I'll be totally honest. I planned to write this blog post WHILST I was away in the Caribbean with Sandals last week, but I was just having too much of a bloomin' good time to even get my laptop out and get stuck in!
So, here you have it now, instead! Incase you haven't already heard, U&I Travel has just partnered up with the incredible Sandals Resorts, and we have been SO excited to let our members know that they can now receive £200 off the total cost of their Sandals holiday (ANY resort that they choose!), if they book through us. Dreamy! You can email us if you'd like more information or if you want to get your booking sorted.
I'd never been to any Sandals Resorts prior to this trip, so when I was asked by Paul (one of the management team and my new BFF) to go on this Business Development trip to check out their Resorts in Antigua and Barbados, I was absolutely thrilled! I've only ever been to St Lucia in the Caribbean, so this was all very exciting for me.
The trip was absolutely incredible, and I have no idea where to start, so I'm just going to talk you through it day by day, bit by bit, so you can really get a feel for what we got up to and get a better understanding of the luxurious and beautiful surroundings of both Resorts. I felt very, VERY lucky, and you'll soon find out why!
We all met at the airport bright and early on 28th June. After we checked in, we headed to the No.1 Lounge private room, where we enjoyed a delicious breakfast with plenty of champagne, all complimentary. It was 5pm somewhere.
Nobody who went on the trip had ever met before, and it's safe to say that we all hit it off straight away which was fantastic. We all work in similar industries, and I don't think I've ever met 12 strangers before and automatically felt like I knew them all already. I definitely made some wonderful new friendships and can't wait to catch up with the team at our partnership event in a few weeks.
Our first stop was Antigua, and after an 8 hour (ish) flight, we arrived at the first Resort. It was absolutely beautiful, and I definitely felt like I was in paradise!
My room was so spacious and comfortable, looking right out onto the Resort and the ocean.
We were also each welcomed with a kind note from the management of the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort, and were offered 25% off of their Spa services as part of the package. Unfortunately I didn't have time to use the Spa - I decided to soak up the sun on the beautiful beach, instead.
On our first night, we headed to one of the bar's which was right on the sea-front, and the views were ah-may-zang (insert heart eye emoji)...
...followed by dinner at Kimono's (if you've been to Benihana here in London, it's the same kind of vibe and the food was delicious!). The food was cooked right in front of us, and we had a mixture of seafood, chicken, beef, rice, vegetables, as well as some unique starters and desserts which I can't remember the name of (oops!) but they were fab.