3. Introduction 5. Soufriere 6. Jade Mountain 9. Stonefield Estate 11. Ladera Resort 14. Gros Piton Nature Climb 15. Petit Piton 17. Anse Chastanet Resort 21. Crystals 23. Sulphur Springs Nature Park 25. Diamond Mineral Waterfall & Botanical Garden 28. Jalousie Plantation Resort & Spa – The Val Des Pitons 32. The Tides - Sugar Beach St. Lucia

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What the Press Has To Say
"It's hard to imagine anywhere lusher than the southwest coast of St. Lucia. In this wild green land, there are mysterious jungles, steamy volcanoes, secret waterfalls, thick palm forests, and most dramatic of all, two spectacular half mile peaks – the Pitons – that shoot straight up from the sea. - Jennifer Quale, Connoisseur Magazine The author, Patrick Leigh Fermor, compared the "lonely spikes" to the Matterhorn, while others have called them the eighth wonder of the world. Yet few travelers know they exist. And although there are many reasons to stay at ANSE CHASTANET, the most compelling is that it gives you the opportunity to be part of this beauty."

St. Lucia Hotels and Travel Guide
Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea we at Islelander welcome you to our wonderful island St. Lucia. Located midway down the eastern Caribbean chain, between Martinique and St. Vincent, and north of Barbados our island is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide. The moment your toes touch our sands and your gaze meets water, you know you’re in our wonderful island. One of our most valuable possessions is the sandy beaches complimented with our crystal clear water’s. Islelander invites you to explore our island. You will realize the beauty of this wonderful land which extends far beyond our extraordinary natural wonders. St. Lucia is simply a place where dreams begin and reality ends. With natural attractions such as the world’s only drive-in volcano “Sulphur Springs” and the Majestic Pitons, St. Lucia is truly like no other on earth. For more information on St. Lucia travel feel free to visit our website at and take part in our active blog and community forums; see what other Islelander travelers are saying about St. Lucia. This insightful resource guide along with our website is useful tools for learning about St. Lucia’s leading service providers. Janus R. Gyan Co-founder Islelander Travel. St. Lucia Travel and Information Experts

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Fantasy Island!!!!

This was our first trip to St. Lucia. We decided to stay in Soufriere. Someone told me, if you haven't stayed in Soufriere, then you haven't seen St. Lucia. Boy were they right. What a beautiful destination. What we got was amazing!!!.
Date of stay August 2009 Visit was for Leisure Traveled with Family with Teenagers

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The Heart of St. Lucia’s Renowned Natural Attractions: The Pitons & Drive In Volcano Along with many other exotic sites.
Soufriere's backdrop of the Gros and Petit Pitons a UNESCO World Heritage site, sea and rainforest provides a picture perfect setting for a visit to this laid-back and relatively undeveloped town in the south of St. Lucia. Considering that its name is French for "sulphur," it should be no surprise to discover the wealth of hot springs and mineral baths. Other great spots to visit include Diamond Botanical Gardens, a slew of pretty beaches and the bike trails that wind through sugar plantation Anse Mamin. Rent a car to see the town or book a taxi with Islelander Travel. Visit for more information, or email for bookings and inquiries. There is never a bad time to make Soufriere a travel destination. The weather is beautiful year round. Soufriere is a beach destination which offers much to tourists in terms of beach sports, nature tours, historical sites, trekking, exotic nature sites, natural ruins and “real” adventure. Guests do not have to go far to enjoy such water activities as water skiing, sailing, and fishing. Travelers who wish to enjoy the outdoors doing things other than those water options can go horseback riding, bike riding, hiking, site seeing or just relax with nature in the Soufriere area. Squash is also a local favorite which visitors can either try their hand at or enjoy as spectators. Guests who like to combine their exercise with relaxation in spa style activity might want to check out The Spas of Soufriere at Jalousie, Anse Chastanet, Ladera, Stonefield, featuring the ultimate best spas on island. In terms of water activities, there isn’t much that the Soufriere area does not offer to guests. Fishing, particularly deep sea fishing is a favorite for many tourists who want to soak up the rich Caribbean sun. Others like to get out and get active and many try water skiing or windsurfing during their stays. Families traveling together might enjoy snorkeling, which even the kids can do safely and easily. Visitors who are truly active might challenge themselves with the Soufriere bike trails. Bike St. Lucia is a favored option for many travelers, or hike the Gros Piton, and call it a day. Writer of the book 1000 places to see before
you die Patricia Schultz says

"It's a vista that silences with its power and mystique.’


