This past weekend, we took a three-day babymoon getaway to St. Lucia, which was a ridiculously beautiful and amazing place! Here are a few photos, if you'd like to see...
We stayed at the fantastic Sugar Beach resort, which I would highly recommend. As soon as we arrived, the New York stress melted off our shoulders, as we were lulled by the warm breezes and the singing of tree frogs and crickets (and fruit bats!)...
If I had a hotel, the #1 thing I would do is greet guests with a drink as soon as they arrive. It's the AWESOMEST way to start a vacation. As we rolled up to the hotel, a waiter greeted us with these coconut drinks, which tasted like milkshakes. We asked him for the recipe, and he revealed the secret combo: coconut milk, coconut cream, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.
We dropped our bags in our room and immediately headed to the beach. We had a stack of books we were excited to read—this for me, this for Alex and this for both of us—but took forever getting around to opening them. We kept saying, "Okay, I'm going to read now," but ten minutes later, we'd still be gazing at the water.
When we returned to our room around sunset, we munched on plantain chips with mayonnaise-y dip.
Back inside, we also realized that they had UNPACKED OUR BAGS! It was so fancy, we couldn't believe it. There was even a drawer with our underwear!
The hotel staff was warm and friendly, and every day they'd leave little notes for us written in leaves. The first day's note said, "Welcome!" The second day's note said, "Have fun, Alex and Joanna." And the third day, "Happy Babymoon" along with a card and balloons. How sweet is that?
The next morning, we took a "tuk tuk" from our room to the main hotel restaurant. (You take these colorful shuttles everywhere, since the hotel grounds are super steep.)
For breakfast, Alex ordered French toast with caramelized bananas, and I got pastries and the refreshing local specialty: sour orange juice.
After breakfast, we relaxed at the beach, when a sweet and sort of nutty old man came by and offered us a raw coconut to drink. Of course, we said yes, and he started hacking away.
Then he asked me to hold the coconut for a photo, but when he held up his knife, I suddenly got freaked out that he was going to joke around by chopping at the coconut. Despite smiling, I was totally in fight-or-flight mode! Haha...obviously, nothing happened:)
We also spent some time lazing by the pool, which looked up at the mountains. You can actually take a two-hour climb up the largest Piton mountain, but we decided to just chill:)
Our big adventure each day was going kayaking and snorkeling. The hotel offered free kayaks and snorkeling gear on the beach, so we'd just paddle out and around and just chat leisurely out on the water.
On our final day, we were psyched to get a couples massage. We expected the spa to be indoors, of course, so we were amazed when the reception area opened up into winding paths and tree houses!
Finally, the last night, before dinner, we walked down to the beach to see the sunset. The beach was always bustling during the day, but that final night, we somehow had the beach to ourselves. We sat in the comfy chairs, our legs intertwined, and just chilled. The warm pink air felt like a hug, and it was one of those moments we'll never forget.
A HUGE thank you to my mom for taking care of sweet Toby! He did really well, and we covered him with a million kisses when we got home. (We also brought him a mango lollipop.) The whole experience was such a treat.
Have you been to St. Lucia? If you're looking for a romantic escape—or babymoon or honeymoon—I'd recommend it a thousand times over. Thank you so much for reading! xoxo
(Third and fourth photos from Hither & Thither)