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Welcome to our honeymoon webchat with Stuart from Addictedtotravel.com - he's got everything you need to know on how to have an unforgettable first holiday as newlyweds!



If you'd like to ask him a question, simply click "post reply" in this thread and type your question into the box. His reply will appear in the same thread (but please bear with us if we get busy, your question will be answered as soon as we can!)



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  • Good afternoon folks!



    It's Stuart from.addictedtotravel.com here and I'm on standby for the next couple of hours to chat about your honeymoon ideas, so get in touch!



    If you get online too late, or want to chat some more once we tune out tonight, feel free to come onto the Forums part of our website and ask any questions you may have. The addictedtotravel.com team have bags of experience and our active community will be happy to share their ideas.



    Oh, and don't forget to enter the competition to win a trip to Morocco!



    Happy honeymoon planning!



    Stuart

  • clairey01clairey01 Posts: 435
    Hi

    We are having a two centre honeymoon - a fun packed week in New York followed by 10 days chilling in a luxury cottage in the Lake District.

    The problem we're having is with hotels in new York. Any honeymoon hotel recommendations? Also, any tips on where to get reasonably priced flights??

    Cheers

    Claire
  • clairey01clairey01 Posts: 435
    Sorry, are honeymoon will be next Feb
  • Hi Sonja

    Your concerns are not at all unusual, there is loads of choice and it's often hard to be sure you pick the one that's best for you.



    The best thing to do is to go through a recommended specialist, someone who understands just how important this is to you.



    A good specialist will understand your exact needs, take into account your budget and requirements and come up with a flexible package.



    It can be a bit wet in Thailand then, but you are still sure to have a fantastic time. For your combination of romance, activity and fun, I'd really recommend a bit of time exploring the mainland and serious chill out on the beaches at the end. Ko Samui is a great Island.



    A local company called Intrepid Thailand would be a good help for you - being westerners but living locally they really know their stuff. See: http://www.addictedtotravel.com/travel-specialists/intrepid-thailand-1 for more info on them.



    Come back to our forums on addictedtotravel.com if you have more questions after this chat's over!



    Happy planning!



    Stuart

  • travelbabtravelbab Posts: 690
    oohh which cottages are you staying in in the lake district Clarey? We're going there too and probably staying in Bridge end farm, Boot.



    Stuart W have you any reccomendations for an oldey worldy hotel/B&B near Dovedale, Peak district for 1 night? (4 poster bed would be lovely!)

    Ta
  • clairey01clairey01 Posts: 435
    hi travelbab

    we're staying at no1 silverbank in coniston. check out the website. its gorgeous and i just cant wait
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  • travelbabtravelbab Posts: 690
    Wow thats beautiful. Conistons lovely area as well. I havent seen that website before so just popping back for a quick look over before we book! this is the one we're looking at http://www.selectcottages.com/lake-whillan.asp
  • ruthemilyruthemily Posts: 13,622
    My h2b would like to backpack around Cuba for our honeymoon - but in a more luxurious way than past backpacking trips!

    Is Cuba OK to visit late August/early September or is the hurricane season problematic?

    Do you know of anywhere I could look to find ideas for this trip?

    We're both vegan too, so if you know of anywhere vegan friendly that'd be great too!

    Thanks!
  • Hi Claire



    New York and the Lake District - fantastic!



    New York is an incredible city and the Lake District is where I'm from, so I'm naturally biased!



    When I was last in NYC I met some people who were in Hotel Gansevoort (www.hotelgansevoort.com), which has amazing 360 degree panoramic views of New York City and sunsets over the Hudson River. They loved it.



    Other cool places are soHo Grand (www.sohogrand.com) and the Hudson Hotel (http://www.hudsonhotel.com) which are also quite funky.



    If you go to our website and post your hotel question on our Forums, someone is bound to have other favourite hotels to recommend - you can then contact it direct or use hotel booking websites to search for the best deal.



