A luxury vacation to St. Lucia is already a dream come true for nature enthusiasts. Between the lush tropical forests, sulfur springs, volcanoes & the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, there is so much to marvel at on a getaway to this island. A stay at the Anse Chastanet on St. Lucia's southwestern coast offers an unparalleled experience that is bound to inspire awe in those who appreciate the natural world. That's because architect Nick Troubetzkoy specifically designed the hotel, which is set on a designated marine reserve, so that it would showcase the island's breathtaking foliage, majestic mountain scenery & of course, the sparkling sea.
The freshest flavors
Not only do all of the restaurants on site at Anse Chastanet serve up meals with delicious natural ingredients, but they are also situated in ideal locations so that you can enjoy views of your stunning environment. At the open-air Treehouse, you'll savor tropical world cuisine while overlooking the Caribbean. Vegetarians will delight in the options at Emerald's, which has a menu that is entirely meat-free. Additionally, all of the produce in these dishes were grown on the resort's farm in the Soufriere hills, which only uses organic seeds. At Trou au Diable Restaurant, you can feast on Creole & Caribbean specialties right on the beach with the sound of the waves crashing gently in the background.
Nurture from nature
A trip to the resort's on-site Kai Belté spa, which overlooks the Anse Chastanet reef, is essential for a truly relaxing getaway. Blending ancient Ayurvedic traditions with contemporary methods, the therapists here can customize every experience from the massages to the scrubs to meet your needs. All of the products utilize natural ingredients from the resort's organic farm, which are meant to restore balance to your body & mind. Try a Rose Renewal Facial to banish dryness from your skin & achieve a softer, smoother & more radiant complexion. Or go for the Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience, which allows you to choose from 12 signature essential oils from plants & flowers that, when combined with Swedish neuromuscular techniques, can stimulate your mind & soothe your muscles.
Birdwatcherswill hardly find a better resort for spotting some intriguing tropical creatures than Anse Chastanet. In fact, St. Lucia boasts five birds that can not be found anywhere else on the planet, & four of them can be seen on the grounds of the resort. You might also take one of the nature tours that are offered through the hotel, or take a half-day trip to the Diamond Mineral Baths. Jungle biking excursions are one of the highlights at Anse Chastanet, & allow you to cruise along 12 miles of private custom trails near one of the island's first plantations.
If you're a fashion-forward traveler & on a trip to Mexico, consider Cozumel your shopping mecca. This island, which is just off the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, is peppered with plenty of places to pick up a souvenir. From locally owned shops to high-end boutiques, you can find some really interesting items here to bring home on your next luxury vacation to Riviera Maya or Playa del Carmen. The best part? Cozumel is just a quick ferry ride away from these cities.
So grab your wallet & head to one of these unique stores:
It goes without saying that Mexico is famous for having an unparalleled selection of silver. One of the most respected design houses in Taxco, Los Castillos, produces most of the items at Silver Emporium. In fact, this is the largest silver store in the entire Caribbean. Whether you're looking for a striking pair of earrings or a trendy anklet from Martha Vargas' elegant jewelry collection or a stunning serving platter with precious stones, you can find it at this distinctive store. You can even find some offbeat pieces like a silver taco holder or toast rack.
Los Cinco Soles
You could spend all afternoon browsing this market of mini-shops, which can be found in a restored colonial building. Pick up some handcrafted toys for your little ones, or a bottle of high-quality tequila to give a friend back home. Of course, you'll want to snag something for yourself, too. Between the gorgeous embroidered dresses from Oaxaca, silk shawls & guayabera shirts, you'll have plenty to choose from to update your wardrobe. The vibrant hand-loomed napkins, intricate ceramics & other tabletop goods are bound to brighten up your home & serve as a charming reminder of your vacation. The best part? Los Cinco Soles can ship your goods anywhere in the world, so you don't have to worry about a overstuffed suitcase.
Chocolateria Isla Bella
Chocoholics can find their paradise at this sweets shop, which sells homemade chocolate unlike anything you've ever tasted. Considering the fact that cacao beans played such a major role in Mayan culture, a taste of these treats is the perfect way to celebrate local history. After buying some triple chocolate, sea salt butterscotch or coconut lime truffles, you'll even get the chance to meet the mother & daughter team that whips up these decadent desserts.
A honeymoon is about two people: you & your new spouse. So an ideal resort will offer the maximum privacy, ample space & picturesque scenery for you both to enjoy on your first week as a married couple. That makes Calabash Cove the perfect place to start your new life together. Set on a lush hillside in St. Lucia with breathtaking views of the sea & a private beach enclosed by a coral reef, this resort is made for fueling romance on a honeymoon in the Caribbean.
Here's a look at what your getaway might be like:
Welcome to paradise
All of the accommodations here boast a blissful location & many feature private open-air showers & hammocks. A stay at the swim-up suites means you're mere steps away from the infinity edge pool, where you & your sweetheart can take a late afternoon dip before having sunset cocktails or even take an impromptu midnight swim. From the ocean view suites you'll be looking out at a panoramic image of the shimmering waters & pristine white sands of the resort's Mosaic Beach.
Since Calabash Cove is dedicated to making sure your honeymoon is everything you dreamed it would be, the resort offers tailored packages to meet your every wish. Rent a water's edge cottage for seven nights, where you'll be greeted with champagne, treated to a couples massage at the Ti Spa, & even enjoy a gourmet sunset dinner prepared by the resort's chef on your private patio, the on-site Gazebo or the boardwalk. A private luxury car transports you to & from the airport so you can ensure you're traveling in style. Upgrade with the Romantic Honeymoon Escapade package & you'll enjoy your candlelit beach dinner on Bonaire Bay, then return to a rose-petal covered room with a decadent chocolate dessert. No matter which suite or package you choose, you can savor some bubbly in your private Jacuzzi.
