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St. Lucia - Naturally charming, wonderfully beautiful

Much coveted by French and British colonialists for its lush tropical climate and fertile lands, it is St Lucia’s dramatic scenery, abundant wildlife and idyllic beaches that today’s visitors find completely irresistible. All along the island’s west coast you’ll find tranquil bays and long stretches of soft sand to sink your toes into while inland there are superb hiking and biking trails through lush jungle and rainforest. In the southwest, the famous Piton mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rising majestically from pristine waters that are teeming with sea life and a joy to discover in person. With your relaxing holiday villa as a base, you can choose to explore the island’s natural riches at a gentle, unhurried pace.

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Windjammer Landing

This amazing beachfront resort, boasting fantastic hillside villas, is the ideal place for all to enjoy the best St Lucia has to offer. Situated on the Labrelotte Bay beach, Windjammer Landing is a perfect choice for those looking to have the stunning white sand on your door step. The beach also offers a wide choice of watersports including windsurfing, water-skiing, kayaking and snorkelling to name a few. For the more active, Windjammer also features two floodlit tennis courts that can be hired as well as an air-conditioned gym, providing views of the sea and classes can be booked. If relaxing is more your thing the Serenity Spa is definitely the place to be, with a wide range of treatments available including massages, facials and body wraps. An indoor pool, herb garden, juice bar, steam room and Jacuzzi can also be found at the spa. For the kids, the Windjammer Landing resort provides a great kids club and teen club available each day with activities for all ages. There are six communal swimming pools across the resort, two of which are children’s pools. In the evenings Windjammer has a great selection of restaurants on offer, from a beach bar with entertainment to an a la carte fine dining restaurant. Whether you’re a couple, a large family or group of friends, the Windjammer Landing resort has everything you’ll need and more.

  • 1hr 20mins fromHewanorra Int.

The Landings

Situated on a stunning white sandy beach, The Landings resort offers luxurious surroundings in which to relax. Featuring a private yacht marina, a signature spa and a handful of fantastic restaurants, The Landings has everything you’ll need. Why not enjoy a game of tennis at one of the floodlit courts or be more adventurous with one of the many water sports the resort has to offer. For the kids, The Landings kids club is open daily with a range of activities on offer or spent time relaxing by one of the three communal pools around the resort. Further afield, Rodney Bay and the St Lucia Golf Club can be found within a ten minute drive. The Landings resort has something to suit everyone, from couples to families.

  • 1hr 40mins fromHewanorra Int.

Cap Maison

The luxurious Cap Maison resort occupies a stunning oceanfront location within the north of St Lucia, just a short drive from the popular and lively resort of Rodney Bay. Cap Maison boasts stylish suites and landscaped gardens with access to its very own secluded beach with water sports available. The resort also offers some fantastic facilities including the Spa Maison for a wide choice of indulgent spa treatments, a gym and two fabulous restaurants, The Cliff and The Naked Fisherman. The St Lucia Golf and Country Club can be found just a few minutes’ drive from the resort, offering a challenging 18 hole course.

  • 1hr 30mins fromHewanorra Int.

Cap Estate

With its elevated position on St Lucia’s northern peninsula, the prestigious Cap Estate is blessed with spectacular sea views on all sides – on a clear day you can even see the silhouette of Martinique in the far distance. Individually designed luxury villas have been thoughtfully positioned on the lush slopes to offer privacy and tranquillity as well as enjoying stunning panoramas, incredible sunrises and sunsets and welcome sea breezes.The properties on the Estate also overlook the St Lucia Golf and Country Club, a tricky, 18-hole course set amid rolling hills that keeps you on your toes for the entire round. The lovely fairways and fast greens are fringed by tall palm trees and dense vegetation peppered with colourful orchids and other exotic flora. Despite its apparently secluded location, the Cap Estate is in fact only a five minute drive from the lively beaches, shopping and entertainment area of Rodney Bay. With the main west coast highway on hand, it’s also only half an hour’s drive to Castries.

