A Piton Pilgrimage: Luxury in Saint Lucia

Jade Mouuntain
Jade Mountain

On approach into Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in St. Lucia I realized, that the Caribbean of my mind’s eye existed in a giddiness-inducing reality. The gorgeous Pitons rising straight from the depths of the ocean made me feel that perhaps I had in fact flown to a much more far-flung destination, like Phi Phi Island, when in fact I was mere four hours and forty minutes nonstop flying time from Boston.

The Pitons on approach to UVF
The Pitons on approach to UVF

 

After about a thirty minute wait on arrival, I was greeted by a friendly immigration official who was somewhat dumbfounded that I was traveling alone to St. Lucia for eight nights. The allure of the destination for romance travel (honeymoons, anniversaries, and destination weddings) is virtually unparalleled in the Caribbean. She asked no further questions, hastily stamped my passport, and off I went to retrieve my luggage and find my driver.

My first two night hotel stay in my Piton Pilgrimage to St. Lucia was at Ladera Resort which is located near the top of the Pitons, and overlooks Sugar Beach. The views from this height were absolutely memorizing.

The view from Ladera Resort
The view from Ladera Resort

Next, I took a quick fifteen minute taxi ride down the hill to the base of the Pitons for two night stay at the aptly named Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. The beach has soft white sand, beautiful views of the Pitons on either side, and plenty of shade from thatched umbrellas.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

A boat was the preferred mode of transportation for my transfer around the base of the Petit Piton and on to my next resort for two nights, the absolutely incomparable Jade Mountain. With views like this from bed, I was almost too relaxed to bother leaving my room.

View from bed at Jade Mountain
View from bed at Jade Mountain

However, while at Jade Mountain, I could not resist the opportunity to visit their sister beach resort, Anse Chastenet, which has a great traditional Caribbean vibe, lots of dining options, and a beautiful natural sand beach.

Anse Chastenet Beach
Anse Chastenet Beach

The last stop on my trip was another boat ride away from the Pitons for a two night stay on the north end of the island at the casually elegant Cap Maison. The food was delicious, the public spaces felt both intimate and secluded, and the service at the beach was amazing. The wine cellar dinner was one of my favorite all-time meals.

Dinner in the wine cellar at Cap Maison
Dinner in the wine cellar at Cap Maison

My last transfer was the most exciting, a fifteen minute helicopter ride over the rain forest to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) to catch my flight back to Boston.

Helicopter transfer to UVF
Helicopter transfer to UVF

I loved my experience in Saint Lucia, and I can’t wait to share my in depth trip reports with you on each hotel. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you have questions about the resorts, the complimentary Virtuoso amenities, or are ready to book your vacation to Saint Lucia, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or phone at 508-485-3061.

I can’t wait to see where you go next!

Trip Report: Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

For our annual pre-winter beach vacation, and my husband’s birthday, we decided to spend a week at Rosewood Little Dix Bay. Located in the British Virgin Islands on Virgin Gorda, Little Dix Bay truly is a timeless Caribbean retreat. Originally a Rockefeller Resort opened in 1964, it is located on a gorgeous half mile crescent shaped bay. Many guests have been coming every year for decades.

Little Dix Bay Beach

The rooms have been recently renovated and run the span from the traditional Tree House Suites to the modern Junior Suites, all with the amenities that you would expect at a luxury resort (except televisions in the rooms). The fitness and relaxation areas of the resort are exceptional. The fitness center is one of the best I have seen in the Caribbean, and it’s centrally located next to the tennis courts. The Sense Spa is gorgeous, and worth the trip up the hill, even if only to enjoy the view.

View from spa pool

The beach has plenty of lounge chairs and shade. It’s perfect for little ones because there really are not any waves. It is also great for anyone who wants to snorkel directly from the beach, or perhaps float away the afternoon on one of the many complimentary rafts. Since the bay is so large there is plenty of room for sailing and paddle-boarding, both of which are included in the room rate. Or if you are feeling more adventurous, sign up for one of the many beach drops and find your own little slice of paradise.

Beach drop

The complimentary Virtuoso amenities are as follows:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily buffet breakfast for up to two in room guests
  • A $100 USD spa service credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excluding products)
  • Early check-in / late check-out, subject to availability

Don’t miss my complete photo tour!

 

Considering a stay at Rosewood Little dix Bay? Get in touch at 508-485-3061 or via email and I will help you plan the perfect vacation.

 

Luxury Travel Deal: Amanyara Sojourn 2014

Amanyara

Amanyara

amanyara sojourn

1 – 25 November 2014
1 – 19 December 2014

Amanyara is a secluded beach resort situated on beautiful Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Escape to this idyllic retreat for a minimum of three nights and enjoy the following inclusions:

• Daily breakfast and dinner (excluding beverages)
• Sunset cocktails and canapés once during stay
• A beach picnic lunch once during stay.

Plus, this offer can be combined with the Virtuoso amenities! This would give you one additional complimentary lunch during your stay.

All Virtuoso Guests Receive:

  • For 2014 & 2015
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • Complimentary a la carte lunch for 2 persons once during stay (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Notes

* Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 12% government tax.
* Rates are inclusive of private airport transfers; non-motorized water sports; daily snorkeling trips; use of tennis courts, equipment and lessons; regular yoga classes; private bar (except spirits) ; afternoon tea; in-room wireless internet access; and all local telephone calls.
* Offer is valid for one or two guests sharing a Pavilion and one or two guests per bedroom in a Villa.
* Maximum occupancy in a Pavilion is three guests. Extra bed charge of US$150++ is applicable for third adult or child aged 12 and above. In addition there is a charge for breakfast and dinner inclusion of US$130++ charge per night for a third adult or child above 11, or US$65++ child aged 11 and below. There is no charge for a child under 2 years. Villas have a maximum occupancy of eight guests in a three-bedroom Villa, 10 guests in a four-bedroom Villa and 12 guests in a five-bedroom Villa.
* A la carte prices for the picnic lunch and sunset cocktails applies (in addition to the third person room charge) for a third person staying three nights or longer.
* Add-on nights are available at seasonal published rack rates, subject to availability.
* Rates and government tax are subject to change without notice.
* Offer is not available in conjunction with other offers. Other restrictions may apply.

Contact me today at 508-485-3061, or via email, to take advantage of the Amanyara Sojourn package.