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26 Feb

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Jamaica Excursions with Island Routes

February 26, 2019 | By |

ISLAND ROUTES REGGAE SUNSET CRUISE SOUTH COAST

Jamaica sunset cruise

Sail along Jamaica’s stunning south coast for unbelievable views, warm vibes and great music. Stop at a secluded beach to take a dip in the cool, clear Caribbean Sea, then continue your cruise towards Scott’s Cove. Take in the incredible sunset hues and enjoy snacks, signature cocktails and the onboard DJ’s musical stylings.

DOLPHIN SWIM & DUNN’S RIVER FALLS COMBO

Swimming with dolphins in Jamaica

Make new friends—and maybe even get a hug or kiss—from a bottlenose dolphin as you learn all about these wonderful creatures. View the Shark Show, check out colourful birds, snakes and iguanas, plus enjoy mini‑boat rides, water slides and more. Next, head to Dunn’s River Falls to experience the breathtaking beauty of one of Jamaica’s top natural attractions.

ULTIMATE WEST COAST ADVENTURE

Jamaica jeep safari

The quintessential Jamaican adventure! Zip between 60-foot-high towers, then take off on your Jeep safari through a lush wildlife reserve to see local plants and animals. After lunch, gear up for an ATV ride through the wetlands before soaking in a cool mineral bath.

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Sandals South Coast in Jamaica

February 26, 2019 | By |

All Beachfront. All Luxury. All on Jamaica’s South Coast.

Sandals in Jamaica

BEAUTY AND THE BEACH

Love is in the air at Sandals® South Coast, an all-beachfront tropical resort nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve. Lounge on the two-mile-long pristine white-sand beach and soak up Jamaica’s warmth and natural beauty, then cool off in Jamaica’s largest pool. Make new friends around the bonfire, or find a secluded corner for you and your plus-one to take in the sunset or gaze at the stars. For out-of-this‑world incredible accommodations, opt for an Over-the‑Water Bungalow: from picture-perfect ocean views to exclusive amenities and luxurious service, you’ll be in heaven from the moment you arrive.Best Sandals resort

ROMANCE IN HIDDEN JAMAICA

There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate with your special someone at Sandals South Coast. Relax, read or snuggle up by one of three captivating pools, soothe your body and mind with a couples massage at the Red Lane® Spa* or indulge in an ultra-romantic and delicious candlelight dinner for two*. Thinking of saying your vows in paradise? Check out Sandals’ Test Drive program: jet off to the Caribbean for up to three nights and preview the resort’s incredible wedding options. Take your special day to another level at the Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel, with its stunning panoramic views and glass floor aisle. *Additional fees apply.

Weddings in Jamaica

YOUR ULTRA-LUXURIOUS HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Sandals South Coast’s Love Nest Butler Suites® will blow you away from start to finish, from the beachside or cliff-top locales to the private balcony or terrace offering up unbelievable views. If you’d rather dine in, no problem! Enjoy 24-hour room service, in-suite bar and premium spirits. And for the ultimate seaside—or rather, sea immersion—setting, opt for one of the resort’s Over‑the-Water Bungalows. Inside and out, each bungalow ensures pure relaxation. Your private terrace features an extended sun deck with a private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two or over-water hammock. It’ll be easier than ever to let your worries float away and have the time of your life.

Sandals Over-the-Water Bungalows

ALL INCLUSIVE. ALL THE TIME. ANYTIME.

Life at Sandals South Coast means doing what you want, when you want, with excellent quality to boot. Hungry? Sample delectable gourmet dining at one of nine world‑class restaurants with cuisines that span the globe. For unlimited premium spirits and wine, stop for a drink at one of the resort’s seven bars. Pair premium wine with the 360-degree ocean views at Latitudes Overwater Bar for the ultimate in Caribbean vibes. Get active in the great outdoors with Sandals South Coast’s unlimited land and water sports, including daily scuba diving for certified divers. Or if lounging is more your thing, where better to relax than on a pristine white-sand beach?

Luxury at Sandals South Coast

28 Jan

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Honour Your Freedom

January 28, 2019 | By |

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN INDULGENCE

Luxury resorts in the Caribbean

Honour your heart, and your freedom.

