Saint Lucia is a seriously beautiful country. The island has the white sand beaches and sparkling blue water that the Caribbean is famous for, but it also boasts magnificent mountains (like their famous Pitons), volcanoes and rainforests. It’s diversity makes it the perfect island for anyone, offering plenty of adventure for risk-seekers and adrenaline junkies, but also plenty of beautiful beaches for those that just want to relax. Locals are friendly and welcoming and there are many opportunities for visitors to get a real taste of local culture during their stay, either by trying the famous island roti from street or beach vendors, or by visiting Anse La Raye on Friday night for the weekly fish festival. I was lucky enough to spend a few blissful days on this unique, diverse island in September. My only regret is not staying longer.
My husband and I stayed at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort, which is located on the northern tip of the island on famous Reduit Beach, one of the nicest beaches on the island. The beach itself was literally steps from our hotel room, which was modest but comfortable and clean. In the middle of the resort, sits a large, circular pool perfect for a relaxing swim at the end of the day. The grounds and surroundings are overflowing with tropical flowers and lush vegetation. Although the rooms are not fancy and nothing is over the top, the resort boasts luxury, but in a tasteful, understated way. I felt myself take a deep breath and relax the second we arrived at the resort and, slowly, all my cares began to melt away.
We made sure to get plenty of beach time in. We swam and snorkeled in the crystal clear water and utilized the hotel’s complimentary paddle boards. I was able to relax and get a lot of beach reading in while Matt went wake boarding (also through the hotel’s water sports stand). We also visited volcanoes, took a mud bath, took a water taxi to Pigeon Island and hiked to incredible viewpoints and, of course, ate some delicious food.
All in all it was quite a perfect vacation and the Bay Gardens Beach Resort was the perfect place for us to stay and get in some much needed fun and R & R, even if it was only for a few days. Hopefully, some day soon, we will go back for a few more.
People always joke about how much I travel, but the truth is, I think it’s really important, at least for me personally. I never feel more alive and at peace than when I am traveling.