There’s a lot of work that goes into planning your wedding but don’t forget about putting as much effort into planning the honeymoon. The honeymoon is your first big vacation with your SPOUSE! You can never get that feeling back so this is the time to go on your dream vacation and to be overly obnoxious, lovey-dovey, newlyweds!
It can be hard to narrow down your choices and to finally decide on where to go for your honeymoon so I’m going to tell you how we decided where we went and then review it!
So I always knew that I wanted to go to Sandals for my honeymoon because I had gone to Beaches in Turks & Caicos two years before and it was a blast so I knew Sandals would be the perfect all inclusive for our honeymoon. A huge thing that was important was that it was an all-inclusive, adults only resort. I knew that we would never spend that much money on a regular vacation so of course the honeymoon was the perfect time to splurge.
I spent days on the Sandals website looking at every single location and every single resort. I compared prices, activities, rooms, basically everything I could compare. One of the biggest things that determined where we went was the flight; the cost, non-stop flight, and how long it took. We decided Jamaica was the perfect place to go because the flight was only about 3 hours and it was non-stop. There are 7 resorts in Jamaica so I spent another day comparing them until we finally decided on Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We chose this resort because it wasn’t too far from the airport but it wasn’t right next to it like the Sandals Montego Bay one was. And we picked it because it had it’s own private island that you could take a boat to and it had the over-the-water bungalows!
We got married on Saturday and flew out on Monday morning. This was really nice because Sunday we we’re able to go back to my parents house for brunch and spend the day on the lake with our bridal party and out of town guests and then we got a hotel room that night by the airport.
When we got to the airport in Jamaica they directed us to a room for all of the Sandals resorts where we could get beer or drinks and snacks while we waited for our shuttle. We had a concierge room so when we got to the resort we were taken to an office where we booked our dinners and got our room keys and taken to our room. The resort was so beautiful. I couldn’t get over the clear blue waters and how relaxing it all was.
We decided that we wanted to spend more money to have an ocean front room and less money on excursions. Here is the view from our room, I miss it everyday and the money was well worth it. It was so nice to wake up every morning and walk outside to such a gorgeous room and we have our own beach out front and a short walk to the main beach and bar.
The one excursion that we did do was the catamaran ride. I would recommend this to EVERYONE, no matter what resort you’re at! Ours was a booze cruise, they took us out and let us snorkel and then they took us to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. They opened the bar on the ride back and played music. This was seriously the most fun we had all week and we met three couples that we ended up hanging out with the rest of the week. I kept saying “married Ryan is fun Ryan” because he actually loosened up and was just goofy and fun the whole week. Some people say they wouldn’t want to hangout with other people on their honeymoon but we seriously met so many awesome people and even talked about us all going back together for our 5 year anniversaries which would be awesome if that happened! But it’s your honeymoon so you do what you want, whether that’s meet a lot of new people or avoid everyone, it’s your trip!
We also did the free snorkeling at the resort where they take you out on the boat in front of the resort to snorkel and we tried kayaking, which didn’t go real well because it was super windy that day! We contemplated doing a couple other excursions but after looking at the costs and time it took we decided not to. I absolutely loved waking up, going to breakfast and getting our spot on the beach by 10 am and just relaxing all day! The excursions usually take all day and are exhausting.
The over-the-water bungalows were brand new when we went and we actually met a couple that was staying in one and they invited us over for the day. If you have a couple grand laying around it was only 10 grand for 4 nights! (Pocket change right?! HA!) But it really was amazing, so maybe one day! Here’s a few pictures to just dream about that life.
I’m really glad that we chose Sandals Royal Caribbean for our honeymoon. It really was the best week ever and totally worth the money. If you can’t decide where you want to go for your honeymoon I would recommend a Sandals resort but don’t forget to do your research first! Some resorts are a lot older than others and obviously the newer ones are nicer so research is important! And if Sandals is out of your budget there are plenty of other all-inclusive, adult only resorts that you can go to for less!
I hope your honeymoon is a dream come true!