Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Choose your own adventure honeymoons

It's tempting to spend your entire honeymoon in the room, but you need to have a few stories ready for the in-laws when they ask, “So how was your honeymoon?”

The devil’s in the details as they say, so start planning your honeymoon when you start planning the wedding. Planning in advance also lets you price shop and take advantage of specials and off-season booking.

Adding on meals and tips can get pricey, especially if you’re in a foreign country and need to find an exchange office or bank. Packages including food, drinks and airfare take the hassle out of your trip.

Here are three adventurous packages we found online:

Romantic Scottish Castle Getaway

You can truly be the King of the castle with this Scottish honeymoon package. Fly to the island’s capital Edinburgh and spend two days exploring on foot or in your rental car. Castles and high rises exist within blocks of one another in this historic city, and the four-star restaurants will show you that there’s nothing boring about British cuisine when done properly.

Next, explore the Scottish highlands with a tour through the country side and stays at stately manor houses and castles along the way. Tour the Whiskey Trail and sample the wares at some of the finest distilleries in the world, visit Loch Ness and breathe deep to take in the fresh air of the Scottish Highlands.

You will wake up each morning to a hearty Scottish breakfast, so work up and appetite the night before because this is no Denny’s $2.99 special.

Hit the Links in St. Lucia

Go golfing. No, seriously. This Sandals Resort in St. Lucia offers so much to do your better half may not even notice you missing for a few hours.

When you arrive visit the spa for a couple’s massage, or mud bath, to get into the honeymoon mood after your flight. On day two visit the complementary on-site 9-hole course with rental clubs that may even top yours. Teach her to swing a driver and show her your famous putt.

The Millionaire Suites come with a private pool and butler service, but don’t let the stunning pictures scare you off. Staying at a resort is an easy way to honeymoon in style without breaking the bank. Packages often include the room, food and drink, and airfare so you only need to pay once. Booking well in advance, and choosing an off-season honeymoon can help keep costs low.

Vegas is no gamble

Stay stateside and keep the luxury of a resort by taking your honeymoon on a Vegas getaway. The Bellagio is one of the classic hotel casinos on the strip, but offers so much more than just slots and shows.

The AAA Five Diamond rating guarantees your needs will be met, and then some. On-site amenities include spas, restaurants ranging from casino buffet fare to personal demonstrations from a world renowned chef, and the famous Fountains of the Bellagio.

You can even get married at the hotel, with on-site bridal services, chapel and even live webcasting of your nuptials for everyone back home.

Now that’s getting lucky.

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