Bringing their rare brand of grandeur to the Caribbean with an adults-only, all-inclusive escape that’s a cut above anything you’ve tried, the Palladium Group’s TRS Hotels offer you truly unforgettable luxury through high-tech, low-stress, boutique-chic comfort in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Here, Infinite Indulgence is trademarked. Literally. Whether you’re spoiling your body in a hydromassage tub, feeding your soul with high-end culinary delights at countless gourmet eateries, or resting your mind while lounging poolside at the Ibiza-style Helios beach club, you’re constantly invited to properly please yourself, without limits.

Is life a little easier here? Your sumptuous escape into deep self-gratification is supported by the freshest tech — your bracelet is your room key and 24-hour butler service, show reservations or outdoor adventures are a text away. Every other fulfillment is already close at hand.

A NEW GEM IN THE MEXICAN CARIBBEAN

Crisp architectural design carved into the heart of the Cancún-Tulum corridor girded by rare Mayan ruins, refreshing clearwater caves, lush forest canopies, nature parks teeming with wildlife and one of the largest coral reefs in the world, this getaway opens itself to anyone seeking extravagant escapist bliss.

A salt water infinity pool on the cusp of the Caribbean, personalized concierge service customizing all your needs beachside, a decadent pillow menu letting you bespoke your bedtime — no wanderer comes back from
TRS Yucatán unsatisfied.

Sensual submersion is always at hand with the seductive spectacle and flavours of the Chic Cabaret & Restaurant. It lives here too. Is it worth a peek? Trip Advisor has named it the top-rated dinner theatre in the Caribbean. So, um, yes.

ESCAPE INTO EL ESTADO DE QUINTANA ROO

For a more intimate version of paradise, Sandals Halcyon Beach in Castries promises a sanctuary-style getaway in an unbelievably gorgeous setting. Let your worries float away as you stroll on a long stretch of unspoiled beach. Discover the all-new Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suites with private pool sanctuary, spacious deck and lavish accommodations, where your personal butler can ensure you have everything you need, and more. Get out on the water with unlimited water sports and daily scuba diving for certified divers. When hunger strikes, sample the excellent dining options at Sandals Halcyon Beach’s six restaurants, along with premium house wines and spirits to keep you well-fed and super relaxed from start to finish.

 INCOMPARABLY IDYLLIC

Silver-white sands peppered with swaying palms along no less than 50 clicks of carefree and reef-rich, turquoise-blue perfection make this Dominican destination about as idyllic as it gets on the Caribbean Sea.

High-end international cuisine served à la carte at gourmet greats like Kusko, La Bohème and Capricho will keep your taste buds buzzing while the rest of your body sinks into the kind of relaxation that stays with you long after you’ve left the wide, placid shores of dreamy Bávaro beach. Still, if the near-mythic ocean setting doesn’t do it, the Jacuzzis in every suite of the TRS Turquesa just might.

Remain mindful that a signature, Ibiza-inspired beach club complete with refined snacks and thirst-slaking refreshments always ensures your downtime includes living it up. Do decide to have a drink delivered poolside
by wait staff privy to your every taste and whim.

TRS Turquesa

Private pools

TRS Cap Cana

AUTHENTIC ESCAPISM, ELEVATED

Salty sea breezes off the coast of a southern and secluded stretch of Punta Cana’s breath-halting beachfront make this brand new boutique-sized sanctuary a must for sun-hungry lovers looking to disappear into real relaxation.

Deep-sea fishing come sun up, lolling midday naps in a hammock for two above the sand, dancing to live Dominican rhythms long after the moon has climbed up to join the Caribbean stars: whatever you need to feel right isn’t just strongly suggested, it’s practically mandatory at TRS Cap Cana. Every selfish desire can be met here. And for those wanting to welcome true well-being with a beachside couples massage, consider the skilled staff of the Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness — they’ll easily turn you into a calm pile of smiles. Article_1400x500_image3

14 Dec

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Saint Lucia Excursions with Island Routes

December 14, 2018 | By |

SOUFRIERE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Sail, soak and swim. Sail to Soufriere, where you can take in the vibrant colours and lush surroundings at the Botanical Gardens. Soothe yourself with a soak in the mineral baths, then head out for a rainforest walk before lunch. On your return sail, stop for a dip in a secluded bay.

