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Honeymoon Countdown: 4 Days to Go!

Honeymoon Countdown: 4 Days to Go!

by jeffreyDecember 9, 2013

Just a few short days until our honeymoon! Here’s a brief overview of where we’re headed and how we’re getting there:

Our 24,606 mile trip will take us to 10 countries (including connections) over 16 days:


Part 1 -New York

We’ll fly from Charleston-JFK to New York-JFK  on Delta…


…and spend 1 night in the city to get our fill of the Christmas spirit.


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Part 2 – Bali, Indonesia

Our award ticket starts in New York as we fly out of New York-LGA and, appx 33 hours later, land in Denpasar, Indonesia-DPS, better know as Bali.


The trek begins with an Air Canada flight from New York-LGA to Montreal, Canada-YUL. We’ll then connect to Air Canada’s Montreal-YUL to Paris-CDG.


After a short hop from Paris-CDG to Frankfurt-FRA on Lufthansa, we’ll be ready for the longest flight of the trip: 10 hrs 10 mins from Frankfurt-FRA to Bangkok-BKK on Thai Airways’ Airbus A380 in “Royal Silk” class:

Desktop1 I’m sure the A380 will leave us spoiled for our next flight…on Thai Airways’ from Bangkok-BKK to Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia-DPS.


We’ll stay the next 3 nights exploring Bali, Indonesia.




Part 3 – Ubud, Indonesia

Once we’ve had our fill of the beach, we’ll take a 1 hour drive into the mountains of Indonesia and spend 2 nights in Ubud.

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Part 4 – Jakarta

Next up: the bustling metropolis of Jakarta, 10 million people strong. We’ll say goodbye to Bali and hop a 1 hr 45 min flight from Denpasar-DPS to Jakarta-CGK.

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Part 5 – A short stop in Singapore


We’ve got a pretty short 1.5 hr flight from Jakarta-CGK to Singapore-SIN on Singapore Air.


Our 8 hr layover, while it is pretty short, should give us at least a few hours to check out Singapore:


Yes, this is a real thing…way to be outdone, America

Part 6 – The Maldives

We’re still finalizing where we’re staying, but 2 things are sure: SEA PLANE and  OVER THE WATER BUNGALOW!



Part 7 – Montreal

After a few nights in the Maldives, we start the trek back to North America.


The first leg will take us from Male, Maldives-MLE to Istanbul-IST on Turkish Air.


We’ll connect on another Turkish Air flight from Istanbul-IST to Zurich-ZRH and then pick up our second-to-last flight on SWISS from Zurich-ZRH to Montreal-YUL.



We end the journey with a one night stay in Montreal.



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  • Holy Cow, that is an ambitious honeymoon itinerary! I don’t know that I’d want to hit so many places in one journey, but it looks like you’re going to see some great places! Bali keeps moving up my list of places to visit.

    Have a great trip, and congratulations!

    • Thanks! We’ll be sure to report back on Bali. We did Thailand (Phuket & Krabi) about 2 years ago and loved it–I’m afraid the bar has been set pretty high for Indonesia.

      It’s funny, this was our attempt at NOT hopping around too much. The goal was to have just 2 stops and do 5-7 nights in each place but, sure enough, there are just too may places to visit for us to sit still that long!

      • I’ll look forward to your report.

        There are so many places I want to visit that I have the same problem. I end up trying to cram so many places into one trip! My wife and I are doing a full on Disney Honeymoon in the spring…One stop, everything taken care of. It’ll be different, that’s for sure!

  • FlyingDoctorWu

    Where are you staying in Bali? We’re heading that way in February…

    • @flyingdoctorwu:disqus —

      We stayed at the W Retreat and Villas in Seminyak (by the beach) for a few nights then stayed at the Villa Semana in Ubud (in the hills) for 2 nights. I was very pleased with both. There are countless good hotel/resorts in Bali, especially by the coast. It helped us narrow it down by deciding to use points for at least a portion of the stay, here’s a post I wrote about the Starwood/Hyatt choices in Bali: http://www.weekendblitz.com/ultimate-honeymoon-which-starwood-property-in-bali/

      Also, can’t recommend Villa Semana highly enough. It is about 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost of some of the internationally recognized properties in Ubud but with similar standards of service and quality of the property.

  • zee

    How much did you pay for the OW villa?

    • We ended up staying at the Park Hyatt Maldives and used 22k Hyatt Gold Passport points/night for 4 nights. We paid $350 to upgrade to the OTW Villa for the first night but then received a complimentary Hyatt Diamond upgrade for the remaining 3 nights. It is a great property!

      • zee

        Thanks. I am also planning to do the same thing. Staying there for 3 nights. Did you request an upgrade to OTW on arrival or had emailed the resort in advance?