impatiently patiently waiting for our wedding pictures, I decided to give you all a fun peek into our St. Lucian Honeymoon. I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since Brad and I were laying on the beach for our honeymoon. Time really does fly by and I can’t help but reminisce on our trip to paradise. Sit back and relax as I show you our trip!
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When we decided to go on our honeymoon, rather than not getting any sleep after our wedding, we made the decision to fly out on Monday. This meant we were able to sleep in on Sunday, spend extra time with our boys, and then get a cat nap in before leaving for the air port at 1:00AM Monday morning. Funny story: Everyone kept telling us that since we were flying out of the country we needed to be there 2 hours or more early. The airport on a normal day is an hour and half away but in the middle of the night it was only an hour. We got to there 3.5 hours before boarding and we were the only ones in the entire place. TSA hadn’t even arrived. Brad and I found an outlet and watched 2.5 hours worth of The Office while we waited.
As if our honeymoon wasn’t special enough, it was Brad’s first time on an airplane and my first time flying solo. We were both extremely anxious and nervous for our hour flight to Atlanta and our 5 hour flight to St. Lucia. Brad flew like a champ while I was nervous for takeoff and landing.
Does this cove look familiar? No? It’s from Pirates of the Caribbean!
When it came down to deciding where we wanted to stay, the decision seemed impossible. There are 3 different Sandals resorts in St. Lucia. Our final decision came down to which resort had the most food options because we are obsessed with food. The Sandals Grande St. Lucian won us over. The amenities that came with the Grande were a mile long. On the resort, there are 12 restaurants with 6 bars, a spa, golf course, a list of excursions, and each night there was some kind of special event. At the resort, you could find an endless array of rooms to stay in such as over the water honeymoon butler bungalows, President Clinton oceanfront penthouse, Beachfront Grande Rondoval Butler Suite with Private Pool Sanctuary, Caribbean Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite, Swim Up Lover’s Lagoon Honeymoon Club Level Room, Caribbean Beachview Club Level Room, Lover’s Lagoon Honeymoon Premium, just to name a few. We stayed in the Lover’s Lagoon room which had a balcony and a king size bed.
Our first night was a really relaxing evening where we didn’t do much. It took almost 2 hours to get from the airport to the resort. After traveling from 1AM and not arriving until 5PM, we were beat. Once we got to our room, we were greeted with flowers in our room and champagne waiting for us. We popped our bottle and took in the view from our balcony. Since we got there on Monday, there was a Caribbean themed event later that night. In the meantime, the two of us got freshened up and went exploring (champagne in hand, of course).
The Caribbean event was super cool! Tables were set up on the beach with table clothes and nice place settings. There was a buffet with local Caribbean food and there was a lot of options. Brad and I decided we would try anything and everything because when in Rome, or St. Lucia. There was a DJ playing local music and we sat around a table and met new people.
During our trip, we didn’t do too many excursions because our main goal was to relax and soak in as much sun as we could. Another reason was that we were already paying for the more expensive resort and didn’t want to plan too many excursions that would break the bank and keep us gone for most of the day. Some of the excursions took 4-5 hours and that’s not counting the drive there. I swear every van ride was at least an hour.
The one excursion that we did do was the sunset cruise. It took place on Friday evening which was our last night there. It was the perfect way to end the trip. We set sail with about 15 other couples on a catamaran. The trip sailed for about 2 hours and we got to watch the sun set, enjoy champagne and rum runners, stuff our faces with delicious appetizers and dance to a DJ.
Since we didn’t do many excursions, the majority of our time was spent in the swim-up pool bar where we socialized with other couples, drank too many drinks, got kissed by the sun, and listened to music. If we weren’t in the swim-up bar, you could find us swinging in the ocean, relaxing in the hammock that was in the water, or eating. I’m pretty sure we ate 5-6 meals a day because it was all “free”. One morning, Brad and I laced up our tennis shoes and left the resort to go hiking in the National Park which was right beside the resort. The views were break taking.
There are many pros to honeymooning in St. Lucia. For starters, it’s the definition of paradise. From the gorgeous palm trees to the shell-free white sandy beaches to the warm, clear water. Not only was St. Lucia paradise, the food was pretty decent. There were just a few restaurants that we didn’t really care for. The people who work on the resort are the nicest people and would do anything for you.
The only con I have for St. Lucia is the drive to and from the airport. It took 2 hours, in a van with little air conditioning, in a city where people drive terribly. The island is only 28 miles long and it is jammed full of people and crazy drivers. Be sure to take Dramamine before you get in the van!
At the resort, there are many things you can do. Here are a few: work out in the fitness center, relax in the spa, go scuba diving, take a hike in the National Park, enjoy time on the water with an endless amount of water sports, and the one excursion I wish we would’ve done was the JJ tour.
Would we recommend? Absolutely! I would recommend St. Lucia, more specifically Sandals Grande St. Lucian to anyone. I would recommend staying for at least 6 days. We only stayed 5 days and the majority of our first and last day was spent traveling to and from the airport.
Looking through these pictures, our week away from reality was the best thing that to happened. Brad and I were able to unplug and just enjoy the company of the two of us. We were able to spend time getting to know each other again and talk about our plans for the future. I wish we could do it all over again. I’m so thankful that we went on this trip.