Lindsey and Scott's St. Lucia Honeymoon in Paradise
This Arizona couple checked into Sugar Beach, a former sugar plantation with its own private beach, for a Caribbean trip they loved.
Lindsey and Scott Dempsey of Scottsdale, Arizona, married on April 5, 2013, in Phoenix. They left the next day for St. Lucia. "Before we even started planning the wedding, we had something more important on our minds," says Lindsey, a community director for Yelp. "The honeymoon!"
Where They Stayed
Sugar Beach, a former sugar plantation on its own private beach between the Pitons, two majestic volcanic plugs. They saw it while combing the Internet for Caribbean destinations, and booking there was a no-brainer: "Every room has a private plunge pool and 24/7 butler service," she says. "And the rainforest spa is worth the splurge: Treatments are held in tree houses!"
Their Favorite Meal
On the waterfront terrace of Sugar Beach's Great Room restaurant, "I had the freshest, melt-in-your-mouth mahi mahi, and Scott got this huge aged rib-eye," Lindsey says.
Drinks of Choice
"I was all about the Piton beer," recalls Scott, an orthodontic sales manager, while Lindsey opted for anything with the island's Chairman's Reserve Rum—"especially if it was frozen," she says. Her go-to cocktail? The hotel's Watermelon Delight, a concoction of rum, fruit, mint, and lime.
Most Gorgeous View
Midway up Gros Piton, the couple scored insane vistas of the ocean and Petit Piton. And that was plenty far enough for them. "The hike is much harder than guidebooks or locals tell you," says Lindsey. "In Arizona, I run every day and hike a lot, and it was still really tough. Since this was supposed to be our relaxing honeymoon, we turned around at the halfway point."
"I was obsessed with Coconut Candy," says Lindsey. "It's sold in all the small shops; if you can't find it, ask a local."
They Never Thought They'd…
Hang out in a volcano. "We toured La Soufrière Drive-In Volcano, which is dormant, but there was steam rising through the crevices, and it smelled so strongly of sulfur," she says. "It was almost unbearable. We were amazed to learn that there's actually a village within the volcano!"
Their Honeymoon, in a Word
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