#tbt Honeymoon in St. Lucia
I cannot believe it has been an entire year since Rob and I went on our honeymoon to St. Lucia. In the anticipation of this year’s spring break, I started going through pictures of that incredible week and thought I would share some with you. We got married in January but since I am a high school teacher and couldn’t take off a week of work, we waited until my Spring Break to take our honeymoon. This was the best decision we could have made; it gave us time to fully enjoy our wedding and our out of town guests and also fully getting excited for and enjoy our honeymoon separately.
We left Easter morning and flew to St. Lucia. The main airport in St. Lucia is about an hour and a half drive from the resort we were staying at (Sandals Grande St. Lucian). I get carsick and was nervous about the drive so we decided to make it an excursion and took a private helicopter ride between the airport and the resort. I am so so glad we decided to do this! The helicopter ride gave us gorgeous views of the entire island and only took 15 minutes. By the time the bus arrived with the others from our flight, we were already a glass of wine in eating lunch by the water.
There are three Sandals resorts in St. Lucia and after
hours a little research, we decided to stay at the Grande St. Lucian (aka the big one). You are able to visit all three no matter which you stay at and eat at their restaurants, drink at their bars, etc etc. Each resort has a little bit of a different personality and this one was definitely the best fit for us.
I won’t give you a play by play of the week but I will tell you some of the best things. First and foremost, the food. As soon as we checked in, I went straight to the registration desk and made reservations at all of the restauarants that needed reservations (do this!). Therefore we ate at the “fancy” places every night and never at the buffet (Hey, I was getting the most out of my all-inclusive!) Also, most people eat breakfast in the buffet but a little secret we figured out is Toscani’s (the italian restaurant) has the most incredible champagne brunch every single morning.
Second favorite thing, the main pool with the swim up bar. After brunch every morning, we would head straight to the main pool to stake out chairs with umbrellas (I consider myself a sun goddess lol and I still got burnt here. The umbrella was a necessity) and a raft (people would literally fight over these rafts). All of our days were spent lounging at the pool, drinking pitons, pineapple mimosas, and frozen drinks.
While we didn’t plan on doing any excursions, we spontaneously decided to do the “St. Lucia adventure” I can’t remember what the real name is but everybody who comes here does this excursion. Every different tour company has their own variation of this and it is the best deal. We were able to go snorkling, eat at a local restaurant, take a dip in the mud baths, and visit the waterfall that Jake and Vienna went to on The Bachelor, all by boat.
Speaking of boats, we did some sailing of our own. One thing I am really happy we did not splurge on was the room. We spent all of our time making the most of our time in St. Lucia that we were barely ever in the room. Our basic room was perfect for us and even had a private patio where
Rob smoked his Cuban cigars we ate brunch one morning.
When it was finally time to go home, we last minute splurged and took a private car back to the airport. We figured why ruin a perfect vacation getting car sick on the way back to the airport. The private car was incredible. Our driver was so nice and packed us drinks for the drive. The minute he turned on the Enya soundtrack, Rob and I both fell asleep. He also stopped to let us take a picture with the gorgeous scenery and even offered to let us pick up last minute souvenirs at a shop along the way.
St. Lucia was absolutely incredible and I would go back in a heartbeat. Rob and I love to daydream about our trip back and know it will happen eventually. What anniversary is acceptable to repeat your honeymoon? Have you ever been to Sandals (St. Lucia or other)?