St. Lucia History
St. Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the
boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located
north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and
south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 617 km2 (238.23 sq mi) and has
a population of 174,000 (2010). Its capital is Castries.
One of the Windward Islands, Saint Lucia was named after Saint Lucy of
Syracuse by the French, the island's first European settlers.. They signed a
treaty with the native Carib Indians in 1660. Britain took control of the island
from 1663 to 1667; in ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times and
rule of the island changed frequently (it was seven times each ruled by the
French and British). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island.
Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia
was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies".
Representative government came about in 1924 (with universal suffrage
from 1953). From 1958 to 1962, the island was a member of the Federation
of the West Indies. On 22 February 1979, Saint Lucia became an
independent state of the Commonwealth of Nations associated with the
United Kingdom. Saint Lucia has a legal system based on English
St. Lucia is one of the Windward Islands, located in the middle
of the Eastern Caribbean chain. Its terrain is a combination of
high mountains, forests, low-lying lands and beaches.
Mountain ranges runs the length of the island and forests
dominate the mountains, while jasmine, scarlet chenille and
wild orchids provide splashes of color to the lush green
The month of August is characterized by essentially constant
daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 87°F
throughout the month.
Daily low temperatures are around 79°F.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 68% (mildly humid)
to 92% (very humid) over the course of a typical Augus.
August falls during the hurricane season in St. Lucia. Rain is
common but is generally brief and scattered quickly returning
Vacationers should be aware that there can be a
great deal of variation in weather between the
different regions of St. Lucia. If you are visiting one of
the beaches around Castries or Rodney Bay, expect
temperatures to be high but not unbearable due to
the cool breeze off the water. Visitors exploring one
of the trails through the rain forest in the center of the
island need to be prepared for some very hot and
humid weather without any relief from the winds.
Adventurous travelers can cool off on a hike to one of
the Piton mountains, the distinguishing landscape
feature of St. Lucia. Temperatures will drop
significantly as the altitude increases and travelers
may even want to bring along a light jacket to stay
comfortable in the cool weather.
Soufrière is located on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia and
was the former capital when under French possession. It is also
the oldest town in St. Lucia. Unlike Castries, much of the original
architecture still stands today, so if you want a taste of French
colonial architecture, Soufrière is the place to be. The waterfront of
this town is so picturesque it draws movie studios and tourists
alike. Soufrière is an excellent destination for visitors to experience
both the St. Lucian culture and the environment. Soufrière has
everything, from beautiful beaches to towering mountains. For the
adventurous traveler, it is the perfect destination for both relaxation
and adventure. Just outside of Soufrière is the popular drive-in
volcano which is thought to have once been a site for human
sacrifice by the Arawak Indians. Visitors are allowed to drive very
nearly into the volcano and then be guided around the area by a
tour guide. Just south of the town of Soufrière along the bay, the
most distinguishing feature of St. Lucia can be found, the Pitons.
These two towering twin mountains are not only beautiful to look
at, but they a popular hiking destination that draw people from
around the world.
4.5 Star Resort
Ladera is a resort that travelers dream about -
a small, lush, tropical gem that is world
acclaimed yet still relatively unknown. Located
in south western Saint Lucia, Ladera is a
paradise like no other to ignite your passions.
Two miles from the port town of Soufriere, on a
lush hill- side of mango trees, lay the lure of
Ladera. With only 6 villas and 26 suites and a
dedicated, attentive staff, Ladera offers an
intimate experience and the ability to cater to
Amenities and Activities
Lounging at Ladera's main pool and deck area overlooking
the Pitons and Caribbean Sea, with cocktails and snack
service available poolside.
Soaking and relaxing in the restorative sulphur mineral baths
at the spa.
Complimentary beach shuttle service to Sugar Beach.
Complimentary beach towels and snorkeling equipment.
Live local entertainment at the Bar at Dasheene, including
the weekly Shak-Shak Band performance during Sunday
A weekly wood carving demonstration at the Bar at
Saturday morning Soufrière market tour followed by a
cooking class hosted by Ladera's Chef.
The Spa at Ladera features indulgent treatments inspired by
Saint Lucia's volcanic history and the lush rainforest that
surrounds this peaceful retreat.
