Travel Specialist Su’s St Lucia Trip Diary!
Last month Travel Specialist Su visited the Island of St Lucia to view 14 of our beautiful resorts, signed up to a number of excursions and explored the surrounding landscape to be able to offer you the best first hand knowledge and advice when booking your holiday with us!
BAY GARDENS BEACH RESORT
It really was a great experience from the start, instead of a minibus waiting for me, I was picked up by helicopter! We had spectacular views on this 10-minute flight and a detailed in-flight commentary from the pilot. Something I highly recommend!
First stop of the tour was Bay Gardens Beach Resort. The Deluxe Beach Ocean View room had amazing views out to sea – I could have sat there all day listening to the waves! The resort also has rooms with interconnecting doors and it’s own inflatable water course which makes it ideal for families. We were then welcomed with rum punch and enjoyed dinner at the Hi-Tide Beach Side Restaurant – I could definitely get used to the Caribbean lifestyle!
COCO PALM, EAST WINDS & WINDJAMMER LANDINGS
The next day we visited Coco Palm and East Winds. This was an absolute highlight with the beautiful gardens, scenic walks down to the sea and a lovely beach. It felt very tranquil and peaceful there plus the staff were just amazing. They definitely go the extra mile for guests. There is a swim-up bar where you can create your own cocktails, a yoga platform, library and numerous chill-out areas. They also offer great entertainment options with weekly BBQs and cocktail parties.
Later the same day we arrived at Windjammer Landing, which sits high on the hillside overlooking La Brelotte Bay. The luxury suites and villas have different styles and exceptional views. The highlight of the day was a Segway tour with Lucian Style Experiences which was a lot of fun with plenty of stops to try local snacks – I loved every second!
BODYHOLIDAY, CAP MAISON & ST JAMES’S CLUB
On day three we kicked off with a healthy welcome drink at the BodyHoliday. This resort is all about wellness and fitness offering daily activities such as Thai Chi and Yoga, and facilities include tennis courts, archery, a big spa with an infinity pool, a great pool and beach. Overall it has a very modern, contemporary feel and truly spectacular!
Next we moved on to Cap Maison, a very peaceful and elegant hotel with beautiful gardens. It has a wine cellar which boasts the best wines and rums from St Lucia, on top of this they produce their own Rum Punch. Our lunch at ‘Cliff at Cap’ was amazing, with handmade bread and a banoffee pie to die for – if you are staying, you have got to try it!
Our final stop of the day was at St James’s Club Morgan Bay. This is a larger resort, great for families with lots going on including a variety of water sports. It has a large pool and 6 restaurants – I would recommend visiting Morgans Pier Restaurant which offers fresh seafood and BBQ options.
MARIGOT BAY RESORT & MARINA
Waking up at Marigot Bay Resort and Marina the next morning was pure heaven. My suite was huge with 2 flights of stairs and views out over the marina. The bathroom was luxurious, and I had a lounge, dining area and separate laundry room – plus a personal assistant! The resort has a 25-meter-long pool with a swim-up bar. We went down to the marina and had a Piton beer or two at their traditional BBQ Caribbean restaurant, The Hurricane Hole which also hosts regular Karaoke. It’s a nice casual place from which you can watch the super yachts arrive.
TI KAYE, ANSE CHASTANET & JADE MOUNTAIN
On day five of my trip we visited Ti Kaye Resort, a rustic eco resort with great opportunities for snorkelling. We then headed to the Sulphur Springs to cover ourselves in mud in the hope of looking and feeling more youthful! From here we travelled by boat to Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, the crew were fun and very informative while we enjoyed the superb views of the Pitons. As we arrived at the beach I was absolutely blown away – I loved it. It felt like we were arriving in the middle of nowhere. The higher we went, the more spectacular the rooms got. We enjoyed a great champagne reception, lovely food and then took advantage of the complimentary resort shuttle to save our legs!
After a great breakfast we were picked up for a bird-watching tour which involved a walk through the rain forest – it was breath-taking – although it was a little early for most birds! Following this we explored the Emerald Estate Farm to see where much of the fruit and vegetables are farmed for the restaurants at Anse Chastanet. The afternoon was spent on the beach at Anse Mamin snorkeling on the reef. It was like we were in the film ‘Finding Nemo’!
BOUCAN BY HOTEL CHOCOLAT, LADERA & SUGAR BEACH
Next stop was Boucan by Hotel Chocolat – originally a cocoa plantation, which was recently acquired by the founders of Hotel Chocolat and is now lovely small boutique hotel with stunning views over the Pitons. We had great fun making a bar of chocolate each, then learnt the methods and history behind the plantation’s chocolate production through the ages. From here we travelled on to visit Ladera Resort, a hotel with stunning tropical gardens. Even the small rooms here have a wow-factor with a small plunge pool and a swing open to the elements overlooking the Pitons.
My final resort visit was to Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. The suites in the gardens all have their own private pools. We had lunch at the beach and even had a butler on hand to clean our sunglasses. After lunch we had our last swim in the beautiful Caribbean Sea and I tried my hand at paddle boarding which was amazing in the crystal clear water!
After visiting 14 resorts in 8 days, sadly my trip came to an end.
I can honestly highly recommend a holiday to St Lucia – with its nature, activities, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches – it ticks all the boxes.