welcome to the islands

by jenna on April 18, 2011

After 15 hours of travel, I stepped off my flight from Miami into Caribbean paradise. Well, actually it looked like it was about to storm, but Caribbean paradise none the less. I was coming to St. Croix to attend the 11th annual St. Croix Food & Wine Festival, held at the lovely Divi Carina Bay Hotel.

I was honored to be asked to attend as part of the media coverage of the event, and couldn’t wait to dig my feet into the sand. This Florida girl couldn’t believe it had been almost two years since she had swam in the ocean!! I guess that’s what Northern California does to you.

The Divi Carina Bay Hotel was generous enough to host me for the event. Check out the room!

My favorite part were the hardwood floors and the ocean front balcony (obviously!). Well, and the bed. And the shower.

Actually everything was my favorite part after being on a plane for almost nine hours.

Beds. Glorious, beautiful, comfortable beds. With fresh flowers and soft beach towels!

Now I know what I’m about to say will make absolutely no sense whatsoever, but the first thing I did when I got to my room was unroll my travel yoga mat! I was so tired I was almost dizzy, but knew after traveling for so long I needed to stretch. And I sure as heck wasn’t going to the hotel gym.

You wanna know the second thing I did? Eat two huge slices of pizza. And drink some rum punch.

Then I slept for 12 hours! Thank the Lord.

More about the food when I return!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 18, 2011 at 5:14 am

Oh my gosh Jenna the pictures are gorgeous!! I have stayed at a Divi resort before in St. Maarten – they are so nice. Enjoy!!


Jessica @ How Sweet April 18, 2011 at 5:19 am

It looks so pretty there. Remind me why I live somewhere where it’s snowing in April?


jen @ taste life April 18, 2011 at 5:19 am

You called Adam and told him he needed to fly there to be with you because you were never returning to the States, right?


Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 18, 2011 at 5:20 am

Wow, Jenna… this place looks amazing! Enjoy the sunshine, warmth.. and take lots of time for you and be sure to relax!


Sarah @ See Sarah Eat April 18, 2011 at 5:23 am

Looks like heaven to me! Enjoy 🙂


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 18, 2011 at 5:23 am

This looks lovely!!!! The beach is gorgeous and I love the bright colours in your room. Have a great day and I can’t wait to hear more about the food!! 🙂


Mary (A Merry Life) April 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

Gorgeous! I can’t wait to read more about this trip. Enjoy it! 🙂


Mary April 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

That’s awesome, I’m glad you’re having (or had?) such a great time!! I’m also excited bc I think that last picture means you went to Buck Island!


kalli April 18, 2011 at 5:29 am

sound like a wonderful start to any trip! love that you did some yoga, ate, and crashed! can’t wait to hear more 🙂


Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 18, 2011 at 5:36 am

That first photo is absolutely gorgeous!


megan @ whatmegansmaking April 18, 2011 at 5:44 am

It snowed this morning in Michigan. Like snow covering the ground. I’m jealous.


Ruth April 18, 2011 at 5:51 am

Yay! What a post. Can’t wait to hear more.


Lia @ {sprightly} April 18, 2011 at 5:52 am

Ahhh. I was in St. Thomas over the winter and these photos are so making me want to go back now! Hope you had a great time.


amy walters, aDESIGNdock April 18, 2011 at 5:52 am

Looks like a pretty fantastic trip so far Jenna! Great room, great view, great bevies and food. Can’t wait to hear more on the festival!



Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 18, 2011 at 5:54 am

You better have extra fun for those of us trapped in Wintery Spring weather up north!


Molly April 18, 2011 at 5:56 am

I need to hear all about this tropcial get away. Maybe it’ll take my mind off of our fresh powder that I woke up to this morning.


Em April 18, 2011 at 5:57 am

Looks beautiful there, Jenna.
What a great opportunity.
I hope it’s wonderful and relaxing and inspiring.
Soak in the sun and ocean and sand. 🙂


Chad April 18, 2011 at 5:57 am

I love the bright colors of that bedroom!


Holly @ The Runny Egg April 18, 2011 at 5:58 am

That room is adorable! I love the bright colors.

Have a great time!


Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) April 18, 2011 at 6:08 am

How gorgeous!!! Have a great trip!!


Jenn from Much to My Delight April 18, 2011 at 6:13 am

Oh Mon. That ocean looks like a big blue puddle of heaven. You deserve a dip and a slice after a 9-hour flight.


kaila @ healthy helper! April 18, 2011 at 6:20 am

Looks like a beautiful place! I am always so tight after traveling……yoga sounds like the perfect fix!


