Looking for an incredible place to stay in the Caribbean? A trip to the tropical treasure that is St Lucia surely has to be on the cards. From all-inclusive hotels to unreal resorts, with a wide range of places to lay your head, you’ll find it tricky to make a decision. Do you stick to the north of the island or venture south? Do you favour sedate sojourns where you can get better acquainted with nature or are you looking for the party capital of the island?
Our guide to the best places to stay in St Lucia will give you the LD on the places to stay that’s perfect for your holiday needs.
The capital of St Lucia, Castries has the island’s busiest sea port and is where the cruise liners venture into the waters. It’s also home to nearly one-third of the island’s population.
Take a stroll around the streets of Castries where you’ll find a heady mix of French and British architecture. Outside of the luxury resorts, those seeking amore authentic feel for St Lucia will gravitate towards Castries which has a vibrant personality. For a true insight into local life, carve out some time to visit the Castries Central Market and experience the authenticity of St. Lucian life. It’s a great place to learn about and buy traditional crafts, as well as try some local delicacies.
The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is one of the largest religious landmarks in the Caribbean, and is considered to be one of the cultural highlights on the island. Even if you’re not spiritual, you can’t fail to be charmed by peeking at its interiors to admire the vibrantly-colored ceiling and charming décor, which incorporates both Caribbean and African architectural influences.
There are surprisingly less places to stay here than the rest of the island, but you can find some great gems like the Bel Jou Hotel. An adults only setting and set amidst lush greenery with some of the most stunning views over the Castries, you can indulge in everything from romantic candlelit dinners and intricate Caribbean cuisine to quiet cocktails or relaxing couples massage. This peaceful hotel is ideal for those looking for some quiet time.
Another northern gem is Rodney Bay. Teeming with some of the most popular nightlife attractions on the island, it’s the place to be if you’re after everything in one stunning location.
You can relax on the beach – we love Reduit Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches in the north of the island. Plus, its location makes it an ideal climate for watersports like diving, snorkelling, water tubing, jet skiing and more! If you get peckish, you’re in great company, thanks to Rodney Bay’s myriad of exciting and top-rated restaurants. You’ll find everything from quick and easy cuisine like sushi, BBQ fare and pizza to more sophisticated dishes.
Rodney Bay is also home to the island’s only casino – Treasure Bay Casino which is open 24/7 should you fancy reliving a luxurious Bond-esque fantasy.
For breezy beach vibes in Rodney Bay, the chic, adults-only Soco House is a delight. Its white and blue theme has an evocative South Beach feel, further enhanced by the stylish vintage Art Deco architecture.
There ain’t no party other than a ‘Friday Night Street Party’. If you want to let your hair loose and get down with the locals, this weekly fiesta in the party central location of Gros Islet is a must.
Historically, Gros Islet used to be somewhat uncharted territory for tourists, but this is swiftly changing. Even if you’re not so crazy about partying until the wee hours, Gros Islet has plenty to tempt you.
Teeming with a rich history and beautiful beaches, Gros Islet is a nature lover’s paradise – so why not take a hike and explore the area’s multitude of hiking trails? If you have the legs, try the 12 mile route from the nearby Rodney Bay Marina to Plantation Beach and Esperance Harbour. Not only will you spot some incredible exotic wildlife, you’ll also see some amazing vistas along the way.
One for all the family, the exquisite ‘The Landings’ exudes a sense of luxury and timeless glamour whilst making the most of its location to the water. Each accommodation features breathtaking views of the idyllic beach, harbour and lagoon. The theme of water is ever-present and some even come with jetted plunge pools where you can take a refreshing and revitalising dip at your leisure.
Soufrière is one of the most popular destinations for travellers looking for that authentic southern Saint Lucia experience. The tranquil region of Soufrière is ideal for those dreaming of a more low-key holiday in St Lucia, for nature lovers and romantics who are wanting a secluded experience with their loved one – or even if you’re visiting solo.
Home of the twin Pitons – Gros and Petit, the island’s iconic pair of now-dormant volcanoes that rise from the pristine waters of the Caribbean, as well as Soufrière’s must-visit attraction – the drive-in volcano! Don’t forget to take a dip in the nearby Sulphur Springs, where you can bathe in the soothing mud baths.
Hotels and resorts in Soufriere sit higher on the budget scale, but we’d argue that it’s totally worth it for places like Sugar Beach, where you can do as much or as little as you want. From Spa treatments that gently sweep away your worries to adrenaline-fuelled watersports, what will be your preference?
This Viceroy resort is set in a former, 100-acre sugar plantation surrounded by bountiful gardens, lush swaying trees and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. You’ll have the choice of stylish rooms, cottages and villas that are dotted around the resort with either a sea or mountain view – both of which are utterly spectacular.