The Eastern Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is perhaps best known for its dramatic volcanic cones. The Pitons rise dramatically from the landscape of the west coast and are over 700 metres high. But Saint Lucia also has wonderful beaches and a whole range of activities to keep honeymooners and families alike happy on holiday.
The hotels on the island offer the utmost in seclusion and luxury. It’s also not difficult to get to, boasting one of the few direct flights from London in under 8 and a half hours and can rival the rest of the Caribbean with 5* properties. What with its natural wonders creating breath-taking landscapes, an abundant marine life to discover and fantastic food, this is one of our favourite islands to choose from.
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Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the twin Piton mountains and the Val des Pitons form a breath-taking setting for Sugar Beach. This Viceroy resort is striking in appearance. White walls contrast with dark wood floors and private plunge pools with butler-serviced villas create the ultimate in luxury living. Just steps from the water’s edge lies a collection of beachfront bungalows, with larger residences available around the bay. Have dinner in the Great Room, afternoon tea in the Palm Court Terrace or lunch at Bayside on the beach. The Cane Bar is the go-to after dinner known for their impressive rums on offer. The highlight being the spa tucked away in the rainforest with unique treehouse-style treatment rooms. Non-motorised water sports are complimentary (snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing all available), diving and nature walks are available in-land.
Designed by acclaimed architect Nick Troubetzkoy, Jade Mountain is one of the most exclusive properties in St Lucia. Designed as a collection of ultra-luxurious sanctuaries, access is via a network of bridges and walkways. With a shimmering infinity pool, Jade Mountain boasts one of the best views of the Pitons. In fact, you’re met with astonishing views at every turn with open-plan bathrooms and a rooftop Celestial Terrace. The world-famous restaurant Anse Chastanet is just down the hill or you can eat in the Sanctuary or Jade Mountain Club. They also boast a small spa, fitness centre and complimentary yoga is also available.