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The Bitter End – An Ironic Name For A Great Place To Have Our Honeymoon

by Meg · 13 comments

And so Meg’s Wedding trilogy comes to an end… It’s been fun sharing our thoughts on how to have a great wedding that is a little less conventional than most. But the best part of our less expensive and super fun wedding was the extra money we had for one kick-ass honeymoon. Live it up people!

The previous articles in the wedding series have been centered around the unique things we did to save money on our wedding and then our best tips that you should try.  I figured the best way to end this saga is to write one final wedding article about my most cherished part of the union:  The Honeymoon.

In my bride-to-be days, I was super enthusiastic about planning this particular event.

Yes, the wedding was magical and romantic, but why spend all my time and money planning for an event that only lasts several hours, when I could plan for a week-long adventure?!

Now, I would like to keep in theme with my previous wedding articles and say that we did our Honeymoon on the cheap. But confession time: We decided to go baller on this trip.

With the exception of our Honeymoon, Tony and I have lived modestly since graduating college in order to save up for our RTW adventure… and with all the money that we have saved through this lifestyle, we were able to treat ourselves to a lavish honeymoon, while not interfering with the bigger picture.

Given that we only could take a week away from work, we decided to throw the idea of Fiji or Hawaii out the window so we could spend the majority of our time as newlyweds on a beach instead of a cramped airplane.  With that, we decided to venture to the British Virgin Islands – Virgin Gorda to be exact!

Bitter End Yacht Club

View from our beachfront villa at the BEYC… Breathtaking!

We stayed at the famous Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) during our stay.  This was a place that my family used to vacation when I was a kid (yep, I was spoiled) and I have been dying to go back ever since.

Like I said previously, we decided to go baller for this trip, so naturally purchasing the BEYC Honeymoon Package was the way to go.

With this package came:

  • A secluded beachfront villa
  • Unlimited meals at the resort’s beachfront restaurant
  • Full access to the resort’s water sports and boats
  • A private beachside dinner
  • A private day sail on a 40 ft. sailboat
  • A complimentary champagne sunset sail
  • Couples Massage

Now I would love to fully divulge on all the amazing experiences we had while on our trip, but that might equate to an extremely LONG article… So I will just touch up on some highlights from our legendary Honeymoon Package:

A Secluded Beach Front Villa

Bitter End Yacht Club

Now this is what I call relaxing

Out of all the resorts I have stayed at, the accommodations at the BEYC were by far the coolest.

Unlike your typical high-end accommodations, the BEYC’s beachfront villas were low-key, rustic, Caribbean-style villas with secluded semi-outdoor showers and porch-side hammocks.  BEYC also has a no-locks policy on their guestrooms, which is unheard of these days (but pretty cool).

As liberating as this no-lock policy was, it also caused for some awkward moments with random drop-in’s from housekeeping… Not to mention that the secluded outdoor shower wasn’t all that secluded.  Whoops!

Unlimited Meals

This was no run-down Sandals buffet.

The BEYC has some incredible food and no item on the menu was off limits with our meal plan.  Let’s just say that lots of Lobster Tails were consumed… and lots of lbs were probably gained.

Full Access To All Water Sports & Boats

Bitter End Yacht Club Water Sports

Stay away ladies… He’s mine

This included snorkeling excursions and equipment, Boston Whaler rentals, Hobie Cat rentals, etc.

My favorite part of this perk was when Tony and I decided to rent a Hobie Cat for the day and within the first five minutes of instructor-free sailing, we managed to pitchpole the boat (meaning the back of the boat flipped over the front)…

Some might call this idiotic.  I call it talent.

A Private Beachside Dinner

Bitter End Yacht Club

It’s about to be a party in my mouth

The food here was even more delish than our usual Lobster Tail at the main restaurant.  Plus, the ambiance was straight out of an episode of The Bachelor.  It was an unbeatable dining experience… Although having a hovering private waiter/butler at your beck-and-call took a little getting used to.

A Private Day On A 40 Foot Sailboot

Bitter End Yacht Club Sailing

Our vessel for the day!

Probably our favorite part of the trip.  Can you really top a full day of sailing, snorkeling, eating, and drinking your way around the BVI’s?

Not to mention, we had an incredibly cool captain as our tour guide (who could also open water dive like a champ).

