These days, the hardest part about packing a carry on is how to fit all of your techy gadgets in with your snacks, beauty products, and neck pillow. With all the choices out there of the extras to bring on a long trip, I decided to make a list of my top travel must-haves when it comes to gadgets!
Waterproof iPhone case: Laying on a beach or next to pool you’re bound to have some kind of phone accident! Even if you’re the safest person in the world, bringing some kind of waterproof case for your iPhone will be one of your best investments. Not only will you save yourself from damage, it will also be fun to use it for underwater photos!
iPad: A staple for any traveler! Your iPad will save you tons of room by allowing you to download digital books, magazines, and games for both the plane and for lazy vacation days.
Jabra Solemate: This little speaker system connects via Bluetooth and will sound like you brought your home speakers out onto the beach with you! The design is sturdy and makes it able to go wherever you go.
GoPro Camera: A small, easy to carry video camera that allows you to take gorgeous film even while on extreme adventures! If you’re planning on ziplining, scuba diving, or anything else active, I would definitely recommend bringing along one of these little guys!
Digital Luggage Scale: The dreaded 50 pound weight limit! Most airlines will only allow bags up to a certain weight and sometimes the bathroom scale just doesn’t make the cut. Getting one of these will save you time and money in the airport!
Beats Noise Cancelling Headphones: Long flight and a rambunctious toddler sitting a few rows back? These will be your best friend! Turn on one of the movies you’ve downloaded on your iPad, sit back, and relax with only the sounds you want to hear.
Portable iPhone charger: JCrew offers these little portable chargers that are great to stash in your purse for low battery emergencies. Getting caught in a foreign country with a dying phone is never fun. Mine has saved me multiple times!
After amazing stays at Jade Mountain and Curtain Bluff, the next stop was Hermitage Bay. I have had a long time hotel crush on this hotel after seeing many pictures of the incredible cottages, and hearing so many clients rave about this hotel after returning from their honeymoons. So it was such an honor to be able to experience this special spot!
The hotel offers 25 individual cottages, all beautifully designed with dark wood. They are either on the beach with an ocean view terrace or up on the hillside with a private pool. The Hillside Suites are more private, with a ton of space on the terrace, and have gorgeous views. Further up the hill are the more private the cottages which have an even better view (which was hard to imagine)! I loved the outdoor showers and of course the spa was an essential on my to do list! It was really nice, I would definitely recommend checking it out.
They also have amazing food, the chef is incredible! Some items stay on the menu every day, and then there are also new items daily. They have a garden on property so everything is really fresh. (Tip: they make their own hot sauce which is incredible! You can buy it in the gift shop, it’s a total must have!) The beach on the property was gorgeous and gave off a private, cove type of feel. The water was sparkling blue and warm and the white sand was perfect to lay out on and enjoy a good book. It was so relaxing and beautiful! It’s the perfect place for couples to spend their first days as newlyweds getting totally pampered!
They also have a beach bar with fun cocktails and live music most nights. The restaurant is also right on the beach so you never have to leave the beautiful scenery.
It’s an all inclusive hotel which means they can arrange any boat trips or other activities you would like to do. And, since the hotel is so small, you receive really excellent service! The staff is super friendly and quickly learn your name which made me feel so welcome! Want to celebrate your honeymoon at Hermitage Bay? Couples that book their honeymoons with Ever After Honeymoons receive a half hour massage per person complimentary!
After an amazing stay at Jade Mountain in St Lucia, I took a quick flight over to the gorgeous island of Antigua. The first hotel I stayed at is Curtain Bluff Resort. There is so much that I loved about this resort!
First of all, it’s all inclusive with excellent food and drinks, and tons of activities including tubing, deep sea fishing, tennis professionals, scuba diving, etc. Everything is super easy and hassle free! The whole resort has a really warm, welcoming atmosphere with amazing service and the most genuine friendly people! No wonder why so many guests keep coming back every year! Curtain Bluff sits right on the most beautiful beach with white sand and crystal clear water. It’s perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or enjoying a day on the boat!
What I especially loved is that every room is right on the water! The hotel is two stories, so you either have a patio right on the beach or a second floor terrace right over the beach. You can hear waves crashing while laying in your bed- what better sound to go to sleep to?! It’s definitely the perfect spot for couples that are active with all the activities included in the room rate (scuba diving, waterskiing, beach toys, deep-sea fishing, and tons more). You can relax on the beach and do as much or as little as you want each day! The beach bar and restaurant is right on the beach too! The resort also offers a beautiful ocean view yoga platform and an incredible spa to keep you relaxed and in vacation mode.
The resort is super relaxed and laid back so there’s no need to get dressed up but there is nighttime entertainment available if you want a fun night out!
As if I had to convince you anymore that this place is amazing, Ever After Honeymoons clients receive a room upgrade and a $100 resort credit when booking a trip to Curtain Bluff!
I recently returned from an amazing 10 day trip island hopping around the Caribbean! During this trip I stayed in St Lucia, Antigua, and ended in St Barths. Each of these islands are so beautiful, and so different from each other. I’d love to share the beautiful hotels I stayed in! First up is Jade Mountain in St Lucia.
This is the most incredible hotel. Even though I had seen countless pictures ahead of time, I was absolutely blown away when I first saw it in person. This hotel is built into the hillside with a number of walkways connecting to the suites. The view from every single suite is just insane! The most unique feature of Jade Mountain is that one wall of the rooms is completely open. You have the Piton Mountains to the left, and ocean views to the right. You feel like you are floating in the sky!
Almost every suite has a private pool in the suite, so many guests spend a lot of their time enjoying their pool and the view in their suite. The Sky suites don’t have pools, but still have incredible views. I was able to stay in a Galaxy Suite which was INSANE. The entire suite was so open with just unbelievable views! One tip- use the ear plugs and eye masks that they provide.
Every suite is really spacious with a large Jacuzzi tub. Up for a spa treatment? You have the choice of doing this in the spa or in your suite!
The hotel is set up in the hillside, but you can visit the beach at their sister hotel, Anse Chastanet. There is the main beach, and then another more quiet beach that is just a short boat ride away. This beach has a little beach restaurant with the most amazing burgers! Great way to spend a lazy afternoon!
Want to be a little more active? There are a ton of activities available including deep sea fishing, hiking up Gros Piton mountain, scuba diving, jungle biking, kayaking, zip lining, and much more. No need to worry about getting bored!
I can’t recommend this hotel enough for a couple wanting a really relaxing, romantic honeymoon spot. This is such a special and unique hotel that you will no doubt remember forever. The staff is unbelievable- so friendly and helpful, providing the perfect level of service.
Interested in staying at Jade Mountain? Book your stay with Ever After Honeymoons and you will receive a $100 spa credit and a room upgrade based on availability when you arrive!