The Best Luxury Hotels in St Lucia

The pool at the Ladera Resort overlooking the volcanic Pitons
The pool at the Ladera Resort overlooking the volcanic Pitons | © Y.Levy / Alamy Stock Photo
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15 January 2021

Ocean views, privacy and fine dining – these are the hallmarks of a luxury stay in St Lucia. Known for the distinctive conical peaks of the Pitons, the Caribbean island’s postcard pin-up beauty and unique Creole culture provide a picturesque backdrop to the most opulent hotels, all with a heady focus on service. Swim in the luminous clear waters and explore steaming volcanoes from these luxury suites.

Anse Chastanet Resort

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The sounds of the jungle canopy and foaming waves will lull you to a comfortable slumber at Anse Chastanet’s spa. Architect-owner Nick Troubetzkoy designed this quirky resort to be absorbed by the foliage, perfumes and peaks of the hillside forest setting. That extends down to the treatment rooms of the spa too. Rooms high on the hillside make the most of the trade winds and views towards the Petit and Gros Piton mountains. For leisurely soaks in a private plunge pool, pick the unique Piton Pool Suite. Be sure to book a private candlelit dinner in the treehouse.

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Ladera Resort

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Settle into your own private plunge pool, cocktail in hand, as the breeze whips around the volcano ridge. Plush Ladera sits 1,000ft (305m) above the Caribbean Sea in St Lucia’s only World Heritage site. Special touches include rooms constructed from locally harvested tropical hardwoods and furniture made on-site by St Lucian artisans. Open-walled suites also bring the panoramic view of the ocean and Pitons in. With butler service included, you don’t need to tear yourself away from that view, but a beach shuttle is available, if you decide to. Try authentic St Lucian dishes at award-winning Dasheene. Better still, book a tasting of the restaurant’s collection of over 2000 wines.

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Jade Mountain Resort

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You won’t find anywhere else quite like Jade Mountain in St Lucia. Curvaceous and futuristic, the undulating terraces pour down the hillside of this unique landmark, designed and co-owned by architect Nick Troubetzkoy, and sister property to Anse Chastanet. Privacy is key here, with each of the 29 expansive open-plan suites accessed by their own drawbridge. There’s no communal pool, instead most rooms have an infinity pool taking in the ocean and Piton views. Dine in-room or at the guest-only restaurant, while 24-hour butler service means you’ll want for nothing. Simply summon service using the mobile phone you’ll be given at check in.

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Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

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There’s a reason Matt Damon once rented out this entire property to renew his wedding vows. Sugar Beach has lots of special touches that make it stand out, from the chic white rooms to the treehouse spa and personal butler service. In fact, the 100 acre (40ha) resort has been named best hotel in the Caribbean several times over. Each of the guestrooms, villas and cottages have their own plunge pools, iPads and espresso machines. However, a visit to the Rainforest Spa might be one of the most memorable experiences on offer. Book a massage in a thatched treehouse, with ingredients sourced from nearby volcanic springs and cocoa plantations, and cool off in the natural rock pools afterwards.

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Serenity at Coconut Bay

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Singles need not apply at Serenity. For some, exclusive means high levels of service and unique locations. However, at Coconut Bay’s resort-within-a-resort, it means being in love. Inside this couples-only, adult-only retreat, you’ll be living it up with your own plunge pool, and personal butler service. In-room dining, pod coffee makers, and a pillow menu come as standard, so there’s really no reason to leave the plush rooms. If you do venture to the larger resort of Coconut Bay, you’ll find a water park, beach and spa, so maybe it is worth leaving your room after all.

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  • Stonefield Villa Resort

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    A sulphur spring mud bath, couples massage and private sunset cocktails await loved-up travelers that book Stonefield’s romance package. Though for some, outdoor showers surrounded by hummingbirds and ocean views might prove romantic enough. Located near the small fishing port of Soufriere, this all-villa property specialises in holistic wellness retreats, with yoga sessions, a spa and organic, local produce at the Creole-inspired Mango Tree restaurant, as standard. A mobile phone assigned at check-in allows for free calls across the island, if you find you’re in need of restaurant suggestions or a ride back. Note, the resort is adults only.

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    Marigot Bay Resort and Marina

    Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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    Watch the superyachts come and go from the comfort of your poolside cabana at Marigot Bay. With its deep blue waters and sheltered cove, the marina is the stop of choice for the world’s most affluent mariners. Service begins at the all-suite resort from the moment of booking with guests assigned a ‘Marigot Moment Maestro,’ combining the full services of a concierge, personal assistant, and butler. They’ll even meet you at the airport with cold towels and bottled water. Book a penthouse for best views of the steep hills and ocean.

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    Tet Rouge Resort St Lucia

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    Rustic luxury and personal service are the hallmarks of a stay at Tet Rouge, where the six individually-designed wooden studio cottages are reached via a dirt track. You have nature to yourself at this hillside hideaway, tucked at the base of Gros Piton. Ramble the grounds, and you may find your own secluded beach. Being so small, there are limited on-site facilities. There’s no spa, for example, but in-room treatments are available on request, plus there is also a restaurant, 40ft (12m) saltwater infinity pool, and swim-up bar. You know, the essentials.

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    The Landings Resort & Spa

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    Join the yachting sort, or at least watch-on in admiration as their vessels return to shore. Home to a private marina, The Landings has become a hub for boaty people, but you’re not obligated to take part. Residential-style one-, two- or three-bedroom villa suites feel luxurious but have homely touches such as washer dryers. Make use of the kids club, and walk the white sands of Rodney Bay – one of St Lucia’s best beaches – with champagne in hand. Flag down some refreshment when needed, staff members regularly stroll the beach offering fruit kebabs and cold towels.

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    These recommendations were updated on January 15, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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