Shaped by undulating green hills and two of the most distinctive forested peaks in the Caribbean – the Piton Mountains – St. Lucia is an instantly recognisable paradise island that most people can only dream of visiting. It boasts some of the most sublime beaches in the Caribbean, turquoise sea and coral reefs, a heady combination that makes for Instagram-worthy backdrops to your luxury St. Lucia holiday.
St. Lucia is an island of only 27 miles by 14, studded in the Caribbean Sea between Martinique and St Vincent, making up part of the Windward archipelago. As you approach the island by aeroplane, you can’t miss the staggering sight of the Pitons, two perfectly formed volcanic mountains carpeted in forest that rise gracefully from the blue sea. Head to the white-sand beach of Anse Piton to get the best view of those UNESCO-designated Pitons, or better yet, stay at one of the fabulous luxury hotels here and wake up to those breathtaking vistas each day – we can’t get enough of Sugar Beach Resort, here at Elite Travel Concierge.
You can’t help but notice the sheer green of St. Lucia, and that’s because three quarters of the island is covered in forest. So aside from blue seas to swim in, coral reefs to snorkel over and immaculate beaches to laze on, there are nature trails that are prime for hiking and biking, with the chance to climb up to Gros Piton if you fancy the challenge. Adrenalin junkies can go zip lining over the rainforest canopy too, or peer into a volcano at Sulphur Springs, before soaking in mud pools and bathing at the foot of a waterfall.
Then there are charming towns to explore, such as colonial capital Soufriere in the south, lying in the shadow of the Pitons and peppered with centuries-old plantations and the island’s beautiful botanical gardens. The present-day capital is Castries, busier than Soufriere but with galleries and art studios as well as markets and restaurants to try out. That’s if you can bear to spend any time away from your luxury St. Lucia resort, which is a hard feat considering the high levels of pampering and comfort that you can expect during your exclusive holiday to St. Lucia.