In recent years this island, located in the Eastern Caribbean, has become the “it” place for a destination weddings, but you don’t necessarily have to make a lifelong commitment to enjoy this charming vacation spot. Besides the R&R and kick-ass mountain views, you'll also find great food, tons of activities and stunning accommodations that cater to everyone's liking. Before you plan your next trip, take a look at our roundup of hip hotels in St. Lucia. Bon Voyage!
1. St. Lucia - Bay Gardens
One of the few St. Lucian family–owned hotels, Bay Gardens is located in the popular Rodney Bay Village. This is one of the more affordable accommodation options if you’re looking to save a few bucks. All 87 rooms are decorated in true tropical style with bright colors and wicker furnishings and the resort serves traditional Caribbean fare. Between the staff and the food, you will definitely feel as if you’re having an authentic St. Lucian experience. And when you get the itch for some local entertainment, just outside the resort is a strip of local bars and restaurants.
$150–$450 per night with your choice of personalized all–inclusive packages.
2. St. Lucia - Ladera
This is truly a spectacular place to stay if you want an unforgettable view. Similar to Jade Mountain, but featuring a more rustic decor, Ladera’s suites and villas are "missing the fourth wall" which means you may just have one of the best panoramas on the island. Surrounded by local wood, stones, and terracotta tiles the vibe at this resort is quaint and cozy. And don't forget to try some of the award winning food at the on-site restaurant, Dasheene. Also be sure to check out the local Fish Fry and the mixology class to get schooled on how to make the drink of the day.
$400–$1000 per night includes breakfast, afternoon tea, full use of the resort facilities, complimentary beach shuttles and use of snorkeling equipment.
3. St. Lucia - Landings
The Landings St. Lucia, A Rock Resort
Named after the original owners, the Rockefellers (hence the "Rock" Resort), this getaway offers every amenity you can imagine. Since the luxe life is such a high priority for the owners, they have decided to open the resort in phases. The first phase began in ’07 and the third phase ends in 2010. If you’re the kind of chica who cares more about amenities than the costs involved, then you will be in paradise here. They have a fancy spa, a pretty gym, an open–air restaurant, and high–end boutiques to satisfy the need for a little retail therapy. You have a choice of one, two, or three bedroom suites decked out with a Bohemian Eurpoean flair. All suites have balconies, fully equipped kitchens, hot tubs, and modern electronics. Ahh, the creature comforts!
$300–$3000 a night
4. St. Lucia - Body
Le Sport Body Holiday
"Give us your body for a week and we'll give you back your mind." This is the promise that the the Body Holiday Resort makes. And once you get a taste of the zen vibe at the resort it's easy to believe! Body Holiday Resort is like one huge spa. Whether you indulge in activities (they have everything from from yoga to circus sports), a spa treatment, or food, their aim is to help you feel better. The decor will vary from a standard simple room with straight forward amenities, to a bit more luxurious, but the feel is never trendy. Their all–inclusive packages offer tennis lessons, daily spa treatments, food, drinks, classes, and water sports.
$400–$500 per night
5. St. Lucia - Fonddoux
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
If you want a sense of history, stay at the Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, one of the oldest plantations in St. Lucia. Any of the 12 colonial cottages will make you feel as if you have gone back in time. Since there are not many distractions here you will have time to bond—whether it’s with your family or your man. Although there aren't a ton of activities, one cool distraction Fond Doux provides is the opportunity to learn about the process of Cocoa fermentation. You can even watch a staff member do a cool dance while waxing the beans with his feet!
$100–$400 a night