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St Lucia – Island of Luxury and Romance

St. Lucia, a small island in the Caribbean of approximately 238 square miles, is covered with tropical forests.  The climate during the rainy season (July through December) is mostly in 80 degrees (Fahrenheit) and rains occasionally. The resorts along the waters edge have a plethora of water sports and when you are tired of being in the water or laying in the sun or sitting at the swim-up pool bar you can drive to the rainforest and glide through the treetops on a zipline. 

While we were there we went Zip lining, which was enormous fun, drove through the rainforest, went shopping, did lots of water sports and explored several hotel and resort properties during our stay. We found something for every budget, crime is almost nonexistent. and the natives are warm and welcoming.  

We stayed at Sandals Regency. Sandal’s Resorts have three properties located on the island, each with a different spark and all have excellent restaurants and variety of watersports included in your stay. We were looking for a way to see the island and see other hotel and resort properties while we were there.     

We visited Cap Maison where we found private villas with plunge pools and a large dining area. You can walk down 63 stairs to get to their beautiful private beach. Almond Smugglers Cove and Almond Morgan Bay (both all-inclusive) are beautifully landscaped properties that cater to families. They have an outstanding children’s program for ages 2 up to 17 years of age. Cotton Bay Village is a collection of villas, condos and apartments; they are not all-inclusive but have a restaurant on site.  

Bay Gardens Beach Resort is a little welcoming property, not all-inclusive but offers’ three meal plans and has three restaurants on site; Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is a sizeable property offering private villas with beautiful views of the ocean. They are not all-inclusive but offer meal plans.  

Villa Beach Cottages is a small boutique hotel on the Caribbean Sea. Offering 10 villa suites in a beautifully landscaped setting showcases the rich St. Lucian architectural heritage with high cathedral ceilings, intricate gingerbread fretwork, jalousie shutters and original handcrafted wooden furniture. There are no restaurants on site; however the property is a short walk from the downtown area where several restaurants and shops can be found.   

Anse Castanet is not for the frail or persons with mobility issues. It is at the top of a very rugged road that is not paved, I would not recommend a stay here in the rainy season due to the road being flooded by a waterfall and the rooms are all open air on the backside and the rain goes into the rooms. It is a very expensive property ($14,000 to $19,000 U.S. per week double and does not include any meals. This property would be great during the summer months except there is no air-conditioning.  

Jalouise Plantation is on 350 acres and is nicely spread out. It also is private villas with plunge pools but without any cooking facilities except in the three bedroom villa. They have several restaurants on site.   

Lastly Coconut Bay hotel is an all-inclusive close to the international airport on the south side of the island. This property has a plethora of activities for young and old. They have a large spa and meeting rooms. Nearby is a separate area for adults only on the east end of the property. This is the finest deal on the island and very well-liked.  

We observed at least five weddings while we were in St. Lucia and chatted with several newlyweds who were there on their honeymoons. Everyone we spoke with was delighted with the island, the food, and the friendly people who call St. Lucia their home.