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"There are three pools, St. Lucia’s largest spa, a fitness center with tennis courts and fitness classes, a kids’ club, and a teens’ club."
"The hotel really stands out in its wide range of included amenities, from meals at six restaurants to drinks at the bars, and four pools."
Best for Romance: Rendezvous – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The adults-only Rendezvous is designed for romance from head-to-toe, with 100 accommodations ranging from hammocks to claw-foot soaking tubs to garden terraces."
Best View: Jade Mountain – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The luxurious, romantic resort—which has all-inclusive packages—is built into a mountainside overlooking the Pitons."
Best Sandals Resort: Sandals Halcyon Beach – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"There are two pools with swim-up bars, six restaurants, a beach with water sports (including scuba diving), and a gazebo for massages."
Best for Families: Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Stay in the Splash wing, which features the island’s largest waterpark, a petting zoo, a kids’ club, a kitesurfing facility, and a paintball course."
Best Boutique: East Winds – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"With just 30 traditionally decorated rooms and cottages set in lush gardens or along the beach, East Winds is a quiet place to relax."
Best for Solo Travelers: BodyHoliday Saint Lucia – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"There’s an entire month dedicated to solo traveler programming, where group activities and meals are planned for anyone traveling alone."
Best for Luxury: Serenity at Coconut Bay – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Your butler will be able to secure dinner reservations, draw your bath, find you a lounger at the pool or the beach, and even arrange in-room tea."
Best Overall: Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa
For a quintessential all-inclusive experience—that is, unlimited gourmet dining and drinking, a beautiful beachfront setting, and amenities galore—head to the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa. St. Lucia is known for its luxury properties, and this one is no exception. Service is excellent here, as are the 352 minimalist and modern guest rooms, ranging from standard suites with indoor sitting areas and balconies to Diamond Club suites with butler service and access to a private lounge.
Amenities include three pools (one with a swim-up bar), St. Lucia’s largest spa, a fitness center with tennis courts and fitness classes, a kids club, a teens club, 10 bars and lounges, eight restaurants, a coffee shop, and, of course, a stunning beach.
The only downside to this property is that it’s a bit far from some of St. Lucia’s most famous attractions, like the Pitons (a 90-minute drive). But given that you’re paying for the all-inclusive service, you might be perfectly content staying at the resort during your vacation.
Best Budget: St. James's Club Morgan Bay
As far as St. Lucia hotels go, the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay is one of the most affordable, all-inclusive resorts. It’s not the most noteworthy property there, but it’s ideal for couples and families looking to stick to a budget when you're on the island.
Located on Choc Bay, above an hour’s drive from the Pitons and Soufrière, the property covers 25 acres of gardens and beaches, with 345 rooms, most of which have pretty generic, but perfectly passable decor (think: tile floors, wicker furniture, and colorful Caribbean-inspired textiles). Entry-level rooms are no-frills, but there are also suites with multiple bedrooms.
Where the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay really stands out, however, is with its wide range of included amenities, from meals at six restaurants to drinks at the bars and four pools. There's also a beach with loungers, non-motorized sports, a kids club, a fitness center with group classes, and a spa.
Best for Romance: Rendezvous
The adults-only Rendezvous is designed for romance from head-to-toe. With 100 accommodations, there are a variety of rooms, suites, and cottages with features ranging from hammocks to claw-foot soaking tubs to garden terraces. They’re primarily decorated in traditional, colonial Caribbean style with mahogany furniture and colorful textiles, though some of the garden rooms have more modern furnishings. However, there are no TVs in the room.
The property is located on a relatively quiet stretch of the white-sand Malabar Beach, and though there’s some slight noise from planes at the nearby airport, the atmosphere is calming. Facilities include a seaside pool with a swim-up bar, a quiet pool, a lazy river, a spa that specializes in couples’ treatments, a gym with fitness classes, three restaurants, and three bars, including a romantic Champagne bar.
Best View: Jade Mountain
One of the most widely recognized sights of St. Lucia is the Pitons: two towering volcanic spires at the edge of the sea. From Jade Mountain, you’ll have the perfect view of them. The luxurious, romantic resort—which has all-inclusive packages—is built into a mountainside overlooking the Pitons. It has just 29 suites, each of which is an open-air sanctuary offering chromotherapy whirlpool tubs, canopied beds, and sundecks. The majority of rooms also have private infinity pools with views of the Pitons.
The resort covers 600 acres of jungle and mountainside with hiking and biking trails, but unfortunately, there’s no beach—you’ll have to take the shuttle down to the hotel’s nearby sister property, Anse Chastenet, whose facilities, including a spa and several restaurants and bars, are open to Jade Mountain guests.
