The Bottom Line
The only resort between the Pitons, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (formerly Jalouise Plantation) has the postcard views of Eden Bay guests expect when they choose St. Lucia.
- Private, detached cottage rooms
- Beautiful beach with clear waters perfect for scuba and diving (and full PADI dive facility)
- Landscaped property offers all the best of tropical flora
- Iconic setting between the Pitons
- Every room offers a view of either the Pitons or the Caribbean Sea
- Large, spread-out property on hillside makes shuttle buses a necessity
- Lunch offerings very pedestrian
- Only one computer available for all guests at resort
- Address: Forbidden Beach, Eden Bay, PO Box 251, Soufriere, St. Lucia
- Phone:800-544-2883 or 758-4568000
- Rates:: $430-789 high season, $230-$396 low-season (May to mid-December)
- Dining: 4 restaurants: Plantation Room, Bayside, The Pier, Verandah Terrace.
- Spa: 9 treatment rooms, plus plunge pools, saunas, changing rooms, and jacuzzi.
- Other amenities: Beach, pool, tennis.
- Rooms: 112, including 65 Mountain View, 35 Ocean View, and 12 Sugar Mill Suites
- Website: http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugarbeach
Guide Review - Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
The Sugar Beach Resort (formerly Jalousie Plantation; now part of the Viceroy Hotels chain) is set into the hillside in the Valley of the Pitons, one of the Natural Wonders of the Caribbean – the twin volcanic peaks rise sharply out of the sea and bookend views of the Caribbean Sea. Guests are assured privacy in their own separate spacious villas, each with a patio and its own plunge pool about the size of a Jacuzzi without all the bubbling – perfect for an early morning or evening cool-down. The Sugar Mill Suites are closest to the main buildings and beach.
Honeymoons are big business here, and pint-sized guests are few. The property, originally an 18th century sugar mill, is lush with fruit trees and flowering shrubs. Native plants hang heavy with mango, banana, papaya, coconut, avocado, star fruit and sour sop, while colorful hibiscus, jasmine, bougainvillea and oleander scent the air.
Because of the size and hilly nature of the property, small shuttle buses continually circulate, ferrying guests to the four dining areas, spa, pool and beach. Moving around the resort on foot is more like hiking than walking, and uphill treks can be tough in flip-flops and sandals.
Recently, Sugar Bay has set out to complete a green initiative overhaul of the property, encouraging eco-friendly changes such as use of biodegradable cleaning products in rooms, energy efficient-lighting, incentivized carpools for employees, on-site recycling, and more. As a property that is so dependent on the beauty of nature, Sugar Bay is endeavoring to create a policy of sustainability throughout the resort.
For meals, buffet breakfast on the verandah consists of a feast of breads, meats, egg dishes and local fruits. Bayside, down by the beach, provides a serviceable if rather uninspired lunch menu of hamburgers, salads and sandwiches. Dinner at the resort is a fine-dining experience requiring formal attire. Caribbean accents dot the menu, although the room gives little nod to island life and could be in any city anywhere.
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