Inexpensive Hotel Options in St Lucia

St Lucia Hotels

St Lucia Hotels

There are plenty of inexpensive hotels to stay at in St Lucia. The accommodation options are grouped into three geographical locations. The Castries area between; Marigot Bay and Choc Bay, in and around Rodney Bay and the Cap Estate in the North, and around Soufriere on the southwest coast, near the Pitons.

In Castries you could try a small hotel or guesthouse such as Auberge Seraphine on the edge of the harbour. The hotel is surrounded by tropical plants which attract wild birds. Most rooms have a view of the marina and all are air conditioned. The hotel restaurant serves innovative Caribbean and international cuisine and has a good selection of wines. It is an ideal base for exploring Castries and the surrounding area of St Lucia.

The Bel Jou Hotel (formerly known as Cara Suites) overlooks Castries from a stunning hillside location. The name means “beautiful day ” in Patois.

Hillside Plaza is situated in a residential area, which is just a few minutes walk from Vigie Beach. There are 30 double rooms and an on-site restaurant. Public transport links are excellent, with a bus passing by every ten minutes, making it easy to get around St Lucia from this hotel.

The Friendship Inn can be described as a “mini hotel”, and is located a couple of miles away from George Charles Airport. This ten room property enjoys a convenient location close to public transport links and a nearby shopping mall. There is a pool on site and the beach is just a short walk away.

The Golden Arrow is an intimate St Lucia hotel situated on the Gros Islet Highway. Moderately priced, the hotel has fifteen rooms and wonderful views out to the Caribbean Sea.

Rodney Bay is where you will traditionally find the large, luxurious resorts, but don’t overlook the possibility of a small guesthouse such as Villa Zandoli. This small, affordable property is only five minutes walk from one of the nicest beaches in St Lucia. The guesthouse is decorated in a bright Caribbean style and offers a warm welcome to its guests. Mango Sands offers a retreat from the St Lucian hustle and bustle. The guest rooms offer simple and comfortable accommodation, and there is a quiet garden area ideal for meditation or yoga.

On the North Coast, at Gros Islet, there is a good choice of apartments and guest houses such as Tropical Breeze which is good value for groups visiting St Lucia. Family run, this property is a few minutes walk from the beach, Rodney Bay Marina as well as shops and restaurants. There is a choice of guest rooms or apartments.

If you like to be near the St Lucian nightlife, Alexander’s Guesthouse is a good choice with the Gros Islet Friday night “jump up” within walking distance. This friendly guesthouse is also just 50 yards from the beach.

Traveling towards Vieux Fort on the East coast of St Lucia, a good base would be the Foxgrove Inn. This is a quiet and friendly twelve bedroom hotel which is surrounded by banana and coconut plantations. The inn has a wonderful view of Praslin Bay and you can also see the Frigate Islands Nature Reserve. The hotel is famous for its restaurant which is said to be one of the best in St Lucia.

If a stay in Soufriere takes your fancy, then Chez Camille is an older style house with St Lucian decor and furnishings. This guest house is located close to some of the best known attractions of St Lucia including the rainforest, Diamond Falls and Sulphur Springs.

These are just a small selection of some of the more affordable St Lucia hotels. The St Lucia Tourist Board has full details on all of the hotels available in St Lucia, so there is bound to be something which suits your taste and budget.

St Lucia Attractions

June 19, 2009 by flightstostlucia  
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St Lucia Attractions

St Lucia Attractions

There is much to see on this beautiful island, and this is just a selection of the very best St Lucia attractions that the island has to offer.

The Pitons are a pair of distinctive 40 million year old peaks formed from volcanic plugs and are very much considered to be the symbol of St Lucia. Lush and green, they provide a habitat for several species of bird, wild orchids and giant ferns. Petit Piton is 2480 feet high, whilst Gros Piton is 2619 feet high and can be climbed, should you feel the urge. The views from the top are spectacular. It is necessary to hire a guide to take you to the top, which is a 4 mile round trip and can take 4 to 6 hours one way. The Pitons have been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and are one of the major St Lucia attractions.

The world’s only drive in volcano can be found here in St Lucia, at Mount Soufriere. You can witness the bubbling craters of sulphur for yourself, but will smell them well before you see them! The volcano is still technically active but last erupted 40,000 years ago. This is one of the most popular St Lucia attractions.

