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!

Five Lovely Luxury Hotel Packages for Valentine’s Day

Roses on bed

Roses on bed

1. Valentines Day Celebration

The Lowell Hotel, New York City

Valid February 7th-17th, 2013

Enjoy a romantic evening or book a long weekend, celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one at The Lowell. Reserve the Valentine’s Day Package and let The Lowell take care of the special details. The Valentine’s Day Package includes dinner for two in a One Bedroom Suite with a wood-burning fireplace as well as roses, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and chocolate truffles upon arrival. We promise, you won’t want to leave the suite!

  • Wood burning fireplace in-suite (to be lit on a complimentary basis, twice per stay)
  • Dinner for two to enjoy once per visit. Includes (3) course meal and a bottle of wine.
  • Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival
  • Welcome amenities including Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a dozen roses and an assortment of fine chocolate truffles

2. Love is in the Air

Chewton Glen, England

Two nights in a Treehouse Suite

  • Bottle of Champagne and Spa “treats” Hamper on arrival
  • Romantic Candlelit dinner hamper for two on the balcony of your Treehouse on one night
  • One couples 90 minute hot oil candle treatment in the luxury of your Treehouse
  • Return 45 Minute Private Helicopter flight for two from Chewton Glen to the Isle of Wight

3. For Your Eyes Only

GoldenEye, Jamaica

What could be more romantic than GoldenEye for two? Spend a week with us and we’ll spoil you both.

  • An awfully romantic – and private! – four course dinner for two including a cocktail and a bottle of house wine
  • Picnic at Firefly (Noel Coward’s historic hilltop estate)
  • Our “90-Minutes-of-Bliss” in-room couples massage
  • Guided kayaking excursion
  • Cocktails at sunset on “the GoldenEye,” our glass-bottom boat

4. Heart and Soul Package

Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley

Love with all of your heart and soul. Cherish your time together at Auberge du Soleil this February. Auberge du Soleil has created the ultimate Valentine’s package. This package is inclusive of a one or two night stay in a Garden View King Room, plus a special 6-course Chef’s Tasting Menu at our Michelin starred Restaurant.

Return to your room to find the fireplace lit, romantic music turned on and candlelight filling the room. We are also including “Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples”. This charming book is a must for couples hoping for romance in the Napa Valley. Valentine’s is a perfect time to indulge in a romantic getaway and Auberge du Soleil is the ultimate in luxury and seclusion for couples looking to escape.

This Napa hotel package includes:

  • Two night stay in a Garden View King Room
  • Bottle of Sparkling Wine and Chocolate Covered Strawberries on Arrival
  • Special Valentine’s Dinner for Two, Champagne Greeting (Additional alcoholic beverages not included)
  • Romantic Turndown: Fireplace lit for your evening return, Romantic Music Playing, Votive Candles
  • Breakfast for Two each day
  • Romantic Napa Valley Book, An Insider’s Guide for Couples

5. Suite Seduction Package

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Suite Seduction Package
With Sin City’s most alluring accommodations, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas’ Suite Seduction Package has all the ingredients for a sultry stay. The package includes The Art of Romance couples treatment in the hotel’s award-wining Five-Star Spa and an in-suite Romance Concierge from Kiki De Montparnasse, the boutique known for fine lingerie, intimate accessories, jewelry and more. The boutique’s Romance Concierge will tailor the ambience of the guest’s suite with candles, rose petals, and music and film selections from the Kiki De Montparnasse library. Starting at USD1,500, the Suite Seduction Package includes:

  • One night in a Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas suite
  • An Art of Romance treatment for two in one of The Spa’s Dragon Suites designed for couples with a private soaking tub for two and steam room
  • Decadent delicacies with aphrodisiac ingredients served in the privacy of a suite with a bottle of Champagne
  • Kiki De Montparnasse Romance Concierge in-suite service

Which package would you choose? Contact me today to book your next romantic getaway!