    For flights, the best deals are usually online. It takes a bit of time but you can make some great savings by searching with key words and phrases such as Cheap Flights to New York. You then just have to spend time loading your dates and keeping a record of the results. My colleague Carl has always found that the major airlines such as BA have some good online offers on their website - so go direct - and the further out you book, the better the deal.



    It'll be quite cool and romantic in both NYC and Cumbria, so wrap up warm and have a superb honeymoon!



    Stuart



    PS - In the Lakes, don't forget to visit the Drunken Duck Inn or the Church House, which are both really great pubs!

  • ladybradyukladybradyuk Posts: 2,002
    Hi Stuart

    We have finally decided on our honeymoon after changing our minds loads and we plan to go to Cancun for 10 nights then New York for 4 nights (or the other way round depending on price etc) and have started getting quotes but have been told we might not be able to upgrade our flights because we might have to fly with different airlines. Is this true? Why?

    Oh by the way we plan to go the week beginning 27th July next year.
  • ladybradyukladybradyuk Posts: 2,002
    Oh and whilst I remember I really want to go abroad for my hen do, possibly somewhere like Benalmadena for 3 nights. What should I expect to pay?
  • Hi travelbab



    Boot is GREAT! Out of the way, with some really cosy pubs to snuggle up in, throughout the valley. Don't miss a walk down the river trip on the ???????Ratty??????? train!



    I've heard good things about this hotel: http://www.roseleighhotel.co.uk/about.html, which is close to what you are looking for. You could also look at this site which has lots of possibilities: http://www.derbypeaksanddales.co.uk/



    Alternatively, if you want to put a question on the addictedtotravel.com site I'm sure our community may also have great ideas for you!



    I hope this helps a bit!

    Stuart

  • Claire - Coniston is a wonderful choice!
  • vicroovicroo Posts: 175
    Hi Stuart,



    We are going to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico for our honey moon, staying in a resort halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Whilst we will definately need a rest after the busy-ness of the wedding we will get bored just sat round the pool/beach for 2 weeks, can you recommend some interesting and fun things to do in the area? Also, what currency is the best to take, I have heard some people take US dollars?

    Thanks!

    Vicky

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  • Hi Stuart



    Me and my h2b are getting married in just over 3 weeks and we have booked to go to Aruba for our Honeymoon as this was recommended for the best weather for this time of year!



    We don't really know much about the Island; can you give me any advice of good trips and sightseeing things to do while we are there??



    Thanks

  • Hi Stuart,



    We are getting married next July and I'm deperately trying to book our honeymoon. All i know is that we want to go to Disney Florida for 1 week (love to stay in the Animal Kingdom Lodge but think it's a bit pricey) then something more relaxing for 10 nights, and if poss fit in 3 nights in Vegas to do the Grand Canon helicopter trip!, dependant on the total cost! Any ideas would be gratefully recieved..



    Thanks Emily
  • Hi, We're travelling around the US for our honeymoon - San Fran, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon and LA. I'm worried about jet lag as I suffered from it quite badly when I went to New York a few years ago. We take off from London at 10am and land 2pm US time (which will be 10pm to us) so will re-live a day. Any tips on how to handle jet lag so we can make the most of our first day. Thank you
  • ladybradyukladybradyuk Posts: 2,002
    Hi vm2b - we went to Mexico a couple of years ago and are going back for our honeymoon. It is amazing! We took US dollars when we went, everywhere accepts them and you get a better exchange rate (or you did when we went). There is loads to do in Cancun and loads of excursions that you can arrange through the hotel such as horse riding, quad biking through the jungle, swimming with dolphins, driving a speedboat, snorkelling - the list goes on and on.
  • vicroovicroo Posts: 175
    thanks ladybrady!!!
  • sdasilvauksdasilvauk Posts: 3,050
    Hi Stuart,

    my blokey and I are thinking of 2 weeks in India for sightseeing and culture and 1 in Maldives (to chill) for our sep/oct honeymoon next yr. Any must sees? Flying in and out of Mumbai but flexible otherwise. Thinking of the train from Mumbai to Goa...any reviews of that?



    thanks for your help and welcome to the girliest chat room in the world!
  • travelbabtravelbab Posts: 690
    Thanks Stuart.