Ladera's award-winning restaurant, is known throughout
the world for its eclectic, innovative cuisine. The restaurant
welcomes guests from all over the island, who often come
here for lunch and dinner to enjoy the unbelievable
panoramic view firsthand, enjoy live music most evenings,
and indulge in the delicacies - both local and international -
that make Dasheene one of the Caribbean's finest dining
experiences. Featuring what is perhaps the freshest food
in the Caribbean, Dasheene's daily menu provides an
excitingly delicious combination of fresh caught fish, locally
grown and freshly picked produce and other entrees and
indulgences, all presented in a style of casual elegance.
The Bar at Dasheene is open from 9am each day. It is a
perfect setting for a pre-dinner cocktail or to enjoy a live
music show. Part of Dasheene Restaurant, the Bar shares
the same unobstructed sea views flanked by St. Lucia's
signature twin volcanic Piton peaks.
Rainbow Suite Plunge Pool
This is the perfect open air suite, set high up
in the rainforest with spacious sitting area
and bedroom complete with awe-inspiring
views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea. It
also offers an en-suite shower, plunge pool
(not heated), stocked mini-bar with water &
soft drinks and coffee & tea making facilities.
Suite measures approximately 1,000 square
feet. Bedding: 1 queen bed.
Only breakfast is included in the quote.
Resort is located on a hillside, no direct
access to beach. There is a shuttle
between the resort and the beach
Resort has one restaurant. Taxi to town
is about $30 round-trip.
I have toured this resort and the view
really is that incredible!
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy
Resort 5 Star Resort
The Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is without question located in one of the most
spectacular sites in the world, the majestic valley of the Pitons (Val des Pitons). The
beauty of the Pitons, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is unparalleled.
The atmosphere is unobtrusive and lends to a truly intimate and relaxed experience.
The resort is spread across more than one hundred acres of tropical forest
unsurpassed for its natural beauty, with the only white sand beach in the area.
Formerly a working sugar plantation, the property has a long history of owners
including Lord Glenconner, famously known for his friendship with Princess
Margaret and the once famous proprietor of the Bang Restaurant.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is located on the south western part of St. Lucia
about 3 miles outside the town of Soufriere, between the world famous Pitons.
Soufriere is a historic town with the island's main natural attractions; the drive-in
volcano, botanical gardens and waterfalls in close proximity. It is a 45 minute drive
from Hewannorra International Airport (UVF).
Amazing rainforest spa. Private spa huts in the
trees with a creek running alongside.
The pool sits at the bottom of the Gros Piton.
Only white sand beach in the area.
Excellent snorkeling right off the beach.
Rainforest hiking trail.
Sea kayaking, snorkeling, hobie cat sailing,
windsurfing and even night fishing are all
offered in the crystal waters of the National
Marine Reserve, just a step from the beach.
Yoga and Pilates classes.
Caribbean dance classes.
The Great Room, The Great Room, for discerning diners there
is the elegant Great Room, with its old world colonial charm
serving Caribbean influenced fare in candlelit, air-conditioned
surroundings. Beautifully presented personalized tasting menus
are also available nightly reflecting the cultural influences of
Sugar Beach's expert culinary team and utilizing the freshest
local ingredients. Enjoy dishes such as seared scallops on a
puree of Jerusalem artichoke, Kobe beef with a rich red wine
jus, or perfectly cooked Mahi-Mahi with green fig mash &
tropical salsa. A well-devised wine list ensures the ideal
accompaniment for every course.
Bayside Bar & Restaurant, enjoy open-air sea side dining with
a magnificent view of the Pitons, available for breakfast, lunch
and dinner. Guests can enjoy an a la carte continental or full
The Terrace, Set on the ground floor of the elegant Great
House and with stunning views of the lily pond and glistening
The Beach Bar, Bar is open 9:00am-11:00pm. Beach menu available 10:30am-
7:00pm. Beach Service: Get served the cocktail of your choice or food from the
Bayside snack menu when relaxing at the beach or pool. Simply raise the red flag
next to your beach or pool lounge and a member of the beach team will be there to
provide you this very personalized service.
The Cane Bar, a new specialty rum bar featuring cutting edge style, a glowing white
bar, and comfortable over-sized furniture in a palette of white and soft charcoal, as
well as a wide selection of rum and a "rummelier" to help guide guests through their
choices. In addition to the offerings behind the bar, The Cane Bar also features a
range of tasty dishes to provide the perfect accompaniment to your chosen libation.
