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Saint Lucia

Impossibly picturesque, her jagged, jungle-clad peaks rising from the sea like dragon’s teeth, stunning Saint Lucia is rightly feted as the Caribbean’s most romantic island. Accommodation ranges from rustic rainforest retreats and boutique beach hotels to some of the most staggeringly luxurious resorts in the entire region. It’s no surprise that Saint Lucia is a favourite for couples on their honeymoon, but a host of high-octane pursuits and watersports also make it a great destination for the more adventurous traveller, as well as for active families looking for more than just a beach holiday.

Culturally, Saint Lucia is an intoxicating melange of English, French and African influences, tangible in everything from the exotic markets in the capital, Castries, to the lilting rhythms of Kweyol, the French creole spoken by the locals. The volcanic nature of the island also means that some of the beaches on Saint Lucia are darker in colour than the classic Caribbean picture postcard, so make sure you let us know if you want to stay somewhere with guaranteed white sand.

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Getting There

Flying time from the UK is approximately 9 hrs and all flights are non-stop.

British Airways Daily departures from Gatwick.

Virgin Atlantic Departures from Gatwick 5 times a week in high season and 4 times a week in low season.

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on British Airways World Traveller or Virgin Atlantic Economy flights. Helicopter transfers can be arranged on request - please contact us for details.

Language

English, but a French Creole is widely spoken.

Time Difference

4 hours behind GMT and 5 hours behind BST.

Currency

Eastern Caribbean dollar. American Express, Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in the hotels.

Useful Information

A full British passport is required and it should be valid for 6 months after the return date of your holiday. Visas are not required for British citizens. No special health documentation is necessary for residents of the UK who have not recently visited parts of the world where cholera or yellow fever is a problem.

It is illegal to wear any camouflage clothing anywhere on the island. Any camouflage clothing found by customs will be confiscated and returned on departure.

See the island

Whale and dolphin watching

Saint Lucia is a great place for whale and dolphin watching, with tours operating year round. The island’s mountainous landscape provides a stunning backdrop as you look out for the large pods of spinning and spotted dolphins as well as the more elusive pilot, sperm and orca whales. Half day boat trips leave early in the morning and carry state-of-the-art equipment to maximise your chances of spotting these majestic creatures. 

Snorkelling the south west

Grab your flippers and head for the coral reefs in the south west of the island. We recommend Anse Cochon, next to Ti Kaye Resort & Spa, a quiet little bay flanked on either side by reefs teeming with colourful fish. Similarly impressive and with a truly spectacular setting is Jalousie beach in Soufrière, which sits smack bang in the middle of the Pitons and also happens to be home to the ultra luxurious Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort.

Scenic helicopter tour

Take a helicopter transfer to your hotel for an unforgettable arrival experience, or enjoy a 30 minute scenic tour of the island. You’ll take in all the sights, from the majestic Pitons and the dense vegetation of the rainforest, to the picturesque bays and beaches along the Caribbean coastline and the sleepy fishing villages of the more rugged Atlantic coast.

Banana Ketchup

It sounds like it can’t possibly work, but give this quirky condiment a chance and it might just surprise you. The combination of bananas, a Saint Lucian staple, with garlic and spices creates a sweet, subtle and very yellow sauce, a great accompaniment to barbecued chicken. Even if you’re not a fan of the taste, it’s a great souvenir to take back home for friends and family.

Cuisine

Eating and drinking here is a real treat, whether you’re sampling haute cuisine at the hotel restaurants, tucking into tasty street food or enjoying a rum and coke at a local bar. Saint Lucians love to party too – for a slightly sanitised experience, try the Jazz & Arts Festival in May, or for the real deal, head down to Gros Islet on a Friday night and dance with the locals to the thundering sound systems set up on the street corner. A word of warning, go easy on the rum punches - they’re strong!

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Calabash

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English owned and managed, our clients love the refined but relaxed atmosphere at this exquisite family-owned boutique hotel.

Extensively refurbished over the past couple of years, the many upgrades at Calabash include a new spa, a chic re-designed beach restaurant and fresh new furnishings in every suite.

Being a family-run hotel, children and teens are welcome here - the resort’s new Kid’s Concierge team is on hand to arrange a host of fun activities, such as sailing lessons, paddle boarding, arts and crafts and movie nights.

Divers are spoilt for choice in Grenada with shipwrecks, coral reefs and an underwater sculpture park to explore - having the excellent ScubaTech based at Calabash ensures that divers are well looked after here.

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