Payton Reed

Honeymoon Recap

Payton Reed
Honeymoon Recap

Honeymoon Details

My rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception recaps will be coming to my blog soon, I HAVE SO MUCH TO TELL YOU, but until I have the pictures from our photographer, I want to share how amazing our honeymoon experience was. I have gotten lots of questions about it so I will dish it ALL.

I wanted to remember every single detail of my first week with my husband, so I strung together a little video to do just that. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! :)

If that doesn't make you want to go to the Excellence, I am not sure what will. I wish you could feel the cool breeze and taste the coconut drinks, but a video will have to suffice for now.

But on to the details, here's the skinny:

Where we stayed: The Excellence Punta Cana

Our room: Honeymoon Suite with Ocean View

Our package: The Excellence Club Package

Our Travel Agent: Gail Edwards (DM me for her contact info) She is wonderful!

Duration: 5.5 days, 6 nights 

Excursion: Marinarium Exploration

We flew with Delta. From Birmingham to Atlanta and then Atlanta to Punta Cana. The plane landed about 30 minutes from our resort, and we shuttled to the Excellence. Our travel agent arranged our transportation, so that was super helpful! Punta Cana was about 3 hours from Atlanta so it was an easy trip.

We flew with Delta. From Birmingham to Atlanta and then Atlanta to Punta Cana. The plane landed about 30 minutes from our resort, and we shuttled to the Excellence. Our travel agent arranged our transportation, so that was super helpful! Punta Cana was about 3 hours from Atlanta so it was an easy trip.

Champagne upon arrival and a private check-in for Excellence Club members. I highly recommend upgrading your package to get extra perks like a bar in your room, private dinners, a private beach area, exclusive restaurants and expedited check-in and out.

Champagne upon arrival and a private check-in for Excellence Club members. I highly recommend upgrading your package to get extra perks like a bar in your room, private dinners, a private beach area, exclusive restaurants and expedited check-in and out.

Our room was perfect! You can see all the pictures of it in the link above. Each room is different but ours had a balcony with a bed and a table and chairs on it. There was a huge Jacuzzi tub in the room, a couch, a mini bar with drinks and snacks that were restocked every time we left the room, a flat screen T.V., an enormous closet and a gigantic shower. It was truly relaxing and wonderful. The good thing about this resort is that there are SO many different kids of rooms that you can easily find one at every price point. Your room doesn't matter too much since you will be on the beach or at a show all the time!

Our room was perfect! You can see all the pictures of it in the link above. Each room is different but ours had a balcony with a bed and a table and chairs on it. There was a huge Jacuzzi tub in the room, a couch, a mini bar with drinks and snacks that were restocked every time we left the room, a flat screen T.V., an enormous closet and a gigantic shower. It was truly relaxing and wonderful. The good thing about this resort is that there are SO many different kids of rooms that you can easily find one at every price point. Your room doesn't matter too much since you will be on the beach or at a show all the time!

The food here was amazing. Hunter and I tend to judge our experiences based on the food and this place was an 11/10. This is an example of a typical breakfast from the buffet. They had TONS of fresh fruit and endless options for breakfast and lunch at this restaurant. It was right by the beach and pool so it was super easy to grab a quick meal. There is also a lunch buffet ON the beach so that is another fab option to save your sun time!

The food here was amazing. Hunter and I tend to judge our experiences based on the food and this place was an 11/10. This is an example of a typical breakfast from the buffet. They had TONS of fresh fruit and endless options for breakfast and lunch at this restaurant. It was right by the beach and pool so it was super easy to grab a quick meal. There is also a lunch buffet ON the beach so that is another fab option to save your sun time!

With an all inclusive resort, the drinks keep flowing. The Coco Loco was one of our favorites...mainly because the coconut really adds to the beach aesthetic ;) If you like Mud Slides, then a Dirty Monkey is a must-try. It is essentially a Mud Slide made with fresh bananas, a crowd favorite for sure.

With an all inclusive resort, the drinks keep flowing. The Coco Loco was one of our favorites...mainly because the coconut really adds to the beach aesthetic ;) If you like Mud Slides, then a Dirty Monkey is a must-try. It is essentially a Mud Slide made with fresh bananas, a crowd favorite for sure.

