Saint Lucia: The Romantic Island



 
A trip to the heart of the Caribbean
When grayness and snowstorms are part of our everyday routine in winter, we often hear the call of the islands. That’s when the scent of monoi oil, and the prospect of straw hat and a swimsuit tend to sound like a delightful proposition. Why not treat yourself to a trip to Saint Lucia? The island, nested in the Caribbean archipelago, is a true haven of wellness and sunshine: a destination worth discovering, or rediscovering. Here are some suggestions for your visit, each with a little je-ne-sais-quoi that make them extra special. Perfect if you, too, crave an escape to Saint Lucia.
Hotel Chocolat

A quick favourite for most people who come for a visit, Hotel Chocolat is built on the Rabot Estate, which is the oldest cocoa plantation on the island. The view of the Pitons from the restaurant and outdoor pool is simply magical. At the hotel, BOUCAN Restaurant offers impressive cocoa-based cuisine and is the pillar of the establishment’s reputation, and with reason. You’ll spend the night in a simple yet luxurious room, and enjoy a spa that offers treatments made with… cocoa. 

We loved: The massages! By far, some of the best we’ve experienced. The restaurant is also a great reason to stop by, whether at lunchtime or dinner.

 

The Landings
The perfect formula is right here: the rooms are so comfortable that they nearly make us want to stay indoors, and the terrace overlooking the water is ideal for lovely one-on-one lunches. The establishment’s chef favours local, fresh foods, the spa offers an exhaustive list of treatments, the beach is clean, and the service is very courteous. In other words: The Landings is an all-around winner.

We loved: The location in general, and the oh-so-comfy rooms!

 

Ti Kaye
Do you really need a change of scenery? Ti Kaye Resort & Spa will not only help you disconnect from your everyday life, but is also the perfect place to relax, with its site surrounded by nature. Cute huts, spectacular dining rooms and one of the most exotic spas: what’s not to love? Also important to note are the private outdoor showers—a genius concept—and the rooms with their own private spas. Our stay was one of our favourite parts of our trip. Enough said.

We loved: The spa, which serves up a grandiose panoramic view of the water, while you lie on a massage table. Ah…

The Body Holiday
Those who are in search of a true retreat will rejoice. Formerly known as Le Sport, The Body Holiday gives you the opportunity to get back on track. A packed schedule of fitness classes that range from yoga to spinning is available all day, a smoothie bar is mixed in with the healthy gourmet restaurants, and both you and your beau can take advantage of a huge treatment centre. The all-inclusive formula gives you access to everything with one treatment per day, as well as access to the magnificent pool and beach. With the ladies, by yourself or with your lover, it’s a date.

We loved: The attractive and effective retreat concept, which mixes fitness and wellness. The ideal destination for an invigorating vacation that awakens the positive energy in you.

 

Jade Mountain
Named one of the best beach resorts Condé Nast Traveler in 2014, Jade Mountain is by far the most luxurious location to add to your list of places to visit. Even if you only stop in for a night, the view and experience are totally worth it. The fruits of Canadian architect Nick Troubetzkoy’s labours, the establishment welcomes celebrities and newlyweds alike. The open-concept rooms boast infinity pools with a view of the sea and the volcano, and the luxurious bathrooms made with tropical wood offer a large whirlpool, ideal for newlyweds. On site, there are no TVs, the WiFi signal is weak, and cellphones must be put away for the length of your stay. A peaceful and sumptuous haven.

(Know that lower on the mountain, you’ll find Anse Chastenet, a large hotel on the beach, which is the property of the same owner as Jade Mountain. A much more affordable option where you trade in tranquility for a plethora of activities offered on site.)

We loved: Everything. This location is quite special: a must-visit if you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to spoil yourself a little bit. It’s luxury at its finest, surrounded by the riches of nature and the splendour of the island, all yours for a few nights.
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*We had the opportunity to visit the island courtesy of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. Visit their website for more information.

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