Saint Lucia is hailed as one of the most beautiful Caribbean Islands
The mountainous Island is covered in a blanket of thick, lush rainforest and the volcanic cones of the Pitons provide one of the most breathtaking sights in the whole of the Caribbean.
So it really is no wonder that, despite Hurricane Irma tearing through the Caribbean last year, St Lucia is still one of the most popular holiday resorts amongst Britons.
Known for its romantic red sunsets and luxurious white sand beaches, the Island boasts plenty of hotels fit for wedding ceremonies, honeymoons and anniversaries alike.
Serenity at Coconut Bay is one of St Lucia’s newest, all-inclusive, adult-only resorts. Just minutes from the airport, each suite boasts a plunge pool, private deck, 24-hour butler service and a personalised top-shelf bar.
While the rooms have a modern feel, they are not without personality with standalone baths in each room, a four-poster bed and an outdoor bar area.
But the Island is not all about candlelit meals for two and romantic walks on the beach. There are also several good family-oriented hotels.
St James’ Bay has a wealth of water sports and land activities for adventurous families alongside five different bars and six distinct restaurants.
And there’s also Rodney Bay Village, which is the Island’s only resort where you can party the night away.
One of the best things about the Island, though, is its culture and the love its people have for their motherland.
“It’s the best Island in the world – we are very lucky to live here,” our taxi driver exclaimed as soon as we got to the airport.
And quite right he was, too. Driving through the lush greenery with endless views of the deep blue ocean, it’s hard not to love the island.
“Stay blessed and have a good day,” is the phrase on everyone’s lips as you meander through the small, but colourful towns. Their love of life is truly infectious.
And if it’s the food and drink scene you’re into, then you’re in for a treat there too – with many of the restaurants specialising in locally-sourced fish and delicious Caribbean cuisine that is not to be missed. Jerk fish is a firm favourite amongst locals.
But if you can’t quite work out what you want to eat, then plan your visit to St Lucia around the Rum and Food Festival in January.
Serenity at Coconut Bay is one of St Lucia’s newest resorts
The three day festival draws on the island’s rich culinary heritage, with participating restaurants throughout the island featuring rum inspired Prix Fixe menus.
While the start of the festival sees a number of pop up street parties and a Friday night ‘fish fry’, The Rodney Bay village becomes host to an evening of culinary decadence.
The ‘Rodney Bay Village Culinary Pavilion’ features sampling booths from the surrounding restaurants coupled with live entertainment which transforms the street into a mini food fair.
This year saw a celebrity dinner, which featured a brilliant collaboration between the island’s national culinary team and award-winning chef and television personality, Marcus Samuelsson. Together they presented a Saint Lucian twist to Chef Samuelsson’s Obama state dinner.
St James’ Bay: St James’s Club Morgan Bay
So whether you’re in dire need of a sunshine break, fancy a delicious foodie trip or you want a mix of candlelit sunset meals and nights on the town, head to Saint Lucia – we promise you won’t regret it.
Coconut Bay: For reservations visit ba.com/stlucia
St James’ Bay: St James’s Club Morgan Bay 4*on an All Inclusive basis
Garden View Room 27th May 2018 14 Nights Flying Direct with Virgin Atlantic
£1689 Per Adult (based on 2 adults)