Marigot Bay is a natural harbour that once offered a hideout for pirate ships. The 1967 Dr Doolittle film was shot here and it is said to be the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. All-in-all, this makes for one of the must-see St Lucia attractions. 400 years ago the Carib warriors made their homes here, but it is now surrounded by a good selection of bars and restaurants.

The Maria Islands Nature Reserve is home to rare wildlife and birds some of which do not exist anywhere else in the world. The 12 protected acres are home to approximately 120 species. The islands can be found just off the coast at Vieux Fort and are a St Lucia attraction well worth visiting.

The Pigeon Island Museum and Interpretative Center is housed in a former British officers mess building which has been fully restored to its former glory. Here you can discover the fascinating history of Pigeon island, which is now a national park and important St Lucia attraction.

Whale and dolphin watching is a great way to spend a day and they are increasingly popular St Lucia attractions for tourists. There are several boat tours available which will take you out to sea to spot humpback and pilot whales, sperm whales, as well as spinning and spotted dolphins. Don’t miss the opportunity!

A visit to Grande Anse for some turtle watching is a wonderful experience that you will never forget. Sea turtles love to nest on St Lucia and this is one of the best places to see them.

The island has its own rain forest full of exotic flowers, plants and trees as well as the rare Jacquot Parrots. All of this can be  enjoyed via Rain Forest Sky Rides in an open sided aerial tram. The journey takes place 90 feet off the ground and lasts around 75 minutes. When considering St Lucia attractions, a visit to the inland rain forest is certainly a must.

The adventurous might like to try jungle biking around the paths cut into the plantation forests at Anse Chastanet. There are courses suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced.

The crystal blue waters surrounding St Lucia are undoubtedly one of the best attractions of the island and are best enjoyed wearing snorkeling gear or scuba kit. The marine life is fascinating to behold.

The capital of St Lucia, Castries, is worth a visit for it’s fascinating market, Derek Walcott Square, named after a St Lucian literary great, and which has a 500 year old tree in its center, and the Roman Catholic cathedral, which is considered to be one of the most important religious buildings in the West Indies.

There are various organized tours available which can take you to see the St Lucia attractions. These can be arranged via your hotel or tour company. Don’t miss out on the wonderful sights that St Lucia has to offer!

St Lucia Beaches

June 19, 2009 by flightstostlucia  
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St. Lucia's Beaches

St. Lucia's Beaches

Anse is the French word for beach, which is why many of the beaches have the word “anse” in their name. All of St Lucia’s beaches are public, forming part of the Queen’s Chain, even if they are located in front of a hotel. Some hotels do make access to their beach difficult, but there has to be a public path by law. Alternatively you can access the beach you want to visit by boat. The beaches of St Lucia have white, golden or black volcanic sand. Many beaches are used by turtles as a nesting site. The best St Lucia beaches are to be found to the north of Castries, which is the principal resort area. At certain times of the year the sea can be choppy in the North, particularly around Christmas time. Some bays do have currents, so always be aware when swimming and pay heed to any warning flags.

Reduit is a lovely St Lucia beach with clear blue waters, dominated by three hotels. It can get crowded here as it is popular with the locals. It connects with Pigeon Point, although you can only walk as far as the marina. The beach is nearly a mile long.

Anse de Sables beach is great for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

The Atlantic east coast beaches tend to be difficult to get to and are not generally suitable for swimming. They are however, the best place for wildlife spotting.

Donkey Beach is wild and windy and worth the hours trek from Gros Islet.

Dauphin Beach has some Indian stone carvings, but is only accessible by jeep.

Anse Loubet is only accessible on foot. There is a spectacular blowhole and waterfall here.

Jalousie did have black volcanic sand, but the Hilton imported white sand to cover it up!

Anse des Pitons, is a crescent shaped St Lucia beach at the foot of the Pitons and well worth a visit for the spectacular backdrop of scenery alone.

Running parallel to the airport runway is Vigie beach. This is a lovely stretch of sand with plenty of shade. Popular with locals, there are a few hotels here too.

Labrelotte Bay is a lovely sandy beach which you can find between Windjammer Landing and the East Winds Inn.

Marigot Bay is a haven for yachts, but further in you will find a very secluded St Lucia beach. Only accessible by boat.

Choc Bay is a long stretch of golden sand with calm waters and coconut palms. Popular with families, it is close to some large hotels and the Gablewood Shopping Centre. There is a bar and there are watersports available here.