  • 1hr 20mins fromHewanorra Int.

Marigot Bay

Halfway down the island’s west coast, carved between two jungle-clad hills, is the exceptionally picturesque Marigot Bay, a much-loved mooring point for yachts of all shapes and sizes. Completely sheltered on three sides by gentle slopes, the waters of the bay are still and clear, like an ice-blue Norwegian fjord. There’s even a small but idyllic beach, shaded by glorious coconut palms and jutting out into the shallows. Luxury villas set on the hillside enjoy picture-perfect views as the sailboats glide in and out of the harbour. Down at the water’s edge, chic bars and restaurants look out over the bay, their lights reflected in the calm waters at night, creating a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. One of the locations for the filming of the 1960s movie Dr Doolittle, the bay is a haven for an array of exotic birds and you can often see parrot fish and rays from your restaurant table. A regular ferry operates from one side of the bay to the other and you can take water taxi to visit other parts of the island.

  • 1hr fromHewanorra Int.

Rodney Bay

The deep arc that is Rodney Bay is located on the northwest coast of St Lucia, a heavenly tableau of pristine white sand, clear blue waters and tastefully designed holiday resorts offering all the ingredients of the perfect Caribbean holiday. From the rocky knoll of Pigeon Island, once a site of military conflict between warring Europeans, right round to the far end of dreamy Reduit Beach, this lovely bay is understandably one of the most popular on the island. Beach bars and restaurants are plentiful and varied, from sophisticated and quiet to rustic and lively. The magnificent marina attracts some of the world’s most glamorous yachts and motor cruisers while the wide range of watersports on offer includes dinghy sailing, waterskiing and kayaking, not to mention great snorkelling, straight off the beach. Whether you intend to explore the island to the full by joining some of the many tours and cruises available from here, or simply to stay put and savour this beautiful corner, Rodney Bay is a perfect choice.

  • 1hr 15mins fromHewanorra Int.

Soufriere

St Lucia’s former capital, founded by the French, was once home to large sugar plantations. Now a sleepy, chilled-out harbour town, it still carries a little of the old French character, mingled with colourful local charm. There are photogenic fishing boats and rustic wooden houses along the waterfront and the town’s Saturday market is a great chance to pick up some fresh fish and island spices for the barbecue.The tropical blues and pinks of Soufriere’s rooftops stand out against the deep emerald backdrop of the surrounding volcanic hills, the distinctive peaks of the Pitons rising dramatically in the distance. For visitors, it’s the area’s beautiful rainforest, sulphur springs and waterfalls that attract the most attention, with some particularly energetic souls even choosing to climb the iconic Gros Piton. The resorts in and around Soufriere focus primarily on relaxation, and in this magnificent natural setting, it isn’t hard to see why. It’s well worth taking to the water on one of the many boat trips available to enjoy the best views of this particularly scenic part of St Lucia.

  • 40mins fromHewanorra Int.

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Fun packed days in St. Lucia

Such a picturesque island as St Lucia deserves to be admired from the water at every available opportunity. There are numerous operators offering catamaran cruises, snorkelling tours, sunset sailing, deep sea fishing and whale watching excursions - seeing the iconic Pitons from the sea at sunset will surely be one of the highlights of your visit. While it’s possible to hike up Gros Piton, it’s a fairly strenuous challenge; a less demanding option is to walk the Tet Paul Nature Trail near Soufriere. A local guide will accompany you, pointing out the wonderful flora and fauna en route and there are magnificent views of the Pitons and the coastline. One of the most popular excursions is the Treetop Adventure Park at Dennery, with no fewer than 12 thrilling zip wires to send you whizzing through the rainforest. There’s also a mini course for younger children and you can combine the trip with a rainforest hike or mountain biking adventure. Families and the young at heart will love Splash Island Water Park, a giant floating obstacle course located off the shore at Reduit Beach – exhausting but fun!

