In many ways, the Poconos Mountains seem almost lost in time, a throwback to the 1950s and 1960s when families vacationed together at summer camp-style resorts and couples honeymooned in over-the-top destination resorts. A Poconos honeymoon can be romantic and fun, particularly for couples who are fans of kitsch. As of December 2010, the Poconos honeymoon market is dominated by Cove Haven Entertainment Resorts, which operates three very different Poconos honeymoon resorts.
Cove Haven Poconos resorts are billed as all-inclusive, a term that can cause a great deal of confusion. The Cove Haven resorts include breakfast and dinner in the price, but not lunch. The Key Around program allows guests at any of the three resorts to participate in activities at the other resorts. Big-name concerts are held throughout the year, and tickets are included in the price of your honeymoon. Breakfast in bed is available at no additional charge. However, your vacation also includes “significant discounts” on extra adventures. Expect high-pressure sales pitches for luxury items during your stay. Alcoholic beverages are not included in your vacation price.
Cove Haven is arguably the most traditional of the three Poconos resorts. The resort is on a secluded lake, and activities focus primarily on sports and recreation. The Sports Palace houses tennis and racquetball courts, an ice skating rink and a miniature golf course. At the marina, enjoy boating or water skiing. The resort has an expansive fitness center and spa. The Champagne Palace nightclub offers nightly live music, and the resort hosts frequent theme nights. Suites are 1970s in style, with mirrored headboards and retro-modern furnishings. Some suites have heart-shaped whirlpool baths, while others feature the famous 7-foot tall champagne glass hot tub. Some rooms have fireplaces, dry saunas or private swimming pools.
Paradise Stream is billed as a more contemporary experience. The resort features an expansive lobby known as the Living Room, where guests are encouraged to congregate. The daily activity schedule is packed with indoor and outdoor games and sports. Paddleboat rides, a game room, and a heated indoor pool are among the amenities. Wireless Internet access is available in the café. The nightclub is art deco in style, and plays a variety of music late into the night. Suites are heavily themed, from the Roman villas to the Egyptian-style four-level suites with champagne glass hot tubs. Paradise Stream is the only nonsmoking Cove Haven Poconos resort.
Pocono Palace is styled as a country club, with most activities taking place inside the 32,000 square foot Arena. Roller skating, billiards, miniature golf and racquetball are just a few of the offerings. Golf facilities include a nine-hole course, a putting green, a driving range and a pro shop. Lessons are available. The Gladiator nightclub offers live music and theme nights. Suites run the gamut from the hotel-style club lodge rooms with whirlpool tubs to the deluxe Roman towers. Roman towers feature a champagne glass hot tub, private heart-shaped swimming pool, log-burning fireplace and dry sauna.