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please help! can i have a normal honeymoon?

b"h my fiance and I will be getting married at the end of march. We are looking to find a place to honeymoon, some sort of beach resort (preferably all-inclusive), but can't seem to find anywhere with kosher food... Everyone just says to bring your own, but after doing all the wedding planning and whatnot, I don't want to start cooking on a hot plate on the floor in our hotel room. Any ideas for a place that we can just go on a normal honeymoon? Even somewhere with kosher restaurants nearby? Also, Israel is out of the question, as my fiance is Israeli and we would be talked into staying with his family (none of whom keep kosher). I was hoping for Caribbean, but at this point anything will do... Also, we cannot take pre-made travel meals (long complicated reason).

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    1. If you decide go to Oahu in Hawaii, Oahu Kosher will deliver freshly made food to your hotel room. We were also able to arrange delivery of hot food on Hawaii's Big Island with Chabad of Big Island.

      1. Also, Chabad of Puerto Rico delivers to hotels all over the island. We used them when we stayed in Fajardo. Their food was fabulous.

        1. Is San Diego exotic enough for you? You could sail, surf, hot air balloon, jet ski and go to Sea World. Some of the fanciest hotels have catering brought in (4 Seasons, La Costa) and there are a few casual restaurants. There are some truly nice hotels on the beach.

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          1. re: SoCal Mother

            I second the idea. We ended doing just that for our honeymoon...a few days in San Diego, and a few days in other parts of california. It isn't quite as exotic as some of the typical honeymoon destinations, but it really is a beautiful spot and in the end, good kosher food options won out. It's also close enough to LA to fly in/out of LAX. The drive down is lovely and that way, we were able to get in two really nice dinners in LA.
            We eventually had our more exotic trip in Maui, and we used Noah's Ark for meals. They will ship directly to your hotel, and the hotel restaurant warmed them up for us, double wrapped. The meals were good but not as good as Pats : )

            1. re: MartyB

              To answer the question, yes and no. It all depends how exotic you want.

              For starters, Marty B, what part of the thread starter saying Israel is not an option did you miss or just ignore?

              Unless you try out to new Resort in the Dominican Republic or wait until next winter for the Acapulco resort you are out of luck for a warm carribeanesque destination. As others have said you can have Chabad cook your meals but probably not what you are looking for.
              You can go to Europe and have the options of restaurants or you can do the same in certain South American countries......I say, take 2 weeks and go down under. Between Melbourne and Sydney you will eat well.

              1. re: HungryJew

                Along those lines, Argentina may be a great option. As far as I know, and I haven't been there, it's beautiful and there are a lot of kosher options. Australia, ironically enough, doesn't have many great kosher options. There are plenty in Sydney and Melbourne, but I don't think that there are upscale places.

                1. re: craigcep

                  Kimberley (in Melbourne) is reasonably upscale, but that's it; everything else is on the shnitzel/pizza/chinese level. I'm not aware of any upscale places in Sydney. And outside the Jewish areas of those two cities, there are no kosher restaurants anywhere in Australia.

                  1. re: HungryJew

                    I just want to reinforce that the Chabad catering on Oahu and in Puerto Rico is not just the local Chabad house cooking you dinner. They both have serious catering businesses and will deliver hot lunches and hot dinners to you with little notice.

                    You could easily stay at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico and have great hot meals delivered to your door at mealtimes for a small fee. We found the portions to be very large (most entrees fed at least 2 people) and reasonably priced for what we got.
                    See:
                    www.oahukosher.com
                    www.chabadpuertorico.com

                    1. re: HungryJew

                      Woops, I missd that point - jumped the gun and only read the first two sentences - as they say, never mind!

                  2. Thank you HungryJew for responding to MartyB. It was my first thought as well.

                    PotatoPuff, how about Hawaii? See http://www.oahukosher.com/

                    Or try this website http://www.kosherica.com/caribbean_cr... or this one http://www.totallyjewishtravel.com/ko...

                    1. You could book one of the kosher cruises.

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                      1. re: avitrek

                        thanks for the idea avitrek, but I can't do cruises - would get majorly seasick

                      2. You might want to try South Florida. There are plenty of resorts and while they might not serve kosher food, they are tens of restaurants from Boca in the north to Miami in the south. My wife and I stayed in Weston (just west of Ft. Lauderdale) and we had great restaurant experiences in Miami (Thai), Ft. Lauderdale and more.

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                        1. re: lazercal

                          you can also stay at a timeshare in the caribbean, which means you will be doing the cooking, but with a real kitchen rather than with a hot plate on the floor

                        2. UPDATE: The kosher resort is exactly what I'm looking for, however, it is a bit hard to get any reliable info on it since it is just opening now...

                          1. vegas: see my post on the la quinta for shabboa next ddor to a young israel and delicious food delivered to your door or stay midweek at nicer hotel, use the same caterer. La jolla ca: beautiful city, residence in by marriott half amile from young israel, mikvah, and ralphs with full hot takeout, move to oceanfront hotel after shabbos. Long branch, deal, nj ocean place rresort and spa,one mile from minyan and many kosher restaurants who will do takeout.

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                            1. re: cappucino

                              NJ in March can be beautiful, it could be cold (think SNOW!) it can be many things, but never beach weather:(

                              Mazel Tov to the OP and may you find a wonderful place to spend your honeymoon.Of all the choices that have been suggested i vote for Oahu. :)

                              1. re: Prettypoodle

                                A. I have always chosen beach no matter what time of year. Been there in January. It's not about the swimming or tanning.
                                B. Why does this honeymoon have to happen in the wedding month? Many arrange those trips for more convenient times.
                                C. I wonder--and this is really for the OP--why anyone would want to go to an all-inclusive Kosher resort on a honeymoon. For me, that would mean spending time with tens if not hundreds of others of my clan. I would think a healthy distance from the tribe might be preferred on a honeymoon. Just a thought.

                            2. The French Riviera has a number of kosher restaurants. It's been 3 years but I remember enjoying a nice dinner at Chez Arthur in Nice. March will probably be a little too cold to go into the water, but it's a beautiful area, the water is incredibly blue, some amazing beaches, nearby skiing might still be possible, Monaco (I think there's a kosher restaurant but I didn't get a chance to eat there), boating, museums, etc.

                              1. Panama has a surprisingly large amount of kosher food,-it's supposed to be great (friends of ours went). (not Panama, FL, Panama the country.)

                                1. http://www.jewishtraveladvisor.com/ko... They will cook for you in Thailand. It might not be merely be "normal" It might be spectacular.

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                                  1. re: AdinaA

                                    Wow! I have a great idea. My wife and I stayed 4 days at the "El Tabacon Spa and Resort" in the Arenal/La Fortuna area of Costa Rica. A 5-star hotel member of Leading Hotels of the World. While we keep "kosher light" (fish and dairy in non-kosher places), we saw in the hotel services that Kosher food was available with a 24 hr. notice. The place is amazing, the activities superb and overall beautiful. I suggest the Idylic massage. The activities and service are amazing.