Like a lot of things in life, even the best planned vacation can go awry. I have learned this is true even when going on what is supposed to be a luxurious trip to St. Lucia for my cousin’s destination wedding.
With visions of myself spending a lot of time under the hot sun on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach while sipping a fruity cocktail, away from the freezing cold weather of Canada, and eating tons of delicious food, I did not anticipate that I would be spending more time in the hotel room than on the beach! Needless to say, due to a variety of factors, my first day of arrival was less than idyllic: from a rough nauseating two hour rollercoaster car ride to the resort where I supposedly started a chain reaction of vomiting (according to a fellow passenger who confided in my cousin a few days later at the lounge) whereby the rest of the passengers felt nauseous along with me to my diet of ginger ale, water and only fruits for dinner. Anyways, I could not believe a seasoned traveler like me who has been to Africa, South America and Southeast Asia, would get sick, much less car sick (I’ve never gotten car sick before!) on this trip to St. Lucia. But hey, you learn something new about yourself every time, and this time I’ve learned that I can even get sick in an all-inclusive vacation.
We stayed at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort and if you’re looking for a review on it, check out my review on TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g147344-d263015-r250257791-Sandals_Grande_St_Lucian_Spa_Beach_Resort-Gros_Islet_Gros_Islet_Quarter_St_Lucia.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT
Despite my short stay in St. Lucia, compared to my family who stayed for 8 days, I still enjoyed my few days in paradise. The wedding on the beach was beautifully orchestrated and I can’t rave enough about St. Lucia as a wedding destination locale!
Here is my list of the top 5 must-dos for a short and sweet time in St. Lucia (if you only have a few days here like me):
1. Lounging and enjoying the panoramic view of the beach
Nothing spells relaxation, at least for me, than lounging at the beach with the warm sun shining down on me while gazing at the panoramic view in front, in between reading my beach read!
2. Breakfast by beach
How to make the most of beach time when your short is stay? Well, for me it is enjoy it to the fullest by taking advantage of every minute, which means starting off early with a decadent breakfast and making my own mimosa using champagne and orange juice! 😉
3. Speedboat Tour
Partaking in this half day tour down the Caribbean Sea on a gorgeous sunny day with a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide plus good music blasting in the background rounded off a pretty perfect day on the island. Seeing the stunning scenic geographic views along the way was well worth it! We booked our private speedboat tour with JJ Touring and I highly recommend them!
4. Sulphur Springs Park
This is the island’s only drive in volcano and this experience is incomplete if you don’t take a dip into the hot spring’s mud bath! The locals say the mud is good for the skin; after covering my whole body from the tip of my toes to my face with said mud, and then rinsing it off, I have to agree with them that my skin felt so much smoother! 🙂
Unfortunately, there are no photos from the mud bath since I kept my camera away from the mud bath.
5. Creole Buffet
I think food is such a big part of every culture, and I’m always excited to try local cuisine, and I have to say the food I tried here was pretty yummy, especially the jerk chicken!
Here are also 2 of my favourite photo moments in beautiful St. Lucia: