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
On a typical October day, during the early morning hours you
will probably find the temperature will be around 81.5 degrees.
Temperatures on St. Lucia typically rise during the day, to an
average of 85.0 degrees in the early afternoon. By the early
evening hours in October the temperature will generally fall to
somewhere in the vicinity of 79.5 degrees. For the month of
October as a whole, temperatures on St. Lucia average
around 82.9 degrees.
October is hurricane season in the Caribbean.
If it rains it is generally in the afternoon and brief
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.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy
Resort 5 Star Resort
No meals included
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
Luxurious yet unpretentious, the Luxury Villas at Sugar Beach, a
Viceroy Resort feature gracious plantation styling with an
emphasis on seclusion, comfort, relaxation and ultimate escape.
Quintessentially Caribbean in style, the Luxury Villas perfectly
embody the beauty and tranquility of their surroundings. Take in
the incredible Piton mountain views or expansive vistas across the
waters of Anse des Pitons as you stretch out on your private patio
or refresh in your private, oversized plunge pool.
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
Notes on Sugar Beach
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
$6,643 (no meals)
$7,969 (no meals)
Deposit $500 total
Final payment due 9/5
$120 per person, due with deposit
Depart IAH 6:00 am, 40 minute layover
in Atlanta, arrive St. Lucia 2:22 pm
Depart St. Lucia 2:19 pm, 3 hour layover
in Miami, arrive IAH 10:55 pm