Honeymoon Ideas & Answers
The Truth About All-Inclusive Honeymoons
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Locations: This is the chain that took the one-price-buys-you-everything vacation concept and turned it into a global brand name. Still the best-known of the all-inclusive chains, Sandals has seven resorts in Jamaica, three in St. Lucia, and one each in Antigua and the Bahamas.
Highlights: Sandals has remained at the top of the all-inclusive game for several decades by being an innovator—it was the first to offer free wedding ceremonies (Sandals dubbed them "WeddingMoons") and, more recently, to offer butlers in suites and "surprise" treats to honeymooners. Ultimately, what's most appealing is that if you're a truly social just-married couple, you'll love the good cheer of the down-to-earth, friendly newlyweds gathered around the pool bar.
Romance: When he takes a deep breath and finally agrees to a couple's massage at the Red Lane Spa, you'll know your guy really loves you. Our advice? Book the couple's "Scrub a Dub Dub" treatment: a tropical exfoliation followed by a warm mineral bath, and then a truly relaxing couple's massage.
Prices: Doubles from $494 per couple at Sandals Inn to $884 at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Offshore Island, both low season, with a two-night minimum; 800-726-3257; sandals.com. —Bob Payne
VIVA WYNDHAM RESORTS
Locations: Most of the moderately sized (and moderately priced) hotels in this chain are spread across the Dominican Republic. The one exception: an outpost in the Bahamas.
Highlights: Guests—be they actual children or grown-ups celebrating their youthful spirit—come to Viva Wyndham to play all day and night. After fueling up for the evening at the dinner buffet, honeymooners often hit a poolside party, followed by a late-night visit to the disco.
Romance: Among the extras doled out to just-marrieds: a room upgrade (when one is available, of course) and a free couple's photo. The latter may sound like a small thing, but it's a welcome alternative to asking strangers to take your picture so you have proof you honeymooned together.
Prices: Doubles from $144 per couple at Viva Wyndham Samaná to $196 at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace, both low season; 800-996-3426; vivaresorts.com. —Yolanda Crous