Back at the hotel, you’ll find a restaurant and a shared infinity pool, but not much else, and that’s just the way most guests like it.
Best Sandals Resort: Sandals Halcyon Beach
There are not one, not two, but three Sandals resorts on St. Lucia—pretty impressive, given that the island is only about 240 square miles. If you’re having a tough time choosing one, let us recommend Sandals Halcyon Beach, the smallest of the three all-inclusive properties, which has just 169 well-appointed, if a little dated, rooms.
Given its intimate size, the resort is not nearly as crowded as its sister properties, but it also has fewer facilities. There are two pools with swim-up bars, six restaurants, a beach with watersports (including scuba diving), and a gazebo for massages. While you’ll have to head elsewhere for a full spa or fitness center experience, the great thing about Sandals is that guests are able to use the facilities at all three properties, no matter which they are staying at—there’s a free shuttle that connects them all. Another perk to Halcyon Beach? It’s much cheaper than the other two properties.
Best for Families: Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa
Though St. Lucia might be better known as a honeymoon destination than a family-vacation hotspot, there are still kid-friendly resorts across the island, like the 250-room Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa. The 85-acre property is split into three different sections: the adults-only Harmony wing, the family-friendly Splash wing, and the ultra-luxe, adults-only Serenity at Coconut Bay. Families, of course, should book a stay in the Splash wing, which features the island’s largest waterpark, a petting zoo, a kids club, a kitesurfing facility, and a paintball course.
Across the resort, you’ll find 16 restaurants and bars, five pools, a spa, a gym, recreational activities from beach volleyball to lawn cricket, nightly entertainment like live music or karaoke, and a mile-long stretch of beach.
Accommodations are somewhat standard hotel rooms with white furniture and tropical-print textiles, featuring either a King bed plus Twin trundle beds or two Queens; some rooms are adjoining for larger groups.
Best Boutique: East Winds
East Winds touts itself as “the best-kept secret in St. Lucia,” and we’re actually inclined to agree. If you’re not into the mega-resort stereotype, this hotel—which is all-inclusive, to be clear—is the farthest thing from it. With just 30 traditionally decorated rooms and cottages set in lush gardens or along the beach, East Winds is a quiet place to relax.
There’s a small central pool with a self-service swim-up bar, a fantastic oceanfront restaurant that serves up a fresh catch of the day alongside dishes with locally-grown ingredients, a casual Clubhouse bar, a quiet and petite spa, and a small gym in a treehouse. Some watersports are also included at the beach: Hobie Cat sailing (and lessons, if you’re a beginner), snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
The amenities are all there, but you’re never going to be clambering for space anywhere. In a nutshell, it’s the best boutique all-inclusive hotel for those who want a tranquil and authentic St. Lucia experience.
Best for Solo Travelers: BodyHoliday Saint Lucia
Looking for an all-inclusive trip to St. Lucia? Head straight for BodyHoliday, a wellness resort that caters to solo travelers on numerous levels. First of all, there are single rooms that don’t require guests to pay a single supplement (many hotels base their rates on double occupancy, so if you’re traveling solo, you might have to pay a surcharge). Secondly, there’s an entire month dedicated to solo traveler programming, where group activities and meals are planned for anyone traveling alone.
But even during the rest of the year, you’ll find numerous solo travelers at BodyHoliday—and couples, too—who are visiting to take advantage of the resort’s top-notch wellness offerings. A daily spa treatment is included in the rate, as are fitness classes (the yoga program is quite impressive); sports like archery, golf, and tennis; motorized and non-motorized watersports; and even scuba diving.
While wellness is a focus, it’s not necessarily about detoxing—there are still nine restaurants and bars to enjoy.
Best for Luxury: Serenity at Coconut Bay
Part of the Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Serenity at Coconut Bay is an adults-only hotel-within-a-hotel that’s super luxe and exclusive. There are just 36 elegant suites here, each with a private plunge pool, a hammock, an outdoor shower, a soaking tub, and an indoor rainfall shower.
The suites are massive, starting at 1,200 square feet and going up to 1,900 square feet, and designed in the style of a modern take on traditional, colonial Caribbean decor. They also offer butler service—your butler will be able to secure dinner reservations, draw your bath, find you a lounger at the pool or the beach, and even arrange in-room tea or cocktails.
Serenity has a luxury restaurant, the Greathouse, as well as a 3,000-square-foot pool and adjacent pool bar, but guests are welcome to all the amenities at Coconut Bay as well, from a spa to tennis courts to 12 other restaurants and bars.