I’m from the island of Jamaica and like every Jamaican, I believe it’s the best place on earth (especially when it comes to vacations). I rarely venture out to any other island; mostly because of favoritism and love for my homeland. However, all of that changed during my recent visit to St. Lucia.
In case you’re not familiar with St. Lucia, it’s located in the eastern Caribbean just north of Barbados. With a relatively small population of 174,000, this tropical gem has a variety of quiet beaches and fishing villages as well as luxurious resorts.
I had the pleasure of staying at the Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort and Spa and must say it was the perfect choice for me. It was pure luxury from the exterior to interior. While Sandals boasts three all-inclusive resorts on the Island of St. Lucia, this resort is nestled in the midst of a tropical rainforest. Surrounded by mountains alongside a turquoise sea, it’s an intimate sanctuary which resonates the true meaning of the name Halcyon; which means calm, tranquil and peaceful. I needed to be pampered and this was it! The resort has been touted as “the Garden of Eden” with good reason! Its tropical gardens and inviting beaches had me in a trance.
If planning your family vacation leaves you feeling stuck between excitement and anxiety, you’re not alone. Vacations are a time to create memories and unwind with your family. So, why is the preparation such a stressful task?
Since I’m always taking the lead on planning our family getaways, I’ve learned some simple ways to get through the stress of planning and on the beach soaking up some sun and rum.
Here are 5 tips to help you plan your next vacation with ease: