Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
For a taste of Miami by way of St. Lucia, look no further than Sugar Beach. Set on a white-sand crescent between the Piton mountains—within a 100-acre former sugar plantation studded with shady palm trees—the resort’s white-on-white cottages have all the amenities worthy of a five-star retreat, from sumptuous Egyptian cotton linens to butler service and access to a private chef. (No wonder Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon have stayed here.) But don’t linger too long. The coral reefs in the bay just steps away are home to triggerfish, turtles, and exotic sponges that can be viewed on an instructor-led dive or snorkel trip, and whale-watching, waterfall hikes through the rain forest, and adventure tours on ATVs await. Have more leisurely pursuits in mind? The tree-house spa offers treatments using locally sourced ingredients for the ultimate relaxation.
By Jennifer Fernandez, AFAR Contributor
Relax into Romance
No disrespect to Virginia, but if there’s one place in the world that’s for lovers, it might just be St. Lucia. This thought first crossed my mind at Sugar Beach, a seaside plantation-turned-resort that’s nestled beneath the Pitons, St. Lucia’s pair of iconic rocky peaks. I was lying on a massage bed, indescribably content, while my therapist kneaded homemade coconut oil into my muscles. A few arm’s lengths away, my girlfriend was getting the same treatment. We’d hiked the larger Piton that morning, and now, for the second time in a day, we were virtually alone together, doing something we wouldn’t soon forget. Dana and I had been dating a few months at this point. But we had already started to worry about how difficult our respective work schedules made it to cross paths in frenetic New York City. On St. Lucia, an island with only one main road, we could travel together without distraction. Left to ourselves by our masseurs, we eased into the heated stone pool next to our thatch-hut treatment room. That evening found us in the water again, this time wearing masks and wet suits. We finned through the cove on the hotel’s property, our flashlights trained on scrambling lobsters and gasping eels. Afterward, we dined on mahimahi and heirloom tomato soup at the hotel’s Bayside restaurant. There was nothing between us and the sea but swaying palms. We grew closer in those four days than we had in the previous four months, because so many things that had been keeping us apart finally just evaporated.
By Darrell Hartman, AFAR Contributor
Sunset at Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort is one of those dreamy beach havens where luxury is standard. Overall the best hotel on the island of St.Lucia for amenities, location, activities and dining options. Driving along the jagged roads of St. Lucia, from the northern tip of the island to the Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort, the pitons come into view. The pitons are the two mountains which define the island of St.Lucia. The Viceroy Resort is uniquely nestled between the two pitons and rests upon powdery white sand beaches. During my stay I indulged in the Rain forest spa, for an indulgent scrub and soak in my own private hut, a delicious afternoon tea at the Cane Bar, and fresh seafood at the Great Room Restaurant.
Val Des Pitons Forbidden Beach La Baie de Silence, St Lucia