14 Replies Latest reply: Jun 19, 2012 8:37 PM by GemPrincess RSS

Recommendations for honeymoon beach properties?

katraveler Gold
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Hi All,

 

We are looking to book a honeymoon and would love to hear any specific recommendations of Marriott properties to check out.  I've heard great things about the Wailea Beach Marriott & Resort in HI, but would love to hear other recommendations.  Would you  mind pointing me in the best direction to pick a great resort to relax and enjoy some sun and beach for our honeymoon?

 

Thanks so much in advance!

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Location Brand Hotel
Wailea, Hawaii, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Miami Beach, Florida, USA The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Barcelona, Spain The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Arts Barcelona
Tumon, Guam Marriott Hotels & Resorts Guam Marriott Resort & Spa
Santa Monica, California, USA JW Marriott JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
  • Re: Recommendations for honeymoon beach properties?
    missgee Silver 40 Reviews
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    Two amazing beach properties we have stayed at are the Ritz-Carlton (Club Level is a must) in Miami and the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.  The Sawgrass is not directly on the beach but they have a shuttle which takes you down to the Cabana Beach Club, which is a private Marriott property on the beach.  Will be interested in seeing what you eventually choose!  Congrats.

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    Location Brand Hotel
    Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA Marriott Hotels & Resorts Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
    Miami Beach, Florida, USA The Ritz-Carlton The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
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    carolinacouple Platinum 2 Reviews
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    St Kitts Marriott is a great place to relax and they have excellent restaurants on site.

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    GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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    I really enjoyed the Puerto Vallarte Marriott.

     

    The dining room was very nice. They had all sorts of regional Mexican dishes, so you could try the local food from all around Mexico even if you didn't have the time to travel there, and didn't have to worry about any problems with local food and water.

     

    Puerto Vallarte is beautiful because you have the ocean and the beaches, but also mountains.

     

    I had the hotel pick us up at the airport so I didn't have to worry about any of the local security issues, and I also used the tours through the hotel.

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    lone6star Platinum 3 Reviews
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    The Stellaris Resort and Casino in Puerto Rico, is also nice, but it is more for families.  There is anotehr Marriott property about 1/4 miles down the road that is more for couples.  I can't recall the name of that hotel though.  You can look it up.

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    tryt53 Alumni Steward Platinum 5 Reviews
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    What timeframe is your honeymoon?  I too like Puerto Vallarta because you can stay so long and do so much more for a great value, and have a wonderful pampered time.  You can look at some of my reviews on the Casa Magna Puerto Vallarta Marriott and see a little more about that location.  If you go in the fall, check out the Sand Dollar rate special.  It gives you every 4th night free, and a $50 resort credit for every day you are there.  We are going for 16 days (pay for 12 and get 4 free) for our anniversary, and it's our 4 year there.

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      GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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      I also like shopping there.

       

      Sometimes I pick cruise ships that stop there just to shop.  Everything is just so much more reasonable.

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        tryt53 Alumni Steward Platinum 5 Reviews
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        Very true.  We are starting to get farther and farther away on our exploring excursions each year.  If you go to their site and plug in S29 and pick dates like (Oct 16-20) you will see the special rates we try to use each year.  I think those rate specials start a lot earlier than that, but they go up around the 1st part of November when the "tourist" season picks up.  We don't like to go much earlier because of the weather, and going at the end of October allows us to be around for the Day of the Dead festivities.  All in all, we have a great time and keep going back because we love it and the value.  This year the peso exchange rate is almost 20% higher (better for us in buying power), so even better yet!

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          GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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          Thanx for the tip!

           

          Does S29 work for other countries and properties?

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            tryt53 Alumni Steward Platinum 5 Reviews
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            Some, but I don't know which ones.  I get there by starting off at the Casa Magna Puerto Vallarta Marriott Home page, and then looking at the tab at the top of the page called "Find Deals and Promotions" and then page down and you will see " Sand Dollars Package in the Caribbean & Latin America  ".  This probably means you could get it at least in those areas.

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    ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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    Two properties/locations that might not be on your radar - at opposite ends of the expense spectrum.  I've had great experiences at both:

    • Marriott Resort at Tumon Bay in Guam.  MUCH less crowded and less expensive than Hawaii. (I am not a big fan of Honolulu, but the Pearl Harbor tour is well worth your time.)  Older property, but killer balconies with commanding views of the entire bay.  Guam isn't for everyone, but it was much more tourist friendly when I was there last summer (in 2011) than it was 20 years ago, and your money goes a LONG way.  Great staff too....
    • Ritz Carlton Hotel Arts in Barcelona.  (I can't afford it, but, for 480,000 points, I took my family and my mother-in-law.)  We LOVED it.  GREAT beach, great city...

    I guess I should also mention that I really like the JW Marriott (Le Merigot) in Santa Monica - that's a nice beach too....

    Congrats and enjoy!

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    Location Brand Hotel
    Barcelona, Spain The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Arts Barcelona
    Tumon, Guam Marriott Hotels & Resorts Guam Marriott Resort & Spa
    Santa Monica, California, USA JW Marriott JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot
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      GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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      Have not been to Guam, but have been to Barcelona, and this is a wonderful hotel!

       

      FYI...one of the senior cruise consultants at NCL spent his honeymoon Ritz Carlton Hotel Arts in Barcelona. and loved it.  Said it was his best trip ever, and most folks in the travel business get lots of inside deals.

       

      Also, I have been to BCN alot recently as its one of the cheapest tickets to Europe, and definately cheaper than Aruba.  I think the advance ticket was about $700 [London is around $1100, Rome $1600, Aruba $1400].

       

      If you can't afford a long stay, try doing a day or weekend before and/or after a cruise.  The most reasonble Mediterrean cruises leave out of BCN.  Just did the Canary Islands & Madiera on NCL and it was very nice, and probably one of the most reasonable.


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      lone6star Platinum 3 Reviews
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      What attractions are there to see in Guam?

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        GemPrincess Alumni Steward Platinum 17 Reviews
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        Haven't been to Guam, but this is what I foudn when I looked it up.

        http://www.visitguam.org/Runtime/SightSeeingGuam.aspx

         

        I did run into alot of military wives whose husbands were stationed on Guam in my hotel in Bali as its a cheap flite for them, and they said it was their favorite place to go to get away from Guam [sounded like there wasn't much to do there].

         

        That being said, my first thought was, if your flying that far to Guam, or even Hawaii, I would just keep going, and go to Bali where there is just so mcuh culture, the people are wonderful, and prices are great....well at least they were the last time I was there.

         

        Check out this Courtyard - it doesn't even look like one.  I was in Bali for an entire week and didn't even see everything I wanted to see.

         

        https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/travel/dpscy-courtyard-bali-nusa-dua/

         

        Activities

        • Pantai Mengiat - white sand beach in Nusa Dua Bali (5 minutes)
        • Beaches of Nusa Dua - a 15 minutes stroll from the Hotel
        • Kuta Indonesia - a former fishing village in southern Bali now a tourists destination
        • Bali Cultural Center - to learn Balinese cultures, life activities, performances and workshop
        • Bali Collection - a nearby collection of shops, restaurants and entertainment
        • Balinese dances - an integral part of Balinese culture, inquire at our hotel concierge
        • Terraced Fields - Balinese agriculture cultivation walk through tour
        • Ulun Danu Temple - Hindu temple in Beratan Lake of Bedugul Bali with beautiful lake view and hills
        • Tenganan - one of the original Bali Aga villages, traditional festival ritual dances and gladiator
        • Besakih - the mother temple in Bali, built on south slopes of Mount Agung, principal volcano of Bali

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