KEEP THE MINIBAR CLOSED
It’s hard to get out of bed on your honeymoon, but you’ll definitely want to leave the boudoir for snacks. “Do you really need a $7 Coke (KO)?” asks Eisenberg.
DON'T UPGRADE HAPHAZARDLY
If you don’t fly first-class and don’t drive a convertible to begin with, don’t waste extra money upgrading, says Eisenberg. Renting a luxury car on your honeymoon is cliché, anyway.
COUPLES MASSAGES ARE NOT THAT HOT
You are lying in a dimly lit room, candles are flickering, strong hands are rubbing hot oil on your body…and your spouse is several feet away with someone else’s hands all over his or her body. Not so sexy, right? The couples’ massage, tempting as it may sound, is “not an inherently romantic thing,” says Eisenberg. Even less romantic is the “pretty big up-charge” on couples’ versus single massages. Instead, massage each other – for free!
BEACHES AND FANCY TABLES DON'T MIX
Often hotels will offer a romantic table for two on the beach, set in a ‘private’ location away from the restaurant. Sometimes the table is nearby, candlelit and romantic, Eisenberg says, but sometimes your waiter will be trekking your food at “an enormous extra charge” to you in a faraway location as you wait 40 minutes between courses. “If it’s just a dinner on the beach that happens to be away from people, I don’t think it’s worth it,” she warns. “I’d say ask a lot of questions before you book it.”
The honeymoon should be a special trip, so of course you can splurge a little. But not all perks are created equal. Eisenberg says do your research before booking anything for your honeymoon. Above all, she says, “don’t let the word ‘luxury’ let you assume something’s going to be a certain level of quality.”