Beauty of St. Lucia - by Tony and Natalie Brown

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Hi Teresa,

I want to first thank you for all your efforts for coordinating and scheduling both halves of this wonderfully unforgettable honeymoon. It was exactly what we needed after all the planning and celebration of our wedding. A combination between Sandals Grande (romantic and social) and Jade Mountain (unique) was the luxurious romantic fairytale we were looking for.

Upon arrival to St Lucia, you can tell that Sandals has the market cornered and they do a great job. They have a welcome lounge for their (3) resort locations (The Grande, Regent La Toc, and Halcyon). It was great to have complimentary snacks, waters, and soda etc., while we waited for our luggage to be loaded into the taxi-vans. I must share that if someone is prone to car sickness they might want to arrange another mode of travel at an additional expense.  Natalie and I don’t have any issues but another couple struggled during the ride as the roads have a lot of twists and turns over hills and in valleys. The trip was roughly a 1 hour and 40-minute ride to the Sandals Grande. (We did learn that there is a 10-minute helicopter ride that is quite beautiful – might be something you could suggest to others).  Note: Cost is approximately $400+ one way.

We were very impressed upon arrival to the Sandals Grande. You know it is primarily a “honeymoon” destination. I would say that 90% of couples we spoke with were celebrating their honeymoon, which made it fun to bond over, but sometimes you wanted to feel extra special.

The resort itself was in great condition, you can tell they do a great job of landscaping and keeping it clean. The layout is perfect and quite romantic. They have lots of little places with fire pits, hammocks and chairs spread throughout. Our favorite romantic spot was on the left-hand side of the property. The dock there has ample places to take in the sunset over the water and Pigeon Island peaks. We loved spending time in the lounge chairs or even just hanging our feet off the dock – watching the sun disappear.

At Sandals Grande you can be as social or quiet and romantic as you chose to be, it is very good setup for activities around the pool, pool par and the beach bar. The best thing about Sandals Grande is that they have the traditional water sports for free (snorkeling, HobieCat, kayaking, etc.) but the best thing is the FREE motorized sports!! You can water-ski and wakeboard for free. There are also vendors who offer Jet-ski’s for $20/30 minutes - not bad at all. I read on Trip Advisor that all beaches in St Lucia are public space. We did encounter several vendors engaging us about their excursion trips, but after the first day they all become friends you joke with.

We booked a St. Lucia excursion which included an amazing boat ride to Margot Bay then on to Soufriere and then a quick van ride to (Zip-lines, Volcanic/Sulfur Mud Baths, an amazing Waterfall and a home cooked meal from the guide’s aunt - the creole dishes were great). I felt this was such a great tour of the “real St Lucia”. We never felt unsafe at all; you can tell they are a well-organized outfit.

We did enjoy some quiet time at one of the side pools for half the day and then went down to enjoy a relaxing time on the beach. The top two things we can share about Sandals Grande was 1) The food is great at each restaurant. We have been to 4 different all-inclusive Caribbean/Mexican properties and we can say that the quality of food at each restaurant overall was well-balanced. Some places we’ve been to, they have their top restaurants were the food is great, but not all eateries are great. 2) The live entertainment during the dinner hours was exceptional. From the steel drum band, to the individual singers, to the 8-piece band; they all were top notch at setting the mood and getting folks up to dance or just allowing folks to enjoy a quiet soundtrack on a moon filled romantic evening. Also, the English Pub was the late-night place for drinks and dancing.

We took a helicopter ride from Sandals/Castries to Anse Chastnett/Jade Mountain to get there faster..it was only 7 minutes compared to the 2 hour twist/turn van drive.  Viewing the island up so high was well worth it!!

 

What I'm about to share about Jade Mountain doesn't do it justice. From the moment we arrived the service was top notch - exactly what we were looking for. At Sandals Grande everyone there was on their honeymoon there. At Jade Mountain, they had folks there to carry our personal bags upon arrival and served us a cold beverage and towel. They also gave us a cell phone to call our "Major Domo" for anything that we required. Because we arrived early, our room wasn’t ready so we were taken to the beach were we relaxed in our own hut with waiters set aside to assist with anything we needed (towels, beverages, and food). We did a little bit of snorkeling in one of the marine reserve areas just off the beach. Once we got back and had a little lunch, we received a call that our room was ready. The Major Domo sent down a shuttle to pick us up at the bottom of the hill, as the beach is located below the resort down a steep incline. When we arrived to our room I think we both almost cried when we walked into our "Sanctuary.” To walk in to this spectacular 3 wall space with an amazing view – just takes your breath away. We scurried around the room like kids on Christmas Day.

Our Sanctuary was a "Star" level with an infinity pool that was at least 20' x 6' and the water was the perfect temp. The bed was comfortable and the fridge was stocked with beers, water, and fruit juices. The Major Domo welcomed us with a bottle of champagne and they even had a complimentary bottle of white wine. We were lucky we did the all-inclusive plan. I would suggest this to anyone as it is quite pricey to eat there. The FOOD was amazing at the beach restaurant and phenomenal at the main restaurant. We had a 5-course meal the first night and a 8 course meal the second night...both were world class meals. At the table behind us during the 8-course meal there was a well-known food critic who spoke with the chef throughout the meal – it was a very interesting experience. All while eating in the open-air restaurant we had a perfect night with moon-light shining over the Pitons – breath taking views!!

There are no words to explain how truly amazing it was. The second day Natalie woke up early for a complimentary Yoga class on top of the resort. We then took the snorkeling tour offered through the scuba center located on the beach. It was just amazing snorkeling underneath the Pitons. It was so hard to have to leave the resort on Sunday after having breakfast in the room and one last dip in the infinity pool. We feel truly blessed that we had an opportunity to stay there - even for just 2 nights. I believe the balance of being at Sandals for 4 nights and being around other newlyweds and then having luxury private time for the 2 of us was just a true fairy tale experience.

We cannot thank you enough for booking us into two great properties. I'm so glad we connected with you and selected St. Lucia over our other choices. THIS REALLY was a trip of a lifetime.

Sincerely,

Tony and Natalie Brown, USA