Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Easily one of the most luxury properties on the island, this resort is located on St Lucia’s famous Sugar Beach, surrounded by 100 acres of lush rainforest and the twin volcanic peaks, the Pitons – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ideal for honeymooners or romantic getaways, there are 96 rooms, cottages, bungalows and villas, each with its own private plunge pool and gardens. Luxury Cottages have beamed ceilings and four-poster beds, while the Beachfront Bungalows have private courtyards and impressive ocean views. Couples can enjoy lunch at Bayside Restaurant, just a few metres from the crystal-clear waters of Anse des Pitons Bay, and sit back with cocktails and seafood platters at Jalousie Grill. There’s also a rainforest spa housed in a wooden tree-house style building, a gym, a heated outdoor pool and an extensive selection of on-site activities, like tennis, scuba-diving, kayaking, and dolphin and whale watching.
From £512 per night.
Jade Mountain is the only resort in St Lucia with views of both the Petit and Gros Piton mountains. Located high above Anse Chastanet beach along the southwest coastline, there are five accommodation options, from villas with infinity pools to romantic suites with beautiful mountain views. The hotel grows its own organic produce on its farm, which guests can sample at one of the restaurants and bars, or in the privacy of their own room. Anse Chastanet, the hotel’s nearby sister property, has its own treehouse restaurant which is also worth a visit for its traditional Caribbean dishes – think grilled seafood, plantain fritters and exotic fruit desserts. Guests can book a number of excursions in and around the resort, like scuba diving, windsurfing, sunset cruises and chocolate tasting sessions at Jade Mountain’s on-site cocoa laboratory.
From £955 per night.
Cabot St Lucia
Set to open in 2022, Cabot St Lucia is one ultra-luxe property to have on your radar. Designed by British architect Richard Evans, the estate will be home to a residential community plus a hotel with 40 guest suites, all of which have beautiful ocean views. Situated on Point Hardy on the northern tip of the island, the estate is surrounded by tropical hillsides and meadows, ideal for a private getaway. A great choice for couples or adults looking for a relaxing break, there’s an on-site beach club, an impressive spa with fitness facilities, and an 18-hole golf course.
Price available on request.
If you’d rather stay somewhere smaller but just as impressive, Ladera has only 37 rooms and suites dotted around its estate, on St Lucia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. There isn’t a beach within walking distance, but guests can take the hotel’s shuttle to Malgretoute or Sugar Beach. The Paradise Ridge Villas have breath-taking views of the mountains, but if you want to go all out, book the Rainbow Suite, complete with a heated plunge pool and striking wooden furniture crafted by the locals – you won’t want to leave the four-posted bed. Guests can enjoy traditional Creole food at restaurant Dasheene and sunset cocktails at the bar. During your stay, make a beeline for the local sulphur springs and drive-in volcano which are only five minutes away.
From £713 per night.
Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa
If your idea of a proper holiday means relaxing at an all-inclusive resort, Royalton Saint Lucia is a top choice. Located on the island’s northern tip on Cap Estate, it’s a 20-minute drive from the capital, Castries, and a short walk from four local beaches. If you’re travelling with kids, opt for one of the spacious family rooms, while couples should book the Hideaway, the resort’s adult-only complex made for romantic breaks. Relax in one of the four pools on site (some have their own swim-up bar), book a cabana where a butler can bring you champagne and fruit platters, and spend an afternoon at the spa to relax in the hammam and steam room. Rooms service is available 24/7 and the 13 bars and nine restaurants cover all the bases.
From £300 per night.
Owned by Hotel Chocolat, Rabot Hotel is a slick boutique hotel set in lush rainforest with views of the Piton mountains. Set 1,000 ft above sea level, the hotel is secluded enough for honeymooners or groups wanting total privacy. Just keep in mind that the terrain, atmosphere and activities won’t suit every age, so it’s strictly adults-only. Guests can unwind in the Cocoa Juvenate Spa, swim in the infinity pool to watch the sun set over Piton, and dine at the hotel’s unique restaurant which showcases the best of ‘cacao-cuisine’ – think chocolate at every course. In each villa, you can also expect fridges filled with prosecco and freshly made estate chocolates, iPod docking stations pre-loaded with playlists inspired by the island, and luxury cacao toiletries in the en-suites.
Rooms from £257 per night.
Another top all-inclusive resort, East Winds is made up of cottage-style suites and oceanfront beach houses surrounded by acres of lush greenery near Rodney Bay Village. The resort feels particularly secluded thanks to the beautiful gardens and palm trees dotted over the grounds which are home to hummingbirds, herons and doves. Ocean Front Suites have their own private patios which overlook the beach, while Superior Cottages, with traditional Caribbean décor, are close to the swimming pool, beach, restaurant, and bars. For a small property, the facilities are extensive. There’s an on-site spa, a yoga pavilion, a water sports centre, a ‘keep fit’ trail which snakes around the grounds, and two all-day dining restaurants.
Rooms from £550 per night.
Cap Maison, St Lucia
Regularly voted as one of the top hotels in the Caribbean, Cap Maison is set on its own stretch of private beach near Rodney Bay. With some of the most stylish interiors on this list, guests can choose to stay in suites with private pools or spacious villas with roof terraces, hot tubs and ocean views – the Spanish Courtyard Suites are ideal for a group trip. Cap Maison also has an excellent culinary offering, including a fine dining restaurant, a relaxed bar where you can enjoy cocktails and light bites on the beach (think grilled seafood and rum punch) and a rooftop bar with stunning views towards neighbouring island Martinique. There’s also an on-site spa, a water sports centre, and a hiking and running club.
From £375 per night.
SL favourite BodyHoliday is one of the most well-known all-inclusive resorts on the island, and for good reason. With an emphasis on wellness, guests are encouraged to relax and embrace the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle. There’s an extensive selection of activities and treatments to choose from, from tai chi and meditation to yoga and Ayurvedic classes, as well as bootcamp-style exercise packages in the form of water sports and even quadrathlon training. There are five room types to choose from, some with beautiful ocean views, others with private pools and courtyards. In terms of food, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re after sushi, grilled seafood and healthy smoothies, or want to indulge in a pan-Asian buffet.
From £449 per night.
Crystals Villa Hotel
In the beautiful town of Soufriere, Crystals Villa Hotel is a collection of rustic villas and cottages with private pools. You’ll need a car, ideally a Jeep, to get around, but the views of Gros Piton are well worth the journey. Expect traditional Caribbean design in each cottage, while the villas are a little more upmarket thanks to spacious rooms and quirky handmade furniture. Hotel owners Monica and Martin can help you plan trips around the island and give you recommendations of where to eat and visit in Soufriere, although all accommodation has self-catering facilities. Be sure to stop by the bar in the evenings for fruit cocktails and free rum punch.
From £150 per night.