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  • 1. St. Lucia History  St. Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean.[4] 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.[4] Saint Lucia has a legal system based on English common law.
  • 2.  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 slopes.  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 to sunshine. St. Lucia
  • 3.  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. St. Lucia
  • 4. Airport you will fly into
  • 5. St. Lucia  Soufrière  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.
  • 6. Option One Soufrière
  • 7.  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 your preference. Ladera Resort
  • 8.  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 Brunch.  A weekly wood carving demonstration at the Bar at Dasheene.  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 Resort
  • 9.  Dasheene  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. Ladera Resort
  • 10. Ladera Resort  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.
  • 11.  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! Notes
  • 12. Option Two Soufrière
  • 13. 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).
  • 14. Sugar Beach
  • 15. Sugar Beach  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.
  • 16. Private Spa Huts
  • 17. Sugar Beach  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 breakfast.  The Terrace, Set on the ground floor of the elegant Great House and with stunning views of the lily pond and glistening Caribbean.
  • 18. Sugar Beach  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.
  • 19. Sugar Beach  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.
  • 20. Sugar Beach Luxury Cottage  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 ambience.  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  Private bar  Tea and coffee making facilities  In-room safe  Signature bathroom amenities  Large bathroom with Victorian-style claw foot bath and enormous walk-in shower  Plunge pool and private patio  Personalized butler service
  • 21. 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 Beach
  • 22. Option Three Soufrière
  • 23.  4.5 Star Resort  All-Inclusive  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
  • 24. Amenities  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 days weekly  Guided Walks and Hikes on 600 acre estate with Meno – learn about history and botany  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 beach bar  Underwater Slideshow in Beach Bar, Wednesday 7 p.m. Anse Chastanet Resort
  • 25. 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. *Additional Cost
  • 26.  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.  Treehouse Restaurant-  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
  • 27. 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.
  • 28. Anse Chastanet Resort  Superior Room  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.
  • 29.  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
  • 30. Lounge
  • 31. Anse Chastanet Resort Total Romance Package Package Inclusions:  Airport transfers both ways  Welcome cocktail  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
  • 32.  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 Notes
  • 33.  Ladera  Rainbow Suite Plunge Pool, Breakfast only  $4,734  Sugar Beach  Luxury Cottage, Breakfast only  $4,620  Basic room with all-inclusive package $6,200  Anse Chastanet  Superior Room, All-Inclusive, Total Romance  $6,042