Photo courtesy of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
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.
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Val Des Pitons Forbidden Beach La Baie de Silence, St Lucia