When planning a honeymoon, many newlyweds-to-be select far-off locations they have only ever dreamed of visiting. The Caribbean is a common destination for just-married couples. Easily accessible by plane, the Caribbean islands are known for their warm people, idyllic beaches and near-perfect year-round temperatures. Remaining a somewhat unknown gem in the Caribbean Sea, the island of Grenada tops savvy travelers list of potential honeymoon spots; with adjectives including tropical, lush, welcoming, and gorgeous used by past visitors to describe the island paradise, it’s no mystery why.
Once honeymooners select Grenada as a potential getaway location, it’s time to get down to the business of picking the perfect place to spend their initial days as a married couple. Of course, first-time visitors often have to rely on word-of-mouth, internet searches and travel sites such as TripAdvisor and Fodor’s to help them narrow down their options. When searching for hotels and resorts online, there are a number of factors to consider. Below we provide you with the five most important things to keep an eye out for.
Top 5 Tips for Selecting Honeymoon Accommodations Online:
1. When browsing hotels on sites such as Fodor’s or TripAdvisor, check to see if they have earned rewards or accolade from the site. Awards are typically voted on by past guests or travel experts, and indicate a high-quality experience. Unlike advertising or sponsored posts, an award cannot be bought by a resort and must be earned. For instance, Laluna Resort in Grenada has been named a 2012 Fodor’s Choice Hotel, awarded a Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards 2011, and is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2012 Winner.
2. While on travel sites, look at reviews that past guests leave. Of course, all reviews must be taken with a grain of salt, but they can give you a general idea of the property.
3. Some travel sites, including TripAdvisor, allow resort staff to respond to guest comments. Look for these responses to comments and complaints. If a resort’s owner or manager takes the time to respond to comments – positive or negative – online, it shows an interest in guests’ wants and needs, and it can be expected that they will be equally attentive during your stay.
4. Take the time to navigate to the hotel’s website and browse through it. Of course, you’ll want to check out the amenities offered on the property, age restrictions, dining options and activities. What you may not think to consider as a clue to the ambience of the property is the website’s design itself. From it you can typically get a feel for the resort. What strikes your fancy? Is it minimalism and clean lines? Or are you more of a bright colors and interactive screens type of person?
5. Finally, if in doubt, call. Speaking to a real, live employee is the fastest way to get questions answered and get a feel for the resort’s staff.
What are your tips for searching for honeymoon locations online?