    We definitly considered the snuggling possibilities when we were looking at Boot! ;oD (add in a little vintage sports car and plenty of picnics! )



    Ta for the Roseliegh Hotel reccomendation - we've just been looking at it and it looks wonderful.



    Thanks again!
  • Ladybrady - I could really recommend Benalmedena for hen weekend. We went In June for 3 nights, stayed at the Vista Mar, which I would really recommend. Very clean. We paid £216, through Globespan for flights, transfers and accomodation.

  • Hello Bride2bVicki!



    Unfortunately I have not yet made it to Aruba, but I know a few people who have been abd came back raving about how beautiful and friendly it was.



    The beaches are said to be gorgeous, the countryside breathtaking and the nightlife lively!



    A few good places where you can get the info you're looking for would be www.arubatourism.com, www.aruba.com, or www.visitaruba.com. Alternatively, pop a question on the addictedtotravel.com forums and I'm sure you'll get some more great ideas!



    Just three weeks, huh?



    Enjoy!

    Stuart

  • ladybradyukladybradyuk Posts: 2,002
    Your welcome vm2b! If there is anything specific you would like to know my email button is active, I might be able to help you X
  • Hello ruthemily



    Cuba is a great choice, particularly as things are likely to start changing over there over the coming year or two, so now is a good time. Do be aware that it is hurricane season in these months, though...



    We've got quite a bit about the weather in Cuba at this time of year on addictedtotravel.com, so this link may be helpful: http://www.addictedtotravel.com/community/forums/yaf_postst116_Cuban-climate-in-October.aspx.



    You should also get some good ideas of places to visit on our site - there is a fairly detailed Forum topic on what not-to-miss (http://www.addictedtotravel.com/community/forums/yaf_postst41_Cubanot-to-miss-places.aspx) there and we have a number of Cuba Specialists offering several cool packages that explore this superb country. If you don't find what you are looking for give us a shout!



    Food is notoriously poor in Cuba, with pork, lobster and -peso pizzas' being staples in -tourist restaurants'. How's your Spanish? If you have a bit, you should be able to get by, but it may be tricky at times as veganism isn't well understood over there. If you want to add a forum question to our site, I can see what else I can find out for you on this!



    I hope this is helpful,

    Stuart



  • Hi Stuart

    We are going all inclusive to the maldives for our honeymoon (how unoriginal!) Looking forward to it but how much money would you recommend we take for spending money? Its about a 4 star but we will prob want to go for a couple of days away- robinson crueso island etc. We are away 2 weeks, what do you reckon? I have no ideas

    ta
  • aib500aib500 Posts: 22
    Hi Stuart



    We are getting married at the end of July next year. I'd really like to go somewhere all inclusive, and get in some scuba diving and adventure, as well as pampering and romantic time together. It's not the right time of year for the carribean, and we are on a bit of a budget, so not sure if we should be considering french and italian riveria rather than tahiti for money saving?



    Amy
  • cnr6562cnr6562 Posts: 6
    Hi Stuart



    We will be getting married at the end of august in 2010. We really want to do a split honeymoon, starting in mexico touring the ruins and then a week or so relaxing. My original idea was to go onto the Cayman Islands, though am now very concerned about it being hurricane season. My other thought was Bora Bora or one of those islands. As you can see my honeymoon is going to get very expensive!



    Can you help with:



    1) do you think it is best to stay away from the Cayman Islands at the beginning of September?

    2) When is the best time to book the honeymoon to get the best value for money?

    3) Do you have any ideas on trying to keep my costs down on this, ways of getting extras out of the holiday companies?

    4) Are there any other of the islands around Tahiti you would recommend. We wnat somewhere that has some character, not where you spend the whole time on the beach.



    Sorry this is so long, and thanks for your help.
  • pigstarpigstar Posts: 221
    Hi Stuart,



    We really, really want to go to the Maldives for our honeymoon next June - around the 22nd for a wek - but have been warned off it due to the weather. Please can I have your advice on this?



    Thanks, Rachel
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