Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Gluten-Free Sandals Honeymoon

Hi there!  For those of you that don't know, I got married in August.  Wedding planning was a huge blur and led to me putting a lot of things on the backseat - including my blog.  They aren't kidding when they say planning a wedding is like having a second job.  While planning our wedding, we also planned a honeymoon.  Needless to say, we were both excited for a relaxing week away together after 12 months of crazy wedding planning.

We met with a few travel agents and narrowed down our list.  We wanted someplace warm, safe, beachy with lots of opportunities for excursions.  We finally settled on St. Lucia!  We decided to stay at an all-inclusive, something we'd never done before.  I was a little nervous about how my gluten-free diet would go over - Would there be options for me to eat?  Would I feel like I was bothering the staff?  Would anyone even know what gluten was? Most importantly, would the food be good?

Little did I know, the answer to all those questions was yes!  We stayed at the Sandals Regency La Toc in a butler suite- it was truly breathtaking and we had an amazing experience.  Prior to arriving at the resort, we checked in online and filled out a questionnaire regarding food preferences/allergies.  Once we actually arrived at Sandals, our butler coordinated a meeting between the chef and I - the chef informed me of all the gluten-free options that they had - pasta, pancakes, bread etc. and promised that everyone would be accommodating.

The first thing I noticed about our dining experiences were that the server would immediately ask if anyone in our party had a food allergy.  This took away a lot of the awkwardness of having to say that I'm gluten free.

Breakfasts were easy choices - I rolled with the omelets and home fries.

Our favorite lunch spot was Neptune's - a Mediterranean spot on the water.  Some of my favorites from the week included gluten-free pizza, gluten-free onion rings, stuffed grape leaves and an amazing feta salad. OH and how could I forget the gluten-free mozzarella sticks?! I'm still dreaming of them.

For dinner, we hopped around the resort.  On the night that we dined at Kimono's, the hibachi steakhouse, and I was brought a selection of gluten-free sauces to enjoy with my meal.  My fried rice was prepared separately from everyone else's using tamari instead of soy sauce.

Later in the week, we took the shuttle to one of the other Sandals resorts on the island to try out their Italian restaurant.  I ordered the pasta carbonara with gluten-free pasta - it was delicious :) 

There you have it - it's possible to still enjoy fantastic food on your honeymoon at Sandals!

What's your favorite vacation spot?