dress clothes! While it may seem odd to pack dress clothes to hang out on the beach all week, many of the resort’s better restaurants require men to wear pants, ties, jackets, etc at dinner. We recently had a groom who went to a 5 star resort for the week without a single pair of pants! He and his new bride missed out on being able to enjoy the resort’s better restaurants because the hotel wouldn’t make an exception to the dress code. They had to dine alfresco by the beach all week long.
While checked luggage fees continue to increase, having a few extra options in your suitcase, from casual to dressy, will allow you to explore everything that your honeymoon destination has to offer.
Get more great tips in our Honeymoon Planning Guide! Just click here!
Our Favorite Infinity Pool Suites
There’s just something so magical and romantic about taking a dip in an infinity pool that blends perfectly into a stunning natural background. The beauty, splendor and ingenuity of these designs can take an ordinary honeymoon trip and make it truly extraordinary. Fortunately, there are some amazing resorts the world over that incorporate the romance of infinity pools into their grounds.
Here are just a few of our infinity pool resorts in some of the world’s most favorite honeymoon destinations:
El Dorado Royal
Located in Riviera Maya, Mexico, this first-class resort takes luxury to a whole new level. While it offers guests stunning beach access and perfectly appointed rooms, its infinity pools really make the resort stand out. Suites here range from junior accommodations right up to a presidential suite that’s fit for royalty. Honeymoons here are marked by first-class service, beautiful landscapes, gourmet food and lots to see and do. There’s even an on-site spa and lots of side activities to make a honeymoon all that much more special.
Secrets Vallarta Bay Resort and Spa
Guests at this amazing Puerto Vallarta resort can enjoy meals served right beside an infinity pool that melts into the ocean. With luxurious multi-room suites, private decks, gourmet dining and landscapes that are breathtaking, no one ever wants their honeymoon here to end. The resort prides itself on delivering the very best in service without a stone left unturned when it comes to luxury. Choose this resort and you’ll also enjoy easy access to all the famed sights of Puerto Vallarta.
Intercontinental Tahiti Resort
If the wonders of the South Pacific are what you have in mind for a honeymoon adventure, this resort will not disappoint. Its infinity pool is a centerpiece attraction, blending in beautifully on this oceanfront property. With bar service pool side and Tahiti’s famed mountain landscape in the background, the views are especially stunning. While the pool is draw enough, guests here can also enjoy the romance and luxury of over-water bungalows that are appointed with every amenity in mind.
Mykonos Blu Mykonos, Greece
With its private infinity pools that overlook the beautiful waters Greece is so famous for, it’s hard to top this European resort as a highly romantic honeymoon destination. The beauty of each of this hotel’s suites is only rivaled by the natural wonders that await outside. Guests here enjoy high end service, fine dining and some of the most romantic settings found anywhere in the world.
While infinity pools don’t make or break a honeymoon resort, they add to the beauty and enhance the romance. Be sure to check with our honeymoon travel experts for more information about booking your getaway.
Just because you’re on your honeymoon doesn’t mean you want to lock yourself in your hotel room for the duration. While romantic nights, no doubt, will matter to you and your sweetie, chances are you also want to see and do a few things that will help you create memories to last a lifetime.
If you’re heading to the Caribbean to celebrate your first few days of wedded bliss, you’re in luck. There are some amazing tours offered in these destinations that can help you pack a whole lot of fun into your honeymoon.
Here are just a few of our favorite Caribbean tours by destination:
• Jamaica – If you’re heading to Montego Bay, be sure to consider the bobsled, skyride and zipline adventure tour. You can also look into deep sea sport fishing tours or even spend a day swimming with the dolphins.
• Antiqua – Want to pack in all 365 beaches Antigua is famous for during your honeymoon? Consider going on the Xtreme Circumnavigation tour out of St. Johns. During this trip, you’ll get to see the entire coastline. If you prefer on-land adventures, the Rainforest Canopy Adventure could be perfect for you!
