This is a wedding report I did for another forum. It starts at the airport on the way there.
Happy reading - and if anyone wants to ask me any questions feel free.
Our flight was brilliant. We flew with Virgin and upgraded to premium economy.
My wedding dress, which was draped over my arm in a big garment bag, was whisked away from me the second I stepped onto the plane and taken off to Upper Class to be hung up nicely.
We were directed up the stars to the bubble. I must admit I was VERY giddy at this point. I now LOVE upgrading. This could be a very expensive habit.
On arriving at the airport we were ushered into a minibus with another family and taken off to the resort. It was actually a lot nicer than being in a huge coach. We got chatting to the others and discovered that they had flown out for their daughters wedding, which was taking place on the resort the day before ours. The resort we had chosen was Almond Morgan Bay - we had 15 guests joining us and I really wanted to keep the costs down for them. AMB is an All Inclusive resort.
There were a lot of strange sights as we drove the 90mins up the island.
Firstly was the livestock. It was common to see goats, cows and horses just tethered on verges at the side of the road.
Secondly was the BBQs. In what looked like bus stops people were gathered over a huge BBQ. From what we can make out, you just rock on up with your meat and cook your dinner.
Thirdly was the amount of Bars. Every third building had a bar sign, but some of them were literally just a worktop with 3 stools. I must admit, I see no problem with copious amounts of bars!
We got to the resort and were greeted with a rum punch and a hot towel, Nice and refreshing. Once we got our room numbers we were whisked off in a golf cart to our room, and assured our luggage would be joining us shortly.
What I havenâ€™t mentioned yet, is the rain. It hadnâ€™t stopped raining since we landed, and it was torrential. The kind of rain you only step out into for a second and you are soaked through. We hoped this wouldnâ€™t be the case all week. Despite the rain though it was absolutely baking. 28 degrees! My hair suffered somewhat with the humidity, exploding into a ball of frizz from the sleek straightened look I was previously sporting. The â€œFrizz Easeâ€ I had bought had better work otherwise I was destined to look a mess the whole holiday!
We were a little disappointed with our room. We had paid a shitload to upgrade from a standard room to a superior deluxe on the beach front as these were supposed to be little bigger, which would be good for getting ready in on Wedding day. There was nothing really wrong with the room, but we had expected more. We toyed with the idea of upgrading again to the 1 bedroom apartments, but decided to stick it out.
The food was gorgeous. Really good. We planned to stay up as late as possible to try to acclimatise to the time zone, but by 8pm we were so knackered we gave up and went to bed.
Yep, going to bed early was a mistake. We were up at 4am, starving hungry. Breakfast wasnâ€™t until 7.30, and we had devoured the plate of fruit they left us last night as soon as we arrived in the room. Making do with Werthers, Haribo and Cherry Drops (All left over from the flight) we waited until it was light, and then armed with the resort map we set out for a recon mission. On our wanderings we came across the security guard. He instantly guessed it was our first morning. Not sure if it was the pasty skins that gave it away, the dark circles under our eyes, or the fact that no-one else would be wandering around at 6am with a map!
He pointed out a lot of things, and chatted about the island, and assured us the weather was getting better. We assumed it was because he had been working on his own all night and was glad of someone to talk to, but we soon learnt â€“ all St Lucians love to chat. You canâ€™t get away from them once they get started!
After breakfast the hotel ran an orientation meeting, telling you about how to book for dinner and about the resort, then it was time to go to the Virgin meeting.
The rep, Natascha is really nice. She didnâ€™t bother with the usual selling of the trips, but gave loads of really good information instead. As there was only a couple of groups she came and sat with us individually. We chatted about the wedding a bit and she advised us to move the time forwards in case we had a rain shower, and then we could still proceed. I asked her about the rooms, and the sizes and she said that all the rooms were the same, but it was only the views that were different. I wasnâ€™t very impressed and she said that all Wedding/honeymoon couples get an upgrade to the very rooms we had paid extra for. Mentally composing the complaint letter I was sending to the agent that booked our trip allowing us to pay for a room we were entitled to anyway, I asked if there was any way we could upgrade to a 1 bedroom. I pointed out that 15 others were coming in 2 days and that we had bought them there, and off she went to reception to see what she could do.
Hurrah â€“ success! Also the block with the 1 bedroom appts in was only built 4 years ago, so was a lot plusher. Result.
View from Balcony