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Jade Mountain
Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature in his creation of Jade Mountain. The bold architectural design – individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky – makes Jade Mountain one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences. Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of St Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea. Wrapped around an infinity pool with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors, the Jade Mountain Club caters exclusively to resident guests, celebrating James Beard Award winner, Chef Allen Susser’s “Jade Cuisine.” Hovering in space above the Jade Mountain Club is the Celestial Terrace, perfect for sunset cocktails or star-gazing. A wide range of spa services can be enjoyed in the privacy of the Jade Mountain sanctuaries or at Kai en Ciel, Jade Mountain’s boutique spa and fitness studio. The Jade Mountain sanctuaries are deliberately techno-free; there are no telephones, radio or television. Internet access is available at reception for those who simply cannot let go of the outside world as the resort encourages you to! The resort major domos and a dedicated resort team ensure outstanding service around the clock. Enjoy the exclusivity and privacy of Jade Mountain with all of Anse Chastanet’s restaurants, bars, boutiques, art gallery, spa, scuba, bike and watersports facilities as well as 2 soft sand beaches available to Jade Mountain guests at all time

All sanctuaries feature 15ft high ceilings and have the 4th wall open to the views. All other aspects, layout and size vary from sanctuary to sanctuary. In addition to locally made fine tropical wood furniture an eclectic collection of furniture has been placed in the sanctuaries giving each one of them their own individualistic ambiance. The living areas of the rooms are finished with more than 20 different species of tropical hardwood flooring and trims harvested in an environmentally correct way. JADE MOUNTAIN's technicians actually visited the Rain Forest of Guyana and personally chose which trees to be used. A multitude of hardwoods has been used including Purpleheart, Greenheart, Locust, Kabukali, Snakewood, Bloodwood, Etikburabali, Futukbali, Taurino, Mora and Cabbage Wood. The interior walls are finished in a crushed blush toned coral plaster quarried in Barbados. The exterior is in massive rough concrete and imbued with locally quarried stone, with all the window openings framed with massive 3 x 18 inch tropical wood mullions and muntins which are in-filled with movable jalousie louvres. The flooring exposed to the weather is finished in quarried coral tile from neighboring islands "SKY" Suites In addition to the 24 infinity pool sanctuaries at JADE MOUNTAIN, there are 5 SKY jacuzzi suites. The SKY suites are located in the lower hillside level of JADE MOUNTAIN. While the SKY suites do NOT have an infinity pool they are part of JADE MOUNTAIN and guests will enjoy all of the JADE MOUNTAIN privileges. The SKY suites are very spacious suites of about 1650 square feet, with the 4th wall open, yet completely private, to maximize the amazing view experience of the Pitons and the ocean. SKY suites feature a two level room lay out, with large and comfortable living space and open bath design, with a raised Jacuzzi tub towering above living space and also open to view. All infinity pool sanctuaries and the sky suites have king size beds. In room facilities include fridge, tea/coffee maker, and hair dryer, iron and ironing board (a member of housekeeping will gladly perform the chore for you). All infinity pool sanctuaries and the sky suites have an electronic call button to contact the service team at any time. There are no televisions, radio or telephone in the infinity pool sanctuaries and sky suites in keeping with the overall resort experience. Guests are asked to refrain from using their cell phones in public, and keep them on vibrate setting whilst on property. Internet access is available at the JADE MOUNTAIN reception- guest may bring their own laptops or use the dedicated guest computers. Telephone services, fax, business services are all available at the reception. Excursions, car rental, jewellery, surprises, romantic private dinners.... all can be arranged by the JADE MOUNTAIN concierge. Please challenge us.

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Full-service health spa Concierge desk Concierge services Bar/lounge Breakfast available (surcharge) Front desk (limited hours) Currency exchange Beauty services Number of floors: 4 Gift shops or newsstand Hair salon Internet access in public areas - complimentary Laundry facilities Library Massage - treatment room(s) Medical assistance available Number of rooms: 24 Parking (free) Patio Poolside bar Porter/bellhop Restaurant(s) in hotel Room service (24 hours) Security guard Spa services on site Swim-up bar Umbrella Wedding services Onsite parking is complimentary Caters to senior citizens

Trou Au Diable Beach Restaurant - St. Lucian/Indian theme restaurant. Open evenings. Piti Piton Restaurant - Caribbean cuisine with an international influence. Open evenings. Jade Mountain Club - Light snacks. Open morning to late evening.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near this St. Lucia hotel; fees may apply.

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Windsurfing Whale-watching Snorkeling Swimming Kayaking Sailing Scuba diving Dock Tennis Running track/path Pilates classes/instruction Yoga classes/instruction Mountain biking Bicycle rentals Hiking/biking trails Horse riding/rental Helicopter/airplane sightseeing Bird watching

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Ceiling fan Free local calls Internet access - complimentary Bottled water in room (complimentary) Coffee/tea maker Housekeeping Extra towels/bedding Bathrobes Hair dryer Jetted tub Handheld shower Desk Iron/ironing board In-room safe Makeup/shaving mirror Massage - available in room Patio Refrigerator Separate bathtub and shower Separate sitting area Sewing kit Smoking rooms only/ Turndown service Wake-up calls Welcome amenities Window opens

“Breathtaking” Jade Mountain Resort New Jersey Sep 1, 2009 | Trip type: Couples I just got back from spending six nights at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia with my husband celebrating our 25th anniversary. I cannot say enough about the staff, food, amenities and the view from our "sanctuary"--unbelievable! Youcan get out and take advantage to what is offered or stay in "sanctuary". We did venture out of the resort, only during the day. Most people were pleasant; however you do need to be aware of peddlers on the streets. All in all we would go back in a heart beat!

