St Lucia is a spectacular holiday destination with scenery ranging from beautiful bays and palm-fringed beaches to virgin rainforest and the spectacular Piton mountains. As well as stunning natural landscapes, the island also has plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy, a vibrant culture and superb cuisine. Below are just some of the unique experiences that can be enjoyed as part of a holiday in St Lucia.
Biking & diving at Anse Chastanet
Anse Chastanet occupies an estate of over 600 acres with two sandy beaches, allowing for plenty of activities which make the most of the natural environment. The luxurious resort boasts incredible views of the Pitons and a unique design, with some rooms boasting louvered walls to make the most of the breeze and others missing a fourth wall entirely.
Directly behind one of Anse Chastanet’s beaches is a plantation where tropical rainforest hides 18th century ruins. There are 12 miles of private mountain bike trails through the jungle which are great for novice and experienced riders alike, with a skills area where guests can practice mountain biking techniques before setting off with a map. Guests can also walk or jog along trails through the plantation, while bird watchers can explore the luscious estate where four of St Lucia’s five endemic bird species can be spotted.
The resort is located within a marine reserve, promising fantastic diving and snorkelling directly from the beach with a friendly dive team on hand to offer instruction.
Gastronomic experiences at Cap Maison
Cap Maison is a romantic resort set on a clifftop bluff, an intimate hideaway which maintains a reputation for high standards. The resort offers a range of unique gastronomic experiences including the chance to dine at Rock Maison. This is a wooden deck built at the water’s edge surrounded almost entirely by the sea, the perfect venue for a romantic dinner where Champagne and canapes can be sent down on a zip line.
Guests can also learn to cook St Lucian style with the resort’s Executive Chef – visit a local market where the chef will choose ingredients for your private cooking class. Wine lovers can visit the resort’s wine cellar which holds around 2000 bottles, with tastings held throughout the week where a sommelier introduces different wines paired with canapes.
Local excursions at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Sugar Beach Resort is an exclusive resort which is set on a white snad beach between the spectacular Piton Mountains.
A number of excursions and day trips are available, including one which teaches visitors about St Lucia’s traditions. Start with a visit to Morne Coubaril Estate where you will learn how coconuts are processed, how cocoa beans are turned into cocoa sticks and how sugar cane juice is extracted. Sample some of these products, then wander through the estate’s herb garden to learn about how different plants were used to heal. The next stop is Diamond, Soufriere before boarding a water taxi to the Anse Ivorgne Beach. Located at the base of Gros Piton, this was the main bay from which molasses was exported in the 18th century. Find out how locals make charcoal, watch fishermen working with nets and lines, learn how fish is traditionally preserved by roasting, and play the most popular sport in the Caribbean – cricket. Enjoy a swim in the sea before a beach barbeque and creole lunch.
Other options include hikes along nature trails or through rainforests, tours of local markets and island buggy adventures. On the water, Sugar Beach is the first resort in the world to offer guests the opportunity to ride a Schiller water bike – a hybrid of a bicycle and a catamaran.
Complimentary experiences at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina by Capella
Marigot Bay Resort is a contemporary resort with lush tropical landscape framing the stunning design, enjoying a unique location overlooking a sophisticated marina. Located just a few miles from the country’s capital city, the resort also offers a great range of complimentary activities which focus on wellbeing or the local environment.
These include a Marigot Bay Ridge climb which follows a trail on the other side of the bay with spectacular views, a ‘Coconut Experience’ focusing on the health benefits of a coconut tree, classes which teach guests how to make face masks from everyday products, garden walks and movie nights.
Chargeable activities include rum tasting and distillery tours, Piton nature climbs, sunset cruises, cooking classes, ziplining and rainforest trips. The concierge desk and your personal assistant are happy to arrange local tours to explore the island, while the resort’s location allows for easy boat chartering and deep sea fishing trips with a local guide, an excursion which is suitable for novice and more experienced fishermen alike.
Couple’s adventures at Rendezvous
Rendezvous is a boutique, couples only resort located on a stunning stretch of beach. Guests staying at the elegant resort can take part in a vast range of activities as part of an all-inclusive package.
A new soft adventure programme offers a range of experiences that allow guests to enjoy the natural beauty of St Lucia while spending time as a couple. Couples can take part in a photography class, starting on Malabar Beach with the Caribbean Sea as a backdrop before heading off on a scenic tour of Saint Lucia where there are plenty of opportunities to take spectacular photos. A ‘farm to table’ experience includes a trip to a local farm or market with the resort’s chefs, where guests can meet the farmer, see the produce, select fresh organic ingredients then learn how to create a sumptuous meal.
Those in search of activity can hike through the rainforest, climb the impressive Gros Piton or follow a scenic nature trail, all with a knowledgeable guide. Water sports include scuba diving, with a complimentary beginner’s course available for beginners and one boat dive per day included in the rates for PADI certified divers.
Cocoa experiences at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
Cocoa production is a thriving industry in St Lucia, particularly on the Rabot Estate where Hotel Chocolat’s chocolate is produced. Set on the plantation is Hotel Boucan, where accommodation is in just 14 exclusive lodges with an infinity pool set high above the trees.
A unique ‘Tree to Bar’ experience allows guests to learn about all stages of cocoa production. This is an exclusive opportunity for guests to create their own chocolate starting with walking on the estate, selecting ripe cacao pods to cut from the tree, roasting them and culminating with the making of chocolate bars and truffles. Tours include all the stages in-between such as visiting the seedling nursery, fermenting room, sun drying, grinding, mixing and lots of tasting!
The restaurant allows guests to experience cacao cuisine, using the ingredient as both a savoury and sweet ingredient. Meanwhile the spa offers unique massages using cocoa butter and cocoa nib exfoliating rub downs.
Unique exercise classes at St James Club Morgan Bay
St James Club Morgan Bay is a vibrant, all-inclusive resort which is great for families and couples. Its superb location allows guests to explore St Lucia while enjoying all the facilities of a beachfront hotel.
A range of complimentary activities are available including motorised and non-motorised watersports such as wakeboarding and water skiing, tennis, volleyball and fitness classes. A unique activity at the resort is ‘Floatfit’, a full body fitness class where participants exercise on inflatable boards out at sea. The fun sessions include stretching and plyometric exercises and are held on Monday mornings, Thursday afternoons and Saturday afternoons for up to 10 guests.
Health & wellbeing at Stonefield Villa Resort
Stonefield Villa Resort has recently relaunched itself as a health and wellness retreat, with a brand new spa and fitness facilities. Accommodation at the boutique property is in colonial style villas which are scattered across the lush hillside gardens, offering a tranquil space in which to unwind.
The resort’s new Escape Spa is a relaxing setting with views over Petit Piton, using locally sourced fruit purees and plant extracts in a range of treatments and massage therapies. There is also a new fitness centre, indoor yoga studio and outdoor yoga space where guests can take part in private and group yoga sessions.
Dining at the resort also focuses on wellness, with the Mango Tree Restaurant serving seasonal menus using fresh local ingredients, including organic herbs and vegetables grown on the property. Chefs will even prepare fish caught by guests as part of a gourmet meal.
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