It’s no wonder the French and British fought over the island of St Lucia for 150 years. This Caribbean beauty blessed with sugar-sand beaches, lush green mountains and a year-round temperature hovering at 70 degrees ultimately became a British territory in 1814, so English is the official language. The island gained independence in 1979, and the people of St Lucia are proud of their heritage – a vibrant mix of British, French and African influences. Whether you want to lose yourself in exuberant nature, indulge your taste buds with a fusion of flavors or party like a local, this place has it all.
Get out and explore
St Lucia boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery of any of the Caribbean islands, and its volcanic mountains offer an array of experiences, from invigorating climbs to nature’s best beauty treatments. If you choose one of our Sugar Beach rentals you’ll be up close and personal with the majestic Piton hills. These landmark twin peaks are a Unesco World Heritage site, and a hike up the 2,619-foot Gros Piton is well worth the effort. Starting out at Fond Gens Libre – or ‘Village of the Free People', named after the freedom fighters who took refuge there in the 1748 slave rebellion – you’ll walk past colorful flora and fauna as you take in the gasp-inducing views.
If you’re after something a little less energetic, then why not spend a few hours at Sulphur Springs Park. A walk through the crater of the dormant Soufrière Volcano takes you past natural hot springs and bubbling mud pools rising from deep underground. A wallow in a mineral-rich mud bath is said to detox and soften the skin, and if you follow that up with bathing at one of the area’s waterfalls, you’ll enjoy nature’s own falling-water massage into the bargain.
Treat your taste buds
Hungry for some local flavor? St Lucia has a lot to offer the traveling gourmet. With everything from five-star dining to spicy street food to tempt you, one of the best places to experience a real St Lucian feast is at the Friday Night ‘Jump Up’ in the fishing village of Gros Islet, in the north of the island. The narrow streets blend into one big party as back-yard barbecues sizzle with fried fish, stalls serve up plentiful liquor and sound systems blast out big beats – late into the night.
For those with a sweet tooth, the island’s long history of chocolate production is a welcome distraction. There have been cocoa plantations on St Lucia for more than 200 years, and the industry produces some of the finest chocolate in the world. At the 140-acre Rabot Estate cocoa plantation, owned by Hotel Chocolat, you can take part in the fascinating Tree to Bar Experience. Learn about the history of St Lucia’s cacao production on a tour through the trees, and finish up by making your very own bar of chocolate from the estate’s quality cacao nibs.
Music, dancing and carnival fun are high on the list of favorite things for most St Lucians. The new Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival builds on the reputation of the island’s famous Jazz Festival, incorporating the St Lucia Carnival and the Roots & Soul, Arts & Heritage, and Food & Rum Festivals.
In the mix you’ll find the eye-popping carnival parades – watch as the parade flows past on a flurry of sequins and feathers, and join in with a hip-shaking ‘wine’ to the beat of the steel-drum bands. Celebrate the richness and diversity of Saint Lucia’s cultural, ethnic and artistic heritage with art exhibitions, theatrical performances, and talks. Join the island’s best chefs and drinks connoisseurs to indulge in fine food and free-flowing rum. And let loose with jazz, reggae, hip-hop, Afro-punk and R&B as festival concerts take place in a number of venues across the island, culminating in a grand finale show at Pigeon Island, a 44-acre National Park at the northern tip of St Lucia.
Experience the luxury of our villas in St Lucia
Our St Lucia properties have everything you need for a fabulous island holiday in the sunshine. Ocean views, private pools, and breezy laid-back verandahs invite you to sit back, rum punch in hand, and soak up the Caribbean vibe.
Villas in Sugar Beach
If you want to stay close to St Lucia’s most famous stretch of sand, the beautiful Sugar Beach, then one of Luxury Retreats’ Sugar Beach rentals could be just the thing you’re looking for. Our residences are part of the luxury 5-star Viceroy Sugar Beach resort, so you’ll enjoy the best service and the use of all the resort’s facilities, including gym, dive center and spa. Properties range from 1 to 4 bedrooms and feature fully equipped kitchens, private bars and butler service alongside sun-soaked pools and terraces just made for taking it easy.
Soufriere, founded by the French, was the original capital of St Lucia and retains an undeveloped, picturesque charm with the added benefits of access to Anse Chastanet beach and sights such as Diamond Botanical Gardens and Anse Mamin sugar plantation. Our Soufriere villa rentals offer lush gardens and pools with fabulous views of the Piton peaks, and you can either sit back and let your private chef prepare a delicious Caribbean dinner or light up the barbecue and get sizzling with your own fish fry.
Perfect honeymoon stays
If you’re planning to spend your honeymoon in St Lucia, you’re sure to find the ideal secluded getaway among our selection of stunning properties. From traditional bungalows to suites at the island’s best resorts, Luxury Retreats has your special holiday sorted. Spend your days exploring the island’s sights, indulging in relaxing spa treatments or playing tennis or golf. Then, come the evening, take in a romantic sunset from your private balcony or terrace in one of our wonderful couples-friendly rentals.
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