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.
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!