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St Lucia

Mark and David's verdict:

There are plenty of gorgeous hotels on the beaches of St Lucia where you’ll be tempted to stay put. But don’t get too comfortable – this is a spectacular island crying out to be explored, from its glistening forests and volcanic peaks to its sleepy fishing villages and colonial plantation houses.

Recommended tour operator: Thomson Tailormade

Beaches and the PitonsLuxury accommodationPeaceful beachesThe incredible Piton mountains

Thomson Tailormade says

St Lucia’s reputation as the Caribbean’s most scenic island is well founded. In addition to palm-fringed beaches and lush rainforest, it boasts a rich culture infused with Creole, French and African influences.

  • Great for activities
  • Natural beauty
  • Superb beaches

Don’t miss a visit to the iconic twin peaks – the Pitons – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby are the Diamond Waterfalls, set in tropical gardens, plus the world’s only drive-in volcano.

Adventurers can go diving, zipwire across the rainforest canopy, take a jeep safari tour and a helicopter flight. There is golf at St Lucia Golf & Country Club and the chance to experience the island’s unique culture at Fond Latisab Creole Park.

Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa is set on a secluded stretch of private beach, with rooms scattered around the tropical gardens and beachfront. The new all-inclusive programme and Samsarati Spa, together with a huge range of activities, make it a great choice for an active holiday for all ages.

The boutique-style Rendezvous is for couples only and has all the ingredients for a romantic getaway. Relax by the pool, on the beach or in the lazy river and indulge yourselves in the spa.

The Bodyholiday, LeSPORT is one of the world’s leading health and wellbeing resorts. It combines an all inclusive beach holiday with a rejuvenating programme of activities and treatments included in the price. Following a US$20 million refurbishment, it reopened in late 2011 as a five star resort.

With holidays costing from just £779pp including daily British Airways flights, escape to St Lucia for the perfect Caribbean getaway.

Click here for more about Thomson Tailormade holidays in St Lucia.

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