A Complimentary Champagne Sunset Sail

Bitter End Yacht Club Sunset Sail

Unfortunately, this one was not private.  However, it almost worked out better this way… I mean, how else would Tony and I have gotten hit on by a swinging, drunk-hippie couple in their mid-40’s who also happened to run a very successful nudist yacht-charter company?

I really would like to say that I am joking here, but you just CAN’T make this stuff up.  You really can’t.

Couples Massage

I thoroughly enjoyed myself during this excursion… Tony, not so much.

Little did I know that this was his first-ever full body massage experience and he was jumpy/nervous/mortified whenever the massage therapist got within 2 feet of “his boys”.  Tisk tisk… Our new swinging nudist friends would be so disappointed in his bashfulness. He even wrote about his terrifying ordeal.

An Unforgettable Experience

Our Honeymoon was an unforgettable holiday– And that of course came with a substantial price tag.

But if you’re looking to save, those who spend the time and energy to look hard almost always find the cheapest holiday deals. And if you can’t? It’s your honeymoon… live large! I firmly believe that if you are smart and savvy with your saving habits, then you are entitled to treat yourself every now and then.

As Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach You To Be A Rich says, it is all about consciously deciding what you want to spend your money on so that you can enjoy it to the fullest.

And since I still like to consider the two of us newlyweds, I like to think of our trip abroad next year as Honeymoon Part II.  Get ready… [Editors note: Honeymoon Part II is going even better than Honeymoon Part I!]

Your Turn: What did you do on your honeymoon? If you haven’t had one, where is your dream honeymoon location?

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant early in my career, I took a year off in 2012 to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony! I now reside in Portland, Oregon and continue to write about travel, food, wine, and the awesome adventures we have in the Pacific NW!

Claire July 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Congratulations on the wedding and fabulous looking honeymoon!
And I am with you…why spend all that money on a few hours, when you can spend it on an amazing adventure somewhere in the world?!

admin July 12, 2011 at 9:14 am

Thank you Clarie! I am glad you share the same thoughts as me on spending. A lot of my girlfriends spend hundreds of dollars on designer purses and shoes and then have no money to explore and travel… I am all about spending money on experiences rather than material goods!

Liz Nichols August 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Hi Just wanted to let you know I enjoy reading all your posts. Sending onto my grown up kidlets to inspire them also. May you be together forever. 35 years for us. Keep posting thanx for sharing Kind regards Liz

Meg August 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

Thanks Liz for the kind words. 35 years – wow! My parents just celebrated their 35th this month. You are all an inspiration!

Liz Nichols August 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

PS Why doesnt a photo come up for me as I am on facebook?

Michael August 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

Unlimited meals?? Beach front villa?? Sounds like my kind of place.
I think Steph and I already had our honeymoon! Not sure where we could possibly go.

Meg August 30, 2012 at 12:40 am

Yeah that trip to Fiji you and Steph took is pretty much my dream destination…. You two have a very rough life 😉

Barb August 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

We had a big wedding (over 200 attendees and total of 15 bridesmaids and groomsmen), and paid for the whole thing ourselves. We also went “baller” for our honeymoon in Bermuda. We saved for over a year to pay for our big day and the honeymoon. Would we have done the same thing again? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Yes on the awesome honeymoon but NO on the money spent on our wedding DAY. The suggestions you have posted in this and your prior 2 articles on right on!

Meg August 29, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Great words of wisdom! Glad I had you as a mom to talk me off the ledge of blowing all my money on one day 😉

Michael @ Changes In Longitude September 1, 2012 at 4:05 am

Great photos. We had lunch at the Bitter End years ago when we stayed at Drake’s Anchorage across the bay. I expect your next report to be from nearby Necker Island at $10 grand a night.



Meg September 1, 2012 at 4:18 am

Thanks Micheal. I never visited Drake’s Anchorage but that whole area is wonderful so I imagine it’s pretty nice! We actually snorkeled on Necker Island’s beach when we were there… Sadly, that is the closest we will ever get to staying there!

Kali September 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

You are an absolutely beautiful couple! These pictures are wonderful as well. Your honeymoon looks like a dream come true! My husband and I had been together for 4 years before we got married and had taken quite a few trips before so we decided to go on a smaller honeymoon. It also took us a year to do so. The experience is amazing no matter how long you’ve been together though. Just the two of you on such a memorable experience that only the two of you can share. Thanks for sharing!

Meg September 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Thanks so much Kali for your kind words! I agree that the honeymoon is an incredible experience no matter what. Where did you and your husband escape to?

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