Saint Lucia is more than a sun, sea and sand destination. Blessed with stunning natural beauty from the iconic Piton Mountains and lush rainforests to beautiful palm-fringed beaches and idyllic bays, you might be mistaken into believing this is all the tropical island has to offer. However, in Saint Lucia is there is an abundance of activities to choose from so you can be as active or relaxed as you want. Why not make your own chocolate bar at Hotel Chocolat’s cocoa plantation in Soufriere? Visit one of the many beautiful botanical gardens and take a guided tour through colourful flora or how about a helicopter tour of the island? For the adventurous, why not try jungle-biking through an old sugar plantation, or go on an exciting Segway tour along forest trails, zip-line across the rainforest canopy, snorkel or dive in crystal clear waters or see if you can spot a whale or dolphin on a tour. There is something for everyone to enjoy. To find out more, visit www.stlucia.org
- Saint Lucia Carnival – June – July
Saint Lucia’s cultural landscape morphs into a flurry of chrome plated steel drums, feathers, and beads. No matter who you are, or where you are, Saint Lucia Carnival is something to behold – a variety of musical and creative events lead up to the Parade of the Bands on 17th & 18th July.
- Food & Rum Festival – 24th – 27th August
This gastronomic festival invites chefs, wine connoisseurs, rum fanatics and foodies from the Caribbean and around the globe. Inspired by Chefs Nina Compton and Doran Payne, the event will feature culinary demonstrations, rum and wine tastings, dining events and experiences, and musical performances.
- Country & Blues – 15th – 17th September
Country & Blues is rooted in folk traditions, with the musician serving as a storyteller and expressing the emotions, struggles and hopes of real people. This festival reflects the richness, diversity and modernity of these musical styles.
- Arts & Heritage Festival – 28th – 29th October
This month-long festival is a celebration of the richness and diversity of Saint Lucia’s cultural, ethnic and artistic heritage. With musical, theatrical and other performances, seminars, lectures, and varied culinary experiences, this festival will culminate on the weekend of 28th – 29th October with a celebration of International Creole Day in designated communities.
For more information on the summer festivals, visit www.soleilsaintlucia.com
New hotel openings
- Royalton Saint Lucia
Opened in February 2017, the 352 room Royalton Saint Lucia is located on a private cove in Cap Estate. The resort entices families with splash pads and waterslides, supervised kids’ and teens’ clubs featuring daily activities, dining menus designed for children, and more. The adults-only 104-room Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia boasts private infinity pools and an exclusive seafood grill. Other highlights include nine signature Royalton restaurants and two all-inclusive food trucks.
- Serenity at Coconut Bay
Saint Lucia’s new adults-only, luxury all-suite resort, Serenity at Coconut Bay will welcome guests in summer 2017. The all-inclusive vacation experience will feature a private enclave of 36 spacious suites, each with plunge pools, and attentive butlers providing the highest level of service and discretion.
- The Harbor Club
Scheduled to open in September 2017, The Harbor Club on the Rodney Bay Marina will feature 115 four-star accommodations with a choice of suites and a number of amenities that include two restaurants, a bakery, lounges, a full-service spa, gym, pool recreational concept, and 4,000 square feet of meeting and conference space.
How to get to paradise
There are 13 weekly flights to Saint Lucia from London Gatwick with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. In May, Thompson will fly once a week from London Gatwick. Thomas Cook flies once a week from Manchester.
For more information on Saint Lucia, visit www.stlucia.org, call 020 7341 7000 or email email@example.com