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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: Hayes & Jarvis

Beaches and the Pitons

Hayes & Jarvis 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
  • Wide choice of hotels

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.

Windjammer Landing is popular amongst families and couples alike with a choice of hotel rooms, suites and villas, some with a private plunge pool. There’s an optional all-inclusive plan and an excellent kids club here.

Set in 145 acres of tropical park, the all-inclusive Coconut Bay Beach Resort even has its own water park, making it a popular choice for families. There’s an adults only accommodation wing and adult-only pools too and we love the wide choice of restaurants, all included in the price.

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.

East Winds is one of those special small hotels which has a delightfully low-key atmosphere. The accommodation is in charming cottages and all meals and drinks are included in the price – the superb nightly four-course gourmet dinners are a highlight of the day and the weekly barbecue features local lobster and other delicacies (all included in the price).

For something truly unique and romantic, check out Ladera St Lucia, the definition of a boutique hotel.

We also offer multi-centre holidays combining St Lucia with other Caribbean islands and New York, for example.

With holidays costing from around £1,200 pp including daily British Airways flights, escape to St Lucia for the perfect Caribbean getaway.

Click here for more about our holidays in St Lucia.

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