DUNE BUGGY & ZIPLINE COMBO

Adventure awaits! Drive a dune buggy and tour Saint Lucia’s east coast to the Treetop Adventure Park in the heart of the rainforest. Zip through and above the trees along 12 adrenaline-inducing lines. When you’ve had your fill, hop back into your buggy for your return ride.

PITON SUNSET CRUISE

Kick back aboard a catamaran cruise. Enjoy cool cocktails and snacks as you journey to the majestic Piton mountains. Pause at Jalousie Beach for swimming and snorkelling below the volcanic peaks, then continue your cruise amidst incredible sunset hues and better views than you can even imagine.

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14 Dec

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Sweet Escape: Sandals Saint Lucia

December 14, 2018 | By |

Ultimate Comfort, Ultimate Vacation

Where better to truly soothe your soul than on Saint Lucia, and at a Sandals Resort at that? British,  French and Caribbean influences merge seamlessly; lush, green rainforest and the volcanic Pitons towering overhead give you that nestled-in feeling; and the warm breezes mingling with the clearest water keep you cool, refreshed and in the moment. Explore even more of the best of Saint Lucia with Sandals Resorts’ Stay at 1, Play at 3 program, giving you access to 27 restaurants, 23 bars, unlimited water sports and all the best nightly entertainment. Keep your golf game fresh at Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Club and Sandals St. Lucia Golf & Country Club at Cap Estate. And for more special extras, upgrade to Butler Level or Club Sandals.

Sandals Regency La Toc

The Emerald of the Caribbean

Escape to Castries, for beach, beach and more beach, plus three freshwater pools, coral bluffs and lush greenery over 220 acres of pure indulgence. Sandals Regency La Toc is home to the 2018 Five Star Award-winning La Toc Restaurant, and the resort’s nine world-class restaurants offer the best in international cuisine. Free green fees might just lure you to the on-site golf course. Sunset Ocean Bluff Village delivers the definition of seaside paradise, with butler service and mind-blowing views from your infinity pool. And if zero-entry plunge pools with waterfalls and whirlpools sound appealing (need we even ask?), the Millionaire Suites might just be the perfect choice.

Sandals Grande St. LucianGrand Views on Its Own Peninsula

When you daydream about Caribbean perfection, you’re basically imagining yourself here, at Sandals Grande St. Lucian in Gros Islet. The sheltered mile-long beach, the panoramic views and endless water sports…what more could you wish for? An over-the-water wedding chapel for the most romantic day of your life, perhaps? Twelve delicious restaurants serving the best food and drinks from around the world, or an award-winning spa? The Over-the-Water Bungalows, with glass floor panels, hammock and elite butler service for a more relaxing experience than you even knew was possible? You’ll find it all here, or you can hop over to other Sandals Resorts for even more of all the good stuff, transfers included!

Sandals Halcyon Beach

A True Garden of Eden by a Tranquil Sea

For a more intimate version of paradise, Sandals Halcyon Beach in Castries promises a sanctuary-style getaway in an unbelievably gorgeous setting. Let your worries float away as you stroll on a long stretch of unspoiled beach. Discover the all-new Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suites with private pool sanctuary, spacious deck and lavish accommodations, where your personal butler can ensure you have everything you need, and more. Get out on the water with unlimited water sports and daily scuba diving for certified divers. When hunger strikes, sample the excellent dining options at Sandals Halcyon Beach’s six restaurants, along with premium house wines and spirits to keep you well-fed and super relaxed from start to finish.

05 Dec

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Top 3 Excursions in Jamaica

December 5, 2018 | By |

ADVENTURE ALWAYS AWAITS IN JAMAICA. ALWAYS.

Pristine beaches and secluded escapes aren’t the only ways to fill one’s days in Jamrock. Culturally rich and mesmerizingly beautiful, Jamaica is a preferred playground because fun is just as easy to find outside the comfy confines of a Sandals Resort, if you know where to look…

Black River, Ys Falls & Appleton Estate Rum Tour

Crossing paths with a crocodile or a chestnut-bellied cuckoo is par for the course while you drift down the Black River, a long, lazy waterway flanked on both sides by dense and vibrant tropical vegetation. Unspoiled and spectacular, the river run gives way to the natural wonder of YS Falls, spilling seven waterfalls into tranquil pools all seductively girded by lush forest. After that, it’s on to a luscious lunch and a tour of the world-renowned Appleton Estate — where welcome samplings of some of the very finest rum ever aged is assured.

