…Oh, how exciting it is to type this post! Wedding planning thus far has been really enjoyable, but there have been, of course, moments of stress and anxiety. In each of those moments, I’ve dreamt of warm beaches with turquoise water, sipping something fruity, with a light coastal breeze, wind in my hair, sand in my toes, the smell of…okay. Back to blogging. During times of stress, I’ve eagerly anticipated my honeymoon with Riley!
Yesterday, we booked it! We are going to Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas!
How We Decided Where To Honeymoon
We knew from the beginning that we wanted an all-inclusive resort. We have spent hours each day planning our wedding and want to show up for our honeymoon and be completely without planning responsibilities. We also agreed on somewhere tropical and warm–both Riley and I love to be in the sun, by the pool, and at the beach. Another stipulation was that we wanted an adult-only resort. I work with kids and love them, but want a honeymoon free from little ones and their noise level. Finally, we wanted somewhere not too-too far away…nothing more than a half-day’s travel time away.
After hours of research and Googling, we decided that the Sandals resort in the Bahamas (Emerald Bay) was the perfect location for our 8 day, 7 night vacation-of-a-lifetime. To be honest, it wasn’t that hard of a decision…I mean look at the water!
Where Sandals Emerald Bay Is Located
Here’s a map. You can see Miami in the Northwest, Cuba in the South, and our honeymoon destination marked by the red pin.
Only a 90 minute flight from Miami means that Riley and I will arrive in the Bahamas in only half a day, which is exactly the kind of travel time we were looking for! (Bonus: we were able to book a reputable airline–Delta–to fly there.)
What’s Included in All-Inclusive?
Riley has been cracking me up with this question. “Blair, I need to know what’s included in all-inclusive.” To which I respond, “Everything except excursions and the spa!” To which he responds, “But really, what’s included?”
If you are also curious, here’s what’s included in our honeymoon package:
- Unlimited dining at 7 restaurants
- Unlimited drinks at 6 bars
- Unlimited room service for above items
- Unlimited SCUBA diving
- Unlimited land and water sports (like golf, tennis, kayaking, etc.)
- 2 rounds of golf (no thanks, I’ll pass!)
- Access to live shows, bands, and performances nightly
What’s not included, but “optional,” also known as, “what we have to pay for:”
- Spa treatments
- Island excursions and tours
- Yacht docking (Hah! If only…)
Because we would love to have a couples massage (or two! 😉 ), and go on a snorkeling excursion, and even have a private beachfront dinner by candlelight (who wouldn’t?), we registered for those experiences as a part of our wedding registry. We think it would be a meaningful, special, and fun gift for a wedding guest to give us an experience during our seven days of bliss! Even if we don’t do any of the “optional” items, the resort is so drop-dead gorgeous that I know we’ll have the time of our lives.
*Cue the music to Sandals commercials* I…Had…The time of my life…and I owe it all to yoooou….
When We’ll Leave
This is surprisingly a hot question for engaged couples! Everyone wants to know how soon after the wedding we’re leaving on our honeymoon. From what I’ve gathered, it’s because most people leave right away (the next morning, for example), and it’s simply not enough turn around time to rest up and prepare for the week away while also tying up everything wedding-related.
Because of this, we’ve decided to take a day in between our wedding and flying out to the Bahamas. We’ll get married on a Friday evening, spend Saturday together and saying goodbye to our families, and depart for our honeymoon on Sunday morning. I’m really looking forward to this more relaxed timeline!
I can’t wait to be married, and now I really, really, really, really, really, can’t wait because I know what’s in store for the week after we say “I do!” Sandals Emerald Bay, we’re coming for you! If you’re married, where did you go on your honeymoon? Has anyone been to the Bahamas before? 🙂
This sounds so perfect. I can’t wait to read all about it and get your thoughts on the spot. My first year teaching first grade we stayed at an adults only place on the beach and it was the best decision. The quiet was amazing.
Blair Menzel says
Thanks, Emily! We are really excited. I’m so glad to hear that you had a great experience at an adults-only resort! Can’t wait! 🙂
You will love Sandals and its all-inclusive. As you know, we went to St Lucia Sandals. We met so many friends, many with whom we still keep in touch almost 20 years later. If you feel compelled as Len and I did, participate in the fun games in which you earn sandal beads and necklace. I still have mine hanging on the dresser in our room! So exciting, glad you are booked!
Blair Menzel says
We’re so excited. We’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for each Sandals location, so we know we’ll have a blast!! 🙂