Mother nature really did her best work when she created St Lucia. This charming little island offers extraordinary natural beauty, adventure and mystique. It is impossible not to set foot on her white sandy beaches and not fall head-over-heels in love.
At the heart of St Lucia is the warmth of the people. Some of the most welcoming, kind and charismatic people on earth, you’ll find yourself reluctant to leave and eager to return.
Here is our curated itinerary for a perfect day spent in St Lucia…
Wake up at Sugar Beach
Situated on the south western part of St Lucia, between the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons is Sugar Beach, one of the most spectacular resorts in the world.
At Sugar Beach the luscious tropical rainforest meets the warm Caribbean sea. This 18th century former sugar plantation spans over 100 acres from an exquisite white sand beach studded with majestic palm trees to the wall of the Petit Piton.
Over 2000 years ago the original settlers to the island arrived, the Amerindians placed an incredible spiritual significance to the Pitons.
Atabeyra, the female goddess of fertility, which included agriculture, flora fauna, valleys and water) was associated with the Petit Piton and Huracan, the male god who controlled the elements, skies, volcanoes, storms and hurricanes was associated with the Gros Piton.
Sugar Beach has hosted some of Hollywood’s elite, including; Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Hemsworth and Ben Affleck, to name a few. It was once owned by Lord Glenconner, famously known for his close friendship to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.
There are 130 guestrooms, villas, bungalows and residences at Sugar Beach, each offering a unique experience. From the contemporary beachfront bungalows that offer direct access to the icing sugar sand beaches to the elegant and discreet luxury cottages hidden in the emerald greenery of the rainforest.
The luxury cottages are perfect examples of the resort’s plantation history with white walls and furniture, soaring high-beamed ceilings and a grand four-poster bed. Venture out onto your terrace and sip on a chilled Piton beer in your private plunge pool.
All guests are allocated a mobile phone which is connected to a butler service. The butlers are a ray of sunshine and will happily make even your wildest dreams come true.
Val Des Pitons Forbidden Beach La Baie de Silence, St Lucia
Visit the Sulphur Springs
Soufriere is a historic town and home to the island’s main natural attractions, including the botanical gardens, waterfalls and the only drive-in volcano in the world.
For a small fee, you can experience this natural wonder and feel the heartbeat of St Lucia.
Luckily the volcano is considered dormant as it hasn’t erupted since the 1700s and offers visitors the opportunity to dive into the therapeutic natural mud baths.
People from around the world come to the baths to experience the detoxifying qualities and help heal sunburn, eczema, arthritis and sore joints.The mud is magical and is said to make you look 12 years younger. It will certainly give you the smoothest and most hydrated skin of your life.
After you’ve applied the mud and let it harden in the sun, rinse it off with a refreshing natural rainforest thermal bath.
Sulphur Springs Access Road Soufriere, Malgretoute, St Lucia
Diamond Botanical Gardens
This six-acre multi-award-winning botanical garden would make the Garden of Eden envious. It is one of the oldest and best-preserved estates in St Lucia and was originally part of the 2000 acres of land granted to the Devaux family by King Louis XIV of France in 1713, in recognition of their service to ‘Crown and Country’.
Immerse yourself in the sounds, scents and smells of the tropics whilst staring in wonder at the diverse range of tropical flowers, plants, birds and insects. This is the crown jewel of the Caribbean.
Soufrière Estate P.O. Box 278 Soufrière Saint Lucia, West Indies
Exotic Fruit Break with Blaze
Blaze is unmissable with his dazzling smile on board his colourful boat. He provides a wide range of exotic fruits and even makes delicious fresh juices. With his huge blade he will even swiftly slice you some sugar apple, local passion fruit or a fresh coconut to enjoy by the sea.
Unwind at the St Lucia Rainforest Spa
Val des Pitons is famous for being St Lucia’s spiritual heart. The serenity of the lush foliage and the majestic soaring mountain vistas provide the ideal backdrop for the St Lucia Spa. It is a truly magical place with treehouse treatment rooms built on stilts that perch high above the ground offering unforgettable views of the mountains and the rainforest.
The spa harnesses nourishing ingredients from the local volcanic springs and fertile cocoa plantations. It offers a wide variety of treatments, including the bamboo massage, pink salt stone therapies and the most incredible facial you will ever have.
A Decadent Dinner at Sugar Beach
At Sugar Beach you are truly spoilt for choice with culinary delights but no matter where you choose, you will have one of the most unforgettable meals of your life.
There is The Terrace Restaurant where you can enjoy breakfast in the tropical breeze and take in beautiful views of the famous lily pond. Throughout the day you can pick up a light bite or some delicious ice cream at Boopa, Sugar Beach’s grab ‘n’ go café. Open for lunch or dinner is the Jalousie Grill which serves the best spicy honey chicken wings on earth and Bonté, which means ‘good times’ in Creole.
Bonté is a beachfront beauty that serves shrimp tacos, wood-fired pizzas and tuna poke bowls using ingredients from local farmers and fishermen which you enjoy with your toes in the sand. For a spectacular evening, head to Saltwood for formal dining with flair. Expect succulent steaks and seafood, paired with an impressive selection of wines.