The Place of Legendary weddings:
From its majestic, Verdant Mountain peaks to its serene, sandy coves; Saint Lucia seems naturally inclined to inspire romance. So it’s no wonder that the producers of the TV show “The Bachelor” chose the island as the setting for its final episode. What better place to declare your love than on its singularly pristine shores, fronted by a brilliant blue horizon?
But worry not, true romantics: the inspiring ambiance of Saint Lucia is far more enduring than reality show fame. With a landscape unmatched in beauty, accommodations built for passion and attractions ranging from the adventurous to the tranquil, there’s a legendary romantic getaway here for every couple, from honeymooners to lifelong loves—and enough to keep them returning for years to come.
Love in the Landscape
Saint Lucia owes much of its romantic appeal to its terrain: exotic, striking and uniquely picturesque. The scenery of its Piton Mountains, rising to a height of 2,500 ft. and plummeting directly down into the Caribbean Sea, awes even travelers familiar with the Caribbean.
The Island’s coastline is equal to its inland landscape in both diversity and uniqueness. Saint Lucia’s beaches rank among the best in the world, with Jalousie Beach’s location between the Pitons making it a favorite for honeymooners. Anse Castanet’s curved cove is lined with palm trees, and features a coral reef that makes it ideal for both sunning and snorkeling. And at the north end of the island, Pigeon Island National Park’s beach is often uncrowned, but no less scenic. All beaches in Saint Lucia are public, so couples are free to explore and find their own private place in the sun. One popular honeymoon upgrade is a tour of the beaches on horseback, adding a unique and romantic component to the traditional beach experience. Tours on horseback often include inland trails and traditional Caribbean lunch as well; giving couples the chance to have an authentic island experience together.
Built for Love
With romance literally surrounding them, it’s no wonder that Saint Lucia’s resorts tend to emphasize the romantic aspects of their accommodations and amenities. The island is home to some of the best honeymoon resorts in the world, including Jade Mountain, the exclusive, all-suite getaway set high in the mountains, and which happens to be the very place where “The Bachelor” himself proposed. Every suite here is an ideal honeymoon suite, featuring views of the majestic Pitons from decks that include private plunge pools. Rumor has it that a honeymoon couple once spent five days in the suite before coming back out. Ladera offers similar suites with more rustic decor, but similar views and open-air construction.
Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa’s new Millionaire Suites were also designed with couples in mind. Each stand-alone suite sits at the resort’s highest point, giving clients unobstructed 360-degree views of the picturesque island and sea below. Couples can soak up the sun on their private patio, or take a dip in their own plunge pool or whirlpool. And that’s just the beginning. Honeymooners at any of Sandals’ three properties can create a vacation registry through Sandals to enjoy private dinners for two, couples’ spa treatments and tours of the local area—all compliments of their wedding guests.
On the Water
Saint Lucia’s romance doesn’t end at the coast. A picturesque sail from its shores is an unmissable part of the island experience, particularly for honeymooners seeking idyllic sunset views. Just about every resort in Saint Lucia offers a sunset cruise; some even include champagne in the tour for an added romantic bonus.
But though sunset is the island’s most popular time for couples to sail, it’s far from being the only option. Clients can also book a whale watching tour during the day for a chance to see any of the more than 20 species that regularly make an appearance off Saint Lucia’s coast, as well as several species of dolphins and sea turtles.
Clients who are just going a short distance may want to consider taking a water taxi, a scenic alternative to ordinary taxis on land. Couples headed to Anse Chastanet or Jalousie Beach from Soufriere, for example, will find local water taxi operators at the jetty. Be sure to bargain for the best price! For more info about SAINT LUCIA visit http://www.stlucianow.com/