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We went to a different restaurant for dinner each night. No night was the same and that made it really fun. We tried a French restaurant, an Asian restaurant, a tapas restaurant and a seafood restaurant. There was a ton of variety and we loved every meal. Ladies, be warned, you have to wear a dress, skirt or pants to dinner. No shorts or rompers are allowed in the formal restaurants. Guys, you have to wear pants too!  Here  are the details on this number, in case you are feeling adventurous and beachy. I made the necklace so I can't link it for you but the bracelets are  here .

We went to a different restaurant for dinner each night. No night was the same and that made it really fun. We tried a French restaurant, an Asian restaurant, a tapas restaurant and a seafood restaurant. There was a ton of variety and we loved every meal. Ladies, be warned, you have to wear a dress, skirt or pants to dinner. No shorts or rompers are allowed in the formal restaurants. Guys, you have to wear pants too! Here are the details on this number, in case you are feeling adventurous and beachy. I made the necklace so I can't link it for you but the bracelets are here.

This parrot just sits in a tree on the resort so of course we had to stop for a picture. This one bit Hunter AND ripped the button off his hat, so watch out. The sign said I had to remove my shiny accessories before touching the bird so I said nahhh fam we good.

This parrot just sits in a tree on the resort so of course we had to stop for a picture. This one bit Hunter AND ripped the button off his hat, so watch out. The sign said I had to remove my shiny accessories before touching the bird so I said nahhh fam we good.

Spending time on the beach was our main activity during the day. I am so glad I found a man who loves the sun as much as I do!  This  top  is from Forever 21 and the sunglasses are my all time fave style, the  Ray Ban Cats 5000.  H ere  is my headband.  The earrings were a gift from my friend Shelby when I was her bridesmaid and the necklace was my wedding gift from Hunter, so I don't have links to those exact products although you can find similar options tons of places!

Spending time on the beach was our main activity during the day. I am so glad I found a man who loves the sun as much as I do!

This top is from Forever 21 and the sunglasses are my all time fave style, the Ray Ban Cats 5000. Here is my headband.

The earrings were a gift from my friend Shelby when I was her bridesmaid and the necklace was my wedding gift from Hunter, so I don't have links to those exact products although you can find similar options tons of places!

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These pictures were taken on the boat we took to our Marinarium Excursion.  We swam with nurse sharks, held a stingray, snorkeled and went to a floating bar on a sandbar. It was a really fun excursion and honestly exceeded our expectations cause tbh we thought it would be lame.  The staff was super lively and sang, danced and made drinks and snacks for everyone while we were on the boat, so that added to the experience.  This excursion was an add-on and was not included from the resort. I would give it a solid 8/10!   My black one-piece is sold out but a similar one can be found  here .

These pictures were taken on the boat we took to our Marinarium Excursion.

We swam with nurse sharks, held a stingray, snorkeled and went to a floating bar on a sandbar. It was a really fun excursion and honestly exceeded our expectations cause tbh we thought it would be lame.

The staff was super lively and sang, danced and made drinks and snacks for everyone while we were on the boat, so that added to the experience.

This excursion was an add-on and was not included from the resort. I would give it a solid 8/10! 

My black one-piece is sold out but a similar one can be found here.

Peep the ring.

Peep the ring.

One of my favorite parts of the whole week was the private beach dinner!  It was a 5-course meal and it was so delicious! We set this up through the resort and got a 50% discount because of the package we selected. It was such a sweet dinner. The service was amazing! I had steak and lobster and Hunter had shrimp and scallops.  I would do this again ten million times! 

One of my favorite parts of the whole week was the private beach dinner!

It was a 5-course meal and it was so delicious! We set this up through the resort and got a 50% discount because of the package we selected. It was such a sweet dinner. The service was amazing! I had steak and lobster and Hunter had shrimp and scallops.

I would do this again ten million times! 

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While I can't divulge all the details, it was a honeymoon of course, I hope that these little tidbits help you make a decision on where you want to go for your next vacation! We are already trying to figure out how to get back here...maybe a ten-year anniversary trip? If you have recommendations about a honeymoon spot, please share them! I would love to do a post rounding up a ton of places for y'all. Follow along on instastories over the next few days for more in-depth honeymoon deets!

As always, reach out to me with any questions you may have about honeymooning or wedding planning. Several of you have asked for a packing guide, so I will hop to that right away! 

 

Xx

Payton