ST LUCIA ITINERARIES
St. Lucia provides a remarkable set of educational opportunities in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Learn about the volcanoes that formed this unique island that saddles the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans. Discover the French, British and Creole influences.
Enjoy a demonstration of how chocolate is created, starting with the cocoa fruit. And have a blast diving into the amazing marine life with the backdrop of the island’s famous Pitons.
Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to St. Lucia special:
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
VISIT DRIVE-IN VOLCANO AND
Explore Soufriere. Visit the drive-in volcano, where an official guide will give you a brief history and then spend some time exploring on your own before setting off to the Botanical Gardens and Diamond waterfall. A tour guide is not needed at the gardens - you can explore on your own. Then you are taken to the spectacular rainforest waterfall at Toraille where swimming can be enjoyed. Finally, you are taken to a restaurant with a fantastic view of the Pitons and the town where you can dine at leisure
ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS
Sunset Catamaran Cruise Take a casual and relaxing sunset cruise on board a catamaran as we sail into the Caribbean Sea for two hours, while sipping and enjoying sparkling wine, rum cocktails, soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Nothing matches the magic of an island sunset especially if you’re out at sea. This is a perfect way to end the day and start a tropical evening.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12
IN GENS LIBRES
Take a horseback ride along the most beautiful breathtaking scenery of the Atlantic Coast or the countryside where you can enjoy our untouched paradise or catch a glimpse of the local fishermen coming in with their daily catch. Gens Libres (“Valley of the Free People”). Many of the guides are descendents of the brigands or black freedom fighters that used the Gros Piton as a secure haven during the slave rebellion of 1748
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GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK
St Lucia National Trust carries out relief operations to assist victims of disasters, and combines this with development work to strengthen the capacities of its member National Societies. The work focuses on four core areas: promoting humanitarian values, disaster response, disaster preparedness, and health and community.
Ages to Travel
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is a family friendly resort. Children of all ages are welcome. We go the full stretch to ensure that we exceed the expectations of all of our guests, including families with children of all ages.
Children of all ages are welcome. The ideal age is 4 years. At that age, the child has a better understanding of the environment and is able to participate in the exciting programs that we create for their enjoyment. Also, at the age of 4, children are able to retain their experiences and often ask their parents to come back.
Time of Year to Travel
The best time to visit St Lucia is May, June and September; these months offer wonderful weather with temperatures in the high 70s
Specific to Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, our location is somewhat secluded. We do have cruise ship visitors who visit the beach and the snorkeling area throughout the cruise season. We do our best to control the influx of visitors by providing complimentary sun lounges and shade palapas on the northern end of our main the beach. However, all the beaches in St. Luca are public so some days are quieter than others. The cruise ship season slows from May to October.
St Lucia is an excellent year-round destination with a number of island activities in the summer and late fall. The busiest and most expensive time to vacation is from December to April. Temperatures fluctuate but are still in the high 70s and 80s with lower humidity which makes it a more comfortable time for visitors from cooler climes. The hurricane season is from June to November although St Lucia falls well below the recognized “hurricane belt”.
St Lucia host a series of festive events throughout the year, from cultural celebrations to Carnival and Calypso celebrations, weekly street
parties and the Annual St Lucia Jazz Festival drawing in some of the world top entertainers to the island.
The principal Catholic traditions are in full force during this time of year, Good Friday in particular which is marked by a day of church services and restraint from pleasurable things especial meat, chicken and dairy foods. Highlights and recommended meal on this day is our local fish cakes called accra, local treats like coconut cake, guava cheese, ground provisions, fish, fruits and vegetables.
December is a festive month, revolving around National Day celebrations and the Christmas season. The focus on National Day is building pride in the country with sporting, cultural, religious, social, and commercial activities, such as the Festival of Lights, featuring a lantern making competition and the decoration of towns and villages with lights. Other events include the National festival of choirs, a festival of bands and a market festival. December 25, Christmas, the following day, Boxing Day, are a public holidays.
All these events are attended by the general public.
If you are interested in any of the events listed under this section, we can make these arrangements on your behalf. Note that these arrangements will incur additional fees.
Travel Documents Required
To enter St Lucia, a passport valid for six months is required by all nationals. Visas: Visas for St Lucia are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above except (1) nationals of Croatia, who do require a visa. A round trip ticket is also required.
Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry. Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. Global CommUnity cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements.
