Returning to the same place for a holiday can sometimes prove to be a mistake. It often doesn't quite measure up to the fist visit. This was certainly not the case for us when we went to embark on our second cruise on the Star Clipper's magnificent Royal Clipper, the 42-sail square rigged clipper ship that cruises the Caribbean in the winter and the Med in the summer. The second trip was as wonderful as the first and we would sail again a third time! Totally different from the huge resort style cruise ships, Royal Clipper has to be the ultimate Caribbean cruise experience.
Our second week was spent in St Lucia, an island we first visited some 25 years ago. This is still a very beautiful island, with pristine and deserted beaches, just as remembered then. We stayed at Le Sport, situated in its own attractive, secluded bay at the northern end of the island. This is the sister hotel to La Source in Grenada and offers the same all-inclusive facilities on a slightly larger scale. They call it the 'Body Holiday' and with good reason, as there is a magnificent spa facility built almost in the style of an oriental temple, offering every form of massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and every other treatment imaginable. Two treatments a day are included and coupled with a well equipped fitness centre, a complete range of water and other sports, meditation and yoga sessions etc, there is no excuse for not returning home in a well honed and totally refreshed and relaxed condition.
Fortunately, for those less athletically inclined there is no compulsion to do other than enjoy the sun and a good book and still return home relaxed and refreshed! Whichever you prefer, this is the perfect way to escape the English winter.
Virgin Atlantic now fly non-stop to St Lucia and their Premium Economy on the 747's top deck is excellent.
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