After 12 months of waiting finally the time has to come to go on my summer holiday for a glorious 10 days. The flight itself was smooth, we had a few bumpy moments but overall it was fine.
Hello Beautiful St Lucia
When I got off the plane, I felt like someone had thrown into a 100 degrees OVEN, I have been to St Lucia before, however the contrast of coming from a mild temperature weather to extremely hot it’s always a shock to the system. Customs clearance and baggage claim was actually very quick (so far the best I have experienced, the worse one was in South Africa Johannesburg where I waited for over an hour to go through customs alone).
The first two days of the holiday I didn’t do anything, I was jet lagged despite staying up late and trying to get my body adjusted, I found myself going to sleep and waking up on London time, which left me extremely exhausted. By the third day I was ready to start exploring I wanted to do try a few new things, sailing, waterfall abseil and the hardest of all of them, hiking up on the Piton Mountain.
Unfortunately hurricane Matthew was heading our way and for two days we couldn’t do anything or leave the resort. Despite all this, I have to say the staff at the hotel went beyond the call of duty to ensure all the guests were ok, the hospitality was second to none.
Hiking – Piton Mountain
I decide to conquer my fear of heights (again), today I’m going hiking at the Pitons Mountain. The Gros Piton rises to a height of 786 m (2619 ft). It is the second highest peak on Saint Lucia, after Mount Gimie. Situated between the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul, Gros Piton and its smaller sibling, Petit Piton, are easy to spot from many points in the southwest.
We started at 9.30am, it takes approximately 2 hours to get up and 2 hours to get down. Although our tour guide said there was a local guy who climbed the Pitons in 39 mins, I would love to meet him and ask ‘how did you do it’??
After an hour of hiking my heart rate was shooting through the roof, also there was so many rocks, I found myself using my hands more to help with the hike, on our way up, we bumped into a couple who decided to give up, the lady said to me: ‘Life is beautiful and short and I don’t intend on going back home in a box, so I gave up’. That worried me, but we can all this way and were so close to the top, the thought of giving up now wouldn’t make any sense. We marched on, we used everything we had in the tank, but our guide kept us motivated and when we arrived at the top, it was just WOW WOW WOW, you have to see it to believe it! Check this out
Overall the Pitons was worth every single bit of it. I’m so glad when we got down there was a cold beer waiting for us. I couldn’t actually walk properly when we got down, I was limping, and my limps were absolutely killing me. Next stop we had the mud bath which I was told is going to help (I very much doubt that I said).
Hot Springs and Mud Baths at the Sulphur Springs
Soufriere Volcano in St. Lucia is considered as the only “drive-in” volcano in the world! It is locally known as the Sulphur Springs.
Thinking about it, I have never been to a mud bath, this my very first time. The hot springs and mud baths are hotter than the average bath. These bathing pools are blessed with volcanic minerals and health-giving properties, which are reputed to have therapeutic qualities for the skin. I have to say I was very doubtful that it would help with the aches and pain from the hiking, but after staying in the springs for a few minutes, my skin was glowing and so soft and the aches in my limps went away. I was lost for words. I was so impressed I bought a lot of soaps/sulphur powder etc. to use as part of my everyday beauty regime.
The adrenaline of the hiking has left me wanting more activity to conquer my fear of heights. What do I do? I signed up for ‘Waterfall Abseil’, what was I thinking???
The drive to the waterfall in Dennery was around 2 hours, when we got there we walked through the forest and found ‘start fruit’ tree, which we tried some together with cacao fruit look at this, can it be more beautiful?
After safety briefing and demonstration, I was the first one to go. You had to go backwards and DO NOT LOOK DOWN! My legs felt like jelly they couldn’t move, and my heart was beating to fast I’m surprised it didn’t come out of my chest!
A few deep breaths later, I decided it’s now or never! Slowly I went one step at the time, halfway through the guide downstairs was encouraging me ‘you are almost there’ oh that’s not bad I thought, well i found out later he as lying I was nowhere near it was a long way down. My arm was aching and just when I thought I couldn’t go on anymore I reached the bottom, what a great feeling. I cannot believe I did it. Believe it or not I wanted to go back up and do it again, but I couldn’t as we had to get back to the resort, i needed to pack and head for the airport……..
Overall St Lucia has been a very active holiday, I enjoyed every second of it and cannot wait to go back again.
Now my hair extensions has been through a lot in the past 10 days. As autumn approaches I feel it’s time for a change. I’m seeing my hairdresser on Tuesday to put new hair extensions in, I will be using the FlowBella Hair straight 18/20 inches. I will of course keep you updated.
And time to go back to Barrys Bootcamp next week, i cannot wait.