MegMo2017: Deets: Honeymoon
For a very long time, I considered going to Australia for a honeymoon. I mean, how cool would it be to experience a new country with a new husband? To finally dive the Great Barrier Reef? But then reality bit me and it was all downhill from there.
Flights are long and expensive.
Time change is difficult.
Australia is expensive AF.
I'd want to do all the things.
Lugging my scuba gear around the world would be expensive.
When I broached this subject with Teh German, he wasn't overly enthusiastic. I had already ruled out going to Germany for a honeymoon because I wanted to go somewhere new. A European adventure would be cool, but we both know knew we'd be going nonstop and after thought about it more and more, we wanted a lazy vacation.
Very rarely do we stop. Our schedule is often packed with activities and when we do go visit places (NC, Germany), we don't stop either. We agreed to find a honeymoon that would be a relaxing, almost boring, time.
Unless you live under a rock (or not in the US), you've probably heard of Sandals. I had seen advertisements for Sandals on many wedding websites I visited and I was skeptical. Advertisements can make any shack on the beach look like the Ritz. But then, the more I listened, the more I saw good things. Things like "all-inclusive", "premium liquor", and "scuba diving" piqued my interest. I also observed that people I know were going to these places and I know some pretty smart people.
I had poked around the Sandals website and signed up to win some free vacation/honeymoon thing (because duh). A few days later, I had come to terms with the idea of going to a Sandals resort for a honeymoon, despite my beach aversion. When Teh German came home, he walked in with the mail, which included a Sandals info packet for me (oops). When I opened it, I had to laugh. I admitted to Teh German that I had been thinking about it and had planned to discuss it with him that evening.
After dinner, we sat down with the books and looked at the pictures. Teh German admitted that he would really prefer a "lazy" vacation that we could just have downtime and do activities as we wanted rather than a vacation where we were constantly on the go and exhausted when we got home. I agreed with him and explained the Sandals resort thing. Everything was included, food, booze, scuba diving, snorkeling, other activities. We could do outside adventures if we wanted, but it was up to us. We could sleep all day, sit on the beach all day, essentially do whatever the fuck we wanted. He was sold.
We haven't decided which Sandals resort we're going to, but we know we'll be doing a Sandals resort. Each person who has been to a Sandals resort will tell you a different "best one" which makes it difficult to pin down a single one. I think my current top runner is one of the St. Lucia resorts since there is a shuttle that will take you to the other 2 Sandals resorts on the island, so you get even more activity/food opportunities.
PS. I totally think we're going for the butler service. It's our honeymoon. #treatyoself
PPS. If we won a Sandals honeymoon, I wouldn't know what to do with myself.