St Lucia offers a wide variety of activities to keep visitors entertained, from natural wonders such as pristine white sand beaches and rainforest scenery, to scuba diving and Piton climbing. Open air markets for fantastic shopping and exceptional restaurants provide refined local cuisine.
The Sulphur Springs can be found in “The World’s only drive-in Volcano”. This is a large caldera, which emits steam and boiling water. A stream from the springs runs down to mud bathing pools, which are reputed to have therapeutic qualities for the skin. Further up from the Sulphur Springs are stone carvings that depict different gods and goddesses and other historic artifacts from the era of the native Arawak Indian.
The Diamond Botanical Gardens, Waterfall, Mineral Baths and Nature Trail is a tourist complex where you can walk through the stunning gardens commissioned by King Louis XIV and bathe in the mineral rich waters of the baths fed by sulphur streams. The waterfall and nature walk are an ideal way to enjoy your newly revitalised body and the surroundings are simply beautiful.
Marine National Park
There are some spectacular diving and snorkeling sites along the wall of the Pitons. Created in 1995, the Soufriere Marine Management Area (SMMA) was designed specifically to cater to the myriad of uses in the area, reduce conflict among users and protect critical marine resources. The Management Area is divided into five zones: marine reserves, fishing priority areas, yacht mooring areas, recreational areas and multiple use areas.
Gros Piton Climb
Gros Piton (the larger of the two pitons) is a four mile round trip, with the two mile climb to the summit ascending some 1,900ft. At the summit there are amazing views across the island and of the Sugar Beach development below.
Fond Doux Estate
Fond Doux is a 19th Century colonial plantation. This 250 year old working plantation is also a guesthouse and restaurant. Visitors can experience the day-to-day running of a cocoa plantation which includes harvesting, drying, grinding, dancing and rolling the cocoa, including the formation of the finished chocolate product. Visitors include Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Pigeon Island National Park
The grounds of this park contain a fortress, barracks and lofty trees. There are stunning views of the coast and Martinique. British Admiral, Sir George Brydges Rodney, established a naval base on Pigeon Island in 1778 so that he could monitor the movements of the French at the base in Fort Royal, Martinique.
This course takes visitors through the forest canopy 30-50ft above the ground. Children must be eight or over.
Anse-la-Raye Fish Fry and Gros Islet Street Party
These are popular destinations every Friday night for locals and visitors alike. A variety of sea foods are prepared as part of the traditional village fish fry showcasing the skills of local fishermen and the abundance of their catch.
A prevailing Easterly wind makes the island a sailor’s paradise. Rodney Bay has recently been upgraded to become one of the best Marinas in the Caribbean and offers first class storage facilities. There are permanent mooring buoys located close to the hotel for short-term mooring. Sailing yachts and powerboats will be available for day or cruising charter.
The original capital of the Island, Soufrière is now a quaint fishing village. Enjoy stunning views of the Pitons that frame Sugar Beach, soak up the atmosphere of Caribbean life and enjoy the local culture in this colourful and lively town.
The St Lucia Golf & Country Club is situated at Cap Estate in the North. This 18-hole championship golf course has stunning views across the Caribbean Sea. The club has an excellent restaurant and the course is a challenge for the most accomplished of golfers. There are plans for a further Greg Norman course on the East coast.