All the ingredients for the perfect honeymoon

A white sand beach, a few palm trees, and the warm water lapping at your toes. That’s all you need for a tropical honeymoon, right? Wrong!

There’s an art to choosing the perfect destination and finding just the right resort, and there are a lot of factors that come into play (the resort’s atmosphere, the entertainment, the service, the food, the rooms, the other clientele, the available off-resort activities, the ease of getting there, etc.)  With a little help from their favorite travel agent, Jena and Shaun combined all the right ingredients and cooked up exactly the honeymoon they had been dreaming about:

Our honeymoon experience was nothing short of amazing! Annie was excellent to work with and really got to know us and what we were looking for in our honeymoon. We love that we got to see on paper a complete itinerary of a few choices of places so we had all of the knowledge we needed to make an informed decision of what worked best with our schedule, budget, and desires! Annie was great at letting us know what to expect and when, and it all went exactly as we were told it would!

The flights on Continental were smooth. All left at the times they were originally scheduled to, no problems with the air travel at all.

The shuttle transfers also went exactly as planned! We were happy to know exactly what company we should trust when we arrived in Punta Cana, as there were some questionable bystanders that offered to carry our bags. We knew enough not to give them to them, and they left us alone when we said no, but had we not known exactly what company to look for, we would have been confused.

The Majestic Elegance was beautiful! Very clean! The staff was friendly and helpful. Majestic Elegance definitely caters to honeymooners, we met tons of other couples on their honeymoon that all seemed to have the same romantic experience that we were having. The pools were great! And the beach was just steps away! The beach water was soo blue and beautiful and they had those grass hut umbrellas all along the beach to sit under so you could be at the beach all day without frying. We went from the pool to the beach to the pool all day long. Perfect. We didn’t think we were going to use the internet lounge when we read about it before the trip, but it was too easy to hop onto facebook and checkout all of our wedding pictures that people tagged us in, so it was fun to be able to see pictures of our wedding while we were on our honeymoon. Although, we chose not to communicate with anyone, we just wanted to look at pictures of our wedding. 🙂

Our Elegance Club Junior Suite was huge! The bed was gigantic! We loved that it was all tile and no carpets; that gave a very ‘clean’ feeling. We utilized the Jacuzzi in our room which was awesome! We told the staff what time we planned on taking a bath and they came to draw the perfect bath for us with unbelievable bubbles and red rose petals everywhere. We also liked that stand up shower had a rain showerhead, three wall jets, and a handheld jet. The double sinks were also a plus! They also had big closets with hangers and a safe to store our valuables. It was so easy to call it ‘home’ for the week.

The entertainment was great! At 10:00pm almost every night we went to a live show. One night they had a circus that showcased amazing talent! The Michael Jackson tribute show was awesome! There always seemed to be live music on our way to dinner, so we would stop and have a drink first to take that in. They definitely have a great entertainment staff!

The food is the only thing that I can say anything negative about, but I am a food snob, so some people might not mind it as much as I did.  The Japanese restaurant was decent. The Italian restaurant was edible. We did not try the French restaurant, but heard it was good. The buffets (the International buffet and the See by the Sea)…ummm, well, they had a lot of variety, so that was nice, but I personally did not enjoy them at all and found it hard to stomach. But that’s ok, we didn’t go to the DR for the food.

We did not feel the need to leave the resort at all, it was so big and so much to do! Although couples that we talked to that did some of the ‘off resort’ excursions said they were great. We did enjoy some activities right on the beach that were a blast. We did the snorkeling at the reefs that were right at our beach and saw some very colorful fish. We also went kayaking and had a blast. My favorite was the tubing off the back of a motor boat, it was a small cost, but such a rush!

Here are our tips and advice:

  • For the men, be sure to bring a long pair of pants and closed toed shoes- some of the restaurants require this for dinner.
  • We found that the staff here really appreciated it if you opened up a conversation with them in Spanish. Even if you only know how to say “hola”, it seems to go a long way.
  • If you purchase anything from the beach vendors, never pay the first price they ask, always bargain. And if you say “no gracias” to the beach vendors, they leave you alone right away.
  • If delicious food is important to you, this might not be the place for you.
  • Oh, be sure to do the honeymoon dinner at See by the Sea, it is awesome! You have a private table on the beach under a hut at night with your feet in the sand and you feel like you are the only two people in the world, very romantic.

Thank YOU Annie, for everything! We will be sure to contact you for our next trip and spread the word about your great services! I think our next trip is a while away, as now we are onto house hunting!  🙂

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You provided excellent guidance for us. I appreciated that you really had us think about what was most important to us when we were selecting the right cruise – and not to totally focus on what other people had to say. THANK YOU for helping to make this a memorable trip for our family! It really was a trip of a lifetime!

Clare and Mark (family cruise to Alaska)

The level of service we experienced was out of this world (and we did NOT make it easy on Ann). We weren’t quite sure where we wanted to go, when we would be able to go, or what “vibe” we were going for. After asking us some key questions (what we liked, didn’t like, why, etc.) Ann helped us narrow down our trip details and planned the honeymoon of our dreams. She helped book some of our excursions, answered some emergency questions while abroad and was always available/willing to help. I think it’s safe to say we won’t be using anyone else for future travel planning – Ann is a rockstar!

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