Unlike many developed Caribbean islands, St. Lucia maintains a sense of unspoiled beauty. The landscapes here are some of the most stunning in the world -- gorgeous beaches and lush mountains included. And that jaw-dropping beauty certainly extends to the island's resorts, which come with swanky amenities like attractive infinity pools, chic spas, and picture-perfect views. Whether you're planning a St. Lucia vacation, or simply want a dose of eye-candy, check out our picks for the most beautiful resorts in St. Lucia. They're sure to spark some serious wanderlust.
Tucked between the dramatic Pitons, and on a beautiful white-sand beach, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort has arguably the best location on St. Lucia. The property’s 79 rooms are chic and designed to pamper, with private plunge pools, butlers, and 24-hour room service. The larger villas and cottages even come with living rooms and huge bathrooms (some with outdoor showers and hot tubs). Beyond the bedroom, amenities run the gamut from a family-friendly pool and tennis courts to free water sports and a fitness center. Those looking to unwind will love the tree-house spa — one of the island’s best. And while the resort’s restaurants and bars are pricey the all-inclusive rates available help guests keep additional costs to a minimum.
One of the most romantic resorts in the world, Jade Mountain shows off with stunning Piton views and an extraordinary design. The spacious suites, called “sanctuaries,” steal the show, thanks to their open fourth wall, which displays sea views from the entire room, including the canopied bed, raised whirlpool tub, and (in all but the entry-level category) private infinity pool. The organic cuisine served in the open-air restaurant impresses, too, as does the unwavering peace and quiet found throughout (there are no TVs or kids). One downside? There is no beach, but guests can take a short shuttle ride or hike down to use the two beaches, free water sports, and dive center at sister property Anse Chastanet.
The level of luxury at this 124-room resort on scenic Marigot Bay is apparent inside and out. The on-site marina lures beautiful sailboats and yachts from around the world. Inside, families and couples can make themselves at home in one-, two-, or three-bedroom suites with kitchens, washer/dryers, and a personal assistant. Two outdoor pools (one for adults only), chic dining options that include a rum cave and sushi bar, and a spa with yoga studio sweeten the deal. Though guests here won’t have direct beach access, there is a small beach located across the bay.
Opened as St. Lucia’s first private residential yacht community, The Landings is a luxe boutique resort that attracts a mix of families, business travelers on corporate retreats, and couples. The spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas offer a homey atmosphere that is quieter and more personal than nearby mega-resorts — perfect for a romantic getaway. Upscale amenities — though few — include a 7,000-square-foot spa, an adjacent fitness center, tennis courts, and multiple dining options (an upscale restaurant, a swanky lobby bar, and a more casual beach club restaurant overlooking the water).
Situated on Bonaire Bay, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa has an isolated, away-from-it-all location. On the plus side, the resort comes with an array of features, including an infinity pool, superb restaurant, and gorgeous beach, that keep guests occupied. The 26 rooms, which feature polished decor and swim-up pool access, also entice folks to spend most of their time on the property. However, those who want to leave the grounds will have to rely on expensive taxis or rental cars.
Nestled in Marigot Bay, Oasis Marigot requires a car, ferry, and tram to reach — but it’s worth the journey. The beautiful landscape is filled with bright bougainvillea that stands out against lush green rainforest. With only 12 units, guests will often feel like they have the resort to themselves. As such, the property primarily sees couples seeking a peaceful, tranquil vacation. There’s no on-site restaurant or bar, but the cheerful, contemporary one-bedroom villas come with kitchenettes (and furnished patios). A small outdoor pool, pretty beach, and water sports equipment available for rent are the only main amenities on offer, but staff can also arrange excursions and day trips.
An upscale all-inclusive resort, BodyHoliday Saint Lucia encourages guests to refresh and reenergize during their stay. The French-Caribbean-style buildings, which shelter 154 rooms, are built into the hillside overlooking Pigeon Island National Park and a secluded cove and white-sand beach. The temple-like wellness center, a hub for daily spa treatments, is certainly a standout feature, though guests can also spend their time with activities like yoga and archery.
