Please help us replan our September honeymoon

Jun 4th, 2002, 07:00 PM
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Maria -- you need to use a different text editor. It's obvious from the width of your paragraphs that you are posting on many different threads here with different names. The giveaway is your text editor and you push St. John over and over. You do the REAL St. John fans a disservice.
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 04:38 AM
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I think you should go ahead with your honeymoon in the Caribbean but stay with the Southern Caribbean. I don't know what the residual effects of a hufficane would be in a neighboring island--heavy rain? I can sympathize with you--we could not afford to go on a honeymoon when we got married--now we travel all the time!
You could stay at the Bucuti in Aruba--a large white sand beach and normally is quiet. Greanda as someone else suggested is also good--Spice Island has units with private pools.
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 04:44 AM
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Just thought when you select a resort, I would find out if there is any maintenance or construction going on--I read a previous post where a person was surprised to find this out after they had arrived--usually happens off-season.
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 05:08 AM
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Mayanne is right. Some places are actually closed in August and September.The good news is that you will save lots of money at this time of year. There are MANY internet specials out there, Gina, I bet you'll save lots by doing Hawaii some other time.
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 06:38 AM
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To the idiot who is tracking the St.
John posts. Don't you have anything
else better to do in your life.

Your absolutely obsessed. Talk about
"nuts".
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 07:34 AM
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I really appreciate everyone's responses, you are making a Caribbean vacation sound pretty appealing as a second choice!

I need to do a bit more research but Aruba is sounding like it might be a possibility - if you can personally recommend a great luxury resort there, please do! This is one vacation where we WILL be spending time in the room, so great accommodations are a must.

We'll also check into renting a villa at St. John, it seems like that could be a good option as well. Again, welcome any specific recommendations regarding places you enjoyed.

Also my boss just returned from Grenada, so I'll do some more investigating there.

Thanks, all, for your comments and also your positive vibes regarding the ongoing job search. It's my birthday today and the perfect job offer for my fiance is my birthday wish! Then a honeymoon can be our "happy ending" to a very tough year!
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 09:08 AM
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Happy Birthday Gina. Aruba is very nice and a lot of fun. Try the Hyatt I think it is the expensive on the island therefore, I would think the nicest. I went a few years ago with a girlfriend and we stayed at the Marriott which we loved but I have heard that the Hyatt is much nicer. Good luck with everything.
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 09:40 AM
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I'm making a list of possible vacations next year for me and my husband and thought I would pass this along--in Google I went to a St. John villa rental co.-"Catered To" St. John and got information on villas--I chose "Colibri" villa--its really nice and spacious--rates show from 2-8 people and availability chart. Happy Birthday!
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 09:45 AM
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I just typed out "Colibri Villa, St. John" in Google and got more photos of the property.
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 09:56 AM
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Gina,
Try Four Season Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico...featured a few months ago in Architectural Digest, exquisite, not far, total service, total beach, total romance and no risk of hurricanes...having been evacuated in August from St. Croix I am skeptical...Europe is too far for the time you have and Aruba is another Miami Beach. Check out their website, it is remote and ultra-romantic.
 
Jun 5th, 2002, 10:34 AM
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Hi Gina!
My husband and I were married in Sept.of 1999. We honeymooned in Wailea in Maui for 1 week and 1 week in Kauai. We had such a wonderful time, excellent weather and lots of other couples/honeymooners.I suggest that your husband-to-be volunteer to take the 2 weeks of without pay if necessary or to borrow future vacation time which will be accrued. Just explain everything at the time of the actual job offer, most employers will cut you a break if they really want you. We are going to Aruba late August to celebrate our anniversary early since we only have one week free, mainly because it is outside hurricane belt. If at all possible, do Hawaii-it is so worth it! Good luck, Sue
 
Jun 6th, 2002, 08:13 AM
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Gina,
Just checking back, are you still out there....I must say strongly that in today's tough job market I would not make a big deal out of extra vacation time for your honeymoon....a year ago, maybe but not today. I would rather try to move the wedding up earlier than risk rocking the boat with an employer. Good luck!
 
