The 9 Best Hotels to Book in St. Lucia in 2018

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The stunning island of St. Lucia has one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Caribbean: dazzling twin Pitons (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), lush jungles, and volcanic black and gray beaches just being a few of the nation's jaw-dropping natural features. Plus, there’s plenty of activity and buzzy nightlife to be found in the resort towns dotted across the island, like Gros Islet and the popular Rodney Bay Village. It’s a great destination for all types, from those seeking a romantic getaway — this is a top honeymoon destination after all — to multi-generation family vacations and business travelers who want to mix work and pleasure.

When it comes to choosing a hotel, there are quite a few options, from ultra-luxury resorts to budget-friendly lodges, each with its own charm and style that ranges from relaxed island vibes to modern opulence. Below, we’ve chosen a few of our favorites across a number of categories in order to help you book your next vacation to St. Lucia.

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Best Overall: Anse Chastanet

Anse Chastanet
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With Piton views, a stunning beach, and dense, hilly jungle locale, Anse Chastanet ticks all the quintessential St. Lucia boxes. The resort comprises 600 acres of prime real estate, and its 49 individually-designed rooms are split between the hills and the beach. While each of the rooms is decorated with local woods and bright colors, the amenities vary greatly, with some accommodations being totally enclosed with air-conditioning and others forsaking walls to allow the breeze to float through.

The resort is home to a number of restaurants, from a casual beachfront grill to a vegetarian spot serving dishes made from ingredients grown by the hotel’s farm to the fine dining Treehouse Restaurant. (Guests can sign up for an all-inclusive plan that includes meals, or they can go à la carte.) Plus, there’s a spa with yoga classes. The only thing it lacks? A pool. But with the ocean at your doorstep, there’s no need for one anyway. And by the way, the luxe Jade Mountain sits on the same estate, too, and guests are welcome to pop over and use the neighboring hotel's amenities as well.

02 of 09

Best Boutique: Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
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With just 33 rooms, the remote, adults-only Ti Kaye is a darling retreat with a blissfully relaxed atmosphere. It sits on clifftop surrounded by jungle, 166 steps above a gray-sand beach (the hotel will drive you down should you not be able to make the climb, though be warned the road is bumpy). Guests have access to free snorkeling gear, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards, and there’s a dive center so you can head out into the bay and see its famous shipwrecks. Accommodations have a rustic island vibe — think dark wood and billowing white curtains — with incredible outdoor spaces featuring open-air showers, hammocks, and rocking chairs. If you upgrade to an Ocean View Cottage, you’ll also get the added perk of a private plunge pool. There is, however, a pool for all the guests to use on top of the cliff. Additional amenities include a spa and a Caribbean-French open-air restaurant with an excellent wine selection.

03 of 09

Best for Families: Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
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For a family that wants to stay at one of the best hotels on the island, there’s no better choice than Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. The luxe property sits in the shadow of the Petit Piton on 100 acres that used to be a sugar plantation, and true to the hotel’s name, there are two sugary white-sand beaches here. With 96 accommodations, the hotel skews on the larger side of the top hotels in St. Lucia, so it has slightly more of a typical resort feel — an incredibly luxurious one, however.

The majority of Sugar Beach's accommodations have elegant all-white decor, and every single room has a private pool. The only deviation from minimalist design is at the uber-modern Beachfront Collection houses — a handful of four-bedroom accommodations. It’s the massive bungalows and villas like these that make Sugar Beach a great family-friendly property: there’s plenty of space for everyone. There are also free programs for children and teens, including the popular Sailing Club that teaches older kids how to sail. As for other amenities, there’s a treehouse-style spa, three restaurants, three bars and lounges, a large communal swimming pool, tennis and beach volleyball courts, and watersports on the beach.

04 of 09

Best for Luxury: Jade Mountain

Jade Mountain
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One of the most iconic resorts in St. Lucia, Jade Mountain dazzles with its clifftop vantage point. The hotel is located within the 600 acres of the Anse Chastanet property (that hotel is lower down, closer to the beach, and guests at Jade Mountain can use its facilities), offering stunning views of the ocean and the world-famous Pitons. Aside from the setting, the architecture of the hotel makes it stand out from other St. Lucia properties — the futuristic concrete structures almost feel as if they’re out of a sci-fi film, though warm touches like elegant mosaics bring you back to the reality that you’re in the Caribbean.

The 29 suites are open-air, and the majority of them feature stunning private infinity pools set right within the suite itself. But like Anse Chastanet, there’s no communal pool, so you’ll have to take the 10-minute trek down to the beach if you want to go for a swim in the ocean. There’s a tiny two-room spa, the Jade Mountain Club that serves three meals a day (it’s the only amenity not available to Anse Chastanet guests), and a small chocolate-making laboratory (cacao grows on the island). Guests here are treated to 24/7 butler service, making a stay just that much more special.

