We decided on St. Lucia for our honeymoon and waited over a month after our wedding to go. We didn’t intentionally wait, but I’m so glad that we did. Leading up to the wedding, we were so, so, busy. Busy with work projects, my bachelorette party, his bachelor party, my bridal shower, and everything else in between. We never got around to sitting down and sorting out the details of our honeymoon. Waiting almost two months to go on our honeymoon gave us much needed time to decompress, settle into being a Mr. and Mrs., put our gifts away and actually look forward to being away together.
Ocean Front View from The Landings Resort and Spa
We decided to spend one week in St. Lucia, and chose where we would be staying solely based off of best rated hotels. Many islands have one particular area where most tourists stay. It’s generally the most beautiful and will have access to everything you need. St. Lucia isn’t like that. You could stay in any part of the island, and be a 45 minute car ride from the next nice resort. Initially, I looked into staying at Jade Mountain and Sugar Beach, which are very close to each other on the south side of the island near the famous Pitons. Jade Mountain had one room left going for $2800 a night, and Sugar Beach was $650 a night, for 7 nights… You do the math. As much as I wanted to splurge because it was our honeymoon, I would much rather choose a more affordable hotel that we wouldn’t be confined to because we didn’t want to spend anymore money.
Essentially, we chose to split our stay between two hotels, which is another thing I’m so glad that we did. We chose to spend the first four nights of our stay at The Landings St. Lucia, which had amazing reviews that helped aid in our selection. We spent the second half at Cap Maison, which is rated one of the best hotels in St. Lucia. Both hotels are located on the north side of the island, near Gros-Islet, a big shopping center and Rodney Bay which is known for its bar and restaurant scene.
I arranged a car transfer through our hotel for $100 a person, so when we landed we had a driver waiting for us. We flew into Hewanorra International Airport which is almost two hours away from the north side of the island. Some people take opt for a helicopter transfer for $175 a person, but your baggage doesn’t fly with you and will arrive at your hotel 4 hours later. So it was a no from me. Our driver stopped us at a small bar in Dennery, a local town where many locals live. We had our first Piton Beer and a shot of Bounty Lime, their local rum. We checked in and upgraded our room to ocean front. While they were getting our room ready, we went to Gros-Islet to get a few items from the grocery store since we had a full kitchen. We also grabbed dinner at Matthew’s, which was suggested by the locals, but was definitely for tourists. I could’ve passed on it. Gros-Islet is packed with a ton of restaurants, small shops, liquor stores, so it was nice to be staying so close to it. It was less than 5 miles away, and was a $15 ride each way.
The next morning, we slept til nearly 9 am (late for us, especially on vacation). We were exhausted from traveling the day before and the room was pitch black. When I realized what time it was, I jumped up and looked out of the window. It was too dark to see what the beach looked like when we arrived the night before but that morning, I was BLOWN AWAY. It was gorgeous! Truly paradise. I was so eager to get down to enjoy it. We quickly noticed that The Landings was a definitely a place for families and kids. Even though it was quiet, there were so many cuties at breakfast and playing on the beach throughout the day. If you are looking to vacation as a family, this is the perfect place for you. We’d definitely come back for a weeks stay with little ones. The villa we were in had two bedrooms, one with a master closet, two and a half baths, a living room, kitchen, multiple storage closets and a huge balcony that looked out over the ocean. It was way more space than what we needed, but was so much better than being in a hotel room where our luggage would take up the majority of the floor.
We woke up no later than 7 am every morning and if you visit, you’ll want to do the same. The mornings are the most beautiful as the sun starts to peak and it’s bright and gorgeous out as early as 8 am. Breakfast at The Landings is included for all guests, so we enjoyed coffee and a breakfast buffet out by the beach every morning we were there. We took it easy our first day and spent the day at the beach, and had a private dinner arranged through the resort on the beach later that evening. A perfect kick-off to our honeymoon arrival.
