Written by Lynne Embling
January 20, 2016
Saint Lucia, one of the beautiful Caribbean islands, is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide but, boy, does it pack a lot into its small footprint!
From golden beaches and Rodney Bay in the north to the Pitons and volcanic coastline in the southwest you can drive the length of the island in a few hours over the twisty roads and mountains which mostly follow the coastline around the island.
With plenty on offer, your incentive group can enjoy a choice of watersports, catamaran tours, whale & dolphin watching, snorkeling, snuba and sea-bed trekking – or they can explore the island, take a dip in the Sulphur Springs, zipline, hike, bike or go bird watching. And don’t forget the Street party nights, cocoa plantation tours, chocolate making classes and, of course, the rum tours and tasting…
With a myriad of choices when it comes to activities, there are also plenty of accommodation options in Saint Lucia.
3 Hotels stood out for me in our recent familiarisation trip organised by the Saint Lucia Convention Bureau & Tourist Board.
With rooms overlooking the stunning marina, the Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina is tucked away in the lush green rolling hills by the bay. On arrival you are welcomed by your own personal assistant who makes sure everything is arranged just the way you want it whether it be rum tasting in the Rum Cave, deep sea fishing or being pampered in their Auriga Spa. The views overlooking the marina were just beautiful.
Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy created a hotel that makes the flowers, the perfumes, the sea and the birds part of your experience. The estate sits amongst 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft sand beaches. Not only do you get a World Heritage Site anchored by the twin peaks on land, the resort’s two crystal-clear bays are part of a designated marine reserve protecting miles of colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.
Some rooms in Anse Chastanet are tucked in behind the coconut palms that line the beach, others are scattered amongst the flower decked hillside. In your suites your balcony might be built around a full-grown tree and some have only three walls with an entirely open view overlooking the Pitons.
Jade Mountain rests further up the hillside offering completely private retreats, each suite being accessed by its own hillside walkway. These sanctuaries are deliberately techno-free – no radios, televisions or telephones but with walls only on 3 sides allowing spectacular views of the Pitons and the Caribbean sea and your own infinity pool in your room, this resort makes for a once-in-a-lifetime reward or thank you to deserving employees.
Last but certainly not least, the stunning Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Hotel & Resort, set within over 100 acres of tropical rainforest with awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean and Saint Lucia’s dramatic twin Pitons. This hotel received the accolade of Favourite Caribbean Luxury Hotel, Telegraph in 2015.
From arrival into the stylish Reception, you will be transferred by buggy to your room, villa or beachfront bungalow – what better view than to step right out of your door onto a white sandy beach?
From the finest international cuisine to delightfully casual tropical tastes, you’ll find exceptional culinary choices to please everyone. This, in addition to the award winning Rainforest Spa with each treatment room being set on stilts amongst the forest, makes this hotel ideal for top achievers.
Saint Lucia is only an 8 hour flight from the UK, making it very accessible for Incentive Travel groups and a great destination to get some sun during our winter months.
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