Sensuous Saint Lucia, with its mouth-watering local cuisine, a mix of West Indian, Creole and French food, it’s cocoa, sugar and banana plantations, it’s beaches fringed with swaying palms and the majestic Piton mountains crowned with emerald. Adventurous Saint Lucia, an island of valleys and volcanos, of lush rainforest and pirate-themed capers. With sumptuous spas, world-class resorts and UNESCO World Heritage Status, Saint Lucia is named the ‘Helen of the West’ and the “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” for good reason.
HOW TO GET THERE
British Airways fly daily to the island both in the summer and winter, with the option to upgrade to First on several of those flights. Virgin Atlantic flies five times a week during winter, and four times during summer. The flying time is 9 hours and honeymooners will be pleased to know there are always departures on Sundays!
WHEN TO TRAVEL
December to May are the best months for weather with an average daily temperature of 30 degrees. It boasts a hot tropical climate, and is lush with rainforest thanks to its summer humidity – tempered by those welcome Trade Winds.
Luckily, our featured properties Viceroy Sugar Beach and Jade Mountain are well aware of what takes centre stage around here and choose to complement, rather than compete with, their show-stopping surroundings. They take on the guise of romantic hideaways and are suitably tranquil bases from which to explore the nearby volcano, waterfalls and crystal clear waters. The scent of adventure is subtle yet unmistakable around here and, you never know, you may even be inspired to try your hand at scuba-diving. On the other hand you may simply prefer to spend your time in the north of the island and just take a day trip to the scenic splendours down south.
Although the area is a tad less exotic and a fraction more developed, proximity to Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay and the duty-free shops of Castries, not to mention the island’s only 18-hole golf course, means it still has enormous appeal. The fact that its first-class resorts vary from the low-key East Winds Inn to the high-profile The BodyHoliday means everyone can find something to suit.
WHAT’S ON The famous Jazz festival takes place during early May where fans of the music can listen and party in equal measure as legendary divas and iconic masters ensure the islands dances to the beat of jazz. No self respecting Caribbean island would be without their carnival, and Saint Lucia’s takes place across July. To round off the year the island marks the landfall and finish line for the 200 yachts who set off from Las Palmas as part of The ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers).
HOW TO GET THERE British Airways fly daily to the island, with the option to upgrade to First on three of those flights. Virgin Atlantic fly three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday), all departures are from Gatwick. The flying time is 9 hours and honeymooners will be pleased to know there are always departures on Sundays!
Set between Gros and Petit Piton, within a UNESCO listed world heritage site, in 100 acres of tropical rainforest; Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort effortlessly combines its eighteenth century heritage with ultra modern contemporary style.
This chic boutique hotel has its roots fixed firmly in the Caribbean and Mexico yet pays homage to all the 21st century comforts. Perched atop an oceanside bluff, its heart-stopping views incorporating the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and distant island of Martinique are only matched by its array of sumptuous cuisine.
This family-founded resort has built its enviable reputation on an ethos that is based on relaxation, therapeutic cares, exercise and good food. It’s a philosophy that has earned it accolades aplenty and it remains a perennial favourite with those in the know.
Everything about East Winds is understated, except the gardens which are a lavish display of mango and flamboyant trees as appealing to the island’s bird life as to its more temporary visitors. This is a hotel for those who appreciate the gentle charms of nature, not to mention personal attention and inspired cuisine.
The brainchild of Saint Lucia-based architect Nick Troubetzkoy, the concept of Jade Mountain is eco-luxury. Tucked away on a panoramic hillside within 600 acres of Eden-esque gardens, it’s a stylish and romantic getaway where it is possible to view the Pitons without even getting out of bed.
Designed for savvy couples seeking loads of serenity and lashings of style, this pocketsized newcomer tumbles down a gentle hillside in an out-of-the-way corner of north-west St. Lucia.
Boucan, by Hotel Chocolat is the delicious new hotel from the well known chocolatiers, idyllically located in the hills between The Pitons of Saint Lucia. At the heart of this working plantation is a new luxury boutique hotel. The Lodges are a classic design of white walls and linen with dark wood furniture creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, with the larger Luxe Lodges boasting a twin Piton view from their private verandah.
A multi-million-pound investment by the Capella Hotel Group has transformed Marigot Bay into a stunning resort, with a vibrant marina hub and world-class service, for which Capella is renowned.
Perched high amidst the Pitons, this most memorable of resorts was once part of Soufrière’s oldest cocoa plantations, a heritage which is echoed in the distinctive design of the guest accommodation and restaurant.
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