Saint Lucia luxury resorts are among the Caribbean's most exquisite hotels, with storybook beaches and iconic views of the island's rainforested mountains. Here, the most seductive upscale hotels on sultry Saint Lucia.
Saint Lucia luxury resort Anse Chastenet is a private jungle paradise, with only 49 romantic accommodations. Its iconic backdrop is Saint Lucia's Piton mountain peaks.
Three restaurants, including a treehouse dining terrace, serve Saint Lucian cuisine, drawings from Africa, France, England, India, and the rainforest itself. Chocolate treats are made from property-grown beans.
Reached by a 100-step stone staircase, Anse Chastanet's two sugar- sand beaches offer every water sport imaginable plus beach yoga. Twelve miles of trails host jungle biking and trekking, after which Kai Belté Spa soothes your tired muscles with Saint Lucian herbs and mineral-rich volcanic mud.
BodyHoliday is a stylish, social beachfront resort that focuses on fitness and spa, turning your indulgent Caribbean vacation into a wellness retreat. It is a favorite for solo travelers as well as girls' and guys' getaways. Theme weeks such as Jive June, September Solo, and Octoba Yoga are annual pilgrimages for guests who come to tone up and reconnect with BodyHoliday friends.
Virtually everything is included in the room rate: meals, cocktails, high-end sports and classes, daily spa treatment and scuba dive, entertainment, parties, tips. Big, sunny rooms are done in a serene aquatic palette, with spa-like bathrooms. Five restaurants include TAO for fresh Asian fusion and Windows for chefs' tasting menus.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat is Saint Lucia's most choco-centric resort. Located on Rabot Estate, the island's oldest cacao farm, it's owned by the UK-based Hotel Chocolat brand. Guest digs are 14 sleek, modern, eco-chic cottages with open-sky rainforest showers and private verandas that frame the Pitons peaks. Pleasing amenities include free wifi and a black quartz mosaic infinity pool.
Boucan's three-hour orientation, the Tree to Bar Experience, begins with alien-looking cacao pods and ends with chocolate bliss. Boucan's Cocoa Rejuvenate Spa spotlights a not-so-secret ingredient, and Boucan's restaurant showcases the property's cacao beans everywhere. Here's TripSavvy's guide to St. Lucia choco-tourism.
Cap Maison Luxury Resort & Spa
Cap Maison is a single-digit fixture of Travel + Leisure's "Top 50 Hotels in the Caribbean." It perches atop a tranquil sheltered beach, Smugglers' Cove, on Saint Lucia's craggy Atlantic shore. Its 49 suites feel like private villas, all with view-tiful terraces. Luxurious amenities include a full-service spa, a "Proposal Concierge," and a shuttle to the 18-hole St Lucia Golf Club.
The hotel's Cliff at Cap and Naked Fisherman are among the island's best restaurants, with overwater dining, vast wine cellars, live jazz, and esteemed Welsh executive chef Craig Jones. Knocking items off your bucket list? A "Champagne zipline" whooshes bubbly to Rock Maison, a private dining deck betwixt cliff and surf.
East Winds is a Caribbean hideaway with 30 gaily painted, peaked-roof cottages amidst a tropical garden by the sea. The resort draws guests seeking secluded romance, a sheltered ivory-sand beach, and perhaps a perch for Antilles birdwatching. According to the vast majority of TripAdvisor commenters, the resort satisfies the criteria of five-star hotel service.
East Winds is an elite all-inclusive resort. Its covered luxuries include all-day Champagne, wine-paired menus, yoga and Pilates classes, sailboat parties, beach barbecues, and rum tastings. Massages and beauty treatments are performed in an open-air spa pavilion, unforgettably enhanced by Saint Lucia's caressing trade winds.
Jade Mountain is an extraordinarily luxurious and architecturally dramatic resort, resembling a futuristic shrine. It flaunts one of the greatest hotel views on Earth: the sapphire Caribbean below the emerald twin peaks of the Pitons. This is a refined, adults-only, private-feeling boutique hotel. Its 29 enormous, flowing suites ("sanctuaries") are accessed by private footbridges. They all flaunt an open wall framing the view and a spacious infinity pool or Jacuzzi.
Personal butlers know what you want before you do. Perhaps a dining reservation at Jade Mountain Club, helmed by celebrity chef Alan Susser? Or an extravagant tasting of property-grown chocolate? Maybe an aerial tour of the 600-acre property, from Jade Mountain's helipad? Read more about Jade Mountain.
Ladera Resort clings to an emerald-carpeted "volcano ridgeline." That's an extinct volcano, and the primeval panorama takes in mountain peaks, the emerald rainforest, and sparkling Caribbean sea. Ladera is not on the beach. But guests soon learn that staying amidst the mountain breezes, a quick shuttle ride up from a sugar-sand beach, is even better.
This sophisticated adults-only resort has 37 villas and suites with an open "fourth wall," endless views, plunge pools, and a feeling of complete seclusion (a mood often enhanced by a Saint Lucian treatment at the hushed Spa at Ladera). The resort's restaurant, Dasheene, is a Caribbean superstar, with chocolate confections from the property's own cacao beans.
