Luscious, bright green forest-clad mountains, sparkling azure blue waters, unforgetting sunsets and sunrises St Lucia is naturally beautiful. It comes as no surprise, then, that this gorgeous island is full of lavish hotels and resorts, all paving the path to a spectacular luxury holiday. From personalised butlers and drinks zip-lined to your table, to lovely open-wall rooms overlooking the ocean, here are five of the best luxury hotels in St Lucia. Capella Marigot Bay The scene: This attractive hotel has a unique location along the western coast of St Lucia. Nestled a little way south of Castries City, the hotel overlooks the charming marina villa at Marigot Bay, with gorgeous marina views and a backdrop of luscious mountain. Theres no beach nearby, but you can hop on a complimentary ferry ride to the nearest one should you need a day on the sand. The sleep: The 124 rooms and suites here are spacious and luxurious, creating an opulent vibe with the dark woods, modern amenities and billowy four poster beds. The starting room type – the Resort View Room – has gorgeous views of the garden, whilst the most luxurious Penthouse Suites come with one, two or three bedrooms, plus a separate lounge and wonderful views over the Bay. For the most spectacular views, wed recommend booking a Bay View Room or Suite. The stay: Surrounded by lush vegetation and a picturesque marina village, the ambience here is luxurious and tranquil, perfect for those looking to indulge in a private and secluded holiday experience. Days can be spent doing as little or as much as you like, either sunning yourself by the infinity pool, or enjoying a cooking class and customised spa treatments. The two restaurants, Bayside Café and The Grill at 14*61 are very sumptuous indeed, but the biggest focal point has to be the intimate Rum Cave, with trendy décor and over 200 rums. Ladera Resort The scene: Settled high on a striking plateau in the mountains of St Lucias south coast, Ladera Resorts secluded location offers incredible views of the Pitons, and a desirable sense of peacefulness. Though theres no direct access to a beach, there is a complimentary shuttle service to Sugar Beachs pristine sands. The sleep: All of the 32 rooms and suites here are utterly romantic, ranging from the Superior Room with a plunge pool, and the Le Petite Fleur Villa with a heated plunge pool. The décor beautifully blends modern elegance with traditional Caribbean style, but the best part has to be the missing fourth wall, offering dramatic views of the ocean. Youll even receive a complimentary Ladera’s Necessaire Kit complete with binoculars, eye masks, slippers and a star chart for nightly sky-gazing. The stay: The vistas and small terraces at Ladera Resort offer coveted, panoramic views of the soaring Pitons, with plenty of swinging benches or outdoor sofas for you to sit and simply take in the natural beauty. The tranquil infinity pool is the ideal spot for a serene afternoon too, or if youre hoping for a bit more to do, theres a brilliant round-the-clock activity schedule ranging from cocktail-making classes and cooking demos, to glass-bottom boat tours. After a day of pampering and activities, venture to the award winning Dasheene restaurant, serving up a mighty feast created with local produce. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort The scene: Nestled underneath the luscious jungle-clad Petite Piton, this luxurious resort has one of the most spectacular views of the Pitons, which frames the sugary sand south-western beach it lays on. The sleep: With exteriors reminiscent of old-style beach houses, each of the 78 rooms and suites will charm you before you even step inside to the airy white interiors. Ranging from Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms and Four Bedroom Residences, no matter which room type you go for youll enjoy a truly lavish experience with your own personalised butler service. The Luxury Beachfront Bungalows are the most scenic, lying only steps away from powdery sands and gracing guests with their own private courtyard and Jacuzzi. The stay: Tranquillity and serenity will be on the cards at this gorgeous resort, especially when exploring the Rainforest Spa with its quirky thatched roof huts and truly rejuvenating, customisable treatments. The swimming pool is a beautiful and quiet spot to while away an afternoon, whilst the five restaurants and lounges offer the flavoursome tastes of Caribbean cuisine and refreshing cocktails. Jade Mountain The scene: Perched on a hillside with panoramic views of the verdant Pitons and glistening Caribbean Sea, Jade Mountain has one of the most picturesque locations on St Lucias south-western coastline. The sleep: Referred to as the sanctuaries, the 29 secluded rooms are built open-style, with no fourth wall in order to offer panoramic views from the comfort of your bed. Most even have their own stunning infinity pool overlooking the mountains, which makes fo r a blissful afternoon. The most luxurious is the Galaxy Sanctuary, the largest suites with unbeatable views of the Caribbean Sea and rugged Pitons. The stay: With no TVs, telephones or WiFi (unless requested), this is true barefoot luxury, allowing you to drink in the views and completely unwind from everyday troubles. With koi ponds dotted around the resort and the calming sounds of waves lapping on the shore, theres no doubt youll feel relaxed. Snorkelling is second to none here, and the Kai En Ciel Spa offers a myriad of revitalising treatments. The Caribbean flavours at the Treehouse restaurant will definitely tantalise your taste buds, and you could even spend a unique afternoon enjoying a chocolate-making session. Cap Maison The scene: This beautiful resort is located on the north-western coast of St Lucia on the lush Cap Estate, a former sugar plantation with dramatic views of the sparkling ocean, Pigeon Island, and pretty Martinique. The sleep: >Ranging from Garden View rooms to the Ocean View Villa Suite with Pool and Roof Terrace, all of the 49 luxuriant rooms adopt an elegant spin on classic Caribbean décor. No matter which room type you stay in youll enjoy a desirably intimate experience, but the villas are incredibly indulgent and perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, especially those with their own plunge pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The stay: Remote, peaceful, humbling if youre looking for rustic luxury this is the place to find it. Though luxurious, the hotel has a very friendly and personalised feel, where staff make you feel incredibly pampered and special. The Cliff at Cap steals the show, a restaurant with jaw-dropping ocean views and sumptuous food, including jerk-seasoned steak and freshly caught seafood, whilst the romantic Rock Maison is perfect for a secluded dinner for two, where drinks are zip-lined directly to your table. Mags Longstaff is Product & Marketing Director at Tropical Sky. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.
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