Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
They don’t come more sophisticated than Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort on the dreamy Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Wedged between the Piton Mountains and sparkling sea, a captivating sight brimming with azure, turquoise and emerald hues – not to mention the unmistakeable white of the sand itself – Sugar Beach is as sweet as it sounds.
This former sugar plantation nestles in more than a hundred lush acres, optimising its enviable location with sweeping views of the sea, gardens and mountains (it sits beside the towering rock wall of Petit Piton) throughout the 18th century property. In keeping with its heritage, Sugar Beach is a place of impeccable pale interiors, polished wood floors and wraparound terraces, all immaculately maintained and a real delight to experience during your stay. This plantation style extends to the guestrooms, adorned as they are in the purest white and leading out onto a private patio topped off with a plunge pool. Upgrade from a Sugar Mill Room to a Luxury Villa or Cottage for standalone accommodation; the higher up in category, the better the view. No matter which room type you go for, you’ll get your own personal butler who takes care of every detail for you – simply contact them using the mobile device handed to you at check-in.
If you can tear yourself away from your private sun lounger, take the short stroll to the main hub of the hotel (or hop in the shuttle service, if staying higher up the hill) and revel in Sugar Beach’s many onsite delights. There’s a freeform pool fringed by palm trees, and a heavenly curve of beach dotted with sunbeds, both of which enjoy dazzling views of the soaring Piton peaks. Don’t hesitate to order a chilled cocktail from the wait staff, as you lap up this most captivating view. The spa is yet another place that invites total relaxation, with its waterfall pool, rainforest treatment rooms, and steam dome – or ‘temascal’ – a therapeutic ritual used by the first settlers of St. Lucia. Choose from a menu of therapies incorporating local ingredients, including banana, coconut and aloe vera, all with their unique healing properties.
Then, when it comes to dining, Sugar Beach has an assortment of restaurants and bars to try, depending on your mood and taste. Start the day at The Terrace, sitting at a table dressed in white cloth, facing the verdant green forest outside. The Great Room is where tantalising suppers are served in a sophisticated setting – don’t miss the tasting menu during your stay. Meanwhile the Bayside Restaurant, just up from the beach, is a more laidback eatery offering everything from pizza and salad to local staples such as seafood pasta and coconut conch stew. Aside from these three restaurants, there are also three bars at this St. Lucia resort: a beach bar, cocktail bar and open-air lounge – perfect for afternoon tea.
Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Hotel also flaunts a fantastic portfolio of activities and excursions in St. Lucia, for those keen to explore the island’s seas and culture. Try sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing and other watersports, or stay on dry land to learn more about St. Lucia’s natural products and how they are processed: predominantly coconut, cocoa and sugar cane. Children under 12 can make the most of the hotel’s kids’ club too, while teens might like to get active at the Spice Club, or the whole family can play games like tennis, volleyball and pool together. Sugar Beach is an ideal choice for both adventurous pursuits and relaxing moments – it’s all up to you.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort Facilities
93 rooms and villas, all featurinf private plunge pools and butler service. Villas offer the ultimate seclusion and the Luxury Beachfront Bungalows offer the ultimate beach experience steps from the Caribbean Sea.
Soufriere, 45 minutes transfer from Hewanorra International Airport.