You’ll find a ton of salesman selling tours, adventures and all kind of activities while you’re on the beach. We knew specifically that we didn’t want to fill our days with too many activities so we booked one tour that would show us everything worth seeing on the island in one day for Friday morning. We talked him down to $100 per person for a 5 hour tour, both sounded good to us. It picked us up from our hotel and took us to the opposite side of the island, showing us Marigot Bay, the Pitons and other well-known areas. We stopped at Sugar Beach for snorkeling and I’m glad that we did. I’d wanted to buy a day pass to spend one of our days at Sugar Beach, since we were staying on the opposite side of the island. That quick hour there made me realize I didn’t need to spend any more time there. The beach was small, not the same color blue (still gorgeous) and the entire vibe was snobby. Don’t get me wrong, I love luxury…. but I felt good about getting back to The Landings without feeling like I was missing out on anything. We stopped at the Toraille Waterfall and the Sulphur Springs Mud Bath before having lunch and getting back on the boat. They served rum punch and several shots of something that was likely Everclear, so by this time we were having a good time. We met two of the sweetest couples on that trip that were staying at the hotel next to ours and spent the rest of the afternoon with them at Sandals Grande where we had plenty more to drink and the besssst jerk chicken from The Jerk Shack before heading back to our hotel for our nap. We talked to so many strangers, had so many drinks and spent all afternoon in the ocean. Sandals Grande is an all-inclusive Adults only hotel that I’d highly recommend for people who want to arrive and not have to worry about a thing. They have entertainment nightly and all throughout the hotel, so many good restaurants to enjoy and music you can vibe to.
Friday nights is the famous Gros-Islet street party, so after a much-needed nap we met back up with our new friends at their hotel, where a shuttle took us to the street party. It was exactly our style. Cheap drinks, food, loud music, stray dogs. After a few Bounty Limes we found ourselves dancing in the middle of the crowd. We got there around 10, but the party doesn’t really start until midnight and . We loved all of it and had the best time. We spent the entire next day lounging with our friends Kamal and Parm, who were seriously the sweetest people of ALL time. We had one watermelon mojito after the next and nonstop food, pizza, hotdogs, chicken while getting in and out of the water. They were an Indian couple from the UK who were much older than us, but they were the coolest. Kamal loved Rick Ross, Parm was an independent business woman who waited until she was older to marry. We just loved their energy and caring demeanor and had such a good time discussing life with them.
After 4 days at The Landings, we switched hotels and checked-in at Cap Maison. I enjoyed our time at The Landings so much that I was honestly unsure if our experience could get any better. I was wrong. Cap Maison instantly blew our minds. From the moment we were greeted with champagne, til the second we checked out, the service was superb and exceeded our expectations. The staff was helpful and amazing and the property itself is quiet, peaceful and gorgeous. They so generously upgraded our room to a villa that had a rooftop terrace with its own pool. Our jaws dropped when she walked us in! The rooms are open to the outdoors, but the bedrooms are air conditioned. Our room, was much more like a small home. With a huge balcony, living area, full kitchen and dining area, a work space, an additional bathroom, along with a huge master suite. We quickly got situated and walked over to the beach to have lunch.
The beach at Cap Maison has volcanic sand, so walking on it is SO, SO hot! The beach houses a restaurant called The Naked Fisherman, that has some of the best food we had during our time in St. Lucia. We ate there three days in a row and everyday, we left stuffed and ready for a nap. We highly recommend the burger (the best I’ve had in 2019), the mac and cheese (the creamiest and absolutely amazing), the fish & chips, and the black tiger shrimp. The evening we checked in was the last night in St. Lucia for the friends we made on the boat, so we invited them over to have dinner with us. We dined at The Cliff at Cap and it was such an experience. The fish was so rich and fresh. I had the best truffle mushroom risotto of my entire life, and they gave us palette cleansers between each course. We were so sad to see our new friends go, but were so grateful to have been able to spend the last few days with them. When we got back from dinner, the staff had left chocolate covered strawberries underneath our unmade bed for our turn-down service and had turned the lights down for us. Everything about them was truly so thoughtful and caring.
