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Honey_Mooner Jul 17th, 2002 12:40 PM

Honeymoon Help Needed -- Mayan Riviera
Hi friends,<BR><BR>Hope you can help me. My fiance and I are planning a trip to Mexico for our honeymoon (after we discovered how excruciatingly expensive it would be to go to Hawaii!). We are not lay-around-and-do-nothing types, but we do want luxury, beauty, and at least a few days of relaxation on a beautiful beach. We definitely want to go on side trips to Mayan ruins, jungles, and interesting towns. We do not care about night life. Our honeymoon will be early April 2003. <BR><BR>We are looking at Royal Hideaway, Ikal del Mar and Ceiba del Mar. If possible, we do not want to spend an absolute fortune (though I think Royal Hideaway IS a fortune, yes?).<BR><BR>I have read the very informative posts on this message board regarding Royal Hideaway but am finding much less info out there regarding the other hotels.<BR><BR>Can anyone help? Any recommendations, advice, guidance, or words of wisdom are appreciated!

L Jul 17th, 2002 05:57 PM

Do a search using the words Fiesta Grand on this board and see my LONG trip report. It's a steal right now. Yes, the Royal Hideaway is expensive.

Honey_Mooner Jul 17th, 2002 06:36 PM

Thanks for your reply, but I can't seem to locate your message re Fiesta Grand. Were you posting under a different name?

thereuare Jul 17th, 2002 08:24 PM

I know two couples that (separately) went to Ceiba del Mar and loved it. They were never bored but said it's more of a place to just relax and unwind.<BR><BR>I'll know more at the end of November as i'm taking my own honeymoon and doing the following:<BR><BR>4 nite cruise (Miami/Bahamas)<BR>4 nites Ceiba del Mar<BR>4 nites Moon Palace<BR><BR>I'll try to report back when it's all done with.

Honey_Mooner Jul 18th, 2002 07:49 AM

Oh great! Please tell all upon your return. It sounds heavenly.

David Jul 24th, 2002 09:49 AM

I am going to Ceiba del Mar Sept.8-15. I will let you know.<BR>David

thereuare Jul 24th, 2002 12:22 PM

David,<BR><BR>I too look forward to your reply.. we'll be there in November.<BR><BR>One question for you... are u going under their "Romance Package"?<BR><BR>We booked the Romance Pkge and since then it seems as if the rates for a suite have gone down in price to $240/nite (at least it has on the website,<BR><BR>If i compare the cost of booking the suite (as Romance Pkge includes upgrade to a suite) and buying transfers separately, it's about $120 cheaper to book NOT thru the package.<BR><BR>If i don't go thru the package, i won't get a fruit basket with wine when i arrive, nor would i receive one meal on the beach (although the meal would still be included in the price, just would be in the dining room rather than on the beach).<BR><BR>Trying to figure out whether the meal on the beach and the arrival fruit basket is worth the extra $120 (i'm leaning towards NOT worth it, but not sure what the wife-to-be thinks).<BR><BR>Any thoughts? Thanks.<BR><BR>

eileen Jul 24th, 2002 01:05 PM

I went to RH in early April this year and I think it was an excellent value. We paid $400 per day AI and the gourmet dinners we had were easily worth $150 or more. If $400 per day is within your price range I encourage you to seriously consider RH, there seemed to be a lot of honeymooners there, I think it would be a great place for a honeymoon and I do not think the other resorts are in the same class.

Jan Jul 25th, 2002 06:14 PM

El Dorado Royale very romantic, isolated, great food (all ala carte), 24 hour room service. Big jacuzzi tub in bedroom and enormous shower in bathroom. Hammock on balcony.If you can afford it splurge for a Casita. Small pools with bars every 6 or so buildings. Big swings at bars. All ocean view. Very little nightlife. Entertainment 3 nights, disco but not very lively when I was there. Nice sand beach but rocky once you're in the water. Very reasonably priced. Trips to Tulum, Chichen Izta, Xcaret, Xelha are all available from resort. Shuttles to Cancun and Playa del Carmen.<BR>Limited water activities though they do have some snorkel gear and kayaks. Salt water pool carved out of rock area. Jungle walks and bicycle tours as well.<BR>Wonderful spa but it costs extra. I believe dance class, treadmills and couple massage were free.

Mexico Specialist Jul 26th, 2002 02:00 PM

Honeymooners to El Dorado Royale also get Limo Transfers, an room upgrade (subject to availibility), Romantic Dinner for 2, Robes and Couples Massage Class. Be sure your travel agent puts it in remarks or emails the hotel

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