So I'm in the crunch time before our April wedding and I need to plan a great honeymoon. We are looking to get away, outside of the US, for 2-3 weeks. I'm looking for a location that has some sightseeing, culture, and a relaxing beach if possible. I would be even open to breaking the trip into two destinations so we can fit that in. I am a Platinum Member with over 500K points banked of which I am willing to use them all for the perfect trip.
Only places we have ruled out are Hawaii, Mexico, and Thailand as I have taken her to these places already.
Any help you all provide will be greatly appreciated.
Well, no beach, unless you sit along the Lei, Seine or Thames, but this would be a wonderful 2 or 3 weeks.
Paris & London - with the high speed train and chunnel, you can get from one to the other in under 2 hours, I believe.
If you have extra time, perhaps Ghent Belgium, also accessible by train and a wonderful Marriott in the center of everything. From Ghent, a day trip to Brugge and Brussels is very easy. I just posted a few photo albums of recent trips to Paris and Belgium: Belgium 2013 and Paris in the fall (mid October).
Another wonderful 2-3 week trip would be to Italy. Perhaps a week in Rome, then head up to Tuscany, with some wonderful stops along the way. Make your way over to Venice, up to Milan.
For a honeymoon, if you're willing to burn big points, consider a splurge, and take a good hard look at the Ritz Carlton properties. We once burnt points at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona (fun city, nice beach property), and were quite impressed: Wonderful Experience Using Points at Ritz Carlton
ssindc I have had some "interesting" experiences when using the Ritz as a Marriott member. I'm am skeptical to take that risk for the honeymoon b/c I would be very disappointed if they treated me as they have in the US when making the leap up to Ritz.
Did the Rizy in Barcelona give you the same quality service and attentiveness as you would get with a JW or Grand Marquis property?
You raise a legitimate question, and I can't answer it with confidence. But I will say this:
Since Italy is on your list I would recommend northern Italy and enjoy the lakes, particularly Lake Como then off to maybe the Amalfi Coast as it is incredible. Here are a few photos we've taken of Lake Como and Bellagio as well as Amalfi over the last few years. So many incredible places in Italy such as Venice, Rome, Florence and Tuscany.
Please let us know what you decide and congratulations.
IAHFLYR when did you visit Amalfi and Lake Como? Also were their any Marriott properties in those area's that you would suggest? I am hoping to use my points as much as possible so we can use our cash for better flights and finer meals.
We were last to Bellagio in 2011 and the Amalfi Coast the summer of 2012. There are no Marriott properties in either location which would be a drawback one wanted to use points, but regardless both are fabulous spots.
Rome is a beautiful place, particularly in the spring. Last April, we spent a week in the Rome Grand Flora and absolutely loved it. Just breakfast on the roof everyday is worth the stay. Up early, take a run through Borghese Gardens. We are big fans of Italy and, in particular, Rome but this was the first time we spent an entire week just in the eternal city. Wonderful experience. The Grand Flora is in a wonderful part of the city with easy access to get most anywhere. If you are interested, I would first check on their availability. Then let me know and I would be happy to provide restaurant, site and activity recommendations. We have spent all our Italy time, from Rome north. I can think of few places better to spend a honeymoon. What do you like to do? Food, wine, history, art, vistas - some of the best in the world! Let me know. Would be glad to help.