I’m exhausted, so I figured I’d pep myself up (or chill myself out) by sharing one of the most beautiful and relaxing places I’ve ever been, Peter Island. Peter Island is a gorgeous tropical paradise in the British Virgin Islands. In 2003 it won out over a short list of several other Caribbean hideaways, including Petite St. Vincent in the Grenadines, Hotel Guanahani in St. Barths, Cap Jaluca in Anguilla, to become the honeymoon destination for myself and my husband. As you can tell, we were going for remote and restful with our choices.
Since we’re from the Northeast we chose the Caribbean because we only had a week and didn’t want to spend too much of it traveling. That removed places from Fiji and Hawaii from the list. My husband had never been to a tropical location, and we knew if we went to Europe it would be “go! go! go!”…a never ending tour of museums, eateries, concerts and more. A Caribbean resort would give Pete a new experience (I swear the name had nothing to do with our final pick!) and we’d actually be able to re-charge after a year of wedding planning. The whole experience was just that! The food was incredible, the scenery breathtaking, and the service was second to none (I wish I could have taken Jean, the breakfast hostess home with me so that I could see her smiling face every day!). I discovered the best drink ever, The BBC (Bailey’s Banana and Coconut) and got to lounge on the beach contemplating the days of pirates and shipwrecks as I gazed over at the island “Dead Man’s Chest.” The weather didn’t really cooperate, but otherwise it was perfect. A very sweet way to start a wonderful marriage.
It’s chilly as I write this now, but all it takes is a quick glance at some pictures for me to feel transported back to this amazing island. We’re about to hit our five year anniversary and I have to laugh when I think about us sitting over a delicious lunch making plans to return in 5 years. Those years have gone by in a flash it seems, with two little adventurers of our own to show for it. So, a trip is not in the cards this year. Maybe at 10 years or twenty? Until then, all I need to do is look at a photo, throw on some Coppertone (it helps with the mood), and I can almost feel that sugary sand between my toes.
What honeymoon destinations do you love? Or what locales make you feel supremely rested? This traveler’s imagination needs some more fodder for additional daydreaming, so do share!