Our St. Lucia Honeymoon

Matt and I enjoyed a fantastic 10 days on the beautiful island of St. Lucia for our honeymoon.  We spent the first week at Crystals, a boutique bed and breakfast on top of a mountain in the rain forest.  Our cottage, “Papaya,” featured a shaded porch, a private pool, a bright red sundeck and oh yeah… drop dead gorgeous views of St. Lucia’s iconic Piton mountains!!

233 The view from our private sundeck at Crystals

Here’s a shot turned around 180° looking back at the Papaya cottage.  Can you see Matt relaxing in the shade?

046 Our cottage at Crystals

While were at Crystals we used our 4×4 rental car to brave the windy roads (Lucians drive on the left!) to do some sightseeing in the Soufriere area of the island.  We visited the botanical gardens, drove into the drive-in volcano, smelled the sulphur springs, relaxed on sugar beach (Anse des Pitons), hiked the Tet Paul nature trail in a rainstorm, and spent a day on a 42 foot yacht sailing along the coast.  Perfect!

We passed a scenic overlook every day on our way into Soufriere but it was rainy and/or overcast for most of the first week so we didn’t bother stopping to take photos.  Lucky for us, on our last day at Crystals the sky cleared and the sun came out so we finally stopped and got our photo opp.  This photo shows Soufriere, nestled in a volcanic valley in the shadow of Gros Piton and Petit Piton. Beautiful, isn’t it?

250 Soufriere, St Lucia

After our time at Crystals we left Soufriere and drove 40 minutes north to Anse Cochon for our last three days.  We stayed at Ti Kaye, a cliffside resort with amazing views of the Caribbean Sea everywhere we looked.  Ti Kaye had a restaurant on site so we returned our rental car and settled in for a very relaxing finale to our honeymoon.

337 Anse Cochon, St. Lucia

We had our own private cottage at Ti Kaye with an outdoor shower and a large sun porch with — you guessed it! — beautiful views.  We spent a lot of time lounging at the pool and beach, ate wonderful meals at the Kai Manje restaurant, indulged in a luxurious “honeymooners” couples massage at the Kai Koko spa, and – during what was possibly my favorite 3 1/2 hours of the trip – enjoyed an epic 13-bottle wine tasting session with Cleus the Sommelier in the Ti Kave wine cellar.

After our 10 days were over we headed back to reality.  It was sad to leave St. Lucia but also nice to come home to Bailey and officially start our married lives together!  🙂

If you’re interested, you can view a Flickr album of my favorite photos from St. Lucia here: Annie’s Honeymoon Picks.  If you’re really interested in seeing lots and lots of photos, you can view our complete honeymoon photo album here: The Entire Honeymoon Album.  Thanks for stopping by!

180 Matt and Annie in front of Gros Piton