Take care if you visit St Lucia beaches south of Castries as they are not generally used by tourists and can therefore suffer from a lack of sanitation.

Pigeon island is one of the main tourist attractions and also has several beaches to enjoy, with a beach bar and watersports available.

A 20 minute walk south of Soufriere will lead you to Malgretout. This quiet undeveloped St Lucia beach is fantastic for snorkeling and also offers the opportunity to shower in the warm volcanic waters of the Pitons Waterfall.

Some of the beaches on the southwest coast of St Lucia are only accessible by boat.

Anse Cochon on the South coast of St Lucia has black volcanic sands and calm waters with shallow reefs good for snorkeling. It is best accessed by boat, although those staying at Ti Kaye Village can get to it by road.

The marine reserve off of Anse Chastanet makes this a great beach for diving and snorkeling. The dark sand makes this a very attractive St Lucia beach.

The beach just north of Soufriere offers wonderful views of the Pitons. Mostly frequented by locals.

Cas En Bas – is one of the best St Lucia beaches for windsurfing. Protected by a reef, it is popular with locals at the weekends.

Luxurious St Lucia Hotels

Tropical Resort in St Lucia

Tropical Resort in St Lucia

For a truly luxurious vacation there are a number of resort style St Lucia hotels where your every need can be catered for. A few examples include:

Windjammer Landing, situated north of Castries, this beautiful villa beach resort enjoys an isolated hillside setting. The accommodation consists of Spanish style villas ranging from one to four bedrooms, dotted throughout the grounds with all of the facilities you would expect of a luxury hotel available to you. Families are well catered for here, with a Fun Club for the children, babysitting services and a Teen club. There are 2 children’s pools, a children’s playground and a children’s menu. Weddings and Honeymoons can be arranged here, there is an on-site wedding coordinator who can help realise your dream wedding day! Honeymooners can enjoy a private villa with its own plunge pool. During your stay you can enjoy a variety of watersports including aqua-fin club-sailing, windsurfing, hobie cat sailing, banana rides, kayaking and snorkeling from the crescent shaped white sand beach. There are tennis courts, a well equipped gym, as well as daily organised sports and fitness activities. The hotel has a good reputation for its food, with a choice of five restaurants as well as the opportunity to enjoy in-villa dining.

For a romantic honeymoon destination, Ti Kaye Village just south of Anse La Raye on the west coast of St Lucia is a popular choice. Ti Kaye means “little house” in Creole, and the resort is so named because the white wooden cottages, which guests stay in, look like a village of little white houses on the hillside. The cottages have their own large verandas and some have their own plunge pools. The owner designed the layout and has tried to blend a rustic feel with all of the comforts of modern living. The resort has a spa, pool and gym and offers watersports on the beach. There is a restaurant (Kai Manje) as well as a beach grill (Ti Manje) and meal plans are available.

The Anse Chastanet resort at Soufriere offers the best scuba diving on the island. One of the best renowned St Lucia hotels, the hilltop, hillside and beachside suites at this hotel offer something really special with local woods and fabrics being used for the room decor and furnishings. Anse Chastanet has three restaurants offering a choice of Caribbean Fine Dining and vegetarian cuisine, utilising the best local produce. The Kai Belte Spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies using products made especially for Anse Chastanet. There is an onsite fitness instructor and yoga teacher and you can enjoy various watersports, or of course relax and do absolutely nothing!

Jade Mountain is situated above Anse Chastanet and guests can enjoy all of its facilities. The special thing about Jade Mountain, as a hotel, however, is that the accommodation consists of 24 “infinity pool sanctuaries” – spacious suite accommodations which open out onto an infinity pool with stunning views of the sea and mountains. The resort boasts an award winning chef who served so called “Jade Cuisine” using only the best local produce. Guests can enjoy an array of treatments at the boutique spa, including special treatments designed for couples. This is one of the newest St Lucia hotels.

These are just a few of the wonderful luxury hotels that St Lucia has to offer. Other choices include tiny, award winning Ladera, Body Holiday at Le Sport on the North coast, The Royal St Lucian – all suites and very sophisticated, East Winds – one of the oldest and most established resorts on St Lucia, and The Inn on The Bay which overlooks Marigot Bay.

No matter which of these luxury St Lucia hotels you decide upon, you can look forward to a world of relaxation and pampering St Lucian style!