Virtuoso Traveler - February/March 2018 - 58
From left: Happy trails on Pigeon Island and seaside lounging at Sugar Beach.
Situated well to the south of the
paths of both Irma and Maria, Saint Lucia
made it through the 2017 hurricane season
intact, and the island's five Virtuoso-affiliated hotels remain open. Virtuoso advisor
Margie Hand has been booking clients on
the island with confidence: "I had a couple
visit over Thanksgiving. They went sailing
and snorkeling, took a volcano tour, and
hiked out to a waterfall - all was perfect."
Good thing, because Saint Lucia boasts
some of the most dramatic scenery in
the region, from the iconic twin Piton
Mountains to orchid-filled tropical gardens. Visitors can trek rain-forest trails,
visit bubbling Sulphur Springs before
soaking in nearby mud pools, and climb
up to the eighteenth-century fort ruins
on Pigeon Island for 360-degree views.
On Friday nights, foodies flock to the
fishing village of Anse la Raye for justcaught shrimp and samba dancing at its
weekly fish fry.
Be There: Indigenous spa treatments by
a cascading stream, a selection of seaside
restaurants, and fresh active pursuits (think
riding a bike/catamaran hybrid on the
ocean) bring guests back to the 96-room
Sugar Beach. Two just-opened homes
with infinity edge pools in the resort's sexy
Beachfront Collection are also making a
big splash. Doubles from $435; Virtuoso
travelers receive breakfast daily and a
$100 resort credit. * Couples can soak in
private plunge pools at the eco-luxe 32room Ladera, where missing fourth walls
open the resort's suites to hummingbirds
and heavenly Piton views. Doubles from
$720; Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast
daily and a $100 resort credit. * Silversea
entices travelers back to the region with
complimentary shore excursions on select
2018 Caribbean voyages. Get a hands-on
lesson in Saint Lucian cuisine when the
296-passenger Silver Wind calls in Castries
during a weeklong voyage. Departure:
March 23, 2018; from $2,800.
Virtuoso is a proud member of Tourism Cares, which is accepting donations to support Caribbean recovery efforts.
Visit tourismcares.org to learn more.
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(PIGEON ISLAND) DANIELLE DEVAUX/SIME/ESTOCK PHOTO,
(BEACH) SUGAR BEACH, A VICEROY RESORT