Enjoy a sashimi or sushi platter featuring the freshest catch of the day, try the slider
trio with fish, chicken and beef topped with caramelized onions and organic arugula,
or freshly grilled chicken, beef or vegetarian satay served with traditional satay sauce
and bok choy kimchi. Dish selections may change according to market availability.
This air-conditioned bar is open from 6:00pm to 1:00am, seven nights a week. Guests
must be 18 years and over. Lighter fare served until 12:30am.
The Late Night Bar, features funky cutting edge style and fantastic artwork. The
charcoal walls offset brightly colored asymmetric chairs and large white day beds. In
addition to the air- conditioned lounge, there is an open air terrace for cocktails under
the stars and in the shadow of the Petit Piton. Open seven nights a week, 6:00pm-
1:00am. Guests must be 18 years and over.
With a reservation in any Sugar Beach, A
Viceroy Resort luxury accommodations,
this St Lucia resort offers personalized,
intuitive butler service. The butler
welcomes guests on arrival and offers to
unpack luggage, provide a laundry service,
dinner reservations and will organize any
other special requirements. A dedicated
cell phone to the butler is also provided, so
guest needs are fulfilled by Sugar Beach's
first class personnel.
Tucked amid the lush vegetation and fruit trees these accommodations offer enclaves of privacy, tranquility
and stunning views. The spacious bedroom speaks to the resort’s plantation history with high beamed
ceilings and romantic voile draped four poster bed. A small sitting area provides further space to relax
indoors, while outside a private terrace and plunge pool are an added bonus for those who like to bask in
the warm Caribbean sunshine. Luxury Cottages have breathtaking views of the dramatic Pitons, or views of
the sparkling waters of Anse des Pitons below.
The spacious, breezy bedrooms invite respite from the Caribbean sun with their crisp, white palette. Elegant
hardwood floors and custom-made furnishings, including a dreamlike four-poster bed, romantic voile
draping, sensually soft sofas, and a tropical sanctuary feel, re-emphasize the indulgent St Lucia villa
Four-poster bed with silky high-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and romantic voile draping
A walk-in closet/dressing room
iPod docking station
Complimentary internet access (either WiFi or hard wired)
Large flat screen TV & DVD player
Tea and coffee making facilities
Signature bathroom amenities
Large bathroom with Victorian-style claw foot bath and enormous walk-in shower
Plunge pool and private patio
Personalized butler service
Notes on Sugar Beach
Only breakfast is included in quote
Amazing location between the pitons
Only white sand beach in St. Lucia
Unique artwork throughout the resort
chosen by the owner
A resort shuttle runs every 15 minutes
for easy access to hillside rooms
Matt Damon recently stayed at Sugar
4.5 Star Resort
Located in Soufriere
Anse Chastanet, this romantic resort hideaway offers 49
individually-designed rooms, decorated with stunning
original artworks, in a unique hillside/beachfront setting.
The hotel has created a resort in harmony with its natural
environment, taking full advantage of the amazing scenery.
Nestled within a 600-acre estate with two beaches, Anse
Chastanet is a destination within itself, offering many
facilities and activities offered right at the resort. The
beaches are on some of the island's best coral reefs for
snorkeling and scuba diving. Within the estate lies a lush
tropical forest with 18th century remains of an old
plantation, plus 12 miles of private estate trails to explore
by foot or bike.
Anse Chastanet Resort
Anse Chastanet beach with beach chairs and beach towels
Complimentary use of non-motorized watersports including snorkel gear,
windsurfers, sit on top kayaks, sunfish sailing
Complimentary use of tennis court and equipment
Resort Water Taxi Another Peach on Earth to second beach at ANSE MAMIN 6
Guided Walks and Hikes on 600 acre estate with Meno – learn about history
Water Taxi at 7. 30 a.m. or 3.30 p.m. to go jogging through Anse Mamin
Yoga Sun - Fri 8.30 – 9.30 a.m. & 5.00 - 6.00 p.m. in the beach yoga gazebo
(Friday 5 - 6 p.m. class is a stretch class)
Creole History Class in the Beach Bar Friday 11.30 a.m.
Daily Live Entertainment in our Piton Bar except Tuesdays when entertainment
is in the beach bar
Library located in the Piti Piton Bar with Wi-fi internet connection and
complimentary guest computer
Manager's Cocktail Reception every Tuesday from 6.30 - 7.30 p.m. in the
Underwater Slideshow in Beach Bar, Wednesday 7 p.m.
