Adjusting to this nasty cold weather and the alarm clock going off early morning has been a shock to the system in the last week…especially when we’ve spent 10 days in St Lucia. It was both my first time in the Caribbean and at an all inclusive resort.
We stayed at the Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa which is in Vieux Fort and is less than 5 minutes from the airport. This meant that the time between landing and getting out into the sunshine in summer attire was just over 30 minutes.
Despite being so close to the airport, there are only about 6-8 flights a day leaving the island from about 2.30pm so the noise isn’t really any bother.
The hotel caters for both families (Splash) and adults only (Harmony) and is cleverly designed so that if you chose to stay around the adult only areas you can’t hear the family pool area at all (apart from the 11am aqua aerobics session as you could hear the music but it was fine). We did venture over to Splash a couple of times to use the waterslides and the lazy river.
We booked one trip for the middle of the holiday which was through Island Route tours. We hired an all-terrain buggy to explore the stunning beauty of the west coast. We were taken through back winding roads to stop and get a view of the Pitons. From there we went to the world’s only drive-in volcano where we went in the mineral mud baths. The water was SO hot and apparently made you look 10 years younger. Our skin WAS incredibly soft and smooth afterwards for a good few days. After smothering each other in the mud and washing it off, we hopped back in the buggies to a waterfall. I didn’t like the immense pressure of the water coming over the top of you and had a slight meltdown but glad I went in. From there, we carried on to a hilltop restaurant with more views of the Pitons however the weather had come in and the tops were covered in cloud.
We really didn’t do a great deal else in the 10 days we were there which was just what we needed after the manic Christmas we’d had. I went to yoga a few mornings as jetlag had me awake at 630/7am. We booked ourselves a couples massage in the Kei Mer Spa (Kei Mer means “house by the sea”) using one of their private cabanas right on the sea front. Feeling the warmth of the sun and hearing the sea was so relaxing whilst we had our massages.
The food was good particularly in the a la carte restaurants Silk (Asian/Caribbean fusion) and Calabash (local flavours/tastes) and the choice of cocktails were endless. My favourite had to be the Pineapple Gin Kir so look out for the recipe in the next few weeks.
We like going away this time of year if we’re fortunate enough to, it’s so nice to get away from the coldness and the misery that is January.
So the question remains…where to in January 2017?!?!
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