Having been to St. Lucia previously, we decided to forego the Sandals cliché this time and focused on the southern end of the island.
What a difference.
Our first week we stayed Antse Chastene (reviewed elsewhere although somewhat disappointing) but then upgraded for our second week at Sugar Beach. The difference was stunning. Stepping back in time to this former sugar plantation was a breath of fresh air. The grounds were spotless. The entire complex (in the shadow of the Pitons) harkens to the plantation days: lush landscape, sugar white beach (no pun intended) Colonial/plantation architecture, and spread out just enough to not feel over crowded. The rooms are draped in white, 4 poster beds, large patios, etc.
Several dining choices from feet in the sand "beachy" fare to elegant dinners in the formal plantation house (A must...in fact we ended up there more than anywhere despite having to put on PANTS!!). Sushi bar was also very good. Fantastic breakfast buffets (plus cooked to order-and not while standing in a line waiting for an omelet...all ordered from your table with views of the ocean). We chose the breakfast/dinner package and near the end of our trip we totaled up what we WOULD have spent had we gone a la carte...the difference was minimal and well worth the convenience and it's all you can eat (...we decimated the sushi bar on one evening I'm afraid to say...).
Drink and food service at all beach chairs with no shortage of staff at your beck and call. Excellent water sports with top notch equipment. Full facility fitness center is a hefty walk to the top of the resort although always available mini-shuttles with friendly drivers will take you up. We used the walk as a warm up and a great start to the day-of doing NOTHING!!
The only downside was a PLETHURA of children (mostly European) although that was our fault as it was over Christmas and New Years...told by staff that once the kids are back in school they see few children in the spring and fall.
Make arrangements to take the short (10 minute) water taxi to the town of Soufriere. Ask the staff when their weekly outdoor farmer's market is and be prepared to bring back fresh fruit for the room).
This is not a location for the budget minded but well worth the upgrade. Absolutely plan to go back, and highly recommend it.
- 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