"Too mountainous to ever be as developed as Barbados, as lush as Jamaica but so much smaller you could get around the entire island in a day. And poignantly beautiful, with wild flowers everywhere, miles of dry-stone walls, and a faint undertow of melancholy, St Lucia seems populated largely by calm, witty, hardworking people speaking such measured English they sound like elocution teachers. The island also has some of the best hotels in the Caribbean. The BodyHoliday, for instance: an all-inclusive fitness resort. Brilliant! As for Sugar Beach, is there a more spectacularly located hotel on the planet?"