Good news! I got my photo discs today! I figure I've been really boring lately (low comment counts much?) so I sucked it up and am just recapping my whole honeymoon in one post, sans sunburn (which you already saw!)
We left the Monday after our wedding. It was AMAZING to have that extra day to relax, pack, and buy those last-minute things we forgot we'd need in Jamaica.
Our flight left super duper early on Monday. We connected through Charlotte and arrived in Jamaica mid-day! There was a Sandals lounge when you got through customs and all the jazz. Then they took you via bus to the resort. Ours was the Sandals Dunn's River Villaggio. It was the smaller of the two in Ocho Rios, and Italian themed. Here we are on the bus:
I'm so greasy and so excited!
We made sure to sit on the coast side of the bus so we'd see the ocean.
I didn't take these pictures until the last day, but anyway here is what we saw upon entering the resort:
Gorgeous Italian themed architecture in their open-air lobby!
It was so beautiful and had a chic, classic European feel.
Because we were concierge level, we were checked in immediately. I was very glad our travel agent, Robert from Beach Bum Vacation, suggested a concierge suite!
We were on the top floor - floor #5 but actually the 6th floor, which was weird - but anyway, we had an AMAZING view. Here was the view in the late afternoon when we were getting ready in our room.
The first day was the most overcast... only got better from here!
It was a small resort which we liked... it felt more private and special, and we didn't have to hike places.
We had a balcony that we'd sit and drink on for hours after our time outside.
Our room was fully stocked with liquor, wine, and beer... here's the beer of choice in Jamaica!
We were also given champagne... oh champagne how I adore you!
I did a little ring-photography with the beautiful backdrop!
The first night we noticed a private dinner above the waterfall... isn't that a crazy place to be able to eat!?
I discovered at this point that my favorite drink was... the MUDSLIDE! Oh yum. You can see one I guzzled on the bar next to us below. We got dinner and drinks and enjoyed the heat.
There was really cool entertainment... fire breathers and dancers.
The next morning we woke up... oh if only we knew the burns Mr P would sustain that day!
We'd sleep in every morning and go to breakfast around 9:30. These birds would always watch as we had our buffet breakfast!
We saw lots of couples getting married over our week in Jamaica. I was mildly stalkerish and took pictures of this couple getting their photos taken.
We actually saw him around the resort and I was WAY awkward and said "HEY I HAVE PICTURES OF YOU, YOU JUST GOT MARRIED!" Luckily he was nice and enjoyed seeing the photos I took from our balcony. They were getting married all by themselves - no guests! I bet it was so intimate and a really romantic occasion for them.
I couldn't believe we were both wearing RINGS! WEDDING BAND RINGS! OFFICIAL RINGS!
It was great to be able to relax, decompress, and call this hunk my husband :)
I also did a TON of this... sleep. The sun took a TON out of me... I was pretty much only awake 9am-9pm every day.
There were tons of events at the resort over our stay, including some great all-resort buffets. You could see them setting up tables, like below.
It was so HOT in Jamaica too! Great chance to wear my tank tops.
(Lots of honeymooners means a lot of "I'll take your picture if you take ours" exchanges!)
Little known fact- I LOVE pigeons. If I lived somewhere that they were a menace, I'm sure I'd hate them. But they were so cute hanging around our lunchtime spot, and I admit I gave them a few tiny scraps. I don't know why but they just coo their way into my heart.
One of the nights we got a tray of chocolates and a lovely note to celebrate our honeymoon.
I should also mention we got a LOVELY spa treatment, courtesy of the spa credit we got for booking a concierge level suite. It was amazing. We didn't leave the resort, we didn't do any excursions. But the couples massage on our last day? It. Was. Awesome. It took our relaxation to the next level and they also did a sunburn treatment that made Mr Pug's legs feel a lot better.
I was really glad I got my hair cut pre-honeymoon... I couldn't have endured long hair stuck to my neck in that heat. Not sure what I'm doing in this picture...
Ever notice that they serve Coke Light in other countries, not Diet Coke? These recap pictures are becoming random.
After a relaxing spa visit on Saturday, we packed and left the resort early Sunday morning. I was relaxed and rejuvenated, but ready to go. Although not ready for a full day of travel!
Mr Pug braved his painful legs and was a trooper on our extremely long travel day.
After almost having to sit next to a drunken half-naked man, a stopover in Philly, a ton of time in customs, and an over-sold flight back to Indy... we were home! It was very late and thus, very hard to go to work the next day. But we've made it... more than two weeks married! Woohoo go us!
Our honeymoon was exactly the relaxing, "together-full" experience we needed. Now if I could just get another one... LOL!
PS- I promise that my wedding recaps will be more organized than this post!PPS- Mr Pug's legs are majorly improved and looking better every day! Just lots of peeling right now... still!