- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
We’ve been back from our honeymoon for over a month, so I feel like the excitement is starting to wear off and I can write an unbiased view. That being said, OUR HONEYMOON WAS AWESOME. Seriously, I don’t think it could’ve gone better.
So, I’m going to give a VERY detailed review, complete with pictures 🙂
American Airlines has direct flight from Miami, which has direct flights from basically everywhere, so we only had to connect once, which was great. Once we landed, we were taken to the Sandals waiting area and given free rum punch while we waited for the shuttle to the resort. There are people there to carry your bags, which I assumed was required because they take you through a back door, and you have to tip them. Not sure if it was actually required. The drive to the resort is about an hour and a half and is VERY windy. I get motion sickness so I took some dramamine on our flight from Miami, and I felt fine.
We went in July and the weather was perfect!
We opted for the middle tier room, Honeymoon Deluxe Ocean View. We were lucky enough to get a room on the back side of the resort, away from the pools and bay, which was perfect for us. It was quiet and relaxing, and offered a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the resort. Our bed was comfortable, room temperature was great and easily adjustable, maid service was awesome, and there’s a mini-fridge with water, soda, juice, etc. that is restocked daily (and free!!) We don’t drink a lot, but DH liked the island beer, Piton, and we both had a few mixed drinks from one of the many bars (it’s hard to beat a swim-up bar)
Our Room: View from our balcony:
We loved the food, and the servers were impeccable. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to a restaurant with such well trained and attentive servers. They were also just really nice. Because it was all included, we ate a lot, and tried every food place at least once. Our favorite was Josephine’s, the crepe place. We ate there almost every day. We even ventured to the other two resorts, but still liked the food at ours the best. Toscanini’s (Italian) is the only restaurant that requires a reservation and has a dress code. Some days it’s easy to get a reservation; others you should make it a few days in advance. There is also free room service breakfast every morning, if you don’t feel like leaving your room, which we definitely took advantage of a few times!
Appetizer salad at Kimono’s (La Toc) Parmesan Crusted Lamb Chops at Toscaninis
Roast Beef at Olde London Pub Mushroom puff at Bayside
Meat Lasagna at Toscaninis Savory Crepes from Josephines
Room service breakfast on our balcony! Swim up bar
We took advantage of as many of the resorts included activities as possible. We swam in the pool and the sea every day, kayaked, learned to stand-up paddleboard, snorkeled, played shuffleboard, and DH learned how to operate a Hobie Cat! There was also an entertainment team out by the main pool all day long who had a different activity every 30 minutes. You get points for every activity you participate in, and at the end of your stay, you can use those points for free stuff. We did the mini-golf challenge, trivia (which we won), and t-shirt tie-dying (which was surprisingly popular). You can be as involved or uninvolved as you want.
Stand-up paddleboarding Floating circles in the sea
One of the many hot tubs
Extras we paid for
We knew going in there were things we wanted to do that weren’t included in the “all-inclusive” designation. So, we set-up a honeymoon registry for four of those things, and got them paid for!
1. Zipline Tour – We loved this! You take a pretty long shuttle ride with a really great guide into the middle of the rain forest. Then you go on 12 different zip lines, operated by the nicest locals! We had a blast, and I think this might have been my favorite part of the trip.
2. Land and Sea Tour – This is an all day tour down the west coast of St. Lucia by van, and then back up to the resort by catamarran. The drive was brutal. I felt sick for most of it, but we did get to see some cool stuff. We stopped at some places to take pictures and buy souveneirs, had a quick tour of the botanical gardens and then went to the mud baths inside the volcano. Yes, you read that right. The water to rinse off comes out of the volcano, and it was too hot for me to touch… but DH got right in. Then, you eat lunch and go down to the catamarran, where you go snorkeling, and then you basically just drink your way up the coast. We enjoyed it, but I would definitely recommend dramamine for people who get carsick, or maybe find another tour.
3. Candlelight Dinner by the Sea
This is a private dinner, with a personal waiter, that you pay extra for. You pick the time, and your menu options, and you get to sit in a table right next to the water. It was very romantic, and was definitely a must-do for our honeymoon. We booked it at the very beginning of our trip, but didn’t have it til the end, so we actually forget our food choices, and were surprised. The waitress was attentive, and the food was phenomenal. We’re very happy we decided to do this (even though all the other food is included)
His Lambchops My steak
I mean, the massages were really good. There’s only so much you can say about a massage. They have deals every other day, so we waited until the couples massage deal. We used the steam room afterwards, and the hot/cold pools.
5. Golf at La Toc
We actually paid for this excursion ourselves. Green fees are technically free, but you are required to have a caddy, which you have to pay for. The course was definitely not in the best of shape, but we were on an island, so we didn’t care. I’m not the best golfer, and our caddie Chris was very generous. He’d pick the club I needed and showed me exactly where to stand, and would move my ball if it didn’t land in a favorable position. Overall, we had fun, but it was so hot that we only lasted 9 holes (the course is 9, but you can play it twice for 18)
Things we paid for that we weren’t planning on or forgot to pack
Shoes for the formal dinner (I forgot to pack my heels after the rehearsal dinner)
Condoms… oops 🙂
Tips for drivers/taxis to go into town
razors that somehow missed the bag
a beach bag
Internet (you can pay for internet for your phone/computer, but we opted to stay disconnected. We saw so many people sitting at meals staring at their phones, and that’s not how we wanted to spend our honeymoon. However, since we were both moving the day after getting back from our honeymoon, we had loose ends we had to tie up, so we rented a laptop a couple times. $5/30 minutes)
Anyway, I think that’s it. I apologize for the length, but there was just so much good stuff, I didn’t want to leave anything out!!