Choosing an all-inclusive honeymoon resort is a smart plan but it’s important to know what you are getting into. All-inclusive honeymoon destinations offer plenty of great benefits but there can also be some pitfalls. As long as you know what to watch out for, chances are you’re going to have a great time and be thrilled you planned something that doesn’t require a lot of thinking, especially after months of wedding planning.
If you’re considering an all-inclusive honeymoon resort but you aren’t sure it’s right for you, consider the following major perks of these all-in-one vacation destinations:
1. Saving Money
One of the main reasons people choose all-inclusive honeymoon resorts is because they save money with the all-inclusive rates. No matter how strictly you budget a trip, chances are you’ll spend a little more once you arrive. This shouldn’t be the case with an all-inclusive resort. Everything except airfare and departure taxes should be included in this type of vacation. You can save even more by booking during the slow season. Of course, if you are honeymooning immediately after your wedding, this would affect your wedding date so there might not be a lot of flexibility.
2. Avoiding Surprise Fees
Not only will you not need to pay anything once you arrive at the resort, but you also won’t even need to carry your wallet with you. You can lock it safely away in the safe in your room and just relax and enjoy your time away with your new spouse. You know exactly what you get upfront and you won’t need to stress over budgeting for each day of the trip.
3. Enjoying Surprise Perks
Resorts often offer free experiences to travelers so you can try something new without needing to worry about how much it is going to cost. Have you ever wanted to try a seaside couple’s massage? Go on a jungle hike or snorkeling off of pristine beaches? Try kayaking or sailing? Many of these activities are included in your all-inclusive fee so make sure you familiarize yourself with your options in advance to fill your schedule with some unexpected fun.
4. Creating a Honeymoon Registry
All-inclusive resorts make it easy for couples to create honeymoon registries. Of course, any newly married couple can do this and ask that instead of gifts, guests contribute cash to their honeymoon expenses. But inclusive resorts organize the process and you know exactly how much everything costs in advance. You can even add the honeymoon to your main registry so guests know you’re asking for support when they are invited to your wedding.
5. Plan a Destination Wedding
If you are open to the idea of marrying away from your hometown, you might be able to get your wedding for free or save money on your honeymoon. Many all-inclusive resorts offer wedding ceremony packages that discount the cost of getting married. Simplify your wedding planning and after the ceremony, just kick back, relax, and enjoy your honeymoon destination. This might cut your guest list down quite a bit but you can always throw a casual get-together back home once you’re officially married.
How Do You Choose the Best Resort?
Now that you know why you should opt for an all-inclusive honeymoon resort, you need to narrow down your choices because there are plenty of options out there. Here are a few questions to ask to make your decision easier:
- How much do you want to spend? Some resorts will be out of your price range which can help you make your list of possible selections shorter. Expect to pay more if you’re looking for a private island or something with ocean views and maybe a little less at a family-friendly resort.
- Do you want alcoholic drinks included with your package? And if so, how many do you want? Different resorts offer different drink packages.
- Will you want to spend your entire time lounging by the pool or do you have a few adventures in mind? Think about the overall style of vacation you’d like to enjoy during your honeymoon and make sure you and your new spouse agree.
- Are you interested in seeing shows, dancing, or participating in any other activities during your trip? Or would you rather spend time privately relaxing with your new spouse? Most resorts offer an array of options like a fitness center or luxury resort spa but you don’t want to be forced to pay for anything if you intend to spend all of your time lounging by the outdoor pools or beach.
What to Watch Out For
Finally, there are a few things to watch out for when planning an all-inclusive honeymoon resort vacation.
Not everything is as great as it sounds when staying at an all-inclusive resort and not all of the perks are free – or worth your effort and time. Think twice before booking any of the following if you receive an offer that seems too good to be true:
Some free lessons are worth it but others are a gimmick to get you to spend more money. Investigate what’s required when you’re considering free lessons and consider whether or not an hour or two at a resort is really enough to get you familiar with the experience. The last thing you want is to fight off a pushy salesperson while you’re on your honeymoon.
The same is true for spa services. Chances are if a spa service like a massage or a day of beauty sounds too good to be free, it probably is. If you still want to give it a try, make sure your expectations are reasonable. Chances are you won’t be getting a 60-minute full-body massage. You can also be upfront about not having the budget to book anything else so you alleviate the sales pitch right from the beginning.
Special Occasion Celebrations
When resorts hear you are headed their way on your honeymoon, they’ll likely try to get you to buy a special event celebration package. In most cases, it isn’t worth it. You get a little extra recognition, which is nice, but you’d be better off spending the extra money on something else.