- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
We just got back from our honeymoon to Sandals St. Lucia Grande Resort on Friday the 22nd. We went left for our honeymoon on Tuesday the 19th. It took us about 12 hours on Tuesday to travel there. The flight from Charlotte to Miami was 2 and a half hours and the flight from Miami to St. Lucia was 3 hours. We arrived in St. Lucia about 3:30pm. Once we arrived in St. Lucia, it took about a hour to go through customs, then it was about a 2 hour ride to the resort. The ride wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be but I could see how someone might need Dramamine for it. It was a nice ride in a van though. I was more concerned about how other people drove then getting sick. We were in the van with three other couples who were also on their honeymoon. We rode up along the Atlantic Ocean coast, which had some stunning views. We also rode through the city, which was pretty busy about 5pm. We arrived at the resort about 6pm. Upon arrival we were greeted with hot towels and immediately escorted to the concierge lounge. We were able to take a seat in the concierge lounge and get a glass or their signature rum punch, a cup of hot tea, or a glass of water. I was exhausted and just wanted water at this point. After they confirmed and gathered all of our information we were escorted to our room. We stayed in a penthouse honeymoon ocean view concierge room. The view was beautiful overlooking the Caribbean Ocean and Piton Mountains. We had a patio, as well. Sandals is an all-inclusive resort and at concierge level room service is included 24 hours a day. We ordered the steak and chicken cacciatore to be delivered to our room after we arrived, as we were pretty tired. It arrived within 15 minutes and was excellent. The steak melted in our mouth. The concierge level also includes a fully stocked bar with champagne, wine, rum, juices, beer, soda (coke products), water, and a coffee maker with tea and coffee. We sleep well in our canopy bed, it was very comfortable. The next morning we had breakfast delivered to our room at ate it on the patio. It tried to eat fairly healthy with egg white omelets, they were a little over done but still tasty. It rained a little bit in the morning and I started getting a sore throat. By afternoon, it cleared up and we were able to go kayaking. Excursions are included, as well. It was pretty windy, so we only kayaked for a bit before heading back in for lunch. We had the buffet at Bayside for lunch. It was pretty elaborate and included banana flambé. After lunch we went over to the swim-up bar for a bit and had a cocktail. For dinner we ate at Barefoot Cafe, which is a restaurant on the beach. We had Mahi-Mahi, which was excellent. My husband ordered two entrees. He had the Mahi-mahi and a seafood kabob, which was also excellent. After dinner we retired for the evening. I woke up Thursday morning feeling horrible and had a fever, sore throat, achiness and a lot of congestion. We went to see the nurse and she suggested some nose drops. We also called room service and requested ginger tea. The chef made some for me and it was delivered in half a hour. It brought a lot of relief to me and we were able to go sit by the beach and pool for a bit. When arrived back to our room we had a bottle of wine, chocolates and flowers sitting on the coffee table waiting for us. It said “Happy Anniversary” but it was the principle that mattered. We relaxed for a bit and started feeling pretty rough again so we just ordered room service again for dinner. It was excellent, as usual. I requested some more ginger tea after dinner but they didn’t have any ginger, so they went out in the rain to get some ginger for me. I tried to tip them when they brought it up, but they said they weren’t allowed to accept tips. We hated to depart the next day but while the tea was giving me symptom relief I could tell I was getting worse. The five hour plane ride from Saint Lucia to Atlanta was a misery for me. The next morning we went to urgent care and I had a severe ear infection and upper respiratory infection. They gave me IV antibiotics at the doctor’s office. I’m feeling much better now and have fond memories I’ll never forget. I hope we can visit the island again but for a longer period of time so we can enjoy more excursions.