Set on a forested ridge overlooking the Pitons, Ladera Resort is an adults-only resort that pampers through and through. The 32 rustic, chic rooms have private plunge pools, and are completely open to the elements on one side, helping guests connect to nature. The host of amenities available might have you forgetting about the lack of TVs in no time. Highlights include a clifftop pool and restaurant — both with stellar views — a spa with outdoor mineral pools, and a free shuttle to nearby Sugar Beach (there’s no beach on the property).
Situated on a hilly property with hundreds of acres of tropical vegetation, Anse Chastanet maximizes its location in nature. Several open-air restaurants welcome in the outdoor elements, plus there are two idyllic beaches for sunbathing and swimming. Some of the 49 rooms are partially open air, with only three walls, but all have plenty of character and incredible views. With no TVs or distracting background music, the overall vibe is peaceful. And although children over 10 are welcome, the resort’s romantic atmosphere is best suited for couples, especially those interested in admiring the scenery or getting active with biking and snorkeling. Plus, the property is a short drive from the town of Soufriere, which is home to several excellent restaurants and a handful of colonial-era landmarks.
The all-inclusive Coconut Bay Beach & Spa Resort offers the best of both worlds. It’s divided in two sections: one for adults (Harmony) and one for families (Splash). Kids tend to stick to CocoLand, a water park with a lazy river and waterslides, while adults have access to a spa, modern fitness center, and tennis courts. Guests also have five outdoor pools, a mile-long beach, and rooms with balconies at their disposal. The all-inclusive package includes quality a la carte restaurants, premium liquors, and free transfers from the airport, but free Wi-Fi is available only in the lobby,
As the property’s name suggests, chocolate plays a part in the luxury Boucan by Hotel Chocolat. Located on a historic cocoa estate outside Soufriere, the hotel is home to a restaurant that serves up cacao-themed cuisine as well as a spa the offers cacao-spiked treatments. Guests can also make their own chocolate from scratch (for a fee), or relax by the sleek, quartz-lined infinity pool. Lodges have open-air rainfall showers and views of Petit Piton. Some downsides to consider, though: There’s no air-conditioning, no TVs, and no beach (although the hotel provides free daily shuttles to one nearby).
Designed with picturesque courtyards, whitewashed buildings, and tropical landscaping, Cap Maison in northern St. Lucia feels like an affluent residence. Most of the resort’s 49 rooms have sea views, while villas up the ante with full kitchens and separate living areas plus private pools and whirlpools. The beach here is undoubtedly small, and most of the island’s top attractions are over an hour’s drive away, but the two beautiful pools, two tasty restaurants, and a wonderful spa sure do keep guests happy.
With just five rooms that can sleep 10 to 12 guests in total, Villa C’est la Vie ensures a peaceful, intimate getaway in a residential neighborhood of St. Lucia. The elegantly designed rooms feature spacious living areas and bedrooms with a balcony and private bathroom. During the day, guests can roam the expansive grounds, relax near or in the pool, or head to a rocky, secluded waterfront for swimming and snorkeling. Breakfast is included in the rate, or if you wish to pamper yourself, a private chef can be hired to prepare other meals. To top it off, butler service and mini cell phones are also provided.
Located on the northern coast, a long drive away from popular St. Lucia sights like the Pitons and cocoa plantations, the all-inclusive Royalton Saint Lucia distinguishes itself from neighboring resorts with a minimalist, contemporary design. The resort abandons many Caribbean all-inclusive stereotypes — meaning reservations aren’t required for dining at the restaurants, the vibe is low-key, and guests get smart key cards instead of typical plastic wristbands. Amenities are aplenty, including several stunning pools, a chic spa, and excellent dining options. Just keep in mind that features like this come with pricier rates.
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