By Anita Carmin
– The pop of a cork welcomes you to this 49-room villa community. It’s a fitting introduction given that this spot boasts a Champagne zip line that whisks drinks to the water’s edge. Overlooking Smuggler’s Cove, the resort offers chef-led visits to the 120-year-old Castries Market and a weekly Chef’s Table Dinner at the owner’s home.
– This property offers a full roster of culinary events including truffle-making classes and a four-day chocolate festival in October. (The resort produces its own estate chocolates.) Each of its 29 suites (called “sanctuaries”) features an infinity pool or Jacuzzi and an open fourth wall revealing views of the Pitons. Highly recommended: a Chocolate Delight body treatment in the Kai en Ciel (Creole for “house in heaven”) spa.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
– No surprise that actor Matt Damon chose to renew his wedding vows at this the 78-room property. Nestled within 100 acres of rain forest, with a white-sand beach backed by the Pitons, the resort appeals to romantics and gourmands. Think four-poster beds draped in white voile, personal butlers, a passionate French chef, and a très
cool rum bar
– Located on a UNESCO
World Heritage site, eco-luxe property offers just 32 suites, each with an open wall, pool, and dramatic vistas. Dining at romantic Dasheene (a terrace restaurant with Piton views
), bartending classes, market tours, winetastings, and daily cooking demos are all part of the experience.
A number of Caribbean voyages visit Saint Lucia. Select one that calls at Soufrière (the port closest to the Pitons):
Seabourn Cruise Line’s 14-day round-trip sailing from Sint-Maarten aboard the 208-passenger Seabourn Legend.
Club’s seven-day cruise puts you aboard the 112-passenger SeaDream I, visiting both Soufrière Bay and Rodney Bay.
Or, sail round-trip from Miami on a 12-day Oceania Cruise
voyage aboard the 1,250-passenger Riviera.
Your trip includes a call at Castries, with the option of a Saint Lucian cooking class in the onboard Bon Appétit Culinary Center followed by a visit to the open-air Castries Market.
Discover more about Saint Lucia's new food scene
, along with hot spots
where you can get a taste.
Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, October 2014.
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