We woke up in the fabulously squishy bed, made cups of tea and coffee, dragged the pillows and duvet out into the hammock and watched the morning sunrise. Something I’d always wanted to do. We wanted to ensure we had as much time in our beautiful water bungalow as possible.
Breakfast arrived soon after 7am and we dined like kings in our swimsuits on our private decking. We jumped into the water straight after we’d eaten (contradictory to popular parental belief, we weren’t sick and we didn’t sink) and floated around pretending to be mermaids and doing our best D&G Light Blue fragrance campaign poses.
In the end, we managed to stay in our water bungalow until way past check out time. Our lovely butler brought us mango daiquiris every 30 minutes to ensure we kept hydrated and nibbles to keep us going. All the while we couldn’t help thinking how tough it would be to live like this all the time… only joking, we would LOVE it.
Before we checked out, we managed to sneak in lunch from the jerk shack. Fresh chicken smothered in herbs and spices and cooked to perfection.
We were gutted when we had to check out of the water bungalow, but it did mean that we explored the rest of the resort a bit. Throwing our bags into our new room and racing each other back to the beach and onto the swings.
The hammocks and swings are one of my favourite touches at Sandals Grande. Hanging just above the beautiful green waters, you can spend hours lying in the hammock reading a book or swinging on the swings watching the frigate birds over the sea.
Another thing that Ben and I loved about St Lucia is that all the beaches are public beaches. Even if they’re in the middle of the resort, there has to be a pathway so that locals can get down. This means that there is a real mix of tourists and locals on all the beaches, so you don’t feel too much as though you’re in a hot, sandy version of home. It also brings a fabulous atmosphere.
Especially when the fishermen pull up onto the beach to pull in their nets. A job, I didn’t envy them for in the remarkable heat. They heaved and hauled all day until the sun set, when they finally had their humble haul to take home.
The day had definitely escaped us and it was only when we got back to the room that we realized we had caught far too much sun. My skin sizzled as the water hit it and I was grateful for the aftersun to soothe it. We quickly got dressed and head out onto the beach to catch the last of the sunset.
We had a reservation at Gordon’s restaurant – a beautiful wooden restaurant on a pontoon lit by lanterns and candles. What is great about Sandals is that everything truly is all-inclusive. You can order cocktail after cocktail and no one blinks an eyelid. Ben even ordered all the puddings and no one judged.
Dinner was delicious and we did wonder how this resort’s food could be so much better than La Toc. Sandals tag line on St Lucia is stay at one, play at three meaning you can stay at one of the resorts and get a free shuttle to each of the resorts to eat there, lie on the beach, use the pool, whatever you like! So at least if the food isn’t quite up to scratch in one, the rest of your holiday doesn’t have to suffer.
Walking back to our room after a lovely evening sitting looking out over the bay and the fish swimming around beneath us, we heard Caribbean music. The hotel was putting on entertainment for guests and we walked into an actual carnival. It was a lot of fun, but being the old fogies that we are, we trundled off back to our room ready for another early morning start.