You’ll want to go down for breakfast during your stay, because the view is gorgeous. The breakfast menu at Cap Maison changes daily, and I had one of the best sweet potato skillets. We spent so much time on our rooftop in the pool and going back and forth between the beach and our pool. We made friends with all of the workers at The Naked Fisherman and spent hours on end chatting with him, while I drank their amazing white sangria. We truly relaxed. We considered hiking Pigeon Island (an easy hike and amazing views), which is about a 5 minute drive from Cap Maison, but never got around to it.
Nate watching the sunset from Cap Maison’s Sunset Pool Leopard Off-the-Shoulder bikini
Our last night, we left for dinner and found an Italian restaurant called Elena’s in Rodney Bay. The reviews were amazing, but I was so, so sad to find out they don’t serve pasta on Tuesdays, which is what I was really hoping for! We had a bottle of wine, the St. Lucian pizza and shared a big salad for about $80 USD. We got there after dark but the restaurant faces the water and it would’ve been absolutely beautiful to watch the sunset. The morning of our flight we packed our things and had breakfast on the balcony before having to head out. It was definitely a bittersweet goodbye and perfect end to our week long getaway.
Need to Know:
I was very close to convincing Nate that we needed to rent a car. I didn’t want to waste money having to take a cab from place, to place, to place, if we were planning to explore, or simply run errands like go to the market. We ended up not renting one and we were relieved once a local actually drove us around. The roads are winding, narrow and locals are speeding through them. Also, driver seats are on the right side, while driving is on the left of the road. We would’ve had a really hard time adapting. I wouldn’t suggest a rental car for anyone who is staying under a week. Transportation may be included in your resort stay, and taxis are easily accessible. Although pricey, water taxis are the best transportation on the island. They get you from one side to the other in 20 minutes, as opposed to a 2 hour car ride. It’s also the most scenic. St. Lucia also offers a helicopter transfer from the airport, to your hotel, vice versa. It’s generally $250 per person and will get you to the opposite side of the island in about 15 minutes. The problem I had with that is, your luggage would have to come behind you since the helicopter doesn’t have the space. So although you arrive at your hotel quickly, you have to wait 4 hours for your luggage to be transferred by car.
St. Lucia is a pretty pricey island. I’ve been so islands where a meal and two alcoholic beverages was $12. St. Lucia isn’t one of those places. Taxi rides to go 10 minutes up the road, were $30 round trip. If you want things that are more fairly priced, you’ll need to go where the locals go to eat, drink, and shop. Lastly, negotiate everything. The boat ride we took was initially $200 per person, and we got it down to half of that. They take American dollars, cash and debit/credit cards.
Happy Hour at the Naked Fisherman
Before we arrived, every single day had rain in the forecast. I was so worried it was going to rain everyday and we’d be limited to what we’d be able to do. The devil is a LIE! The sun shined all day long, everyday except for our last morning where we had some small showers. It would show rain on our app, but the sun would be in and out of clouds. St. Lucia does get rain often, which is what keeps it so green, but the rainier months are going to be June through November. It was hot all day long and pretty humid as well. So bring whatever products you’re going to need to keep your hair intact!
Things to Do We Didn’t
Nate and I typically spend 4-5 days on our vacations, so spending. a week somewhere really felt like we’d be bored to death and ready to come home by day 7. Luckily, that wasn’t the case at all, but because of that, I sought out something for us to do every single day, should we want to. You can take a day trip to Martinique, a French island you can see from the north of the island. Hike Pigeon island. There is a cocoa farm where you can taste chocolate, and a rum making distillery where you can taste unlimited rum for $7 (Bounty Lime was my go-to). A champagne sunset cruise would’ve been amazing, because the sunsets in St. Lucia are so stunning. Almost everything is closed on Sunday’s, so if you have one on your schedule, plan to relax. We used that day to visit with friends at the resort next door and lounge on the beach.
Items I Packed but Didn’t Wear:
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