St Lucia Holidays
St Lucia boasts some of the most dramatic scenery in the Caribbean - rainforest-cloaked volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, hot springs and bubbling mud pools. Its most famous mountains are the Pitons, verdant twin peaks that have starred in hundreds of travel brochures and guidebooks and now have UNESCO World Heritage protection.
Honey-coloured sandy bays skirt the island. You'll find the best beaches in the north and south-west - hop on a boat to discover the more secluded spots. The reef just off Anse Chastanet beach is home to brightly coloured parrotfish and seahorses and is great for snorkelling. Divers can explore the reef even further, discovering coral gardens and dramatic drop-offs. If you're at Grand Anse Beach between April and June, keep your eyes peeled for leatherback sea turtles - they come here to lay their eggs in the sand.
Back on dry land, you can search for the rare St Lucia parrot in the rainforest, visit the world's only drive-in volcano at Soufriere, or explore the botanical gardens and hot springs at Diamond Falls. A trip to the island's historical capital, Castries, is a must. Spend the morning bargaining for souvenirs in the market, before popping in to a clapboard rum shop for a local tipple. Castries' exquisitely decorated cathedral is also worth a look.
If you're eating out, there are plenty of fantastic local dishes to try. Sample callaloo soup (a green vegetable soup), spicy pepperpot stew, or saltfish with green figs (the island's national dish).
There are plenty of colourful festivals and celebrations held on the island throughout the year. The Jazz and Arts Festival in mid-May is one of the biggest, as is the colourful Carnival in July, which features parades, music and dance performances and carnival queen competitions.
Hotels in St Lucia
The views from Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort are second to none - the property is set in the Pitons valley, with an outlook that sweeps across rainforest and a sandy beach to the UNESCO-listed Pitons. The hotel itself isn't bad either, with colonial-style interiors and spa treatment rooms set in treehouses. The BodyHoliday centres around health and wellbeing, with everything from yoga and tai chi to volleyball and cycling on the activities programme.
Read more about our luxury hotels in St Lucia.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.