Wow! This place is amazing. We are having an absolute blast and are relaxing SO much. Let me try to do a recap for you. Feel free to comment so we know if anyone is reading, if you want more details or fewer, etc.
Friday night/ Saturday morning we arrived in at our apartment (from Dallas) at 1:30am. We unpacked from the wedding, packed for the honeymoon, slept, ran, showered, and were out the door again at 8:30am! Besides a 2-hour delay for a missing screw on the plane (I am torn here - should we be annoyed that one silly screw in the cockpit kept us from flying? Or thankful that they paid such close attention? I think the latter!), the flight was uneventful. I couldn't even sleep because I was SO excited to get to Ladera!
We finally arrived around 4pm and the Ladera driver took us to the resort. We got to see a bit of "real" St. Lucia on the way - kids walking and biking in the street, small neighborhood bars, family barbecues, etc. The resort was even more beautiful than we had remembered. Upon our arrival, they gave us "Ladera Punch," a cold towel, and the general manager came to greet us. As return guests, we were upgraded to a 3-bedroom suite with 2 bathrooms (including an open air shower overlooking the ocean!) As all the rooms feature, we have a private plunge pool looking directly over the Piton Mountains and the ocean, and the entire room is open-air (so there is no 4th wall). It is a bit hot and there are tons of bugs, but that does NOT keep us from enjoying this paradise! Until you stay at Ladera, I think it's impossible to understand what it's like to be living "outside," hearing the ocean and the animals and birds, but also be in such a beautiful resort. I had some trouble uploading pictures into each post (which would have been better), but I'm not going to spend time figuring it out now. For now, I'll just keep adding to the Photo Album, and I'll mark the pictures by day. You can see in there several views from our room, the bar, and the AMAZING restaurant (Dasheene) where we eat all our meals).
Anyway, when we got to the resort, we enjoyed the view for a while (including a little moment standing beside the plunge pool which reminded me of when Kev proposed here last year!), then headed to the bar to grab a drink and watch the sunset, which was stunning! We met several other people who are also enjoying their honeymoons here!! We later headed to dinner, which also overlooks the Pitons and ocean. We started with tuna tartare to share which was SO fresh! Kev got a salad (only because it came in a "Parmesan basket!") and I got a Carribbean vegetable cocktail (with "regular" vegetables, pumpkin, and a few new ones like Cristophene!). For the entree, Kev got Filet Mignon (which was amazing), and I got Catch of the Day (tilapia, which was also amazing and again, SO fresh!). For dessert, Kev got the chocolate lava cake (of course!) and I got a fruit skewer with yogurt sauce. Yum!!!
After dinner, there was a live reggae band playing at the bar, so we sat there for an hour or so. They also had a fire dancer/ limbo guy, of whom I'll also share a few pictures! It was great music, fun, and relaxing, but we were tired after only 3 hours of sleep the previous night, so we went to bed early. We slept for about 10 hours, and it rained hard which is great music to sleep to
This morning, we wandered over to breakfast (highlights were pumpkin pancakes and grilled tomatoes!), then spent a while reading at the pool and getting some sun. We signed up for a 5-hour hike of Gros Piton tomorrow (expect great pictures!) and a Zipline Adventure on Tuesday. We hit the gym (which is also outside on a patio!), then came back and lounged in the plunge pool, read some more, and napped. I'll tell you, this is a TOUGH life!! Right now, Kev is getting a massage (which is included in our package), and my massage will follow. Tonight, we plan for another drink (or two!) on the balcony, another great dinner, and another relaxing evening. By the way, there are more visible stars here than anywhere I've ever seen - even Colorado! It's amazing!!
We are having SOO much fun - this honeymoon could not be more perfect so far! Just a few shoutouts, then we'll return tomorrow or the next day .... First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSEY!!!!! Hope today is great and wish I could spend it with you! Second, thank you so much to my parents for the amazing camera. We have named it Rover, and are taking very good care of it. It's so much fun! It took Kev a while to allow me to touch it, but now I'm allowed! Third, thank you SO much to Pat and Gary for the gift of this resort - WOW! I don't know what we did to deserve this, but we certainly appreciate it. Last, thanks so much to everyone who came to our wedding or wedding party or sent us good wishes. We are still talking about what a dream it was!!!
Megan and Kevin