• Barbados – Hoping to take in some of the amazing sites before you leave this Caribbean destination? Consider going on a snorkeling cruise or spend a few hours aboard the Jolly Roger. On that particular lunch cruise, you can live the pirate life while being treated to a barbecue feast.
• Bahamas – Heading to Nassau to celebrate your union? Be sure work in a few tours before you go. Some of the most popular include the dolphin encounters, culinary classes and the Sea Garden and Historic Harbour tour.
• Aruba – A trip here offers all kind of a tour potential. You can spend a day taking a jeep safari, go on an island tour that includes some of the most notable sites, including the Aloe Vera Factory and Museum, the Casibari Rock Formations and the California Light House.
Depending on where you go in the Caribbean, you’ll also find there are some amazing tours that combine getting hands-on with local cultures with very rewarding volunteer work. There are a number of tour providers throughout the Caribbean that can hook you and your honey up with enriching volunteer opportunities. You can, for example, help record historic buildings in the Dominican Republic, work on masonry repairs in St. Kitts, help out at local animal shelters and more.
Ready to enrich your Caribbean honeymoon with a little adventure? Be sure to talk with our romance travel experts about all the tour possibilities.
Our Favorite Caribbean Foodie Destinations for Honeymooners
Warm tropical breezes, sunshine, blue skies and seemingly endless miles of beaches: What’s not to love about the Caribbean? From its world-class resorts and stunning landscapes to its signature foods, it’s the perfect place for a honeymoon.
Speaking of those signature foods, if you’re a passionate foodie, there are plenty of tasty destinations to consider for your honeymoon. The Caribbean delivers a cornucopia of options for those who put fine dining high on their lists of things to do while on vacation.
Here are just a few of our favorite Caribbean destinations for food honeymooners:
- The Cayman Islands – Offering an eclectic blend of British, Central American and island flavors, the dishes served up in restaurants here are the stuff legends are made of.
- Jamaica – Noted not only for its beaches and incredible island music, Jamaica is a must-do for serious foodies who love Caribbean flair. Be sure to try jerk done the right way while here. Pork and chicken are the mainstays, but it’s possible to try beef, fish and even goat jerk style.
- Puerto Rico – For a real international taste explosion, Puerto Rico is a must visit. With its American, Spanish and Caribbean roots, the foods here defy description. Be sure to consider a stay in San Juan to try some of Puerto Rico’s most notable dishes. This city is famed for the culinary marvels its restaurants whip up.
- St. Lucia – Home to some of the most beautiful resorts in the entire Caribbean, this island dishes up a menu that’s a bit different. Here honeymooners will find a blend of Creole cuisine with a healthy dose of British and French flavors blended in for good measure. Green bananas and salt fish are a popular blend and barbecued seafood also finds its way on many menus.
- St. Martin – This is a relatively small island destination that packs a huge gastronomical punch. With hundreds of restaurants, St. Martin is famed for its Dutch and French flavors with a touch of Caribbean style tossed in for good measure.
While the above islands are a few of our favorites, keep in mind the Caribbean is absolutely brimming over with incredible taste experiences. Making this region even better for honeymooners are those amazing beaches, stunning sunsets and romantic landscapes the Caribbean is famed for. If you’re considering a honeymoon somewhere warm and tropical, be sure to get with our honeymoon travel experts to explore the best destinations for foodie adventures.
Savor Honeymoon Bliss at Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel
Foodies with a passion for the finer things in life will discover there’s a new resort on the menu that’s just perfect for honeymooners who want to experience the very best during their first days of wedded bliss. Tampa’s Epicurean hotel opened its doors in January 2014, welcoming travelers from all over the world to eat, drink and learn.
The brainchild of some of the biggest movers and shakers on Tampa’s culinary scene, the resort delivers the very best international cuisine while enabling honeymooners to enjoy privacy, romance and luxury during their stay.
