And for good reason. Yes, the sand is exceedingly white and powdery, the service is genuinely superb and the location between the majestic Pitons within a UNESCO World Heritage Site makes this the premier address on St Lucia, but there is much more to this exceptional beachfront resort than first meets the eye.
From sampling gourmet fare in the charming Great Room restaurant to exploring the renowned dive sites by the National Marine Reserve, Sugar Beach, St Lucia offers an exceptionally diverse itinerary, leaving you free to relax or explore as little or as much as you desire. As for the accommodation, white walls contrast with dark wood floors, a private plunge pool glitters on the terrace and in the butler-serviced villas, a claw foot bath promises deep-soak relaxation. Just steps from the water’s edge lies a small collection of stylish beachfront bungalows, with larger residences available around the bay for families and couples alike. And to take privacy up a notch, four new bungalows and five cottages up the mountainside have popped up in November 2021.
Non-motorised watersports such as snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing are all complimentary, whilst the simplest of pleasures can be found on a nature walk under the rainforest canopy. But sometimes it’s best to just slow things down. Sugar Beach have that covered too, with parents relaxing on the refreshed cabanas or at the brand new pool bar while the kids splash about; and private pairs unwinding in the treehouse treatment room on slits at the Rainforest Spa before dinner at the barefoot food joint by the beach.
Utilising the best kept beauty secrets from the local islanders, the Rainforest Spa offers only the most natural and authentic treatments within its seven private treehouses, including hot rock therapies, rejuvenating salt scrubs and bamboo massages. For couples, the 'Romantic Renaissance' treatment consists of a soothing body massage followed by sparkling wine and lunch, whilst 'Sulphur Seduction' begins with a leisurely tour of Soufriere Volcano and finishes with a relaxing dip in the steamy Sulphur Springs mud baths. Children are also welcome in the spa.
On a Farm to Table tour, guests are given the opportunity to source, prepare and sample the finest organic produce from the local farm, all within the capable hands of Chef Daniel Hurtado – the final product is paired with the perfect glass of wine. For informal a la carte dining on the beach, the Bayside Restaurant offers a delectable choice – expect fresh seafood, local-style wraps and salads with a Caribbean twist – whilst The Great Room restaurant is all about fine dining, cocktail attire and intricate delicacies. After dinner, the resident rummelier will pour your tipple of choice from an impressive specialist rum list in the Cane Bar.
Perfectly nestled between the Pitons, Sugar Beach Resort boasts some of the most spectacular views of these towering island landmarks from the ground. Those wishing to climb Gros Piton may wish to join the resort’s scenic three hour tour, starting with a short water taxi ride to the base. Looking over the island of St Vincent and the surrounding rainforests, the panoramic vistas from this height are simply unsurpassable.
Internationally acclaimed for its sublime location and premium-class watersports facilities, Sugar Beach, St Lucia is the perfect place to enjoy windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling and cycling on water on unique Schiller Bikes, all under the watchful eyes of the resort’s expert staff. The PADI Dive Centre at Sugar Beach is only moments away from the National Marine Reserve and protected underwater park, making it one of the best places for scenic diving and exploring the vibrant sea life in the Caribbean.
With its tropical climate and temperatures averaging 24°C, St Lucia is a year-round destination, though the best months to visit are generally from mid-December to May, when the island is drier and less humid. During June to November, the humidity level increases and intense tropical showers or occasional storms may be experienced – excellent offers are usually available during these months. A popular choice for luxury family holidays, St Lucia is usually busy around the school holiday periods; we recommend booking a year in advance, especially for the festive season.
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