Most newlyweds say the best part of their wedding was the honeymoon. After the chaos of hosting a nuptial extravaganza, couples are ready to flee from expectations, drunken speeches and bad dancing. After my own wedding one year ago, my husband and I basked in newly wedded bliss in a very special way: living in different cities, packing our apartment on weekends and preparing to move. New jobs and our relocation meant a honeymoon would have to wait.
Today there is good news and bad news. The good news: we are still married. The bad news: that honeymoon still hasn’t happened…until now.
We arrive at the lush and hilly Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa on the Caribbean Island of Grenada in the evening. The resort is a glorious 5-minute drive from the airport, and upon arrival, a warm breeze welcomes us and friendly staff offer cool lemon infused towels to refresh our hands. A bubbling glass of champagne confirms our arrival and we sip admiring the pools and fireplaces as our bags are promptly ferried to our room. My travel weariness evaporates and we freshen up for dinner at Cucina Romana, one of the resort’s nine restaurants, for a late night dinner.
The Rooms: Babies Get Made Here
En route to this resort, I had wondered if a couples-only destination could really hit the right romantic notes without being cheesy. Now I can be a jerk, and at the time, I was ready to point my lemon-infused finger at any and all silly romance.
But now that I’m here, I just can’t. Couples at LaSource are truly enjoying themselves. I spot pairs by the pool loosely holding hands across a shared lounger, feet splayed apart in repose; their mouths slacked open in a half smile. Couples in the pools and on the beach are laughing while others strolled around slowly arm in arm. No jobs, no traffic, no kids, just a rare and quiet moment to be together.
Back in our South Seas Honeymoon One Bedroom Butler Suite, we are making cabana reservations while lounging around the room’s private pool and hot tub (above). Not only is this room luxurious, it comes with an on-call butler. The glass doors in the bedroom and living room open completely for an open-air experience that allows me to roll across the floor and into the pool daily. I cycle between the hot tub, pool and lounger drinking from the each of the five monster sized bottles of premium spirits, wine, beer and bubbly restocked as required.
Leaving the Room: Difficult, but Worth It
In the massive open-air Living Room (above), we read books and cuddle-test each of the couches, swings, reading pods, hammocks, nooks and nests designed in wonderful shades of blue and white. Each spot offers a clear view over the beachfront infinity pool and is but steps from exceptional cocktails and food.
At the main pool, we find guests mingling, playing volleyball and swimming up to the bar for champagne, martinis and dirty bananas—it’s a real drink. During the day this pool area is a great place to enjoy the company of other happy travellers and order pizza from Dino’s wood oven pizza delivered to your cabana. Do this everyday.
In the evening, we hit up the elegant furniture on the resort’s piers and to take in the sunset ocean-side. If you’re looking for long walks on white soft sand, this is not the place for you. The beach is sandy but is mixed with some shells, and because of their location, wandering miles down the beach is not an option.
It’s really hard to choose from nine restaurants. I’m kidding. We just ate at all of them because it’s included. Our choices ranged from authentic Japanese at Soy to fine French dining at Le Jardinier and everything in between. This is all part of Sandals Discovery Dining experience which allows guests to experience food from around the world. Think of it as gastro-Safari lead by expert chefs from Japan, Italy and France. If you have food restrictions you won’t restrict you from having a true foodie experience—and they’re happy to do it!
After an antipasti, mozzarella basil and tomato salad, eggplant parmesan and tiramisu at Cucina Romana we return to our room far too satiated and to do anything but sleep in a heap in our four poster king sized bed. How romantic!
Sandals LaSource just opened its doors as of Dec. 21, 2013, and features the most elaborate accommodations to date. This uber lavish resort boasts 225 rooms and opulent suites, and has taken the Luxury Included® concept to a new level. The rooms in the Italian Village include stunning Skypool suites featuring infinity edge plunge pools, while exotic Rondovals and ultra-luxurious Millionaire suites are housed in the South Seas Village.
Sandals LaSource Grenada also has the first steakhouse, Butch’s Chophouse, in the Sandals Discovery Dining Program.
For more information, or to book a Luxury Included® vacation at Sandals LaSource Grenada, visit the website here.
The writer was a guest of Sandals La Source Grenada Resort & Spa. The hotel did not review or approve this article.