Happy Monday all and Happy Anniversary to My Sunshine! Today marks our 4th Wedding Anniversary and the almost 10 year mark for knowing each other. We had a fantastic time celebrating “our birthday” as The Husband says in Jamaica. It was totally the perfect balance of relaxing on the beach or at the pool, heading off on excursions, eating delicious food and being active.
I am not sure if I mentioned this to you all before or not, but, The Husband booked this “surprise” trip for us back in June when I found out I wouldn’t be able to go to this year’s BlogHER Food. I say “surprise” because he saw the deal online but needed my help in booking all the details. It actually gets even funnier because he has walked around the past few months saying “shhh, it’s a secret” whenever I talked to him about our vacation ~ LOL….love that boy!
I have been pondering where to start with all of the pictures we took (over 1,300 crazy, I know!) so I figured I’d start with the place we stayed ~ The Secrets Wild Orchid Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. One of the things that makes Secrets awesome is that you get to use the amenities of both resorts (Wild Orchid & St. James).
The resort is absolutely beautiful during the day…..
And even more so with all four pools and the walk ways lit up at night.
We booked the Junior Suite with an Ocean View and it did not disappoint. Our room had everything with a coffee bar, mini fridge & bar, robes, slippers and more.
We were already that staying here was like being on a land cruise ship. When our maid put fancy towels on our bed, we were totally convinced.
For those wondering, WiFi is only included if you upgrade to the premium rooms, otherwise, it is $10 a day.
We spent hours reading on our patio chairs just looking out at the ocean view.
We opted for the 3rd floor for the view, however, if you book the 1st floor premium rooms you have our own personal swim up pool which is pretty cool too.
The water really was this blue and warm with soft white sand that didn’t really have any rocks in it.
The gym complete water, orange juice and ice cold clothes for when you leave.
This was my view from the treadmill I ran on.
In the middle of the resort is a shopping center, coffee stop (my favorite spot), a self serve ice cream machine (The Husband’s favorite spot) and a big game room that had pool, ping pong and several “life sized” games.
I totally want to get a BIG connect 4 for our house
There is also a casino that The Husband is convinced was made just for him.
There are also game tables on the beach you can stop and play along with badminton, horse shoes, bocce ball and volleyball.
There are several areas where you can walk along the ocean, along the beaches or just pull up a chair and watch the waves.
The water is so clear you can see your feet on the bottom as you walk out.
I love that you can pull up a chair out of the sand or walk along the rock wall without getting covered in sand.
This is how you say No problem Mon without actually saying it.
I am not sure if he was pretending to dive or practicing the “zen” yoga moves we learned
The resort offered sunrise and sunset yoga every single day in this hut that sits right on the water. It was so incredibly peaceful listening to the waves.
There are over 10 bars on both resorts, including swim up bars in the pool that you can order any drink you want to try.
Depending on what you are in the mood for, you can dine on the beach under the tikki torches.
Or head over the to main dining area where there are 8 restaurants to choose from. I have an entire post on food that I plan to share with you all.
You eat outside by candlelight and the stars at every single place….this might have been my favorite part each day.
There are activities planned every night from shows like the Newly Wed Game, Beach Bon Fires, the Circus, bands, etc.
My personal favorite ~ The Outdoor Movie theatre that had a coffee bar, ice cream, desserts and popcorn every night.
I am pretty sure we logged miles walking the paths around the resort all day and night. When a view like this, how could you ever get tired of it?
Before sitting down for dinner each night, we stopped by the outdoor ocean aquarium to check out the fish, starfish, sting rays and jelly fish.
Then, we usually grabbed a chair on the beach to watch the sunset.
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
Have you ever been to Jamaica? Where did you stay?