St. Lucia

Richard Harbourne on 16 July 2015

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Well I finally made it to St Lucia, that’s another one off my bucket list and one place you have to add to yours if it’s not already on it.

This exotic Caribbean island lived up to all I expected of it. We were only here for five nights but I made sure I saw as much as I could of this beautiful island.

We started off with two nights in the Sandals Regency La Toc. This is a lovely very large resort with a huge selection of restaurants; it is situated right on the beach, with plenty of water sport activities. It also has an amazing spa facility. The resort is quiet hilly but they do have shuttles to bring you to your accommodation or a restaurant if needs be. The Sunset Bluff would be the quieter area and it’s like a resort within a resort. I much preferred this area and it has the most breath-taking views.

We then visited the Sandals Halcyon. Again another stunning resort although much quieter with an older clientele with low- rise accommodation. It does not appear quiet as luxurious as the other two Sandals properties but it’s much more peaceful and the grounds are beautifully kept.

Finally, and it was worth the wait, we spent our last three nights at the Sandals Grande. This was by far my favourite of the three properties. Situated on a stunning white sandy beach, with turquoise calm waters and nicely placed palm trees. It was definitely picture postcard perfect! The large entrance has a lovely colonial feel about it, the rooms are quiet large, spacious and modern. The Sandals Grande is also close to Rodney Bay, which is good for a spot of shopping or even just a walk along the harbour.

There is free Wi-Fi throughout, eight dining options, six bars, four pools and a beautiful spa. If you stay in any of the sandals resorts you have the added bonus of using the “Dine Around” option. This gives you a choice of 23 restaurants to choose from and a free shuttle service.

The highlight for me was seeing the twin Pitons. We wasn't brave enough to hike up it but if you do go and make it to the top be sure to give yourself an old pat on the back. We also walked through the rainforest to a geothermal waterfall, stood inside a volcanic crater in Soufriere, swam in front of the Pitons, drove by Marigot Bay and so much more.

If you’re looking for a Caribbean adventure with luxurious accommodation then this is the place for you. Please give me a call if you want to visit this stunning island and I will be happy to arrange the perfect trip for you.

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