I have been to many of the islands in the Caribbean and have never been more impressed than when we arrived at Sugar Beach. We were there for 6 days for Honeymoon the first week of November. My husband and I were so amazed we literally started planning a trip back only a few hours after our arrival. There is something surreal about being nestled in the rainforest with views of mountains on either side of you and a cotton candy sunset in front of you.
The service- the people are friendly and genuinely love their island. Everyone from the butlers, the bartenders, the buggie drivers, the spa hosts were so gracious and informative. It seemed like everyone actually enjoyed their jobs and was always smiling.
The food- I might be obsessed with the goat cheese and fruit here. Everything is super fresh and simply delicious. We had most our dinners at the Bayside which had a good variety, we did not get bored. They also serve yummy sushi in the Cane Room bar. Nigel the bartender at the Cane Room bar was wonderful. We weren't on a meal plan but did book a deal with free breakfast everyday. After 6 days of drinking like fish and eating perhaps a little too much we ended up a few hundred dollars less than if we would of done the meal plan. I actually found the prices for food and drink pretty on par with what we are used to in South Florida, but some might find it expensive depending on where you are coming from. We did the beach BBQ at the Bayside on Friday night and it was worth the $90 per person, but you should come hungry. They had tons of fresh sushi, a carving station, a ceviche bar, tons of sides and salads. We only ate at the Great Room( the nicer restaurant ) once mostly because we enjoyed the views at the Bayside better . At the Great room I had homemade pasta with rock shrimp which tasted like lobster, it was fantastic.
Amenities/views- the views can't be beat. Sorry Jade Mountain and Sandals but I think Sugar Beach kicks your butt in this category. Hanging out at the pool and looking up to the petite piton is breathtaking. There are a lot of free water activates that are fun. They have kayaks, paddle boards, hobbie cats, and snorkeling. A lot of the other hotels actually have snorkeling trips to Sugar Beach so it was nice to be able to just walk out and be right there. The property is also scattered with hammocks and hanging beds perfect for just lounging around. We were told the resort was at 90 percent capacity but it never felt crowded. We had no problem getting chairs at the pool or the beach any of the days. There are a bunch of different fitness classes you can take like yoga and Zumba but we opted for laying around.
The room- we were upgraded to a villa upon our arrival. We stayed in 507 and it spacious with great views of both pitons and the water.We used our plunge pool almost every day and had coffee in the morning on our patio. There was a huge double headed shower in our room and a large tub.The bathroom area was almost as big as the actual bedroom. If you stay in a villa you will have to call a buggie or van to take you down to the beach and main resort but we never had to wait more than a minute or two.
The Gros Piton- We climbed that sucker and it was HARD! I'm warning you now if you attempt it bring more water than you think you will drink and prepare to suffer. I'm a long distance runner and do cross fit on a regular basis and still struggled. It took us 3 and 1/2 up and down.
The Rainforest spa- we had a couples massage the day after our Piton hike. It was very relaxing getting massages in little huts in the jungle. At the end you get to take a dip in a heated rock pool right outside the hut. I don't think it gets better for spa ambience.
Other things to know- bring your bug spray and sunscreen. The bugs aren't horrible but you will get bit if you don't spray yourself. We just got in the habit of spraying before we went to dinner. The sun is also very intense here. I wore SPF 70 every day and still ended up very tan. One night you must go watch the sunset from the sunset deck by the fitness center. We brought a bottle of prosecco up with us and got some great pictures.
Sugar Beach is the one place I've traveled to so far that I can not wait to go back. If you can't enjoy yourself here there might be something wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is set amidst more than 100 acres of tropical rainforest on the island's scenic Caribbean coast. Embraced by St Lucia's majestic World Heritage-listed Pitons, the resort's 78 Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms, Villas and Luxury Beachfront Bungalows boast elegant styling, private plunge pool, four poster bed, luxurious Egyptian cotton linens, every possible modern amenity, and personalised butler service. A stunning white sand beach, beautiful Rainforest Spa with tree house treatment rooms, full PADI dive facility, and superb waterfront dining ensure the ultimate vacation experience with space enough for honeymooners and families alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jalousie Plantation Hotel Soufrière
- Jalousie Plantation Soufrière
- Jalousie Plantation St Lucia
- Jalousie Hilton
- Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort St. Lucia/Soufriere