Monday, February 2, 2009

Honeymoon: Booked!

Where are we going you ask??

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We decided we were going to do Cancun because the flights were the cheapest compared to Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, etc. by hundreds of dollars. Then, it came down to choosing a Starwood property because our very good friend works at a new Westin in Orlando and can get us their "Star Hot Rate." I think I am his sister because of this because it's supposed to be for family only, lol. My cousin works for the JW Marriott in Mexico City and we were going to see who could get the better deals, but when we were told we could also get 50% off all our food at a Westin, we were SOLD!

We chose between Le Meridien, The Westin Resort & Spa and The Westin Lagunamar. Well, I chose haha because I'm the diligent one and looked into each property's website/photos and their reviews on Trip Advisor. I have to be honest, I've never used Trip Advisor before, but it was seriously fabulous and such a big help in choosing. If you set aside an hour to really dig in, look everything up and actually read the reviews (not skim,) it's so worth it; I learned so much. I jotted down restaurants mentioned (good ones and ones to avoid), places to go out and the name of markets for food and shopping.

Today, I booked the two plane tickets, roundtrip for $599.74! What an awesome price, huh?!

We were supposed to book the hotel tonight, but Mr. P forgot to call our friend back (he has to book it for us to get the Star Hot Rate.) So, it's technically not completely booked, but close enough since it'll be taken care of in the morning.

Let me be frank...we wanted to originally TRY to go to Europe, maybe 3 destinations. Once we realized we'd be spending about $2,000 just for the main flight roundtrip, we thought we'd rethink that rendezvous. I wanted so badly to go to a new country I'd never been before (hence the France, Greece, Costa Rica, and DR research,) but we all have to learn to let go a little and not be stubborn. For those of you who don't know, I'm half Mexican. My mother is from Mexico City, English is her second language, all my family is there, the whole shebang. So, needless to say Mexico was far down on my list. BUT, I have swallowed that sentiment and now am SO excited to have found such a fabulous resort as the Lagunamar. I mean, who couldn't be happy with that place, and to top it off add a discounted rate and 50% off food. Whoa mama.

Wooo we're going to Cancun!

10 comments:

i Do {blog!} said...

you're going to have a blast!

Caitlin said...

Yayyy!! I love Cancun!!! How exciting to have it finally booked and out of the way...

We aren't so lucky - my future mom called us last night to break the news that the timeshares (at THREE diff hotels) weren't available for the week we want to travel. WTF?!?! Its Feb - why have people booked trips in October already!?

Adrienne said...

Nice job!! That looks amazing! Oh how I would love to be on that beach right now!

LauraAnn said...

Very exciting! I wish I was in Cancun right now instead of being stuck in the snow!
Congrats on being able to check another item of the list!!!!

AmyJean said...

That place looks amazing. I've never been, but i've gone to cabo and it was AWESOME! I imagine Cancun will be just as amazing (if not more so !!)

RelentlessBride

AmyJean said...

Ps. Great price too!
RelentlessBride

My Dream Ring said...

CONGRATS Kiana! That is GREAT. Th price is UNREAL, lucky girl!

Once A Bride said...

You will love it!! It's your honeymoon, how could you not?

Jen said...

I'm so jealous! You guys are going to have such a great time. And two roundtrip flights at that price is a steal! Yay!! ;)

Michelle @ My Wedding Report said...

You are going to have an amazing time! Those pictures make me want to go on vacation now! Especially when that price is so much affordable than other locations.