Monday, April 6, 2009
Hypothetical Hyatt Honeymoon
We haven't made any wedding plans yet...still waiting on getting rid of my apartment and my parents signing off on the date...but that doesn't mean I can't start fantasizing about a kick-ass honeymoon. Thanks to my fiance's business travel, we should be able to get one free airplane ticket to just about anywhere in the world, and have at least six nights accommodations in the Hyatt hotel of our choice. But where to go?!
The wedding will most likely be in July of 2010 but we may or may not take our honeymoon at that time depending on his work schedule and our budget. Since we're getting married in a bit of a resort town anyway, we may opt for a brief mini-moon after the wedding and have the full blown honeymoon several months later. Also, the weather in New York is already nice in July so there's less reason to skedaddle across the world.
We're pretty much ruled out the Caribbean since we can get cheap flights there most of the time and we've been to several islands already (separately and together). I would love to go to Southeast Asia (Thailand especially) or to stay anywhere that has those over the water huts. I also have always wanted to see Eastern Europe even though it's not as relaxing and romantic as some envision honeymoons should be. Unfortunately Hyatt has not caught onto the wonders of Eastern Europe quite yet so Berlin is the closest we can get.
So, I'm just starting to make a list now of places we can afford to stay at/travel to and it is exceedingly long. Figured I would take a poll of my readers for some more input. They all sound pretty amazing but any advice would be welcome.
Option 1 is Hawaii. Part of me wants to think outside the box and reject the nation's most popular honeymoon spot (especially since my older sister just had her honeymoon there) but then again Hawaii looks amazing AND I'd be supporting America's economy with my travel dollars. We could stay in Maui, Kauai, or Honolulu.
Option 2 is Greece. I want to go to Greece! ::stomps foot like an angry bride-to-be:: My fiance says it's too dangerous. Sigh. Maybe for our fifth anniversary but I'll be monitoring the travel web sites for some proof that Greece is a safe place to travel. We can stay in a fabulous hotel and casino in Thessalonoki. I know very little about Greece except for every time I see a commercial or a picture pertaining to traveling to Greece I am intrigued. Thoughts?
Option 3 is Bali. Who doesn't want to go to Bali? It looks like the most amazing place ever. I'm a little worried about being on such a long flight but I think it could be a trip of a lifetime. We can maybe stay a few nights in the super expensive Grand Hyatt and a couple at the also expensive Hyatt Regency.
Ok so I haven't even touched on Thailand yet and I've written too much to digest for one day. But here's the poll, if given the choices of a honeymoon in Hawaii, Greece or Bali, what would you choose and why?