Island Routes Reggae Sunset catamaran cruise

Experience the magic of the MoBay coastline from the casual comfort of the Island Routes Reggae Sunset Cruiseliner. You’ll even have time to stop in Margaritaville, literally! Made famous by Jimmy Buffet’s hit, this liquid locale comes complete with water trampolines, floating obstacle courses, and a 12-story waterslide designed to drop you right into the Caribbean drink. Dry off back aboard with DJ-spun music and savoury snacks as the setting sun disappears over the ocean horizon.

MINI routes

Jamaica ToursTake the wheel of a MINI Cooper for some mega fun with a local guide: your backseat chaperone will show you all the hidden gems of Jamaica. Pit stops for traditional island snacks, both sweet and savoury, between quick scenic road trips taking you from markets and monuments to expansive beaches and refreshing waterfalls, slots this Island Routes adventure high on every traveller’s to-do list. Buckle in to see, taste and touch all the authentic stuff that puts the Rock on the map.

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Sandals: the Top Caribbean Resort

December 5, 2018 | By |

HOT WHITE SAND. COOL BLUE SEA. BIG GREEN HEART.

Jamaica Sandals

Ever the iconic getaway for lovers—and the reason Jamaica’s been burned into the mind of every wanderer as a coveted paradise—Sandals truly has no equal.

Consistent culinary excellence through their 5-Star Global Gourmet™ program; singular Over-the-Water resort design merging ocean bliss with architectural beauty; and a generous spirit exemplified by their Stay at One-Play at Six resort policy—Sandals has emerged as a hallowed holiday hideaway.

Recognizing that cocktails don’t have to be toxic for Mother Earth, Sandals was the first all-inclusive to pair up with Oceanic Global and commit to skipping plastic straws to save the sea. The mindful mega-brand is also part of the scientifically rigorous EarthCheck program.

Unsurprisingly, they’ve been voted the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for the 25th year in a row by the World Travel Awards. If their pristine properties are any indication, the next quarter century will shine just as bright for this 5-Star, beachfront hotel chain where fun and luxury are always included…

Sandals South Coast

ALL BEACHFRONT. ALL LUXURY. ALL ON JAMAICA’S SOUTH COAST.

Sandals South Coast

Want to get rocked to sleep by warm, salty sea breezes and an oceanic lullaby? Silly question. Sandals South Coast’s new Over-the-Water Bungalows are living monuments to the jaw-dropping, natural beauty of the Caribbean Sea; and they manage, almost magically, to soothe and restore any traveller who slumbers within. Once rested, you’ll be sprightly enough for a day-long playdate spent trading time with sun, sea and sand—this is Jamaica’s premier all-beachfront, all-oceanview resort.

Sandals  Montego Bay

A TRUE BEACHFRONT RESORT ON JAMAICA’S LARGEST EXCLUSIVE WHITE-SAND BEACH.

The flagship of escapist, adults-only fun and the first of its kind, Sandals MoBay pampers every Club and Butler guest right from the runway all the way to their reef-protected beachfront resort and back again with luxe BMW transportation. Once there, authentic Jamaican fare can be had seaside at the Jerk Shack, or if sipping above the waves is more your cup of relaxation, there’s the new Latitudes Overwater Bar. Ever evolving, more eateries and amenities are being added all the time. Those about to take the plunge would do well to keep the upcoming Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel in mind.

Sandals Ochi

TRENDY WHEN YOU WANT IT, PRIVATE WHEN YOU DON’T.

Switching between sun-dappled days and the quiet comfort of an oceanside cocktail club come nightfall is a cinch with a quick hop over to the Rabbit Hole, the Caribbean’s very first speakeasy bar. Just make sure you get the secret password before stepping into the past to tipple a little while watching live entertainment. Nestled in the heart of Ocho Rios’ rolling hills and flawless seascapes, it’s plain to see why this Sandals setting is the top honeymooners’ retreat of the Caribbean.

Sandals Royal Caribbean

BRITAIN TO BALI –  ADVENTURES IN JAMAICA.