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Atmospheric evenings in St. Lucia

A chilled cocktail while admiring a dramatic sunset, a mouth-watering dinner in an open air restaurant, a little live music or a stroll along the beach under the stars… for many visitors, this is the perfect evening in St Lucia. Restaurants are of a high standard and the cocktail list extends way beyond rum. Musical entertainment can vary from jazz to reggae, creole to soul. There are plenty of friendly bars around should you feel like being a little more sociable and the islanders are only too pleased for you to join them for a Piton beer, dancing or even a karaoke session. Rodney Bay Village is one of the livelier areas with a number of hip clubs playing dance music into the early hours. The Friday night Jump Up is a must – it’s a weekly street party in Gros Islet with Caribbean music, street entertainers and delicious barbecued fish and chicken served from street stalls. Anse La Raye’s Seafood Friday is a similar, more low-key version with succulent lobster, shrimp and octopus stew on offer along the seafront.

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Retail therapy in St. Lucia

As elsewhere in the Caribbean, duty free shops are a large part of the retail offering, with Castries no exception. There are a number of such outlets in Pointe Seraphine, close to the cruise ship terminal, where you can pick up luxury goods such as international designer watches, perfume, jewellery and cosmetics. Castries also has a couple of malls with a variety of shops and art galleries selling the work of local artists. If you want to try your hand at cooking up a tasty Caribbean dish of your own back at your holiday villa, there’s a variety of hot, spicy local sauces to experiment with, as well as the more unusual banana ketchup. Pick up some of the fabulous fresh produce available at Castries’ fruit and vegetable market – coconuts, plantains, breadfruit and limes to name but a few. The craft market alongside is also worth a visit for reasonably prices souvenirs. St Lucia’s clothes boutiques have some good quality cotton and beach-style garments on offer as well as traditional batik and basketware, wood carvings and pottery.

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Beaches in St. Lucia

St Lucia’s breathtakingly beautiful beaches are open to all and are undoubtedly the island’s most enticing feature. The volcanic nature of the island has created variations in the tone of the sand and the vegetation along each stretch of coast, though all are blessed with warm, multi-hued turquoise waters and a lush, velvety-green backdrop of hills and mountains.The west coast beaches are sheltered from the Atlantic winds and are where most of the resorts are located. In the north, Pigeon Island National Park occupies the north tip of Rodney Bay, a deep cove with some of the island’s favourite beaches: Pigeon Island and Reduit. The park is a lovely place for a leisurely picnic while the southern end of Reduit Beach has a party atmosphere at the weekend with locals and visitors alike enjoying the sun, often with live music. Reached by boat or water taxi from your resort, the dark sand beach of Anse Cochon is set on an immaculate bay that’s ideal for snorkelling as the reef begins quite close to the beach. Anse Chastanet, just north of Soufriere, is possibly the best place on the island for snorkelling and scuba diving. It’s also extremely pretty, with steep, jungle-clad hillsides, tall palm trees and rustic parasols arranged along the silver grey sands.

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Not to be missed...

  •  Whether you take part or simply admire the impressive antics of the experts, the breezy Cas En Bas beach on the northeast coast is very popular with kite-surfers and windsurfers and is shielded by an offshore reef.
  • Grand Anse on the east coast is the island’s primary nesting spot for endangered leather back turtles. If you’re visiting between March and August you can take part in organised overnight camps on the beach to watch the huge turtles laying their eggs - a magical experience.
  • For a true taste of St Lucia, visit the colourful food markets at Castries. You’ll find a bewildering range of exotic, locally sourced fruit, vegetables, seafood and spices on offer, as well as a bustling atmosphere and a warm welcome from the traders.
  • Chocoholics will be delighted to discover a resurgence in St Lucia’s cocoa plantations as demand grows for more refined chocolate in the overseas markets. The Rabot Estate near Soufriere offers tours and a demonstration of the whole chocolate-making process from bean to bar, or visit the Emerald Estate at Anse Chastanet for sensory tasting and truffle-making.

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