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Why did you choose St Lucia for your Vacation?
I chose St. Lucia because it’s a place that I’ve always wanted to visit. Then I met my husband and he mentioned that St. Lucia’s a place that he’s always wanted to travel. Both never having visited the island, we decided that St. Lucia was going to be the destination for our honeymoon.
Where did you stay and how did you enjoy it?
During both of my visits to St. Lucia, I stayed at Sugar Beach and absolutely loved the resort. When I imagine paradise, a vision of Sugar Beach in St. Lucia comes to mind. From the resort to the beach, the people to the food, everything about Sugar Beach is wonderful. I couldn’t imagine staying anywhere else.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort offers its visitors various types of villas nestled in the rainforest jungle that gives way to sugary-white sandy beaches framed by the Petit and Gros Piton, met by crystal-clear turquoise waters. Sugar Beach is a place where ‘Tuk Tuks’ whisk you away to where ever you want to go on the resort, and winding roads leave you unsure of where you are. It’s a place where you can forget the stresses of your everyday life and are able to relax, both mind and body.
What was your favorite thing about the island?
I have many favorites’ things about St. Lucia, so it’s hard to just pick one. I love the beaches and the water at Sugar Beach. I also loved the people and the way of life in St. Lucia. It’s a place where the stars are brighter at night because of the island, as much as it is developed, is still a place safe from modernism.
What did you learn about the culture and the people?
I learned that the people of St. Lucia are extremely welcoming, nice and they’re some of the most selfless people that I have ever met. The island’s one of the last splendors and the locals are some of the friendliest people that I’ve ever met – wanting to share their island with you and its history.
I learned about some of the histories of the island, the ins-and-outs of daily life for some of the natives and just about the island in general.
What were the best places that you visited?
Some of the best places that I visited during my time in St. Lucia were the ocean. I love to snorkel, and being able to walk right in off the Sugar Beach sands was definitely a plus. There’s no need for a guided tour because once you emerge yourself in the waters and begin to swim, there are plenty of colorful tropical fish right at your fingertips.
The restaurant at Ladera Resort, Dasheen, was another one of my favorite places to visit because of the view it gives you of the Pitons. It’s also a really spectacular view of Sugar Beach.
Did you visit any historical sites?
We did visit the Vet Paul Nature Trail. We heard that the Gros Piton’s a difficult hike, and the Petit Piton is even more difficult and only manageable to rock climbers. The nature trail was rewarding for us with the spectacular views and indigenous flowers. The one thing that the tour guide pointed out to us along the way to the top were the fruits and vegetables peppering the trail, that are grown and tended to by the guides when they’re not giving tours.
What activities did you participate in on the island?
Some of the activities that we participated in during our time on the island were snorkeling, which I absolutely love, and then checking out the Tet Paul Nature Trail. We also hiked the Rainforest Trail on the Sugar Beach resort, which was such a rewarding experience. I would definitely like to explore the Sulphur Springs next time.
Did you do any tours with tour companies, and what were their rates like?
No, we did not do any tour outside of the Tet Paul Nature Trail.
How would you describe the food on the island?
I thought the food on the island was wonderful and definitely comes with a St. Lucian flare! St. Lucia’s a place that farming is literally done by hand, but the fruits of the labor are that much more pleasurable. Of course, the fish was very fresh, and I found an abundance of different fish options on menus.
One of my favorite food experiences was the BBQ party at Sugar Beach. Each Friday night, guests are invited to dine on local cuisine, harvested and prepared especially for the BBQ. Sushi rollers can be seen at their station, preparing rolls for guests. There’s a ceviche station that offers a customizable dish, a salad bar, fish and meat grilling stations tended to by chefs that are waiting to grill the meat right in front of you, as well as side dishes that range from grilled vegetables to deep-fried plantains. Plus, one of the most important stations is the dessert table, a rum sampling table and a station where bananas fosters are flambéed right in front of you. Music fills the air as popular songs with a Caribbean twist are played by the house band.
Would you visit St. Lucia again and would you recommend it to your friends and family?
There’s something about St. Lucia that’s indescribable and simply magical. I would most definitely return to St. Lucia and I have already recommended my friends and family to visit the island.
This blog was provided by Kayla Zadel, a Lifestyle Correspondent at Kayla Zadel Blog.
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