Garnering top honours as Jamaica’s leading resort, the Royal Caribbean remains the very zenith of idyllic, tranquil isolation. How idyllic? Private island idyllic. Tucked away offshore on a secluded sandbar in Montego Bay, no desire goes unsatiated here. Of course, luxury private BMW transport service is also included for all Club and Butler guests. And yes, those dreamy Over-the-Water Bungalows and Villas live here too.

Sandals Negril

THE LONGEST AND BEST STRETCH  OF NEGRIL’S SEVEN MILE BEACH.

Sandals Negril

Arguably the coolest hot spot for  sun-hungry satisfaction seekers, Sandals Negril stacks stylish  two-story Villas against a breath-stealing backdrop of lush tropical forest right on the cusp of a 7-mile stretch of unparalleled powdery-white, turquoise-blue perfection. With sea mist making your wake-up calls and the ocean as your front yard, spend your down time lazing in a beach lounger or water skiing on the surf. Here, your days, like your nights, truly belong to you.

Sandals Royal Plantation

AN ALL BUTLER, ALL SUITE,  ALL OCEANVIEW BOUTIQUE RESORT.

This is where luxury truly lives. An exclusively small batch of ocean-facing, beachfront suites all serviced 24 hours a day with white-gloved care by attentive butlers. Grand, manicured gardens punctuated with roaming peacocks and the only champagne and caviar bar in Jamaica make this an opulent oasis like no other. Its ranking on Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Luxury Hotel list is well deserved. Oh, and the beaches have butlers here too, so a Caribbean cocktail while wavelets lap your toes isn’t out of the question.

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11 Oct

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OOOOOH, CANADA

October 11, 2018 | By |

From see to shining see 

At once untamed, refined, and culturally captivating, Canada lays out vast, virgin wilderness as easily as it does vibrant metropolitan hubs.

Morning mist floating over the foothills of the Rockies. Frosty Yukon tundra under the glimmer of midday. Colourful fishing boats lapped by wavelets as the sun melts into the Atlantic. A night of pristine cuisine, cutting-edge art shows, and tasty cocktails spilling over into dawn. From good morning to bonsoir, Canada stays eternally compelling.

A land of impressive extremes, its seasonal cold of legend is effortlessly matched by the warmth of its people. Still, there’s just some stuff that Canada does better than any place on the planet.

Here’s why the Great White North is so great right now.

Winter. Wonderland.

Winter activitiesRustic accommodations in comfy log cabins, dogsledding through the Yukon (mush!), Tundra Buggy rides across ice-white landscapes for a world-class feast in an 18th century fort, hanging out on an ice shelf with adorable harp seal pups in Îles-de-la-Madeleine after a wildlife heli-tour, proper 5-star luxury at a pristinely refurbished chateau—literally and figuratively—Canada is the coolest playground around. And it never closes for cold weather.

Of course, should your perfect cold-weather getaway involve carving up double black diamond trails (or sipping hot cocoa back at the lodge after a few hours on the bunny hill), Canada delivers nothing but downhill dreams of packed powder in some of the best ski resorts on earth.

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Taste lives here.

Best food in CanadaAn eclectic and culturally rich history can’t help but inform all things culinary here. Every urban cityscape is a true foodie promised land. And it’s not all fries, curd cheese and gravy…

You can’t throw a dumpling without hitting a tasty, traditional Asian eatery in Van City—Vancouver is home to Canada’s largest Chinatown. Delivering contemporary edibles, authentic flavours and innovative cocktails, Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie is a preferred way to get your night started, or wind it down.

If you’re going to try poutine, try it in Montreal—no city does it better. For less humble fare and no-fail, upscale gustatory pleasure, tuck in at Liverpool House from the folks that spawned Joe Beef.

Still hungry? St. John’s plates some of the choicest seafood in Eastern Canada. If it has fins, feathers, fur or foliage and it’s local, Raymonds knows how to serve it so that it elicits eye-rolling ecstasy.

Wild. Life.

Canada wildlifePeppered with hidden geographic gems only a local could find and conspicuous mountain ranges looming larger than life, Canada is nirvana for the nature set.

With jutting, snowcapped peaks aching for an Instagram pic and freshwater lakes begging for a dip, Alberta’s provincially protected Kananaskis Country offers a rarefied glimpse of raw wilderness you simply couldn’t get elsewhere. Cue elk lumbering through a secret stream looking for the leaves to lunch on.

