St. Lucia Celebration Weekend!

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I just returned from a magical weekend in St. Lucia! Not only did my 30th birthday plans for my boyfriend go perfectly, but he surprised me back the next day by asking me to marry him. It was an eventful 72 hours in the gorgeous, eco-friendly island and I couldn’t be happier!

Arriving in St. Lucia was pretty breathtaking. I was eager to see the infamous Pitons and got a perfect view as I descended down onto the island.

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After an hour cab ride, I arrived at the Inn on the Bay and was reunited with my boyfriend who arrived earlier in the day. We found the bed & breakfast via TripAdvisor, and it lived up to it’s spectacular reviews with breathtaking views and super knowledgeable hosts, Norm and Louise, who started their business on the island 19 years ago.

Our first day on the island was Thursday and we just relaxed and had a quiet dinner on the bay to prep for our busy Friday.

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On Friday, Norm drove us down the hill where we were greeted by our personal water taxi who took us around the Western side of the island. We had a 45 minute ride which brought us right to the Pitons.

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The first stop was at the Diamond Botanical Gardens which had a waterfall and mineral baths. Garden entry was $7 and mineral bath use was $6 per person for the outdoor one and $7 to have your private hut. We opted to spend the $1 more which I recommend for others as well!

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Next stop was at the Sulphur Springs where we did the mud bath and tour combo which was about $12 per person. The mud bath literally left my skin feeling baby soft and I was tempted to buy the $5 lump of souvenir mud but figured it wouldn’t quite be the same. I got creative with my mud painting and we had the best time. Definitely a highlight!

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Next stop was birthday lunch at Dasheene which is located at the Ladera resort. Amazing views, even better food, and a creative happy birthday surprise from the staff made it just perfect!

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Our cab driver stopped at a few scenic outlooks, before we were brought back to our water taxi.

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Last stops for the day were 2 beaches on the west coast. Perfect ending to the day!

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Saturday started out with a lovely breakfast spread at our Inn, followed by relaxation and a hike down the 300 steps on the side of the property. It was challenging and we decided to have a picnic once we got to the bottom and swim by the sidelines.

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After that it was time to rest (again!) and then get ready for dinner at the Rainforest Hideaway. I had been eagerly awaiting this dinner ever since I read about the restaurant a few months back. It’s rated among the top in the Caribbean and is only reachable by water taxi. All the other guests at the Inn loved it, so I knew it would be perfect!

Kriston wanted to grab a drink outside the restaurant first where he suggested we order champagne. Shortly after it came he started talking about how we first met on August 4th 2013 and against all challenging circumstances (distance!) and some skeptical friends we managed to build a strong relationship together. I think I somehow blacked out as he continued to speak, because the next thing that I knew he pulled a ring out of his pocket and asked me to marry him. The ring was perfect, the moment was perfect and obviously I said yes! I was caught completely off guard as I thought the weekend was all about his birthday. Our first pic as an engaged couple below :-).

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We continued to celebrate with a bottle of champagne and amazing 3 course meal (which included coconut crusted sea bass and banana flambé with rum raisin ice cream). The restaurant staff noticed the moment and quietly congratulated which we both appreciated as we just wanted it to be about us.

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We got back to the Inn, and our hosts were eagerly awaiting our arrival as Kriston told them the plan. They had a nice first engagement gift waiting for us which was a small painting of the Pitons. Very appropriate and thoughtful!

The next morning was spent with me taking scenic pics of my rings (couldn’t help myself!) and us enjoying our last day together. Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, and I am so so excited!

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Our Inn hosts took our last pic with us! We both loved St. Lucia and will definitely be returning in the future.

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And that sums up our celebratory weekend!

 

3 Comment

  1. Erin Mack says: Reply

    Hi Vicki! I wandered over here from your bucket list article on She Knows, just want to say congrats on your engagement! Looks like you had a wonderful trip with an unforgettable ending. Mazel! 😉

    1. TravelToria says: Reply

      Thanks so much Erin!!

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