We left for our honeymoon on Tuesday (our wedding was on Sunday). This worked out perfectly because we were able to sleep in on Monday and then take our time as we drove back down to Miami from our wedding weekend in Delray Beach. Once in Miami, we headed to my house where Mr. B was able to do some laundry (we’d been in Florida for about a week now) and we could veg out on the couch as we watched TruTV and munched on leftover candy and cupcakes (the most PERFECT way to spend the day!). We would have relaxed poolside, but there was a slight chill in the air. (It was actually really cold for Miami standards.)
Later that night, my parents drove us to the airport and we checked into a room at the MIA Hotel (Miami International Airport Hotel). The MIA Hotel is conveniently located right in the American Airlines terminal (the airline we would be flying)! I was skeptical about staying there, because, well, it’s located in the airport, and it was our honeymoon, after all! But when push came to shove, staying there made the most sense! If we’d stayed anywhere else (including my house) we’d have had to get up super early to drive to the airport in order to make our 8:00 AM flight to St. Lucia! I think it’s safe to say we both were a bit scared of missing the flight, seeing as the week before I missed mine, which resulted in tears and over 12 hours spent at Logan Airport!
Miami Airport Hotel at night / Image via Expedia
The MIA Hotel was nice, for what it was—a place to sleep before our honeymoon began! And I have to admit, I’ve flown to and from Miami a gazillion times and have always secretly wanted to stay in the hotel. It’s sort of a retro landmark, right smack in the airport!
Flashback of the MIA from a few decades ago / Image via Golldiecat
We woke up early the next morning, super excited to leave for our tropical vacation! The flight to St. Lucia was around three hours, and thankfully there wasn’t any turbulence! St. Lucia is a gorgeous island, and is marketed as the most romantic island in the Caribbean, so it was no surprise that our flight was filled with couples! I don’t think I’d ever seen so many young in love people on one flight before! As we all disembarked the plane, the flight attendant stood at the door, giving all of the happy newly wedded couples Hershey’s Kisses!
After we went through customs and gathered our bags, we found a cab and headed to our hotel, The Jalousie Plantation. I had read many reviews of the island (I did my homework) and knew the roads would be winding and the trek to Jalousie would be long, but I have to say even though I knew all this, I still was shocked that it was true! Our hotel was about an hour from the airport, but if you look at a map it looks much closer. The thing is, St. Lucia is very hilly and mountainous, so there are no direct routes. Every road winds back and forth and up and down. I think halfway there I really started to feel carsick. It probably didn’t help that our cab driver pulled over at a little roadside stand so Mr. B could buy a Piton (locally brewed beer) and a Shandy for me. We are not big drinkers, but our driver was super nice and told us we just had to stop for a refreshment because it would add a bit of local culture to our drive (so, we thought…why not?!?).
They have these little drink stands all over the island. That’s Mr. B!
After an hour of driving up down and all around on some of the most hilly (yet beautiful) roads I’d ever been on, we arrived at our destination. We passed through the entrance gates of the property and our driver drove us straight to our villa (no lobby check-in was needed)! As we passed the entrance to our cluster of villas, we were met by Linus, who we later learned was our personal butler for the week. He had cool towels and a rum punch for both of us! With our drinks in hand, we drove a little farther up the hill until we arrived at our home for the next week!
Anyone else leave for their honeymoon a day or two after the wedding?