St. Lucia is a magical island that captivates your mind, body and soul. Here towering mountains and fern-frilled jungles bring about a complete sense of relaxation. Here is our favorite itinerary for an epic St. Lucian holiday!
Check into Stonefield Estates, a lush property cradled in the rainforest of St. Lucia’s west coast. This resort invites you to immerse yourself in one of the most sublimely beautiful settings in the world. Built in harmony with its natural surroundings, Stonefield offers a unique eco-resort experience that features private, semi-outdoor villas with your own pool, world-class dining and a full-service spa. With breathtaking views from every villa to the best cup of Ginger Tea you've ever had at the Mango Tree Restaurant, this resort is sure to get your vacation started off the right way!
While on the west coast, visit the only attraction of it's kind on the planet, the Sulphur Springs volcano. Take a tour through the caldera and while you're there bring a bathing suit so you can take dip in the mudbath then wash off in a waterfall. You'll feel 10 years younger and you're sun soaked skin will thank you for it!
After a good nights rest in your villa, let Stonefield hail a taxi or for the more adventurous allow Rivage Travel to organize a rental car so you can explore this amazing island at your leisure. First up, is a short drive north to Anse-la-Verdure for a pit stop at Plas Kassav where you have to grab some of Marina Robert's warm homemade cassava bread. It's made from Yucca and comes in flavors such as banana, mango, peach, cherry, raisin and, of course, chocolate.
As you were flying into St. Lucia, you may have seen Jalousie Beach from the airplane. Situated between the Gros and Petite Piton you'll find some of the islands best snorkeling and diving right off the beach. Free parking is available about 1/2 way down the mountain with shuttle service provided by Sugar Beach. Spend the day in the water, sipping on a rum punch and take in the natural beauty surrounding you. For those seeking even more adventure, for a small fee you can take a guided hike to the top of the Petite Piton!
After a day soaking up the rays at Sugar Beach, take a short drive to the Ladera Resort for cocktail and lunch. Nestled above the Gros & Petite Piton, this eco-resort features open air accommodations and sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. If your timing is right, stay for a sunset and catch one of the world’s most brilliant events.
If you want to experience something more remote, take another short drive south and visit the Tet Paul Nature Trail. This leisurely 45 minute hike is heaven on Earth. From the majestic Pitons to the far away islands of Martinique and St. Vincent, you can see it all from points along the trail.
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After a relaxing and adventurous couple of days on St. Lucia’s Southside, make your way to Gros Islet located on the northern end of the island. What used to be a quiet fishing village Gros Islet is now one of the most popular destinations in the country. Featuring panoramic views of the bay and great resort offerings you’re sure to enjoy the next week of your vacation!
For accommodations, we recommend Sandals Grande. Of the three Sandals resorts in St. Lucia, the Grande features the best views, beach and overall amenities. For those looking to indulge in the ultimate holiday, Butler suites and Rondovals will provide you with that next level experience however the Grande offers many room categories to suit your needs and budgets. At minimum we recommend a Concierge level as these rooms are located in some of the best locations within the resort and of course, with Sandals, you stay at one and play at all three!!
Here are some of Sandals highlights!
As the days turn into nights and the sunsets turn to sunrises, take a day to explore the island by sea. Rivage Travel can organize a catamaran cruise around the island. Seeing St. Lucia from this perspective is an experience that should not be missed!
For those looking for a bit of exercise after a few days of relaxation, take a hike around Pigeon Island National Park. For a small entry fee, you can visit this once isolated island that was artificially joined to the western coast of the mainland in 1972. The views are spectacular and is just a short 5 minute walk from Sandals.
When Friday night comes around it's time to liven things up and take a taxi to St. Lucia's Friday Night Jump Up. This street party happens every week and is a great opportunity to mingle with locals and try some authentic St. Lucian foods. You'll find the people of St. Lucia warm and friendly. Their music is lively and you'll have a great time. Travel Tip: Make arrangements with your cab driver to pick you up at a certain time. Each time, we've been they've always waited for us so we could leave at our leisure.
As your trip begins to wind down, take a few moments to take in all that you've experienced on this trip. By the time you're ready to depart, you've made new friends, enjoyed some of St. Lucia's best sites, views and attractions. Now it's time to plan your next getaway!
Contact us today so we can help plan your next holiday because the best way to get over the end of vacation blues is to have your next one lined up!
Much love and Travel!
Jonathan & Angela @ Rivage Travel