Oh yes, the iconic twin-peaked French English Creole island in The Lesser Antilles which begs the Caribbean traveler to ask “What are the best St Lucia resorts” and what are my options? In this article, I break down your choices for a wonderful stay in Saint Lucia.
All inclusive vacations have become the rave throughout the Caribbean and Saint Lucia is no exception with the island adding several all-inclusive resorts in the last few years: from the mega Sandals resorts to smaller luxury resorts like Jade mountain or if you prefer to have the choice to dine out you may want to try a smaller boutique resorts such as Ladera.
St Lucia All Inclusive
Let’s explore some of my favorite St. Lucia all-inclusive resorts starting with the Sandals resorts.
Sandals Halcyon Beach
Tucked into a beautiful coastline, this resort uses classic Caribbean architecture bringing the outdoors in and fits naturally into the surrounding environment. The mountain peaks catapult from the palm-lined beach with water so blue you would think you were in a beer commercial. This resort really knows how to pamper its guests with a 5-star level of service. Enjoy unheard of all-inclusive activities such as unlimited scuba, canoes/kayaks, Hobie Cats, and windsurfing.
Dining and Bars
There are six scintillating gourmet restaurants to choose from such as The Beach restaurant for fun food like burgers and nachos, Kellys Dock has delicious seasoned meats and seafood, and Kimonos for Teppanyaki style oriental cuisine. If the choices are overwhelming, don’t stress out. Just visit centrally located Culinary Concierge Desk. It’s available and open during the day. For your need to drink, there are many choices. From a swim-up pool bar to a traditional British pub, Sandals resorts offer unlimited premium liquors and are all included. Don’t forget that you can visit the Sandals neighboring resorts the Sandals La Toc and Sandals Saint Lucia, giving you a total of 27 restaurants to choose from.
Find Luxury at Jade Mountain
Having been voted the number one Caribbean resort by Travel + Leisure World’s Bests and having arguably the best view of the Pitons, the twin 2500-foot volcanic peaks that are the symbol of St Lucia and a World Heritage Site sense 2005, Jade Mountain has a reputation for exclusivity, luxury, and service.
St Lucia has reached new dining heights at the Jade Mountain Club. Catering only to guests, the club’s award-winning Chef Allen Susser’s serves a delicious fusion of exotic Caribbean tastes that are set around an infinity pool. The menus reflect seasonal changes and cultural influences. Expect to taste food in an original way at this highly regarded restaurant. With the all-inclusive resort option, this is the height of St Lucia all-inclusive experience.
On select evenings, enjoy live entertainment from the islands best jazz musicians and acoustic guitarists.
Non inclusive St. Lucia resorts
With 32 suites set on one of the island’s oldest cocoa plantations, the famed Rabot Estate Ladera treats its guests to breathtaking view of the magnificent Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. With its open wall architecture, one feels they are in a totally open air environment while still maintaining privacy. The resort does an incredible job of only using local hardwood for its construction, flooring, as well as stone and tile coming from the island. The suites are adorned by local artist’s works making the whole living experience all-encompassing.
Fact: Ladera is located inside a World Heritage Site.
Dasheene at Ladera
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests and visitors line up to eat at Dasheene to take in the incredible view and fine dining. Chef Nigel sets himself apart offering his interoperation of St Lucian dishes, such as roast conch, Caribbean lamb salad and sweet potato and coconut soup. The kitchen is dedicated to serving up only native ingredients from the island’s farmers and also employs plantations that grow exclusively for the resort.
Pro Tip: Try the plantain gratin with coconut rum sauce.
The bar is open from 9 am each day is always a great place to enjoy a cocktail and the view of the twin volcanic peaks. Enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine before dinner and live music or a show in the evening.
St Lucia resorts have captured the imagination of the discerning Caribbean traveler looking for the very best all-inclusive vacations and boutique resort experience. Whether you are looking for World heritage beauty, fine dining or feeling like “All I want all the time all-inclusive resort experience,” St. Lucia has something for everyone.
Here is a list of must-see things to see and do while on your stay in St. Lucia.
1) The drive in Volcano. Remember St. Lucia was born from fire and lava.
2) Rodney Bay. Have lunch and relax at this tranquil bay.
3) Sulfur Springs. See up close how St. Lucia came to be.
4) Piton Mountain. Take the hike to the top of the iconic mountain and enjoy the view of the entire island.
5) Pigeon Island. Accessible at low tide this island gives you a micro view of what St. Lucia looked like to the early settlers
6) Scuba St. Lucia. A no-brainer. Talk to your hotel’s activity director about scuba companies and most popular spots on the island to scuba.
7) Marigot Bay. A great place to snorkel. Enjoy the sights from under the water and relax on the bay with a picnic basket.