A Viceroy Resort
ST LUCIA, WEST INDIES
“My two sisters and I take an annual trip together, and our recent visit to Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, was one of the best we’ve experienced thus far. The resort is every bit as charming as its name suggests, and it tops the charts as an incredibly easygoing, serene getaway. The décor – all white with dark wood floors – was modern and beautiful; the kind of look one would hope for in such a setting. We had the opportunity to relax, go on adventures, and mingle with other guests, without leaving the lap of luxury and solidly good service!
We primarily came to Sugar Beach for the Rainforest Spa, which is comprised of seven tree house treatment gazebos built over a natural stream and includes an earthen steam room warmed by volcanic spring water! It was particularly nice to enjoy nature while getting peaceful treatments, and the specialist skincare treatment room in the lush tropical forest at the base of Petit Piton was among the most tranquil spa settings of my life. The seamless integration of their amenities into natural surroundings made for a spiritually fulfilling experience and helped us appreciate the local environment. A great example is the resort’s emphasis on using all-natural, chemical-free ingredients that are native to the island – it was wonderful to enjoy our surroundings without feeling like a detriment to them, and it definitely made our stay feel that much more special.
My youngest sister is almost thirty and was especially glad to find out that, as much as she loves us, the three bars on the property were open late so that she could enjoy schmoozing when my older sister and I chose to head to sleep early after an active day that included snorkeling and Pilates (which are definitely easier to do on a relaxing vacation!). So not only did the property have something for all of us, each activity was so delightful that we were encouraged to share as many experiences as possible, making it the perfect spot to bond with my sisters and mother nature.”
- Trusted Friend: Jennifer Steinner, Los Angeles
(Date Experienced: March 2013)
Secluded getaways in a gorgeous, tranquil beach setting.
Family, a significant other... really, loved ones in any regard!
Our trip to the PADI Dive Centre where, despite being total novices, we were able to enjoy the beauty of one of the world’s best dive sites and get a sense of what diving was all about for at-home or away training.
Best time to go
St. Lucia can be a year-round destination, but there are particulars to note. June through December are the rainiest months, with August often receiving the most rain fall. I’d suggest visiting between January and June, when the weather is comfortably warm and rain is only occasional.
There are many families visiting during the summer, so it can feel a bit “busy” although there is a dedicated children’s center and programs provided by the resort to give parents some solitude. In general it seems a good family resort but mostly to take advantage of the kids club, keeping more of an adults only feel pool and beachside.
NB: The drive up to the entrance is steep, windy and windy – beware those who get ill in cars!
The 112 rooms retain a certain 18th century charm without skimping on any modern day amenities. Most impressively, accommodations from single guestrooms to the five-bed residences on the property manage to merge seamlessly with the beautiful natural surroundings. Bungalows are a good vibe and homey feeling. Great views of the Val des Pitons and Caribbean Sea allow visitors to feel truly immersed in nature.
Service & vibe
Upscale, relaxed and highly personal without being intrusive. The property’s butler service not only deals with all of the typical would-be hassles like unpacking, coordinating with the laundry service, etc., guests are given a cell number on which they can reach their butler for any and all additional requests and special requirements.
As with all other aspects of the resort, dining options include something for everyone, with three restaurants and four bars and lounges. Breakfast: delish! The papaya smoothie will be knocked off again and again at my Malibu beach house come Summer. We dined twice in the elegant Great Room and opted for more casual lunches and dinners at the Bayside Restaurant on the beach for other meals. My next trip with my husband and three kids in tow, I’ll take advantage of their unique personalized menu at the time and place on property of guests’ choosing – definitely a standout, given how many gorgeous settings there are on the property! For some nightlife fun, The Late Night Bar provides an air-conditioned respite with the resort’s signature beautiful vistas; Cane Bar being the most atmospheric.
Price per night
$520 - $4,100 per night depending on room and time of visit
To Do & See
Between the white sand beach and surrounding rainforest, there is no shortage of variety when it comes to ways to explore and relax. There are sports and fitness facilities on-site, but for those wanting to make the most of the area, activities coordinators will set you on whichever course you choose – I recommend meeting with one day one to get your stay set up!
Sport & Activity
Those looking for a challenge should definitely take on the Gros Piton hike, which is a fun workout with a great reward at the top – a breathtaking view and a Piton Beer to celebrate a successful climb. My two sisters did the zip-line canopy adventure and said it was an easy, fun alternative to the more rigorous Gros Piton trip. Other light adventures include a trip into the world’s only drive-in volcano to pamper the skin bathing in its bubbling mud pools! Of course, everyone should take advantage of the beach and protected underwater park. And last but not least, my favorite was morning tennis with Titus the local pro with a great sense of humor – and a lot of patience!
Spa & Grooming
The Rainforest Spa is truly a treat like no other – being suspended between trees with the breezes blowing by was really something else. We each tried a different treatment everyday. The bamboo massages, facials, salt scrubs, body wraps, hot rock therapies and other holistic treatments are all excellent, smell wonderful and leave you feeling ahhhhh... The scrub left my skin feeling so amazingly soft.
If you’re willing to undertake a 45-minute drive (yourself or via local taxi) to Anse La Raye on a Friday evening, you’ll experience locals and other tourists while enjoying local fishermen’s catches of the day prepared on a beachfront barbeque. For a change of pace after your meal, swing by the Country and Western karaoke bar around the corner! Some guests went to nearby Ladera Resort for lunch or dinner – we found it too expensive for the quality they offered (but views are stunning).
The nearby Soufriere market – to which the resort will coordinate a hike if you wish – is bright and busy. Visitors can get a sense of the local vibe, as well as purchase all kinds of cute gift-worthy local crafts and spices.
Fathom: Paradise Found
Val des Pitons
Soufriere, Saint Lucia
The two local airports – Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) and George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU) – are accessible via connecting flights from most major US and European cities. There is a Jet Blue nonstop flight from JFK and there are direct flights from London on both Virgin and British Airways. The property can pick you up or arrange for a taxi from UVF (20 miles away, about $75 for two people each way) or SLU (about 35 miles/$90 for two people each way).