Sustainable Travel Practices
Each Viceroy Hotel and Resort is engaged in an ongoing process of implementing environmental hotel and sustainability initiatives. This course of action begins by creating a written environmental/sustainability policy, and enacting a water and energy savings plan and comprehensive recycling programs—covering everything from paper, glass, plastic and cardboard to toner cartridges, fluorescent bulbs and electronics. Each eco-friendly hotel property uses biodegradable cleaning products, has created incentive plans for employee use of carpools and/or mass transit, and has installed energy-efficient lighting and occupancy sensors throughout the destination.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is committed to finding ways to meaningfully give back to both the local community and environment. Our programming includes events and activities where our guests can join us in community outreach.
Bouton Combined School Lunches & Hygiene Program
Guests at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort are helping to make life a little sweeter for the children of the Bouton Combined School. The school, which is located in an underprivileged community near the town of Soufriere, is facing financial challenges and has been unable to adequately accommodate its students. Now guests are playing their part in helping the school while at the same time having sweet treats of their own. Large candy jars have been placed in the Great Room restaurant where guests are invited to help themselves to sweets in return for a donation to the Bouton School resource centre building project. The new building will provide additional classroom space and space for a computer lab.
In the past, the resort has also provided assistance with the school’s feeding programme by providing lunches to youngsters—often the only nutritious meal they would enjoy each day.
Sugar Beach has also collaborated with Cutty Ranks Barber Shop in the nearby village of Soufriere to provide monthly haircuts and hygienic supplies to underprivileged boys of the Bouton RC Combined School.
Scholarship Program for Children of Sugar Beach Team Members
Sugar Beach runs a scholarship program for the children of team members which runs on a continuous basis. Every year, colleagues submit applications on the behalf of their children who have been successful in the Common Entrance Exam. The students with the highest scores are awarded the scholarships. Thereafter, the students and their parents sign a scholarship agreement which they benefit from throughout their secondary school education once they able to maintain the required academic average of 70% each school term.
Butlers' Recycling Program
The Butlers Department at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort has collaborated with local company BIO HELPS to initiate a recycling program for plastics, aluminum and cardboard. The initiative has been extended to the entire resort with all departments being encouraged to participate in this environmentally friendly venture. Sugar Beach is the only company that BIO HELPS has agreed to work with outside of the capital, Castries. The resort will be receiving data from BIO HELPS on the volume of waste collected from Sugar Beach to better shape future policy and green initiatives.
Local College Computer Donation
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort has supported Sir Arthur Lewis Community College with the donation of computers to the tertiary institution. The technical branch of the College, named after Sir Arthur Lewis—one of two Nobel laureates from St Lucia—is responsible for the training of future I.T. specialists from all over the island.
More About Sugar Beach
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is located on the South Western part of St. Lucia about 3 miles outside the town of Soufriere, between the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons. Soufriere is a historic town with the island’s main natural attractions—the drive-in volcano, botanical gardens and waterfalls in close proximity. The location is private, secluded and has an intimate feeling. Sugar Beach is deeply committed to sustainability both through their hospitality practices and engagement with the local community. We would be happy to share with you how they are a positive force for renewal.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is located on the South Western part of St. Lucia about 3 miles outside the town of Soufriere, between the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pitons. Soufriere is a historic town with the island’s main natural attractions—the drive-in volcano, botanical gardens and waterfalls in close proximity. The location is private, secluded and has an intimate feeling.
There are 86 Luxury Villas, Luxury Cottages, Luxury Beachfront Bungalows and Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms. that are also available for booking. All of Sugar Beach’s luxury villas are built in small clusters and are furnished with a 4-poster bed, air conditioning, custom made furniture in white, flat screen TV and iPod station, Ipad, WiFi speaker, enormous walk-in shower, claw foot bathtub, separate WC and bidet, oversize plunge pool, pool terrace, and mini-bar.
The atmosphere of the Rainforest Spa blends traditional St Lucian culture, a strong Caribbean aesthetic and experience, with modern techniques and sensibilities. The Rainforest Spa provides high touch experiences that are indicative and respectful of the local environment and the ritual and palette of the island. Most importantly, these treatments and experiences yield results. Rainforest Spa Features: 7 tree house earthen steam room called a Temascal, beauty suite with hairdressing salon and specialist skin/facial treatment gazebos two double treatment rooms with hydrotherapy facility. Manicure and pedicure room, treatment room, and an open-air relaxation gazebo suspended over running water at the base of the Petit Piton.