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05 of 09

Best for Romance: Ladera Resort

Ladera Resort
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A former cocoa plantation, the serene, adults-only Ladera Resort sits high on a volcanic ridge overlooking the Pitons and the sea in one of the most romantic settings on the island. The 37 eco-friendly accommodations are all suite-style with only three walls, leaving the fourth wall missing so as to maximize the gorgeous view — but don’t worry, there’s complete privacy. The suites also each have a private plunge pool, some with swings and waterfalls, as well as a hot tub for soothing soaks.

The decor varies per suite, but you can expect tropical woods and luxurious white linens everywhere. The amenities outside the room are top-notch, too, like the 2,000-bottle wine cellar at the Creole restaurant Dasheene — you can book a private dinner here — as well as the three-room spa featuring Sothys products. For a more romantic experience, however, you can book private in-room treatments. There’s no direct beach access, but a shuttle brings guests to Sugar Beach should they want to enjoy the sand.

06 of 09

Best Budget: Coco Palm Hotel

Coco Palm Resort
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St. Lucia is notoriously expensive, particularly when it comes to the beachfront and clifftop resorts, but there are also much more budget-friendly options that provide an affordable getaway. Take, for instance, the Coco Palm Hotel, conveniently located in the popular Rodney Bay Village, home to a number of bars and restaurants.

While the hotel itself isn’t on the beach, it’s only a five-minute walk to Reduit Beach, arguably one of the best on the island. The value property has 103 bedrooms that are well-appointed given the price of a stay, with mahogany furniture and an updated bathroom with a walk-in shower. Upgrading room categories might be worth the price — suites have standalone soaking tubs, and some even have swim-up pool access. The massive pool itself is a major selling point here, since there’s no direct beach access. While there are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance, the on-site dining options, Ti Bananne and the Creole Grill, are well-liked and offer local delicacies.

07 of 09

Best for Wellness: BodyHoliday St. Lucia

Body Holiday
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Not only is BodyHoliday St. Lucia a paradise for wellness seekers, but it’s also one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the entire Caribbean. Though the 154-room hotel feels secluded on its white-sand beach, it’s only a ten-minute drive to the action in Rodney Bay Village and Gros Islet. But the majority of guests choose to stay on property to take advantage of its great amenities. There’s an open-air restaurant and a lounge for dining and drinking, as well as an infinity pool for relaxation, but the true star of the show is the spa complex. The Moorish-style facility features 36 treatment rooms, an Ayurvedic temple, and a thalassotherapy pool. The best part? One spa treatment per day is included in the rate. There are also dozens of other activities that range from yoga classes to diving excursions to tennis lessons, so there’s plenty of action 24/7. Another big draw to the resort is the single accommodations, meaning you’ll find plenty of sociable solo travelers here.

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Best for Nightlife: Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton

Harbor Club St. Lucia, Curio Collection by Hilton
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Located on the Rodney Bay Marina in Gros Islet, this swanky hotel has more of a Miami vibe than the more traditional island accommodations in St. Lucia. The modern rooms don’t feature the tropical woods seen elsewhere — instead, they have light wood furniture, white walls, and pops of blue fabrics. While the hotel isn’t on the beach, there’s a boat that shuttles guests to the beach at Pigeon Island, not to mention there are three on-site marina-side pools for taking a dip. There’s also a lovely spa for relaxation.

In terms of nightlife, the hotel itself has six dining and drinking options, making for lively evenings, but the real scene is just outside. Gros Islet has a number of casual bars and music-thumping nightclubs for those looking to party, but the real gem is the Friday night Gros Islet Jump Up, a street party where vendors sell local food, everyone grabs a beer, and music is blasted into the neighborhood. After a fun night out, head back to the hotel for some quality R&R.

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09 of 09

Best for Business: Bay Gardens Resort and Spa

Bay Gardens Resort and Spa
Bay Gardens Resort and Spa

While most visitors to St. Lucia are on vacation, there are a number of business travelers, too, and one of the best hotels for mixing work and play is the Bay Gardens Resort and Spa in Gros Islet. The hotel has great conference facilities, with state-of-the-art meeting rooms and event spaces, all organized by a dedicated event-planning staff. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with traditional island-style tiles floors and rattan furniture — business travelers might want to upgrade to a suite, which has a separate living room great for working, as well as a full kitchen. When it comes to the fun side of the trip, there’s a large pool, direct access to Reduit Beach, two restaurants and a bar, and plenty of watersports. Plus, there’s a spa and gym for wellness. If you’re looking to get off property for a bit, the restaurants and shops of Rodney Bay Village are only a ten-minute walk away.

Our Process

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular St. Lucia hotels. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different hotels and read over 80 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.