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Saint Lucia Holidays

This island destination has much more to offer than just basking on a beach. From snorkelling to cocktail-making, there is something for everyone in Saint Lucia.

For anyone who becomes a little bored with just lying on a beach, Saint Lucia provides enough additional activities to stimulate the mind.

The interior is lush and dramatic, the colonial architecture and bright colours of the houses are photographically enchanting and the island is big enough to warrant exploration. Add the French legacy of some excellent restaurants, lovely hotels, white sand beaches and superb snorkelling and diving. Meanwhile, Saint Lucians are incredibly social and it is almost impossible not to get caught up in the party scene with the numerous festivals and street gatherings.

Palm trees on the beach
Palm trees on the beach, Saint Lucia

Highlights of St Lucia

An exploration of the west coast of Saint Lucia, from its bays and beaches to its rainforests and waterfalls, this journey strikes the perfect balance between idyllic relaxation and muddy escapades.

11 days

from £4,340 pp

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Sea Side Town, Castries, St Lucia, Caribbean
Castries, St Lucia

Saint Lucia: What to Expect

At 27 miles long and rising to a height of nearly 1,000m in the centre, Saint Lucia is far from being an isolated patch of Caribbean sand. Add in a history that has seen the island oscillate between being French and British no less than 14 times over 200 years and it is hardly surprising that it remains a cultural melting pot of Amerindian, European and African influences.

Authentic Saint Lucian island life can be discovered in the colourful former capital of Soufriere, which spreads back from the seafront up to the steep amphitheatre of volcanic ridges that embrace this charming Caribbean town. The French Catholic church occupies a central position, overlooking a collection of colourful houses and shacks, while the twin sentinels of the Piton Mountains stand guard at the bay’s entrance.

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Anse Chastanet Resort, Soufriere, Saint Lucia
Anse Chastanet Resort, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia: Two Island Hideaways

There is something rather exclusive and endearing about the Caribbean archipelago, which I have been fortunate enough to explore in depth throughout my years working in travel. Despite the quintessential trios of sun, sea and sand that can be found on these islands, each boasts its own unique features. Enter: Saint Lucia.

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Panorama of Pitons, Saint Lucia, Caribbean

Climb the Pitons

Explore the lush scenery with gruelling yet rewarding hikes up the iconic Pitons.

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Anse Ray in Saint Lucia

‘Fish Friday’

Don’t forget ‘Fish Friday’ at Anse la Raye, a party that rolls into Saturday.

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Diamond Botanical Gardens, Nr Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Local Gardens and Endangered Wildlife

Visit the Botanical Gardens or hire a guide and go in search of the critically endangered Saint Lucian parrot.

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Anse Chastanet Resort, Beach, Soufriere, Saint Lucia

Relax on the Beach

Sit on one of the country’s famous white sand beach and sip rum cocktails.

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Aerial view of the plantations in Saint Lucia

Explore Local Plantations

Follow a colonial heritage trail and visit some of the historic plantation houses and fortifications.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Fond Doux £££££

  • Saint Lucia
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Set in 135 acres, this French colonial plantation house overlooks cocoa drying racks and colourful tropical gardens that embrace 15 individual one and two-bedroom gingerbread cottages. Accommodation is simple and rustic using natural materials and featuring ceiling fans and private wooden verandas.

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Anse Chastanet Resort £££££

  • Saint Lucia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy’s 49-room tropical hideaway is set amidst steep green hillsides that descend to beautiful sandy beaches below. Secluded bays, individually designed rooms, incomparable views of the Piton Mountains and a plethora of activities are just some of the hotel highlights.

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Jade Mountain Hotel £££££

  • Saint Lucia
  • Boutique

Jade Mountain Resort is a beautiful property that overlooks Anse Chastanet beach on St Lucia’s south-west coast. Akin to a scene from a Bond film, Jade Mountain was designed by architect Nick Troubetzkoy and showcases a seriously bold and unique design. It offers 24 infinity pool sanctuaries built with just three walls, the missing fourth wall framing epic views of the Piton Mountains, towering over the Caribbean Sea.

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Ti Kaye Resort £££££

  • Saint Lucia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Nestled along a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and away from the hustle and bustle of the island, lies a true Saint Lucian treasure. The small laid back resort is located on the serene west coast and is simply known as ‘Ti Kaye’ which means small house in the native Creole patois language.

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Ladera £££££

  • Saint Lucia
  • Boutique

Open-air living is the theme at Ladera Resort. Rather than ‘room with a view’, think ‘view with a room’. Choose from 32 Suites comprising of one or two bedrooms, living space and private plunge pool, all open to views of Gross and Petit Piton and the Caribbean Sea and decorated with local art.

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East Winds £££££

  • Saint Lucia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

East Winds is a delightful, traditional and exclusive Caribbean hotel with just 30 rooms. There are 10 superior cottages, 16 deluxe cottages, three oceanfront rooms and one oceanfront suite. There is also one deluxe two-bedroom Garden Cottage. All are situated amongst verdant gardens and fluttering hummingbirds. Each of the cottages has their own private patio or shaded terrace and stepping stone pathways that lead past the free-form swimming pool down to the beach at La Brelotte Bay.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

John has checked out a great selection of Saint Lucia’s properties and was entirely won over by a boutique option with just three walls, the missing fourth perfectly framing a view of the Twin Pitons.

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