We have decided rather suddenly to go on a vacation June 17-24. I will be traveling with my husband and two adult children, 18 and 21. I looked at every Caribbean island and decided on St. Lucia because of the range of activities available and because it looks exotic and gorgeous. I'd be happy to sit on a beautiful beach, read, and snorkel occasionally, but my kids like doing something every minute. They would like to scuba dive, zipline, climb the mountain, sight see, do a rum tour, etc.
I'm interested in an AI package for the water activities and because the kids like to be able to order whatever they want, whenever they want, without worrying about Dad being there with his wallet. None of the AI resorts seem ideal, but I've noticed that some hotels offer AI as an add-on which would be a great choice. I've read reviews and researched a lot on these forums, but there's conflicting advice. It seems like the areas in the south are much better scenically and for water sports, but then again I've read that many people don't like the Soulfriere region and prefer the Rodney Bay area because of the "vibe" and because it's where most of the action is. We'd fly into the international airport and obviously don't want to spend a lot of time going up and down, up and down the island all the time.
Of the AI's it sounds like St James Morgan Bay is the nicest but I'm not sold on it.
Anse Chastanet looks beautiful (and you can add AI) but fairly expensive and would it be too quiet for the kids? They aren't going to party all night, but we're night owls and we don't want to be somewhere where everyone is asleep at 11 or 12. Is there a place close to the mountains that would be livelier?
I'm looking for suggestions for a place that will be fun for the kids and close to adventures but also scenic. Any assistance would be very much appreciated... this came up quickly and I'm completely overwhelmed and confused. Thank you.