The Landings Resort & Spa
The Landings is a family-friendly resort set on one of Saint Lucia's widest and calmest beaches, on Rodney Bay. The Landings is promotionally-minded, with seasonal deals galore. Guests can choose a la carte pricing, with complimentary breakfasts, or all-inclusive rate, with three meals, snacks, kids' club, and wifi.
Elegant contemporary suites have one, two, or three bedrooms and a view of the Caribbean or a vibrant marina. All suites have full kitchens and marble bathroom plus a powder room. Guests can opt for private butlers and plunge pools. Just beyond your suite cocoon, three big resort pools and that perfect beach await.
Marigot Bay Resort and Marina by Capella
Marigot Bay Resort and Marina by Capella immerses visitors in Saint Lucia's traditional sailing culture. This 124-room luxury resort is set alongside Marigot Bay and its prestigious marina, whose deep waters accommodate oceangoing yachts.
The people-watching here is divine, and Marigot Bay guests flit around. This is a convivial hotel with numerous decks, nooks, pools, and nightspots made for socializing, perhaps at The Grill at 14°61° restaurant and the Rum Cave. For a tranquil time out, guests head to Auriga Spa or their private room balcony.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian
Set on Saint Lucia's calmest beach, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is the most serene of the island's three Sandals resorts. Its 311 accommodations suit every vacation style: from ultra-private Overwater Bungalows with personal butlers, to circular beachfront Rondoval Suites, to poolside swim-up suites, to hotel-like Deluxe Rooms with balconies and ocean views.
This adults-only, all-inclusive resort offers infinite options to guests, like five pools (one is nearly 9,000 square feet). Guests relish dressing for dinner, which could be fresh-caught seafood, Jamaican jerk, sushi, teppanyaki, pizza, pasta, Indian, English pub grub, and more. Afterwards, six bars beckon. Resort activities are just as varied, though romance is top-of-mind for quite a few guests.
Serenity at Coconut Bay
Serenity at Coconut Bay, unfurled in 2017 on a powder beach. It is a hot addition to Saint Lucia's deluxe all-inclusives, with a rare 92% Excellent rating on TripAdvisor. A mere 36 accommodations, all with butler service, make Serenity an intimate boutique hotel.
Inclusions go way beyond room wifi: guests get airport transfers; top-shelf wine, spirits, craft cocktails; in-suite wet bars; private picnics; pool daybeds and aqua beds. Serenity guests have access to everything at sister resort Coconut Bay, including eight restaurants and seven bars. Serenity is adults-only, and the specialty at oceanfront Kai Mer Spa is (you guessed it) couples' massages.
Stonefield Villa Resort
Breathtakingly situated cliffside under the soaring Pitons peaks, Stonefield Villa Resort is ultra-private. Fourteen of its 17 villas are one-bedrooms, catnip to romantic couples. Stonefield is set high above the shoreline, and ehile the resort shuttle to two glorious beaches takes under 10 minutes, many guests prefer the intimacy and romance of their villa's plunge pool.
Stonefield is all-inclusive, with rates covering liquor (or not). The menu at versatile Mango Tree restaurant is farm-to-table, complementing the focus on wellness at Stonefield. Its slogan, and mission, is "Escape, Relax, Rejuvenate."
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort attracts an international jet-set crowd who have seen it all and know the real luxury thing. The resort's setting is one of Saint Lucia's most coveted: on a sugar-sand beach that nestles between the two Pitons mountain peaks. The views of sea and mountain are dazzling, and guests spend considerable time lazing on the sand. Within the crystalline waters, stunning snorkeling and diving await.
Butlers come with the resort's 150 glamorous, modern, white-palette accommodations, whether trim rooms or rambling villas and apartments. Three restaurants and three bars serve fashionable fare, and the Rainforest Spa occupies a treehouse. Youngsters lucky enough to be brought to this refined resort enjoy two kids' clubs.
Ti Kaye Resort & Spa
Ti Kaye, an independent, adults-only "barefoot resort," claims a loyal clientele of green travelers, gourmets, and scuba divers. Down a stone stairway lies a spectacular beach and a PADI dive shop that whisks guests to thrilling reefs.
Ti Kaye's 33 breezy cottages, all with ocean views, invite lounging on their decks, daybeds, and hammocks. Various meal plans, from a la carte to all-inclusive, allow guests to customize their food and wine experience at Kai Manje restaurant. Yoga and wellness programs abound, and Kai Koko Spa has an island-wide reputation.
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
Windjammer Landing, an all-inclusive beach resort on Saint Lucia's coveted northwest coast, is sought out for its above-and-beyond aquatic activities. It offers an array of 234 Mediterranean-look rooms and villas arrayed on a hillside, all with stupendous ocean views. (North Point Villas, opened in 2018, are the apex of luxury at Windjammer.) Many suites have multiple bedrooms ideal for family fun at this lively, child-friendly resort, which offers free kids' clubs and two pools just for them.
Couples find their niche at Windjammer, too, exploring the resort's five restaurants, three bars, and quiet romantic nooks. The resort offers ongoing packages and promotions.