Unspoiled forests are hard to top, but a day kayaking the Johnstone Strait as a pod of humpbacks crest the surface to spray summer air with blowhole mist comes pretty close. Keep an eye out for the tell-tale two-tone of Orcas—the gentle giants are also known to loll about playfully in these waters.

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Open road. Open heart.

Road trip CanadaGet pulled into the sky by gondola over Sulphur Mountain after parking by the Rockies for a view that will stay with you. Always. Steer your wheels towards the glacier-fed, turquoise waters of Lake Louise, crowned by cloud-scraping mountains and then on to Okanagan wine country. Keep on rolling to the First Nations totem poles of Stanley Park and the whistling Steamclock of Gastown—all waiting for you, your road bud and your camera as you pull into Vancouver.

Got some wanderlust left in the tank? The heart of Montreal’s buzzing metropolis is Mount Royal Park—its mountain paths and sprawling green spaces were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead who designed Central Park in NYC. Do make time for the cafés and cachet of the Mile End: it’s the coolest neighbourhood in the world, ranked.
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27 Sep

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Where To Stay in Saint Lucia

September 27, 2018 | By |

ROYALTON SAINT LUCIA RESORT & SPA

This oceanfront relaxation haven promises every possible stress-melting amenity. Luxury accommodations, upscale eateries, a top-notch spa coupled with impeccable 24-hour room service and an exclusive member’s only Diamond Club pool and Beach Bar means relaxation is assured here. Royalton even boasts an adults-only Hideaway section.

WINDJAMMER LANDING VILLA BEACH RESORT

Offering the ultimate all-inclusive family vacation spot where kids eat, play and stay free, Windjammer guarantees serious fun for everyone. Spacious two or three-bedroom family villas, complimentary waterskiing, wakeboarding, and activity-heavy kids clubs all add up to the perfect escape for your clan. Stay busy or take it easy all day in a swaying water hammock.

COCONUT BAY BEACH RESORT & SPA

Nestled into 85 truly luscious acres of Lucian beauty, one mile of which is nothing but private breezy beach, this award-winning all-inclusive escape boasts nine dining options, seven bars, five pools, and an 11,000 square-foot oceanfront spa where worries easily melt into the sea. With a 50,000 square-foot Kidz Klub and an epic onsite water park, it all adds up to playcation perfection.

BODYHOLIDAY SAINT LUCIA

Promising a restorative world-class respite from all of life’s troubles, this wellness sanctuary hidden in a secluded cove cradled by white sand beaches, tropical gardens and lush rainforests is the prime vacation spot for those seeking true rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. Mountain hikes, five-star restaurants, indulgent therapeutic treatments, or playful water sports—it’s all here for your body.

JAMES CLUB MORGAN BAY

A vibrant blend of refined and refreshingly casual, this all-inclusive resort is characterized by pristine, romantic beachfronts offering lazy, sun-soaked days in loungers or exciting sailing adventures. Want to hit the links instead? Cap Estate Golf Course is mere minutes away. And Saint Lucia’s capital city of Castries is just next door should shopping and nightlife be in order.

BAY GARDENS BEACH RESORT & SPA

Lagoon-style swimming pools, bubbling Jacuzzis, and free passes to Splash Island, the Caribbean’s first inflatable open-water sports park on Reduit Beach only steps away from Bay Gardens, this spot is perfect for wet and wild family fun. With edible  access to a collection of top-shelf resort eateries and restaurants in Rodney Bay Village next door as well as free spa treatments* it’s also all-inclusive luxury, guaranteed.

Saint Lucie Family Vacation

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27 Sep

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Saint Lucia Travel: Let Her Inspire You

September 27, 2018 | By |

VOLCANIC WONDER

Caressed on all sides by aquamarine seascapes and pristine, palm-fringed beaches, the volcanic wonder that is Saint Lucia also boasts lush rainforests tucking much of the island’s looming mountains and plunging valleys under a dense emerald blanket. But her iconic Pitons, captivating twin peaks rising majestically out of the sea, truly define her rarefied geography.

Offering the Caribbean’s only drive-through volcano, restorative mineral mud baths, reef-rich waters that beg for snorkelling escapes, quaint fishing villages peppered with colourful boats, mesmerizing music festivals, award-winning luxury resorts and world-class culinary delights, Saint Lucia provides unforgettable getaways leaving no traveller unsatisfied.