Jun 6th, 2002, 08:22 AM
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Gina,
a PS to my last post, why don't you guys just do the Hawaii trip now while he is not working (but about to, with money coming in) since you say you have had such a tough year...celebrate your upcoming wedding and the fact that he has a job finally, and then take your one week somewhere like Mexico (as I suggested yesterday, Punta Mita Four Seasons, an hour outside Puerto Vallarta) and you won't feel cheated and you won't need to wait until September for that break you obviously need!
 
Jun 6th, 2002, 09:53 AM
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Just a suggestion--rated the most romantic hotel in the world by Gourmet Magazine is the Ritz Carlton Resort, Laguna Niguel California--weather is nice in September--dont have to worry about hurricanes. Hotel overlooks a cliff with the ocean below-beautiful!
 
Jun 7th, 2002, 03:59 AM
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I worked with a guy who actually went to Hawaii for 6 nights (we're in New Jersey)! So nothing is impossible. If that is your dream honeymoon then why not 8 nights? "Continental Airlines Vacations" online (type out in Google) now has sales on resorts in the various islands. A few years ago we vacationed in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii and we loved the less commercial feel of the island--including even the luau. We stayed at the Ohana Keauhou Beach Resort which has a few suites and our room was very nice with a great view of the ocean although the rooms would not be on the same level as some of the bigger luxury resorts. The grounds were really lovely--quiet and the beach down the road was fantastic--included docile large sea turtles! This is a huge island and its worth it to take a little time to drive around or see the volcano. Kohala Coast has the more luxury resorts.
 
Jun 7th, 2002, 05:07 AM
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note to liz who said that Punta Mita had "no risk of hurricanes" -

that's not true. The Pacific side of Mexico does get hurricanes and tropical storms.
 
Jun 8th, 2002, 05:38 PM
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Oh, Gina, please consider St. John and Gallows Point. Gallows Point consists of plush condos within a few minutes' walk of town (Cruz Bay). Opt for the less expensive garden units (avoid numbers 1, 2, and 3, which have less attractive views and sitings). I've been there many times, and that view is to die for; the condos are gorgeous, with beautiful woods and tiles. It's a beautiful place (without that grotesque, soul-less feel that those all-inclusive resorts have, no matter how luxe), and the beaches and ease of getting around St. John just cannot be beat. Aruba? Dull and ugly!!!! (I spent some growing-up years there and can swear to it!) Avoid Curacao too. The lushness and national-park beauty of St. John are wonderful, plus there's great shopping, hiking, snorkling, and easy ferry daytrips to other islands. If you go to Grenada, please, please avoid the Spice Island Resort! Good luck!
 
Jun 8th, 2002, 06:26 PM
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Agree with Lisa. If you like the beauty of Hawaii, it would be almost impossible to like an island like Aruba which is desert-like. You'll only see palm trees on the resort areas and as soon as you leave your hotel, you'll see cactus everywhere. If you want spectacular scenery, go to St. John or Virgin Gorda. If you're worried about hurricane season, get a trip insurance. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best!
 
Jun 9th, 2002, 04:09 AM
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From a frequent traveler, I have to disagree with a previous poster--Aruba is desert like but it is not "ugly". The island has some of the most highly rated beaches in the world. In addition it is not boring at nightime like some islands are--there is plenty of nightlife and restaurants to choose from. Each island has something different to offer, I have yet to see an "ugly" island--in fact we had a nice day in Curacao as one of our stops on a R.C. cruise.
 
Jun 9th, 2002, 05:37 AM
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definitely Aruba...perfect weather. Try the Divi. It is a small all inclusive so you get lots of fruity drinks whenever you want but you get your privacy too. It is small and great. Yo may save some money which you will be happy to have when you return to put into house savings or furniture!!1 That's what we did. Don't postpone though unless the job makes you. We loved the Divi and had the same "fiance looking for a job" scenario. We went back last February and loved it all over again. You could go for i week and save the rest for another time.
 

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