Travel is so humbling. Our honeymoon was such a wonderful experience and was by far the most special trip I have ever taken. Our week in St. Lucia was filled with fruity cocktails, delicious food, lots of hours spent under a cabana on the beach, and lots of gratitude that we were able to take such a special trip.
The resort itself was gorgeous. We stayed at the Viceroy Sugar Beach. It's nestled between the Pitons and felt like it's own little oasis. The cottages, villas and rooms are spread out around the property and they have the most adorable shuttles to cart everyone around in.
We stayed in a room that was close to the building in the above pictures which was perfect. We were within walking distance to the beach and the restaurants at the resort.
We spent the majority of our days in a little cabana on the beach. Actually... we spent every day that way. We did the all inclusive option for our stay, and we would argue the pros and cons to both. Honeymoons are not cheap, so it was nice that it felt "free" even though we paid before we even arrived.
Pro: when the bill comes at lunch, dinner, etc., you don't have that added pressure of ohmygoshiamspendingevenmoremoney. Con: you eat and drink like you never have before (maybe this is a pro!?). We started each day with either a strawberry daquiri, a Miami vice, or a margarita beach side.
We also ended most of our days on the beach. The sunsets were unbelievable.
We booked 2 or 3 excursions for our trip including a sunset cruise and a hike of the Gros Piton, however we cancelled all that we pre-planned save for our couples massage (which was so fun and fantastic!) because we were just so content enjoying the beach.
We did make it out of the resort one day and took a water taxi to Soufriere. We then went up to the mud baths and waterfall which, to be honest, were a bit underwhelming. The sulfur smell at the mud bath was just too mutch, and the waterfall was like being at home in our shower with it turned on halfway. But hey - at least we did something right? Best part - we were only gone for about an hour and forty minutes so right back to our beach bliss we went.
The greenery was so... green!
We weren't brave enough to take a catamaran out, however we did spend quite a bit of time swimming and kayaking which was a lot of fun.
We also can't say enough good things about the staff and service level at the resort. Every person we spoke to was so kind and more than willing to help! When you arrive, your butler for your stay greets you. You also have a little Firefly phone that you can take with you around the resort. If you need a ride to or from somewhere on the property, or need anything at all really you can call your butler and they will accommodate.
The food was also fantastic at the resort! We loved every meal. Breakfast was wonderful every morning and we also enjoyed the sushi bar quite a bit on our stay. Sadly, the only picture of food I took with my nice camera was this breakfast of greek yogurt and prune preserves (Sounds weird... but trust me. Ridiculously good.)
My one and only regret from the trip: that I didn't take more pictures! Doh. I only brought my camera out a few of the days we were there. I did use my iPhone quite a bit and shared some pictures on Instagram (are we friends on Instagram yet!?), so check those out if you like! To be honest, I truly am okay with the fact that I didn't take too many pictures with the big camera. Lugging it to and from the beach and to lunch or dinner each night would have been a bit of work and our motto for the week was: do no work. We succeeded!
We are back and in vacation recovery mode, but grateful to have arrived back in Greenville to find temps in the mid-60s. While it's always bittersweet when vacation is over, there is something to be said about being back in the comfort of your home and routine. Seeing a different culture and meeting new people is so fantastic, and I feel like I have a renewed sense of perspective now that I am back. I feel lucky to have taken such a great trip and spent time with my husband, and extra thankful for this humble but blessed life of mine.
What is your favorite trip you've ever taken?