Guests at the Epicurean can anticipate:
- First-class accommodations – The hotel was built with luxury in mind. Located in South Tampa’s trendy SoHo district, it features stunning rooms designed to delight the senses. Guests will discover the hotel’s rooms are well appointed and provide honeymooners with the perfect backdrop for romance.
- World-class dining – The resort features its own upscale restaurant and dessert shop. Inspired by Tampa’s famous Bern’s steakhouse, the eatery, Elevage boasts an extensive menu that changes throughout the day. Dining is available in a full-service setting for in-room for those who value their privacy. For those who want to explore the flavors of Tampa, Ybor City with its Cuban flair is a short drive away.
- On-site classes – The Epicurean offers foodies more than elegant meals served up in style. Those who choose to pay the resort a visit can also learn hands on about gourmet cooking thanks to the resort’s master chefs. Classes are offered almost daily and vary in topic.
- Pampering – The Epicurean was designed to be a true “experience” for those passionate about food and luxury. To make it so, the resort offers more than incredible food and drinks. It also offers its guests impeccable service, complete with a concierge service, on-site spa, outdoor pool and bar service and much more.
- Location – While it might be hard to leave the flavors of the Epicurean, the hotel happens to be located perfectly for exploration of the Tampa Bay area. It’s found in Tampa’s heart, which means art galleries, beaches, shopping and more are just a stone’s throw away.
Hoping for a honeymoon that’s relaxing, romantic and full of amazing flavors? Tampa Epicurean hotel delivers all the ingredients necessary for an amazing time. To find out more about this resort and vacationing in the Tampa area, be sure to check with our honeymoon travel advisors.
Getting married during the holidays is a great way to add an extra special touch to the big day. It’s also a fantastic way to make certain the honeymoon trip is filled with wonder and incredibly romantic scenery. With most destinations decked out in the spirit of the season, just about any place in the world can afford couples in love magical experiences. Some destinations, however, stand above the others when it comes to holiday time honeymoons.
Here are just a few of our favorite places for holiday honeymoons:
- The City of Lights: It’s hard to rival Paris in the romantic destination department during any average time of the year. During the holidays, however, the City of Lights becomes truly spectacular. Make a honeymoon stop here during the holidays and you’ll get to see the Champs-Elysées decked out for the season. You can also go ice skating at the Patinoire Sonja Henie or go visit a Christmas market for presents to bring home, along with the hundreds of other things to see and do. Keep in mind, this is a cold season in Paris, so you might even get to see some of the famous sites blanketed in fresh snow.
- Mexico: Escape the cold for a trip to a slightly warmer climate. Mexico offers a world of possibilities for honeymooners looking for adventure, pampering and romance. Whether you plan to stay near the Gulf or on the Pacific side, you’ll find Mexico is especially stunning during the holidays. Its famous resorts, such as El Dorado Royale, the One & Only Cabo and Viceroy Zihuatenajo go above and beyond to make sure honeymooners have the time of their lives no matter the season. Depending on what part of Mexico you choose for your honeymoon, you’ll be able to take in some incredible sights and activities, too. Here you can relax on a beach, climb a mountain, tour ancient sites, go hiking, fishing, biking, shopping and much more.
- The Bahamas: Get away from it all by visiting a tropical paradise with a twist for a holiday honeymoon. The One & Only’s Ocean Club is the perfect place to center a honeymoon adventure. Here you’ll be treated to first-class service at a resort that didn’t leave a single stone unturned when it comes to beauty and luxury.
The holidays are an amazing time for a honeymoon adventure. To check out these three options and even a few more special destinations, just check with our honeymoon travel experts.
Our Favorite Things to Do in Hawaii
When the words “tropical” and “honeymoon” are combined in a sentence Hawaii is one of the first places most people think of and rightfully so. After all, this collection of islands is famed for its friendly people, beautiful resorts and awe-inspiring, highly romantic landscapes.
