After two glorious days at Ladera, we waved goodbye to the Pitons, hopped in a cab, and were promptly whisked away around mountains and through fishing villages on our way to Calabash Cove. Here, right on the Caribbean Sea just north of Castries, is where we would spend the remainder of our honeymoon.
We arrived mid-afternoon and didn’t want to lose any time in the sun, so we immediately checked into our room and changed into our swimsuits. Again we were greeted with a gorgeous floral arrangement on our bed.
We’d managed to snag one of the resort’s four swim-up suites, so we had direct access to the incredible infinity pool right from our room’s patio!
This meant that we were also just a few strokes away from the pool’s swim-up bar, a perk that we would take full advantage of!
The pool deck offered numerous opportunities for lounging in the sun – or in the shade, when the sun’s rays became too much to take.
The property also included beautiful spots to steal away or to enjoy a private meal, like this gazebo overlooking the sea…
…or this spot at the end of the pier.
We spent the first afternoon exploring the resort and beach and then cooling off with a cocktail in the pool. That evening we dined at Calabash Cove’s Windsong Restaurant before we fell asleep early, ready to wake up with the sun and take on the next day.
The next morning we returned to Windsong Restaurant for breakfast. Everything that we ate during our trip – from fruit to seafood to sweet desserts – was absolutely delicious, but St. Lucian breakfast’s are just so tasty that this was my favorite meal during our stay.
Each morning the birds would join us for breakfast. Mostly they were polite and just stopped by briefly to say hello, but we did encounter a few little thieves as well. One bird kept us company while he was perched on the edge of the sugar bowl. I thought he was just being friendly until suddenly – in the blink of an eye – he snatched a few sugar packets in his beak and flew away. Another bird boldly landed on the edge of creamer pitcher, stuck his beak into the pitcher, and helped himself to a drink. The birds were so cute that we let it slide.
I was already hooked on cocoa tea from our stay at Ladera, and I enjoyed a cup every morning while at Calabash Cove. A and I also tasted sour orange juice for the first time, and it was divine! I was sure to have a glass of that every morning as well.
Then there were the fruit plates. Each morning, we gorged ourselves on the freshest of tropical fruits before digging into our main dish.
I enjoyed a couple of different breakfast dishes while in St. Lucia, but nothing beat the bakes! Bakes are small balls of fried dough – think of a an old-fashioned doughnut, but without the sweetness – that’s served with saltfish. They were TO DIE FOR! A keeps begging me to try and make them here at home, and to be honest I have not idea what’s taking me so long.
We quickly fell into a routine will at Calabash Cove. Everyday we’d enjoy an early breakfast before heading to the beach to spend the rest of the morning swimming, kayaking, reading, and relaxing in the sand.
After a soaking up some sun, we’d break mid-day for lunch at Windsong Restaurant or the pool bar. And, because we were in St. Lucia, lunch was usually accompanied with our first rum cocktail of the day.
After lunch we’d head to the pool and spend the afternoon swimming, sipping cocktails at the pool bar, and reading on our patio.
On our third day at Calabash Cove we’d booked a private champagne cruise to take us out on the sea that evening during sunset. Unfortunately storm clouds rolled in that afternoon (as seen in the photo above), and once the rain started the sea became choppy and our cruise was cancelled. We didn’t let it get us down – we were still in paradise, afterall! – so later in the evening, after the rain clouds cleared, we made our way to the deck and managed to catch the last moments before sunset over a bottle of wine.
On our last full day at the resort we finally took the paddle boards out during our morning at the beach. I’ve wanted to try paddle boarding for ages, and to try it for the first time in the Caribbean Sea was pretty incredible! It’s much harder than it looks, but once we got up on the boards and got our balance we had a blast paddling around!
We paddled a little further out to sea than we’d intended! That’s Calabash Cove nestled into the far away shoreline in the photo below.
We wanted to make the most of our last night on the island, so at the end of the day we grabbed a spot on the deck, ordered a bottle of champagne, and snuggled up together to watch the sunset. Words cannot even describe how beautiful the sunset was that night, and I took LOTS of photos to remember it by.
With a nice buzz from the champagne, we enjoyed another delicious meal at Windsong Restaurant before drifting off to sleep.
We spent our last day morning on the island at the beach, relaxing under an umbrella after a refreshing dip in the sea.
We absolutely fell in love with the island of St. Lucia, with it’s beautiful mountains and beaches, friendly people, and delicious food. Now if only we could celebrate every anniversary by returning to St. Lucia and recreating our honeymoon! Cheers to many more adventures ahead, and to returning to St. Lucia again someday for another unforgettable vacation!