Have you ever wondered what’s inside this tower?
Get to the end of this blog post and I’ll tell you.
First let’s review the storms of today. I mean that literally.
I mentioned in my previous blog that St. Lucia has been going through a drought – they haven’t seen heavy rain in about 3 months. That just means that you need the right unlucky people to visit your island, and we are those people.
My family has always had that affect – we feel that if it’s raining, it’s because we brought the rain with us. We’re like that special two-hour-long episode of the Brady Bunch where the kids find a cursed idol in Hawaii and keep having bad luck. Somewhere along the way, we’ve picked up that idol.
Suffice to say: it rained today. Not just a drizzle – it rained in torrents, then stopped long enough for the sun to come out and lead us to believe our site inspections would have great weather, then rained in torrents on each of the site inspections, then stayed sunny long enough for Frances and me to set up chairs at the pool, and then rained less than 4 minutes after we laid in our chairs. I gave up, came back to the room, and lounged around before dinner, which is where the day really gets interesting.
I keep getting ahead of myself, though. Let me tell you about the site-inspections of the 3 Sandals in St. Lucia:
Grande – the property has a more sophisticated personality than the other two, I’ve got a wedding group coming here in October and I think the Grande is perfect – elegant enough for a wedding, but fun enough to let loose and have a good time.
Halcyon – Quaint. Very quaint. Little cottages with ivy quaint. We say that each of the resorts have their own “personalities” and I didn’t realize how true that was until coming to Halcyon, which has the personality of your great Aunt Mildred that lives with a few too many cats. Still love the property in it’s own way, (just like you still love Aunt Mildred), it’s just a little different than what you’re used to when you think romantic Caribbean all-inclusive.
Sandals Regency La Toc – I really, really like this resort. I’ve got a bunch of honeymooners coming here and got to see the majority of the room categories. This is a good and bad thing. We did manage to find a tour guide who had a bit of a problem with the concept of multi-tasking: namely, walking and talking at the same time. Sweet guy, but my back was on fire by this afternoon from standing too long, and he prolonged that for at least an hour more than necessary when he would just stop in the middle of walking to tell us about the property. We’re a very to-the-point, see what we need to see and tell us about it along the way sort of crowd. This one wore me down a bit.
We then had lunch at their newest restaurant with the Regency GM and the Sales Director, both incredibly welcoming people.
After this long day of touring, I simply relaxed for the remainder of the day until dinner. We had been told by the Sandals GM to leave tonight open for a surprise dinner, but our butlers had no idea what it was so no one told tell us what to expect. 7:15 rolls around and we hear word that whatever it was fell through (or he had just left the night open for us to do our own thing), so we head over to the London Pub for fish & chips.
Let me just say that we have never been more wrong on assuming that something had fallen through. Once seated at the pub, Michael gets a phone call informing us that there’s a table for four prepared in the Sandals Sunset Tower and that they’re waiting for us now. Needless to say, we go check this out!
Now, the Sunset Towers are kind of the Sandal’s icon – they’re in nearly every pool and feature the swim-up bar on the bottom, with a giant Sandals logo sprawled across the top. They’re just a staple of the brand.
After such an incredible trip already, where Sandals has treated us like VIPs, to be able to go up to this room and look at one stunning table-scape set just for us, with two waiters bringing out a four course meal, I am just overwhelmed. Everyone here has been so generous, and I cannot begin to express how blown-over I am by their friendliness. This whole trip has just been top-notch.
While at the dinner – which was elaborate, by the way: four courses of heavenly beef, seafood, lamb, and, of course, chocolate – I took the time to look around the room, live within that one moment. It’s incredible, this job, how it happened on a complete whim and how, less than a year later, it’s one of the things that brings me the most happiness. I’m here with these three individuals who have all given me such a big chance and believed in me, and I’m blown away by their generosity and support for taking me with them, treating me like I’m right where I belong in this business – and I sincerely believe that I am. I’m just reminded that the best things happen for a reason, oftentimes when you’re least expecting such – walking into Columbus Travel to get a brochure one day and coming out with a job just happened to be one of those things.
Out of all of the odd jobs I’ve held, besides my time as a spokesperson, nothing has ever come this naturally to me (and hopefully I can combine the two one day… hint, hint, Travel Channel, if you’re reading this). I enjoy this work, I look forward to it, I want for it to be a part of my future. I can see what a perfect fit this all is, and that’s not just because I was staring out at the Caribbean from the Sandals tower – although, that teensy little fact doesn’t hurt the prospect of a future in the travel industry.