R @ Learning As I Chop April 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

Wow, I’m impressed. Can’t say yoga is the first thing I’d do


Amanda April 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

The hotel looks so lovely! I can’t wait to hear about the food! 🙂


Elizabeth@The Sweet Life April 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

Gorgeous–love the bright blue! Have a super trip.


Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 18, 2011 at 6:36 am

ohhh looks so glorious!

I’m so jealous! I want to be back there! 🙂


Hannah (Culture Connoisseur) April 18, 2011 at 6:46 am

You’re going to have such a great time! I love your room. The hardwood sets off the blue like crazy. It looks like you’re in an island bungalow. Hope you get rested and ready for an awesome festival!


Aileen @ Happy Little Southern Nest April 18, 2011 at 6:51 am

This looks amazing! Can’t wait to keep following your trip!


ashleigh April 18, 2011 at 6:55 am

So gorgeous!! I want to be there!


Alex April 18, 2011 at 6:58 am

Wow, that looks sooooooo nice 🙂 I love that red sky, unbelievable.


Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher April 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

What does your responsibility as “media” entail Jenna? Curious!!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 18, 2011 at 7:14 am

Wow, it looks GORGEOUS! Can’t wait to hear more!


Natalia - a side of simple April 18, 2011 at 7:19 am

The closest I’ve been to anything tropical has been in the form of a fruity tasty alcoholic beverage. These pictures are making me want to take that next step and actually GO 🙂


steph April 18, 2011 at 7:28 am

That picture of the stormy skies is (strangely enough) beautiful.


Lauren April 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

Oh my lord it looks AMAZING!!! Have a fabulous time!


kristina@beancakes April 18, 2011 at 7:42 am

the blue in the decor is gorg! sounds like you’re having a blast!


Ellie @ The Mommyist April 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

Enjoy your vacation. I know I would! Warm water and sun, what more could you want?


Euniece[innerpeacehealthytreats&runningfeet] April 18, 2011 at 8:01 am

not going to lie, i am SO EXCITED to see you eats : ) ps. that last picture is incredible


Kristin Eats April 18, 2011 at 8:03 am

Oh man, that looks (and sounds) phenomenal. Hope you’re loving every second, AND I have always wondered how to get rid of that post-plane soreness… it’s such a basic concept but I NEVER thought of doing some stretching/yoga. My traveled muscles thank you. 🙂


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

Pretty sure I’d be totally down with someone sending me there 😉 Hope you continue to soak it all up! Such fun.


Claire April 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

Ah, Carribbean, how much I love thee!!!


katie April 18, 2011 at 9:26 am

How amazing! The hotel room is so cute too!

I wish I lived somewhere that was warm all year!

Can’t wait to see the food pics! I bet it was amazing food!


Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL April 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

Dang that last photo is powerful!



French Heart April 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

Your pictures are a vacation. I love wood floors.


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles April 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

I wish I were there! Wow. Speechless.


miranda @ working mom works out April 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

Yoga, Pizza, and Rum??!! My kinda gal!


Julie (Food & Other Things) April 18, 2011 at 10:37 am

It looks so beautiful there…I can’t wait to read more!


Amy April 18, 2011 at 10:46 am

Even with the storm, it still looks amazing! I hope you enjoy your time Jenna


Baking 'n' Books April 18, 2011 at 11:18 am

Love the BLUE!!!

God Bless You – stretching and pizza 🙂

How long are you gone for? Do you mind if I ask if you contacted them or if they found you? I’m always interested to see how people get “exposed”!! But given the success of ELR – it’s no surprise of course! 🙂


Stacey (Being Healthy) April 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Oooh, have a blast! I love the Caribbean!


dragonfly180 April 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm

what a beautiful place! post more pics please! :o)


Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Haha! I would’ve done the same with rum and sleep 😀


Chelsa April 18, 2011 at 5:32 pm

beautiful sunset


Connie April 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm

omg its gorgeous there! i need to leave vancouver and its flip-floppy weather!


Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily April 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I loooove the colors of that hotel room.


Joy April 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Can I move to st croix? Specifically that room? Even more specifically the bed on the right – I want the flower!


Sandy April 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Can you tell us more about your travel yoga mat? I don’t know what to use in a hotel room and never want to check a bag large enough to take my mat.


jenna April 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

It’s by Jade Yoga Mats and is super thin so you can fold it up and stick it at the bottom of your suitcase. I actually borrowed it from the studio but really want to buy my own because it was so light and easy!


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