Thursday, September 24, 2009

"I've Got My Toes in the Water..."

First of all, thanks for all of your great suggestions for ideas on the honeymoon! You always help me out when I need you most, and you girls came up with quite a few great suggestions. With that being said, we did something completely different!

We ended up going with Option C – which was wait two additional weeks and combine our honeymoon with the trip that we already planned on taking for B’s groomsman’s wedding. That really just made the most sense in the long run. Less time off for me to take, and only one trip across country instead of two. Plus, it will allow us to fully enjoy the luxurious room that the FILs have graced us with, which I’m really excited about!

So without further ado, may I present to you our honeymoon? We’re going to...

drum roll please...
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico! (AKA Los Cabos or just Cabo, for short)

We’re SO excited! I’ll share some pics of the place that we’re staying’s an all-inclusive resort in Cabo, which was important to us. We just don’t want to have to worry about how much everything costs, and the reviews on this place were outstanding! It’s the Sante Fe Hotel, part of the Riu family of Hotels & Resorts, and I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves. And yes, we splurged and went ahead and booked the Junior Suite that includes a private balcony spa/Jacuzzi! B was SO excited about this, and I’m sure that it takes little imagination to figure out why! LOL. I’m double excited because the Junior Suite includes not just that Jacuzzi, but in the bathroom a separate tub and walk-in shower – read over-sized soaking tub with massage jets. Since I’m a tub kind of gal, this was a BONUS feature for me! Here’s some pictures of the rooms... There are four restaurants to choose from on the property, and although some of the reviewers did complain about the walk between certain areas and the restaurants, or having to make “reservations” at the restaurants for dinner, many other reviewers offset those comments with assurances of it being just a 5-10 minute walk through beautiful gardens...and the less than strict policy about the “reservations.” All in all, we’re happy with our choice.

And doing things this way actually allowed us to stay one night longer than we had thought that we would. Our schedule looks a little bit crazy, but basically we’re flying out of Austin after work on a Friday night and spending the night at an LAX airport just for a lay-over. The next morning, we’ll take a direct flight to Cabo and enjoy 6 days/5 nights of our honeymoon and then take a direct flight back into Orange County the following Thursday. We’ll get in early enough to catch the early arrival wedding party details and stay in the San Clemente area for their wedding over the weekend. We’ll leave from Orange County on Sunday morning and be back home in time to recuperate a bit before going back to work the next day.

I think that I’ll still plan on taking the Monday after the wedding off, to enjoy a little extra time at home after the hectic schedule of the wedding, but as for right now...I’m counting the days until I can dip my toes in the sand and surf while holding a frozen drink in my hand!

Have you booked your honeymoon yet? Were you relieved once it was settled and decided?

Sources of all pictures from Riu website of Hotels & Resorts, found here


  1. All inclusive is DEFINITELY the way to go!!!!!!!!! That sounds like a wonderful plan and I'm so excited for you guys!

  2. Congrats on booking your honeymoon! I actually stayed at the Riu Santa Fe in Cabo last April, just after it opened. I went with a bunch of my sorority sisters and we had a blast! We left the hotel a few times to kayak and zipline and check out the town, but the rest of the time we spent in the pool with the swim-up bar. You guys will love it. Feel free to ask me any questions. And here's a post I wrote about the trip.

  3. Congratulations on finding the honeymoon spot! How do I wish I could be planning a vacation instead of a deployment...oh well! We'll get our chance soon!