But, just what can honeymooners do during a stay in Hawaii is a question that often gets asked. While specific attractions vary based on the island or islands you choose to visit during your honeymoon, here are some of our favorite things to do in Hawaii to help you plan out your adventure:
- Go beach hopping: Whether you’re staying right on Waikiki or your plans take you closer to Oahu’s North Shore, a Hawaiian honeymoon isn’t complete without a day or two at the beach. Each of the islands boasts its own top beaches with their own distinct traits. What you’ll find, however, is that all of them offer beautiful sights, warm waters and plenty of activities that go beyond swimming. Depending on where and when you visit, you can also enjoy sailing, snorkeling, whale watching, hang gliding and a whole lot more during a trip to a “typical” Hawaiian beach. Should you desire a truly romantic excursion, consider a moonlit walk along the Hawaiian shores or get hooked up for beachfront horseback riding.
- Go hiking: If you want to get a true taste of the beauty that is Hawaii you have to get out of a car or off the tour bus to really experience the splendor. One of the best ways to do this is to spend a leisurely day hiking some of Hawaii’s most notable terrain. Some of the best places to go include Hanakapi’ai Falls in Kauai, Koko Head Crater trail, Kings Highway and the Wa’ahila Ridge Trail.
- Take an aerial tour: Not ready to hit the trails on foot, but still want to see Hawaii’s splendor in a more intimate and romantic way? If so, a small plane or helicopter tour of some of the famous sights might be in order. The advantage here is you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful volcanic mountains and lush valleys without having to break a sweat in the process. Plus, these tours can be arranged for two, which means your alone time can largely remain so.
- Get dangerous: If you and your honey want some serious adventure and you don’t mind getting wet in the process consider cage diving with sharks. Yep, you can do this in Hawaii! Oahu’s North Shore is famous for its guided shark encounters.
Are you ready to plan a post-wedding trip that’s sure to create memories that will last a lifetime? If so, just talk to our honeymoon travel experts about the unusual, romantic and fascinating things to do in Hawaii.
3 Things You Never Knew You Could Do In Maui
While it’s a no-brainer a honeymoon in Maui is going to rank high in the romance department, this Hawaiian island offers more than meets the eye. Vacationers here will find there’s a lot more to enjoy than stunning sunsets, beautiful beaches and friendly locals who know how to make certain honeymooners have the time of their lives.
If you prefer doing things that are a little different while you’re on vacation, you’ll find there are lots of unusual choices in Maui. Here are just three of the many things you probably didn’t know you could do in Maui:
- Stargaze in style – This island’s beautiful landscapes combine perfectly with the South Pacific night sky to make stargazing a wonder. The best way to enjoy the night time show is to head away from big city lights and just throw down a blanket on the beach. Stare up at the night sky to enjoy a show that’s incredibly romantic. If you want to add an extra special touch, pack a picnic basket and bring along some wine for a late-night toast to your new lives together.
- Visit Little Beach on a Sunday night – If you’re just a little bit daring, there’s a weekly gathering at Little Beach that takes place each Sunday around sunset. A bonfire, dancing and the sounds of a drum circle pull in visitors from all over the globe. Be warned though: Little Beach is a nude beach and you’re likely to see some folks in the buff during the Sunday night gatherings. On the upside, Little Beach is one of the most pristine on Maui and has some of the best sands around.
- Go horseback riding – Ever dream of riding horses along a beach as waves gently lap at the sand? Visit Maui and you don’t have to dream any longer. There are lots of stables that provide rentals that you and your honey can choose from. Just get in the saddle to see this island from a whole different perspective. You can also take rides through the forests to explore waterfalls and other incredible sights.
Honeymooners looking for adventure, romance and unusual things to do won’t be disappointed if Maui is the destination of choice. This Hawaiian island offers all the splendor visits expect and a whole lot more that most don’t know about. If a honeymoon in Maui sounds like a plan, just consult with our honeymoon travel experts for advice on making it happen.