Collectors of experiences will enjoy the island that’s home to two Nobel-prize winners and the world’s only drive-in bubbling volcano, and sure, you can have fries with that. St. Lucia has inspired literary geniuses for centuries. When you walk the beaches or spot the coast from your catamaran while breathing salty sea air as the peaks of Soufrière’s volcanoes break the endless crystal blue horizon, you’ll understand why.
An exotic trek takes you through the most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles. Within the UNESCO protected Heritage site you’ll walk into a volcano crater, beside bubbling hot springs, mud pools and spewing sulphur-laden steam. The island’s patron saint day falls during the winter months. As St. Lucy is the patron saint of light, what you will enjoy most about the island is her ability to infuse joy into your winter world in poetic, surprising ways. To the lilting rhythm of French Patois you’ll enjoy exploring her personalities.
Within Soufrière you’ll discover Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, a magical portal to explore St. Lucia in your luxury villa, evoking plantations of the past with high-beamed ceilings and romantic voile draped four poster bed. In the shadow of the pitons the Rainforest Spa offers nourishing properties from the nearby volcanic springs and rich cocoa plantations to soothe and heal body, mind and spirit.
While three bars keep evenings lively. The Terrace restaurant, featuring Chef Chretien’s delectably undeniable French cuisine, serves an intimate dining experience. Jaw dropping sunsets over sparkling Caribbean waves give you the incredible feeling, however fleeting, that you have it all and will perhaps understand like never before the words of Mark Twain, “…you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugarbeach
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