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Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« on: December 20, 2011, 12:31:40 AM »
bump --

OK, its been awhile since I last asked, and in that time I have amassed 1MM+ points (MR+UR+DL+AA+etc), and I now need to start planning for my honeymoon.

My options:

Bora Bora -

+'s: I have wanted to go here since I was a child. The mystique it carries is second to none.
-'s: No Hyatt property*; no award availability from PPT-BOB

* Hyatt as far as I can tell would be the best redemption for me based on the points I have.

Maldives -

+'s: Hyatt property; also said to be beautiful (though not to the level of BOB)
-'s: Distance (couple thousand miles farther than PPT)

Kauai -

+'s: Dan has been there with at least one TR; Hyatt property; closest
-'s: From what I understand, it isn't MLE or BOB

My main requirements for this trip are 1) spend as little actual $$ as possible, 2) clear water and 3) (if possible--though I reaaaaally want it) an over water villa/bungalow.

Random notes:
--I have two free nights in a Hyatt suite and a few suite upgrade certs
--I am not top-tier at any hotel, but am Hyatt Plat, SPG Gold, HHonors Gold

Based on the above info (though I am sure you guys need more info to be truly helpful, I'll start with this and answer any forthcoming questions as best I can) thoughts on where to go for my honeymoon?

Thanks for the input.
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2011, 12:39:14 AM »
oish where is pritzus fighter  ;)

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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2011, 12:43:57 AM »
Forgot to add (for weather and availability considerations):

We'd like to go in either late May or late August.
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2011, 12:58:44 AM »
What about Fiji?

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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2011, 01:19:51 AM »
What about Fiji?

Though I guess that could be an option, but 1) Mrs. AJK has already been there, 2) its as far as MLE, and 3) there doesn't seem to be a Hyatt there.

Also, I have no idea of the awards that would be available (yet).
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2011, 02:19:19 AM »
If you can confirm Hyatt OWB in MLE with your suite nights/upgrades, I see it as a clear winner.

But that may be a big "if". Try writing a nice letter to the manager and see what happens.

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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2011, 05:32:18 AM »
Sell your points and stay at another resort in the maldives.

I was here www.halaveli.com overwater villa with private infinity pool is the basic room.

I have not been to Bora bora (yet) but you cant go wrong with the maldives.


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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2011, 12:17:31 PM »
If you can confirm Hyatt OWB in MLE with your suite nights/upgrades, I see it as a clear winner.

But that may be a big "if". Try writing a nice letter to the manager and see what happens.

Good idea. I wonder if anyone has secured an OWB anywhere with Hyatt using suite nights/upgrades.

Sell your points and stay at another resort in the maldives.

I was here www.halaveli.com overwater villa with private infinity pool is the basic room.

I have not been to Bora bora (yet) but you cant go wrong with the maldives.



That resort looks fantastic, but it seems the basic rooms are ~$1,000... If it comes to that, I'd consider selling my points, but I'd rather redeem.
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2011, 01:01:36 PM »
Good idea. I wonder if anyone has secured an OWB anywhere with Hyatt using suite nights/upgrades.
At least 1 FT'er received an OWB with a suite cert at the PH MLE.  Definitely email to confirm and if you can confirm then MLE is the obvious choice.  Otherwise MLE is the farthest and hardest to get to from the US.

I think LIH as an island has the most beauty and most to do, but it can't compare to the romantic seclusion of an OWB in BOB or MLE.  In LIH you'll also have normal cell and internet service which is either a plus or minus.  LIH has Walmart and Costco, etc, with plenty of kosher items while BOB and MLE will have none.

HH points are good for BOB, but you would have to do a cash supplement to get an OWB.  SPG has the best BOB property in the St Regis but it's super-expensive with cash or points.  Check on FT though where I recall seeing a code there for an OWB in the $600 range.
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2011, 02:07:11 PM »
Thanks for a most informative post.

If I was somehow able to secure the OWB in MLE, what do people do for food there (or anywhere like MLE or BOB without a Walmart etc)?

Pack up a lot of oatmeal?

(EDIT: I am going to read this thread.)
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2011, 02:11:22 PM »
Thanks for a most informative post.

If I was somehow able to secure the OWB in MLE, what do people do for food there (or anywhere like MLE or BOB without a Walmart etc)?

Pack up a lot of oatmeal?

(EDIT: I am going to read this thread.)
u bring food with u which isnt so amazing for a honeymoon. so u kind of need to decide between romantic setting and OWB and bring all your own food. and hawaii where u can at least et some stuff. personally i would still choose owb

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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2011, 02:17:05 PM »
u bring food with u which isnt so amazing for a honeymoon. so u kind of need to decide between romantic setting and OWB and bring all your own food. and hawaii where u can at least et some stuff. personally i would still choose owb
In Hawaii you can order prepared kosher meals from HNL or LAX that the hotel can serve to you in any restaurant or in your room.  In Maui the Hyatt actually has a kosher menu.
Or if you're cheap like me you'll bring frozen prepared food and heat it up on a cheap burner you'll bring with you.
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2011, 02:23:03 PM »
I'd likely go the "bring your own burner" route.

Anyone know if MLE customs is like/as bad as AUS customs?

The only negative experience I ever had with customs is, like an idiot apparently, when stopped in FLL en route to CUN, I packed up a whole bunch of red meat and stuck it in my suitcase only for it to be taken out and summarily put in the garbage on arrival.

We had to subsist on whatever white meat we had (cooked on a foreman) and cookies. It sucked.
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2011, 02:25:09 PM »
The food issue is a rather large one.

If I cannot get an OWB in MLE, it isn't worth the trek, especially if I have to deal with the food headache.

In that case, I'd likely just hit up LIH.

Does LIH have OWB anywhere? (I'll google concurrently.)
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Re: Honeymoon: BOB, MLE, Or LIH?
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2011, 02:26:05 PM »
The food issue is a rather large one.

If I cannot get an OWB in MLE, it isn't worth the trek, especially if I have to deal with the food headache.

In that case, I'd likely just hit up LIH.

Does LIH have OWB anywhere? (I'll google concurrently.)
No OWB in HI.
Others here have been to MLE and will hopefully chime in on food.  Would be interesting to see if PH MLE would buy kosher breakfasts for diamonds :D  You might want to ask them if they have any kosher food options available.
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