St Lucia is the Caribbean island synonymous with romance, crystal blue water and stunning mountainous backdrops – so when I mentioned to friends and family that I was heading there for a week of sun, sea and sand – there were plenty of excited responses.
But it was only upon arrival onto the island, that I truly caught a glimpse of what was in store for us.
The warm hospitality of the local people, the relaxed and carefree attitude that extends across the island and the breath-taking views around every corner.
Sandals is the brand synonymous with luxury, honeymoons and romance.
So when I was invited on a group trip a couple of weeks ago, alongside fellow bloggers, I couldn’t quite believe it.
Little old me, who hadn’t ever stayed in a hotel back before I started this blog, was being sent to stay at a five star luxury resort with all inclusive activities, food and fun.
Er. Pinch me, please.
I’ll be totally honest with you, until a trip to Madeira was suggested to me a couple of months ago, I hadn’t heard too much about the Portuguese Island.
When I mentioned the upcoming trip to my parents, they agreed it was a place synonymous with the older generation or those who want a quiet holiday.
So it’s safe to say I didn’t really know what to expect, other than no wild parties.
But after a 4 hour flight, we touched down in Funchal and were instantly pleasantly surprised.
Sunsets, sea, sun, sand and sangria.
The five ingredients to a perfect getaway, right?
David and I have been lucky enough to travel quite a bit this year as a couple, which is amazing as I love sharing adventures with him, however they’d all been very full-on (I mean have you read about us camping in the wilderness in America yet?) and jam-packed.
There was no room to REALLY unwind, relax and just enjoy our surroundings.