Why St. Lucia Is Everything A Honeymoon Should Be
I just returned from a short trip to Sugar Beach Viceroy in St. Lucia, and all I can say is WOW. Let me preface by saying that I have been to 18 Caribbean islands and all major Caribbean sub-regions and this piece of paradise still completely blew me away!
St. Lucia, just 14 miles wide and 27 miles long, is a jewel of an island. It is volcanic in origin and was formed about 50 million years ago—hence it’s dramatic topography and natural beauty. The island is mountainous and lush with hidden waterfalls, abundant rainforests, sandy beaches, and amazing scenery. If traveling from the US, St. Lucia rivals the Seychelles and French Polynesia but without the associated jetlag!
Here are the top reasons to consider Sugar Beach Viceroy (or another Soufriere area property) for your honeymoon, anniversary, or just to get away!
Location, Location, Location
The Sugar Beach Viceroy is situated right between the two iconic Pitons on St. Lucia (these are the tall peaks you’ll see on most images of the island). The beach is very well kept and the water is gorgeous. While swimming, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the beach, the Gros Piton, and the Petit Piton all right in front of you. The Soufriere region of the island is also the best for easily visiting snorkeling spots, volcanos, hiking, and many amazing restaurants as well.
Speaking of restaurants, you have four great options right on property but also some interesting options nearby Take a short water taxi over to Soufriere to explore the town and visit Orlando’s Restaurant and Bar. The chef was award winning in his prior role as the head chef of Dasheen (at Ladera resort, also a good dining option!) and is on a mission to get Caribbean food on the global cuisine map. Also check out Boucan at the Hotel Chocolat. The property grows its own rare form of cacao and features an innovative menu using the pulp, nibs, and chocolate in nearly every dish.
There are so many activity options from this area of the island. My favorite was hiking (conquering?) the Gros Piton. The hike is about four hours and fairly steep stair climb near the top, but the views are fantastic! Other active options include zip lining, ATVing, horseback riding, an easier hike called the Tet Paul, and going in search of waterfalls. St. Lucia boasts the world’s only “drive in volcano” which you can visit along with a trip to the mud baths.
The Rainforest Spa at Sugar Beach is stunning. It is made from natural materials and each treatment room is reminiscent of traditional houses and seems to be almost suspended in the rainforest. There are couples treatment rooms as well as individual, each complete with a private outdoor shower. Try the Romantic Renaissance that gives you a massage in addition to some additional time to relax in your private couples treatment cabin with sparkling wine and lunch. You can also enjoy the fully stocked (really impressive!) fitness center and daily fitness classes like yoga, bootcamp, and pilates.
While on St. Lucia, I highly recommend at least some time boating. You can do a snorkel tour or get a boat trip right on the beach at Sugar Beach. My husband and I went out on the hotel owned boat for 3 hours and enjoyed the fantastic views of the pitons from the sea. Going private also means you can have your captain stop at any nook or cranny on the coast that looks appealing. We swam in several spots and stopped at a gorgeous secluded beach.
Whatever you do, or wherever you stay on St. Lucia – you’re sure to have a beautiful time. Bell & Bly can get you special amenities at any of the Virtuoso properties on the island (Sugar Beach, Jade Mountain, Ladera) and can help you get the most out of your trip. Don’t forget to book early either, the beach front villas at Sugar Beach book up months in advance!