Wine & dine
The on-site restaurant, Windsong, is sure to please you & your partner's palates, no matter how different your tastes. Enjoy Caribbean-inspired specialties like pork tenderloin with curried chickpeas, pineapple salsa & a bitter chocolate sauce, or an oven roasted filet of dorado with sorrel chutney, fried breadfruit, snow peas & passion fruit drizzle. Just make sure you save room for the mind-blowing desserts, like the sugar-smothered rum baba or the smoked coconut crème brulée. As you savor every bite, you'll have a direct view of the sunset over the Caribbean.
After dinner, head to C Bar, with has a chic yet laid-back vibe & serves up delicious after-dinner drinks. While you sip on a refreshing Lucian Mama or signature Calabash Cove Bombshell cocktail, nightly live entertainment will provide the sultry soundtrack.
When the beach is calling, only the best will do for you & your girlfriends. For example, an oceanfront adults-only resort with gourmet restaurants, a lavish spa & other extravagant facilities should suffice. Sound like heaven? This paradise exists at Bucuti Beach Resort.
Ready to shove all of your worries aside & enjoy a perfect luxury vacation in a picaresque location? Here's a glimpse at what your stay could entail:
Live like A-listers
Naturally, you & your BFFs will need plenty of space & top-of-the-line amenities to make your vacation dreams come true. At the Bucuti Beach Resort, you can rent your very own bungalow complete with a wrap-around terrace & garden for sunbathing by day & dining al fresco by night. The three bungalow suites are conveniently located close to the infinity pool, as well as right near the pathway to Eagle Beach. While two of them offer a breathtaking view of the pristine sands & shimmering sea, the other looks right over a garden with fragrant flowers, palms & other colorful & exotic plants. With premium bedding, a minibar & wet bar & Aruba Aloe toiletries, you'll certainly be feeling like celebs during your stay.
Pamper yourselves like royalty
This trip is all about de-stressing, so you'll definitely want to head to the on-site Arawak Spa. Every service makes use of local & natural products, meaning you can feel good about indulging in a massage, wrap or whatever treatment your heart desires. Try the 90-minute Choco Facial, which has powerful skin-smoothing & anti-aging properties. Or, you could opt for the Brillo Di Salo scrub, which utilizes energizing marine salts to gently exfoliate your skin for a softer, rejuvenated feel. If you & your girlfriend want to go all out, try the Arawak Combo, which includes the signature house massage, a Coconut Dream body polish & soothing aloe wrap.
Dine like divas
After all that beach lounging & soaking up the sun's rays you're bound to get a little hungry. Then it's time to don your most chic dress & espadrilles & head down to Elements, the resort's stylish restaurant. Not only will you have a spectacular view, but you'll savor succulent yet healthy dishes that are made with only the freshest ingredients. There's something for everyone, no matter your tastes or dietary needs at Elements, which offers three different menus. The Organic/Natural menu includes dishes like swordfish with Himalayan pink sea salt, ruby grapefruit & pumpkin oil. Or, if you want to savor some international delights, pick from the World Cuisine menu, which has interesting options like a char-grilled mahi-mahi with ginger infusion. There's also a separate menu for vegetarians & vegans with options like a miso-marinated Portobello carpaccio & pineapple quinoa flamed with Caribbean rum.
On the west coast of stunning St. Lucia lies a special town called Soufrière, which boasts waterfalls, beaches, sulfur springs, volcanoes & other unparalleled scenery. There's more to this spot than meets the eye, though. Among all of the natural wonders are some spectacular restaurants & spas, which are perfect for kicking back & pampering yourself on a luxury vacation. Whether you just want a memorable meal overlooking the majestic Piton Mountains or need a massage to melt all of your tension away, Soufrière is an ideal spot for your self-indulgent getaway.
Stop by these places for some much-needed TLC:
One of the dining gems in Soufrière is Dasheene, the on-site restaurant at the Ladera Resort. This spot is no secret, though – visitors & locals alike are known to flock here for Chef Orlando Satchell's award-winning dishes while taking in a spectacular view of the twin volcanic Piton peaks. Not only is the cuisine here incredibly innovative, but there is an impressive emphasis on sustainable cooking practices. Every single dish is made with locally harvested ingredients from nearby plantations & island farmers, many of which specifically grow their produce for the resort. The chef then turns those ingredients into flavorful meals that take a twist on traditional St. Lucian fare, such as a Caribbean lamp salad, plantain gratin with coconut rum sauce & a sweet potato & coconut soup.
Kai Belté Spa
A lavish spa experience is essential to feeling rejuvenated after your stay in Soufrière. The Kai Belté spa, which is located at the beautiful Anse Chastanet resort, features an open-air nail salon, air conditioned treatment rooms & a cabana overlooking a reef, all on beach level. There, you can enjoy personalized services using all natural essential oils, botanical extracts & other ingredients sourced from the resort's organic farm. You might go for a Wosho Cho Hot Stone Massage, which is meant to balance out the physical, mental & emotional aspects of your well-being. Or, opt for the Shirodhara, which is an Ayurvedic therapy that starts with an Indian head massage & also involves the massaging of an herb-infused mixture into your hair to strengthen & nourish the follicles. The Shirodara then ends with a relaxing neck, shoulder, hand & foot massage.
Ms. Theresa's Bakery
No trip to Soufrière would be complete without a stop at this decadent off-the-beaten-path bakery, which has been in business for more than 60 years. From the famous crusty Creole baguettes to confections like spiced coconut biscuits, there are endless options for satisfying your sweet tooth. Just be prepared for a long line, & be aware that the more popular treats tend to sell out by mid-morning.