Yesterday we returned from our fabulous honeymoon in Saint Lucia. I wish I could take credit for the location and the resort, but it was all K. He agreed to plan the honeymoon a couple of months ago while I was running around like a crazy chicken with its head cut off busy with the wedding planning. When discussing potential locations for our honeymoon, I was adamant that we did not go to a beachy “all-inclusive” type of resort. I am a city girl through and through and find myself getting really bored on beach vacations. I am also always hesitant because of the food quality at some all-inclusive resorts.
So despite all the initial restrictions I gave K on the type of honeymoon we could go on.. we did end up going to an all-inclusive beach resort and this experience has completely changed my views on this type of vacation, but in a good way. If there is one thing I absolutely love about K, it’s that when he gets tasked with something, he loves to do his research (I’m talking A LOT of in-depth research), and this is why I married this man. He found a resort called The Body Holiday in Saint Lucia where the main focus is restoring the body and mind through relaxation, exercise, and great quality meals. Their tagline is “Give us your body for a week and we will give you back your mind”. The resort offers an endless list of activities everyday that are included in your stay. During our stay we took tennis, fencing, boxing, salsa, cooking, and Caribbean dance lessons. We practiced yoga and meditated almost daily. We also went on bike rides, hikes, and participated in numerous other fitness classes throughout the day. The resort sources a lot of their food from their own organic garden, and there is a fresh juice bar which offers a variety of different juices and smoothies along with health benefit descriptions for each one. Each meal we had (buffet or a la cart) was unreal, and the food quality was very high. Also included in our stay was a daily spa treatment, which is quite possibly the best part of the whole deal. We got body massages, body scrubs, and massages focusing on the hands, feet, back, and scalp.
I didn’t even realize I needed this type of vacation until I am sitting here at home a week later writing this post, feeling like a million bucks, and no this is not a sponsored post, we just loved this resort that much. After a year of working what felt like three full-time jobs (my regular 9-5, this blog, and wedding planning), I realized I had stopped taking care of myself and my body as there was simply no time. Although I always try to eat clean, I didn’t give myself time to relax and only made time once a week for the gym/exercise, and after this vacation, I realized this is simply not enough. I stopped feeling like myself, I was always on edge, and my anxiety was flaring up all the time. Regular meditation and exercise is so important for me to feel balanced, and this vacation has helped me to kick-start these back into my daily routine. I have only ever gone for massages once or twice a year as a treat for myself, but what I realized through this vacation is that massages are very therapeutic for your body and mind and should be included in your regular routine (like once a month or even once a week if you have the means). Massages don’t only help with muscle tension, they help with anxiety, sleep, your immunity, digestion, and just to overall feel good.
Aside from all the good stuff I just mentioned, we also did regular vacation stuff like hang out on the beach, swim in the ocean, and enjoy some fruity cocktails. It really was the most wonderful time. K and I have vowed if we ever feel ourselves getting off balance again in taking care of our bodies we will return to The Body Holiday to get back on track. We both came back relaxed and refreshed, ready to take on married life and a string of exciting and challenging projects we have lined up for the next couple of months.
Lots of Love,