I can’t believe it’s been a little over a month since we returned from our honeymoon in St. Lucia! We had such a wonderful, relaxing time in St. Lucia and it’s certainly a place we plan to go back to at some point! If you recall from this post, we had a few hiccups with our original honeymoon plans and delayed our honeymoon until six months after we got married. While it was a little frustrating at the time, it ended up working out even better than we could have imagined. After the Hurricane Irma destruction, we were back to square one with finding a new location and resort! We spent a lot of time reading reviews, researching different areas, and finally landed on St. Lucia… and I’m so glad we did because it was such a great escape for just the two of us! I had quite a lot of people inquire about the resort and ask if I would be doing a post (although I originally hadn’t planned on it!) so I’m excited to share it with you today! Get read for a photo heavy post… I couldn’t resist! P.S. This is in no way sponsored, we paid for our honeymoon! 😉
P.P.S. I did my first travel video, you can find it on my Youtube channel or at the bottom of this post! I had hoped to have this post up sooner, but there was a bit of a learning curve with video editing haha!
WHERE WE STAYED
After doing quite a bit of research, Nick and I decided to spend our honeymoon at Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia. We loved that it had a great balance of activities and relaxation and that it was all-inclusive. For this trip, we wanted all-inclusive so that we didn’t have to worry about anything once we arrived. We fell in love with St. Lucia because of the gorgeous views and all it had to offer, but we were a little hesitant to book a Sandals resort because I was afraid it would be cheesy (like some of the commercials haha!) Luckily, that ended up not being an issue at all! We also had a few friends that had visited to the resort and had nothing but great things to say, so that kinda sealed the deal for us!Sandals Grande St. Lucian offers a variety of room types, including over the water bungalows, and a wide range of amenities for each room. We booked a Lover’s Lagoon Honeymoon Suite and couldn’t have been more pleased with it. Our room was the third (top) floor of the Rodney Bay building and overlooked the swim-up pool. It was so quiet and relaxing on our porch. We loved spending time there in the mornings while sipping our coffee. If we went back to this resort again I would request this same building!
A few things we found to be important about the hotel:
-One perk of booking a Sandals resort is that you can travel between all three locations (Grande, La Toc, and Halycon) on the island. They offer free transportation, so it’s a convenient way to try the different restaurants, see the sunset at La Tac, etc.
-We felt extremely safe the entire time, even when we went off the property into town. One of the reasons we chose St. Lucia was because it’s such a safe area for tourists. Unlike other tropical destinations there were no guards out front of the resort and we never once felt unsafe. The St. Lucian people were extremely friendly anytime we chatted with them.
-Sandals Resorts are all-inclusive and cashless. All gratuities are included and any excursions or activities you book are directly charged to the card you have on file, so there’s no need to even carry a wallet around.
-The peak season in St. Lucia is between December to April, but the resort is most busy between June and November due to “wedding season.” We were there for 8 days at the beginning of May, so right before their peak season began. It was nice because the resort wasn’t really crowded, but the weather was still perfect. They don’t really have a “rainy” season.
We had a really early flight, but made it to St. Lucia by 2:00 p.m. so we still felt like we had most of the day to explore and play around the resort! Customs in the St. Lucia airport was a breeze and only took maybe 15-20 minutes. We were the only plane there at the time, but I’ve heard it can be a bit longer if other flights arrive before yours. This is one of the first Caribbean airports that I’ve been in that has AC, so we didn’t mind waiting haha! Once we went through customs we were lead to the Sandals lounge where they had nice restrooms (and showers), drinks and snacks, and a lot of seating. If you’re taking their free transportation you hang out here until you depart. You can also use the lounge when you are leaving. I highly suggest spending some time in the lounge before you go through customs/security because there isn’t much in the airport once you get through.
