Saint Lucia is ever-popular as a Caribbean holiday destination and there are so many reasons why! This small island is one of striking contrasts - both in landscape and atmosphere. So whether you'd like an action-packed adventure holiday or a tranquil escape on blissfully quiet beach, we know there's a place for you in Saint Lucia! Here are just a few examples of the diverse delights that await...
Undoubtedly the most iconic feature of Saint Lucia's magnificent landscape, the twin peaks of Gros and Petit Piton are a sight to behold. You can view them from afar whilst sipping a cool drink on the beach, but if you're feeling energetic, the views from the summit of Gros Piton are well worth the 4-5 hour hike!
Set on the island's northwest coast, Rodney Bay is a vibrant area that seems to have it all; a stylish marina, shops, restaurants and a gloriously long sandy beach. A culinary hotspot, with many eateries using delicious, fresh local ingredients, we recommend you grab a bite here at least once on your luxury Saint Lucia holiday.
Segway tours are a great way to explore the island whilst doing something a bit different. Local guides will teach you how to ride your Segway before heading off up Mount Pimard along a two mile track. Along the route you'll stop to take in the incredible views (and maybe snap a few photos) of Pigeon Island, Rodney Bay Marina and Reduit Beach.
The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival celebrates its 25th year in 2016. This annual event continues to draw increasing numbers of visitors, with this year's line up featuring an array of artists such as George Benson, Ronald 'Boo' Hinkson and Kool & The Gang! This year's festival will take place from 29 April to 8 May.
There are still plenty of working cocoa plantations on Saint Lucia, many of which are open to the public, with tours and walking trails available. Indeed, the world renowned Hotel Chocolat uses cocoa beans from this region, and even has it's own hotel here. A chocoholics paradise!
The scuba diving sites along Saint Lucia's coast are truly incredibly, with teeming coral, underwater caves and even shipwrecks to explore. Beginners lessons are available, but if you'd rather stay close to the surface, or are on a luxury family holiday with youngsters, snorkelling is also a fantastic option. Many resorts offer snorkelling tours too!
For a night out like no other, head to the small fishing village of Gros Islet on a Friday evening, when local residents open up their doors and set up barbeques and bars on the charming, narrow streets. Once the sound-systems are pumping you'll know why these evenings are called 'Jump Ups'; you really can dance the night away in paradise!
Known as the Caribbean's only 'drive-in volcano', the Sulphur Springs at Soufriere are a real highlight of the island's natural wonders. Visitors can explore this dormant volcanic crater by foot or car, weaving between steaming hot springs. Just outside the park, you can bathe in warm sulphuric pools, which are thought to have healing properties.
Spend the say aboard a replica 18th Century pirate ship, sailing along the coast and stopping off to visit some of Saint Lucia's most iconic sites along the way! Kids will love this was of seeing the beautiful island, and parents might quite enjoy it too! If you're interested, our Concierge team can book this and number of other experiences for you before you travel.
After all that, end your days watching the famously striking Caribbean sunset, whilst sipping a lovingly prepared rum punch on the beach. Bliss.
If you'd to book your own St Lucian escape, you can browse accommodation options here, or call an experienced Travel Specialist now on 01244 355 600 to find out more about this idyllic island!