What to do

What to do in Saint LuciaSEA, SUN & SAND

For sun-kissed waterskiing, bumping banana boat rides, or a refreshing cocktail at dusk it’s hard to beat the golden, family-friendly sands of Reduit Beach. For the snorkeller set, it’s the unspoiled offshore reef of jungle-adjacent Anse Cochon or the cliff-backed edges of Smugglers Cove to peep technicolour rainbows of marine life. Seasoned divers will find their sanctuary in the volcanic outcroppings and famous Key Hole Pinnacles submerged off the Bay of Soufriere—do keep an eye out for brightly speckled peacock flounders and parrot fish.

Those seeking a truly rare shoreline event can camp overnight on Grande Anse during nesting season, from March to August, to spy protected leatherback sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand.

SUPERNATURAL NATURE ESCAPES

Saint Lucia NatureTowering almost 3,000 imposing feet above sea level, Gros Piton and its smaller sidekick, Petit Piton, are UNESCO World Heritage hot spots and not-to-be-missed excursions for the outdoorsy type. A winding hike through Caribbean flora to the panoramic summit of the Pitons will forever etch itself into your memory. For family treks, the Tet Paul Nature Trail never disappoints—an aptly named Stairway to Heaven handily showcases the divine allure of the island.

Family adventure is on hand both high and low. While a rainforest Aerial Tram tour will glide you effortlessly up and over crawling forest canopies, an intimate bike escapade to Errard Falls amid a serene rainforest leads to its refreshing waters and cascading falls.

INFINITE ISLAND FLAVOUR

Harbouring world-class chefs who’ve creatively exploited an abundance of homegrown tropical fruit and ocean-to-plate seafood, vibrant Rodney Bay is punctuated with over thirty refined restaurants sure to satisfy every one of your taste buds. Saint Lucia is a true sensory experience no foodie will forget.

At the other end of the culinary spectrum is the “Friday Night Fish Fry”—an electric weekly street feast in Anse-La-Raye—where paper plates of lobster, grilled snapper, and Caribbean BBQ are all an easy grab. While colourful boats line the beachfront, musicians, residents, and local artists fill the streets for outdoor concerts with improvised dancefloors. Bring comfy shoes—the party often spills over until sunup.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Wedding in Saint LuciaCradled in the heart of the Lesser Antilles, romance is simply a matter of course here. No matter where you land, Saint Lucia’s vistas of matchless natural beauty guarantee an unparallelled lover’s retreat. Guided walks through rainforests amidst birdsong, galloping on horseback over virgin sands, plunging into a secluded private pool with the Pitons providing that quixotic backdrop, slinking into a swaying hammock built especially for two as the orange-pink sun melts into the horizon with champagne in hand—love comes easy here.

Giddy honeymooners or life-long partners—all are seduced by Saint Lucia’s infinite charms. Unsurprisingly, many come to her golden shores to tie the knot too.

NON-STOP CULTURE FEST

From French colonial architecture and the artisanal handcraft of vine-woven baskets to traditional bright plaid dresses still honoured by the descendants of the Carib people, Saint Lucia is a constant cornucopia of culture and tradition.

Promising five explosive festivals in one running from January to October, the Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival offers Food & Rum, Jazz, Carnival, Roots & Soul and Arts & Heritage events letting you immerse yourself in local culture all year-round.

But the “Jump Up” block party that goes off without fail every Friday night in the fishing village of Gros Islet is a surefire way to sample serious Lucian culture—charcoal-grilled street treats, spiced rum and resonant Caribbean bass lines fill the ocean air long after the stars have come out.

 LUCIAN REJUVENATION

Saint Lucia yogaWith a mind to restore his troops through the therapeutic powers of hot, mineral-rich springs flowing forth from Soufriere’s volcano, King Louis XVI ordered baths built on Saint Lucia in the late 1700s. Today, the rich history of restorative healing continues.

Visitors can indulge in the height of spa treatment splendour by caking their faces, and the rest of them come to that, in a purifying mud mask at Sulphur Springs. Or soak in Louis’s restored baths at the nearby Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens.

Self-care gets elevated at the Rainforest Spa on Sugar Beach—which lives up to its name—tranquil treatments take place in gazebos perched on stilts above a gushing stream on the forest floor below.