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St Lucia continued… on to Sugar Beach

Filed Under: Blog, Luxury Family Hotel Review, Winter Escapes Viceroy Sugar Beach Resort - St Lucia

Posted on 04th Feb 2014

Part 5 of Atarra’s Caribbean tour – reviewing Viceroy Sugar Beach Resort in St Lucia

“My last stop was the spectacular Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (formerly The Jalousie Plantation) and having tayed in its sister hotel – the Viceroy in Anguilla – I was really keen to see if the Sugar Beach was offering he same high standard which they set for all of their Viceroy properties and I wasn’t disappointed in any shape or form.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is located  on the west coast of the island and be prepared for quite a long 1 hour 20 min drive from George F.L. Charles – St Lucia’s southern airport, but believe you me when you arrive at Sugar Beach you will be telling yourself just like I did that it was definitely worth the drive. The natural beauty of the resort is staggering from the tropical forest to the soft white sand beach, to the awe-inspiring Pitons (which are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site) to the sparkling bluest of seas……. the beauty is endless here and the staff are so friendly and helpful. The beach is cove-like as opposed to a beach that stretches for miles and the view of the Pitons is supreme!

The snorkelling was amazing and the best I experienced on the trip – the water was so calm and clear and I saw lots of amazing tropical fish. The accommodation here is made up of luxury rooms, bungalows, villas and residences which are set in clusters throughout the resort. The rooms, bungalows and villas can accommodate an additional cot but the residences which are situated to the far southern end of the property and at the foot of the hillside are a big hit with the families as they are very spacious 2- and 3-bedroom accommodation with full kitchens and a private pool which can be fenced off for the protection of children.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is quite a vast resort and takes a while to get your bearings but there is a shuttle service to transport guests from one point to the next which are via safari type jeeps and they add to the excitement of staying at Sugar Beach as they are quiet fun and the drivers are so lovely. I was blown away when Coby who was our Butler showed us around our suite….oh yes…. I forgot to mention that each room at Sugar Beach is assigned to a personal Butler….how fabulous!! He was very courteous and helpful, assisted with our restaurant reservations, shuttles around the resort and excursions – I just wish I could have popped him into my pocket and brought him home with me!

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort has lots of striking touches throughout like the free mango and coconut ice creams on the beach, the  flame torches which light the pathways, the lovely little lanterns that you see hanging from the trees, ipads in all of the accommodation, huge soft four poster beds with mosquito netting, enormous walk-in body showers, claw foot tubs….the list is endless but a word of advice……you must make sure that you explore the island as there is such a lot to see from the historic town of Soufriere, to the drive-in volcano, botanical gardens and stunning waterfalls.  The complimentary kids club is for little ones from 4 years although under 4’s are accepted but they have to be accompanied by a babysitter. All activities are complimentary, fun and educational and combine the rainforest environment and marine biology information with story-telling, dance classes and craft making.

The Rainforest Spa caught my eye as it is built like a tree house in fact,  all 7 treatment rooms are like very unique tree houses connected by bridges amid the tropical rainforest. Food and drink is on the pricey side but it is of excellent quality. I dined in the Bayside which specialises in a la carte lunch and dinner, including pizzas, pastas and superb fish. The beach bar had live music and the resident Sugar Beach DJ was playing funky tunes which went down a treat with the guests.”

Read Atarra’s earlier blog installments, about resorts in St Lucia, Anguilla, Antigua, and Barbados.

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