Last Thursday Brad and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at the Grand Palladium in Jamaica. It was an amazing trip, and I’m so thankful we were able to go! I’ve always said sometime I wanted to go “somewhere in the Caribbean where the water is crystal clear,” and Brad surprised me earlier this spring when he told me we were going to celebrate our anniversary with a trip to the Caribbean. We honeymooned in East Tennessee, and we hadn’t ever gone on a trip like this (so it was overdue!). We met Brad’s parents in Birmingham last Monday and left the kids with them (thank y’all so much!). That night we stayed at the Redmont Hotel in downtown Birmingham where we stayed on our wedding night. The hotel is old and isn’t really anything too special, but it’s sentimental to us so we like to stay there every now and then.
We woke up at 4:30 Tuesday morning and headed to the airport. After a stop over in Dallas we arrived in Montego Bay early that afternoon and rode about an hour to the resort. The scenery was beautiful as we drove along the coast, and it was fun to see Jamaicans along the way and get a glimpse of what typical life is like for them.
When we arrived, the resort looked just as beautiful as it had online. Here’s what we saw as we entered the lobby.
Our room wasn’t quite ready so we headed downstairs to eat lunch at one of the buffets. I loved staying at an all-inclusive place where we didn’t have to worry about paying for anything! Soon our room was ready, and we got settled in to our suite in Villa 24.
Here are some photos from one of our balconies. We could see a little bit of the ocean from there, but next time I think it would be fun to have a room with a full ocean view!
We went for a quick swim in the infinity pool before it started raining. It’s the rainy season in Jamaica right now, so every afternoon it showered for a little while. That first day we saw a double rainbow after the rain stopped, and it felt like a little welcoming gift!
Speaking of the infinity pool, it was amazing – complete with built in lounge chairs and a swim up bar.
As nice as it was, though, we spent most of our time on the beach. We were surprised that most of the guests stayed around the pool, but it was great because we almost always had a little somewhat secluded section of the beach to ourselves!
There were beautiful plants and flowers everywhere, and I couldn’t helped but snap photos as we walked around.
We had heard that the food was just okay, and while we’d probably agree, it was just fine with us. We weren’t too picky because you constantly have people waiting on you, and not having to cook or clean the kitchen for any meals was SO nice! There was always a buffet, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from as well. Our favorite restaurant was the Italian one. It overlooked the pool, and we ate there on the night of our anniversary. The food was delicious, and the view of the sunset was perfect!
We hung out upstairs reading in big, comfy chairs during the afternoon when the rain moved in. The rain was actually refreshing and cooled us off after spending the mornings in the hot sun.
Before we knew it, our time there came to an end, and we found ourselves thankful, rested and content above the clouds headed back home.