From the airport the resort is about 1.5-2 hour drive, depending on traffic. I had read reviews about the winding mountain roads and traffic, so we opted to reserve a helicopter through St. Lucia Helicopters. It was a bit expensive at $165 one-way per person, but it was 100% worth it because the helicopter ride was less than 15 minutes and it prevented me from getting car sick 😉 We originally booked through St. Lucia Helicopters and only booked one-way to make sure we had a good experience. We ended up booking through the resort for the trip back and it was a bit more expensive (I believe it was $180 per person) but we didn’t have to leave the resort until noon, which was nice! If it’s within your budget I highly recommend doing the helicopter transfer because it saves time and it’s a great way to see the island!
There was certainly no shortage of great food around the resort! There are 12 restaurants at Grande St. Lucian and 15 restaurants between the other two Sandals locations that you can go to! Overall we were very happy with our meals while we were there. All-inclusive can be hit or miss when it comes to food, but we were not disappointed. Whether you’re in the mood for a snack by the pool or a pre-dinner app, there are plenty of spots to choose from. One thing I really enjoyed was that every restaurant has a different signature cocktail to try! We didn’t eat at every restaurant while we were there, but the ones we did eat at we really enjoyed. I’ll share our favorites below.
Kimono’s | This restaurant features Japanese cuisine, much like the Japanese restaurants in the US, but with St. Lucian flare. At Kimono’s you are able to try everything on the menu- which was a great way to try things you wouldn’t normally order. Our chef was hilarious (he had a song for everything!) and the cocktails were delicious. We met some really awesome couples during dinner that we ended up hanging out with the rest of the trip!
Soy | Soy is connected to Kimono’s and is a sushi bar. We went here a few times for either sushi before dinner or a late night snack! We really enjoyed trying different sushi and you can’t go wrong with any of their sakes! My favorite cocktail was the Sake Sangria.
Toscanini’s | Toscanini’s is the Italian restaurant at the resort. While we never ate here for dinner, we ate here for breakfast almost every morning. I loved their outdoor patio (shown below) and the food options were great. We loved the blueberry pancakes and the smoked salmon Benedict, complete with mimosas of course!
Gordon’s | This restaurant is situated on a pier and has gorgeous views of the resort and sunset. This was hands down our favorite restaurant. It’s a bit nicer than the rest, the views can’t be beat, and the food was delicious. We actually ended up eating here twice. We started with the scallops & crab cakes (both so good) and our entrees were swordfish and surf & turf.
We enjoyed eating lunch at the Mariner and Dino’s Pizzeria. Bayside has a buffet for breakfast and they have a changing buffet every day for lunch. We also at dinner at Bayside one night and the food was really good. Our first night we had a casual dinner at Barefoot by the Sea and admittedly it was my least favorite meal of the trip. P.S. This little kitty would visit us every morning at breakfast- made us miss Charlie so much!
There are so many activities going on all around the resort every day. Each day they drop off a newspaper to your door with activity times- there’s yoga, pool trivia, tours of the resort, games, and big events every night. While we were there they had a beach BBQ, a jazz night & a few other fun events.
Water sports including snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, and windsurfing are all included during your stay at Sandals! I’m not big on scuba diving, but it’s also included as well- which isn’t always the case at all-inclusive resorts.
One of my favorite things about the resort was that it had plenty of hammocks and swings throughout the resort (and in the water!) It was nice to be able to watch the sunset on a hammock… so relaxing. They also had floats in the water all along the beach- Nick and I loved sitting in those to cool off!
In addition to the beach, there are 5 pools, including one with a swim up bar! We ended up enjoying the Lover’s pool because it featured cabanas, a great beach view, and was quiet. It was a great pool for relaxing away from the hustle and bustle from the swim-up bar! We did love the swim up bar though- if you visit, you have to find Peter, a waiter, and request the Peter special. It’s SO good!!! A few followers had messaged me giving me that tip, so now I get to pass it along to y’all.
The resort also offers a variety of tours- everything from sunset booze cruises (do it!!!) to full day excursions to see the Piton mountains, mud baths, etc. There were a few people offering excursions on the beach, but we chose to book everything through the resort.
Well, I think that about covers everything!