Best place for a Honeymoon?

GRANITECHIEF

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Tahiti, Bora Bora, Greece? Have to decide soon. Definitely would like to be able to play some tennis.

Any suggestions?
 
Well, congrats on the wedding, Granitechief!
Honeymoon....
what time of year?

So much to do besides tennis, but it is nice to get a good sweat in the mornings while you're funning it up every day and every night.

I would go to AUS or New Zealand in their summer. I hear good things about Bali.
Paris during RG. There's a club a short metro ride away that rents courts to the public. Nice terre battue overlooking a little brook.
Costa Rica, Hawaii: plenty of tennis there.
Montego Bay is not for everybody...but I had a blast there and played a pro for free every morning before it got ridiculously hot.
 

gscone

Rookie
GRANITECHIEF said:
Tahiti, Bora Bora, Greece? Have to decide soon. Definitely would like to be able to play some tennis.

Any suggestions?
Atlantis is very nice, been there last year. Food is good, but $$$. I'll let you know about tahiti next month.
 

vkartikv

Hall of Fame
Tennis on your honeymoon? Come on mate, its your honeymoon, there are other things to do, tennis can wait. How many days do you get?
 

gscone

Rookie
vkartikv said:
Tennis on your honeymoon? Come on mate, its your honeymoon, there are other things to do, tennis can wait. How many days do you get?
Nothing wrong with it. I got my wife into tennis during our honeymoon and now she's hooked.
 

vkartikv

Hall of Fame
gscone said:
Nothing wrong with it. I got my wife into tennis during our honeymoon and now she's hooked.
gscone, when my cousin/sis-in-law went on their honeymoon, he got only 6 days off. traveling to europe and back itself took 2 days so it was more like a 4 day honeymoon. that's why i asked the OP how much time he had.
 

gscone

Rookie
vkartikv said:
gscone, when my cousin/sis-in-law went on their honeymoon, he got only 6 days off. traveling to europe and back itself took 2 days so it was more like a 4 day honeymoon. that's why i asked the OP how much time he had.
Got it. 6 days is more than enough at Altantis and obviously not enough for Europe.
 

Yours!05

Professional
slice

slice bh compliment said:
I hear good things about Bali.
Bali is not a relaxed destination any more for Australians - and less so for Americans I would have thought - since the nightclub bombings in '02. There is constant "chatter" about further attacks. And it's hard to avoid the legions of very unappealing young Australians who still go there. Maybe in the Aman Resorts bracket...
 
Yours!05 said:
Bali is not a relaxed destination any more for Australians - and less so for Americans I would have thought - since the nightclub bombings in '02. There is constant "chatter" about further attacks. And it's hard to avoid the legions of very unappealing young Australians who still go there. Maybe in the Aman Resorts bracket...
That is too bad.
Of course my information is about 5 years old. A couple we know honeymooned there in the summer of '01. They absolutely loved it.
Well, Granitechief and bride of GC, happy wedding. Enjoy someplace other than Bali.

Yours!05, nice to hear from you. You've been too scarce lately.
 

GRANITECHIEF

Hall of Fame
Wedding date is August 19. So were thinking of hitting the Carribean, maybe Virgin Islands, and then swinging by the USOpen for a couple days on the way home. A little concern about hurricanes though.
 

goober

Legend
If you go to Tahiti I would not spend more than a day on the actual island of Tahiti. It has rocky beaches and more of a city feel. Bora Bora and Moorea are great. I would spend most of my time there. I liked it a lot better than Hawaii, but a lot depends on what you are looking for. Beaches are great. Food was great. I had a bungalow directly over the water similar to this one



Not very much tennis there tho.
 

backcourt

Semi-Pro
Granite chief, my honeymoon was in Moorea, and I agree with Pogo its a very beautiful relaxing place; I think its about a 12 mile ferry ride or flight from Tahiti. If you are into snorkeling its awsome; I would imagine the diving is also incredible. We didn't make it to Bora Bora, but I wouldn't hesitate to go there for your destination. Only downside was from the east coast it was such an incredibly long flight after the wedding. But from the west coast it wouldn't be a problem.
 

theace21

Hall of Fame
I was in Santa Barbara last weekend...Why would anyone want to leave that place. Good luck on your up coming event!
 
Bed.



Would agree with the previous posts about Moorea. Rugged and very picturesque. The plane ride from Papeete (imo, an "ok" town albeit w/some honky-tonk-ish looking establishments/clubs, etc.) to Moorea is only minutes away. There is also hydrofoil service between Tahiti and Moorea (beware of passengers "blowing lunch" though...lol).

Once on Moorea, if you can, I'd suggest getting a car and "browsing" the island. There are lagoons where (in certain areas) glass-like water nestles up against the side of the road, that is, you could just get out and walk into the water. Jagged, moss covered mountains hover overhead; mountains that'll make you swear that you've stepped back into the Jurassic/dinosaur age. Standing at the edge of a "road-side" lagoon and staring up at those moss covered mountains during a foray into the island's interior, I was awestruck at the deafening silence admist the "Jurassic-like" splendor (it was almost eerie).....and I could almost imagine seeing a Petrodactyl drifting out from over the jagged mountaintops. There's no one around; you can hollar and hear some really neat echos....in short, talking to myself was never that much fun before (wink!). Awesome sunsets.....awesome orchids. Awesome experience. Your "better half" wearing a sarong and an orchid in her hair will never look more beautiful as well.

What's more, travel is now more convenient, i.e. non-stop service has been expanded, I've heard. It used to be that (e.g. from the U.S. east coast), I'd have to get to the West Coast, then catch a flight out of L.A. on a French carrier (UTP) to Papeete. Now I hear Air Tahiti has non-stop service from JFK. I did take Air Tahiti from the main island to Moorea in what was a puddle jumper that landed on a terraced runway at Moorea that contained a thatched roofed terminal. Talk about "bright lights-big city."

No accounting for personal taste, but am not ennamored with "over-the-water" bungalows. Much prefer a bungalow on your own private little beach...to be able to look out on the water towards the horizon/barrier reefs with an unobstructed view. Also, it's kind of nice (more than nice) to have your own private little slice of heaven to play around in "on the beach" at night.

Another thing about over-the-water bungalows: what if someone suffers from a chronic "sleep-walking" problem? ".......Honey?........Honey?.....Where are you going?.........."

[size=+1]"SPLASH!"[/size] :)
 

GRANITECHIEF

Hall of Fame
theace21 said:
I was in Santa Barbara last weekend...Why would anyone want to leave that place. Good luck on your up coming event!
Good point, i do want to leave but only for short periods of time, ie vacations. Helps to know that when vacation is over, get to come back to home sweet home.

http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/photos/santa_barbara_california/images/sunset Santa Barbara.jpg

http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/photos/santa_barbara_california/pages/beach & cabrillo blvd.htm

http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/photos/santa_barbara_california/pages/mts above Santa Ynez.htm
 

frekcles

Semi-Pro
GRANITECHIEF said:
Tahiti, Bora Bora, Greece? Have to decide soon. Definitely would like to be able to play some tennis.

Any suggestions?
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GRANITECHIEF

Hall of Fame
Maui would probably be very cool. But i've already been to Kauai 3 times and were building a house on the north shore at Tunnels Reef. Unfortunately, its not beachfront. The beachfront one is owned by the lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, so were back one from him.

From what i understand, based on what the locals say, Kauai is the best island and i plan to be spending quite a bit of time in the future. That is why it isn't a slam dunk already, but i will consider checking out the other islands.
 
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