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Island fling on St. Lucia
Paradise, tranquility and beauty are all words that come to mind when you think of a Caribbean island. And, while St Lucia certainly does fulfill all these expectations, there is so much more on offer than just the obvious white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
You really can make it whatever you want it to be.
After a comfortable nine-hour flight, my trip began in the north of the island at Cap Maison resort, an isolated gem set on a cliff that leads down to its own private beach.
The drive to the resort highlights the ‘Lucian’ way of living. Everything is very simple; the island and its people are extremely easy-going and laidback.
It’s very obvious everyone seems so content with their lives they have no need for the fancy cars and houses we English strive for.
Cap Maison continues this simple ethos, but with a luxurious twist; it’s a winning combination.
The cold towels on arrival – along with a local rum punch – are a lovely touch.
Privacy is a key factor in the layout of the resort, and there are plenty of hidden corners to tuck yourself away in to enjoy that glorious Caribbean sunshine.
All rooms are out of view of their neighbours and a private roof terrace with its own pool, sun loungers and bar is just one of the many highlights.
The resort has lots to offer, including wine tasting in its own, very well-stocked wine cellar, and we also had an education in many of the local rums.
When it comes to eating, the Lucians really know what they’re doing.
For dinner I opted for a Kobe beef dish, which I can honestly say was the best meal of my life. Everything on the menu is described in great detail and the waiters have a vast knowledge of what is served.
Wherever you go on St Lucia, there’s an abudance of fabulous fresh fruit; whether it be in the resort lobbies or restaurants, local shops or street markets – with their arts, crafts, spices and rums – it’s hard to find something that isn’t freshly picked and mouth-wateringly flavoursome.
During our time on the island, we visited various other resorts and points of interest.
The Sandals resort boasts more of those paradise beaches typical of St Lucia. Many couples choose to marry on the island, and Sandals offers all the elements needed to ensure the big day goes without a hitch. The resort is not all gowns and grooms, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy.
We were treated to a traditional St Lucian massage at the in-house spa.
With relaxation and luxury all in one place, the massage featured hot stones, sand and water, taking you to the white sands of the nearby beach while laying in the comfort of the spa – a wonderful experience.
Travelling down to the south of the island, we discovered a similar level of luxury, exclusivity and paradise.
We stayed at the Ladera resort, perched on a cliff top overlooking the dramatic coast, which is home to the worldfamous Pitons mountain formations.
The hotel prides itself on its ‘view with a room’ accommodation featuring three walls, looking out between the two Pitons, which gives an incredible sense of being on the doorstep of the rainforest. To wake up and soak up this view is truly surreal.
A stone’s throw from the Ladera Resort, is Jalousie, which is right on the beach.
This resort has everything to offer a honeymooning couple – or anyone looking to find peace and tranquility, for that matter. The resort features small huts built into the forest around winding rivers, and there is even a treetop spa, making you feel at one with the sounds of the rainforest while indulging in a variety of pampering treats.
The resort’s private beach is one of the best on the island. And with local cocktails within an arm’s reach, dozens of comfy sunloungers and a large pool, why would you ever need to move?
When travelling to St Lucia, I had to keep in mind that the island is perfect for weddings and honeymooning couples.
It might not be something I’ve considered myself yet, but when I do eventually take the plunge, I know I’ve found the perfect place.