This was my first trip to the Caribbean and I was lucky to be visiting the island of St Lucia. This exotic, lush island has much to offer…secluded beaches, magnificent rainforests, colourful fishing villages and a friendly population. I flew with BWIA West Indies Airways on a non-stop flight from Heathrow. Eight hours later I had arrived at Hewanorra Airport on the south of the island.

First of all, I stayed in the north of the island at the WINDJAMMER LANDING VILLA BEACH RESORT. This unique resort is situated on St Lucia’s west coast nestled in 55 acres of lush tropical forested hillside overlooking its own sandy bay. It is ideal for families because of the flexibility of offering villa accommodation within a full-service hotel.

For the next part of the trip we headed to the south of the island. A 45-minute boat ride took us from the port of CASTRIES to SOUFRIERE. To the south, dense rainforest and the stunning PITON MOUNTAINS dominate the landscape.

Our next couple of nights were spent in the Sugar Beach. The hotel enjoys one of the best locations in the Caribbean because it is situated in between the spectacular Pitons. Jalousie was once the site of an 18th century Sugar Mill estate and it offers secluded luxury in 325 acres.

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Whilst in the south of the island you can visit many attractions such as the SULPHUR SPRINGS, MT GIMIE, the NATIONAL RAIN FOREST, DIAMOND FALLS and the LATILLE GARDENS. I personally visited the spectacular Diamond Falls and the Sulphur Springs. Bathing in the mud from the springs is reported to make you look ten years younger!

For the last two nights of the trip, we travelled back up to the north. Our last hotel was the all-inclusive resort of LE SPORT. This is the ideal ‘body holiday’, with the opportunity to revive, tone and be pampered. Two treatments a day are included in the holiday price, so there is no excuse but to relax and enjoy yourself. I had an aromatherapy massage and it was pure bliss!

This brought me to the end of my trip to St Lucia. The island is absolutely stunning and I will never forget swimming in the sea being watched over by the Piton Mountains. I can’t wait to return.
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