Anse Chastanet Resort
Whether or not you are an absolute novice
or experienced rider, Bike St. Lucia's
exclusive 12 miles of private trails through
the tropical jungle located on the grounds
of one of St. Lucia's first colonial
plantations, Anse Mamin, are "unique in
the world of mountain biking" according to
Tom Bierl, editor of Bike magazine. Bike St.
Lucia's custom trails were designed to
accommodate both the first time rider and
the experienced rider on Cannondale
suspension bikes. Bike St. Lucia also
offers a skills area where you have the
option to learn the secrets of successful
techniques used by experts under the
watchful eye of an instructor before
exploring the trails.
Jungle Bar And Grill,
The Jungle Beach Bar & Grill, located on the second beach of Anse Mamin, is
open from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily with lunch served from noon to 3:00pm. The
relaxed and laid back atmosphere on this exotic soft sand beach makes the
Jungle Grill a favorite with many of our resort guests.
Pitons Lounge And Bar
Lunch can also be enjoyed at mid hillside level in the Piton lounge, away from the
beach and overlooking the Anse Chastanet bay and coral reefs.
Dine in the two open air treehouses overlooking lush tropical foliage and the
Caribbean Sea. Celebrating award winning Tropical World Cuisine, a blend of
Caribbean with other tropical world cuisine experiences. The dinner menu
changes daily and is served in a romantic candlelit ambiance, surrounded by
beautiful original artwork. Breakfast is served here daily and dinner is served
daily with the exception of Tuesdays.
The Trou au Diable Restaurant
Offers a special Indian theme menu titled APSARA on all evenings except
Tuesday. APSARA is an innovative fusion of modern East Indian and Caribbean
cooking, a celebration of St. Lucia historical and cultural ties with East India.
Anse Chastanet Resort
The two bars - Piti Piton Bar, the
Treehouse Restarant and the Trou
au Diable beach restaurant are
open daily and offer a wide
selection of tropical cocktails,
beers, liquor including also fine
malt whiskeys, eau-de-vies and
after dinner drinks.
Anse Chastanet Resort
Anse Chastanet's superior rooms are located at
various hillside levels. The rooms are octagonal or
rectangular in shape, with one king size bed, with
ocean and/or Piton view.
When booking standard category, you could be
located on either hillside or beachside - the category
is based on "run of house" principle which may lead
to a complimentary upgrade to superior or
beachside deluxe location, at the Resort's
discretion. Both Standard and Superior rooms have
either clay or tropical hardwood floors, either glass
or wooden jalousie louvre windows, ceiling fans and
balconies, ensuite bathrooms with shower and toilet.
ANSE CHASTANET emphasizes the use of local
woods and other local products in the room decor
and furnishings. Cushions and bedspreads are
made from colorful cotton fabrics called madras,
the island's "national cloth." Even the resort
bathrobes are locally made and have become a
popular souvenir item!
The furniture has been individually designed and
handmade in the region with the exclusive use of
the island woods such as teak, mahogany, green
heart, red cedar and wild breadfruit.
Most rooms do NOT have air conditioning, radios,
telephones or televisions.
Anse Chastanet Resort
Anse Chastanet Resort
Total Romance Package
Airport transfers both ways
Tour of Volcano, Sulphur Springs and Diamond Mineral Baths
Guided tour of old French Colonial Plantation of Anse Mamin
Drinks package in room fridge
Basket of local fruit
Use of tennis court and equipment
Snorkeling, kayaking, mini-sailing and windsurfing
Use of beach chairs and beach towels
A guided boat snorkel trip
A resort scuba diving course for beginners or 2 dives for certified divers
Bottle of French champagne
One hour Swedish Massage
Jungle Biking in Anse Mamin Valley (1/2 day)
Two resort t-shirts
Half day sailing on skippered resort yacht Serenity
An anniversary certificate of US $500 to be used on a return visit
Anse Chastanet is located on a hillside,
there are many steps and steep inclines
The resort does not have a pool
The sand on the beach is a mixture of
volcanic rock and coral sand resulting in
a dark color
The drive from the airport is bumpy and
winding in the mountains
Rainbow Suite Plunge Pool, Breakfast only
Luxury Cottage, Breakfast only
Basic room with all-inclusive package $6,200
Superior Room, All-Inclusive, Total Romance
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