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Other “TRIP AD VISOR” review s
“Beyond Stunning” “Unique and relaxing experience.” “Jade Mountain is where God goes on vacation!” “Unbelievable!” “Fantastic experience from beginning to end!” “Completely Jaded” “Once in a lifetime experience (?)” “The rooms are all that”

JADE MOUNTAIN 's ensuite infinity pools are not accoutrements, but primary elements of the building's design. With sizes ranging from 400 to 900 square feet, the design of each pool is unique both in colour and shape. The infinity pools are meant to serve as organic components in each suite, as well as in the building as a whole; their sizes increase in relation to the different square footage of the three different room categories; SUN, MOON and STAR.

Stonefield Estate Villa Resort

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Secure locking safe Ironing board Iron Telephone Radio CD player Hammocks Stonefield Estate Villa Resort is keen on facilitating complete relaxation and as such there are no televisions. Villas have access to wireless internet connection.

DES CRIPTION S tonefield Estate Villa Resort, one of the loveliest locales on the island of St Lucia, bears the distinction of having captured the imagination of the island’s earliest known inhabitants, the Arawaks. These Amerindian people, as early as 350 A.D. were so impressed by the verdant tropical landscape and its auspicious positioning near the imposing Petit Piton that they recorded their impressions on a stone tablet which can still be seen at Stonefield Estate today.
Stonefield Estate Villa Resort’s appeal has only increased over time. In fact this coveted patch of earth has continued to inspire many, from those who work the land, to those who seek the muse or those who rest a while to absorb its moving serenity. Stonefield’s more recent history includes its incarnation as a prosperous agricultural estate producing the much desired cocoa and lime oil that were driving forces of colonial plantation economies. In 1972 the Brown family acquired the land and Canadian engineer Wayne Brown and his St Lucian wife Anista began to envision a retreat that would eventually become a piedà-terre for visitors from the world over. Elegantly rustic villas ensconced in a lush tropical hillside afford visitors a chance to relax, luxuriate and rejuvenate. Stonefield Estate Villa Resort continues a 1600-year old reputation as one of the most desirable destinations for the discerning Caribbean traveler.

Mango Tree Restaurant, like the resort itself is tropically elegant. The al fresco dining pavilion looks out over a small river stone pool and takes in the magnificent Petit Piton and views of the Caribbean Sea. The chef and his culinary team use all fresh local market ingredients and build on Mrs. Brown’s home cooking recipes to make the freshest, most delicious St Lucian flare. All herbs and vegetables grown on property are organic and the former plantation still yields the seasonal citrus, mango and breadfruit which are incorporated into the daily menus. The Mango Tree Restaurant features a special vegan menu, as well as a children’s menu. And to stir it up true Caribbean style, The Mango Tree presents a rotating dinner theme menu featuring the popular Barbecue Thursdays, a charming Creole evening with a live local shak shak band and the best baby back ribs and jerk bake on the west coast. The Saturday Market Affair serves up the best of what has been freshly procured at the nearby Soufriere market with live entertainment from local musicians. Whether you dine under a full moon with Petit Piton cast in shadow, under the starriest of nights, or witness passing ships alight, The Mango Tree Restaurants brings diners the perfect marriage of location and gourmet Creole. The Mango Tree is open for breakfast from 7.30 am until 11am and is open for lunch and dinner until 10 pm. Plantation House, the large signature villa on property features a full kitchen and the option for an in house chef for your stay.

Set amid the lush foliage of a former lime and cocoa plantation and nestled at the base of the awe-inspiring Pitons, Stonefield Estate Villa Resort is the island’s premiere luxury boutique resort. The estate, embraced by the boundaries of the UNESCO World Heritage Site sprawls over 26 acres, and commands views of Petit Piton, one of two volcanic cones that rise dramatically from the Caribbean Sea and define the St Lucian landscape. The villas at Stonefield Estate Villa Resort are beautiful, airy and bright, accented with allusions to French colonial style including wide open verandas, attractive jalousie shutters and antique four posters beds. Each villa is self-contained and commands vistas of the awe-inspiring Petit Piton. Our secluded plunge pools and private garden showers bring the lush tropical world and the secure retreat of the villas into harmony. St. Lucia’s newest spa sensation features a cozy atmosphere that sets the pace for true relaxation. Bamboo Door carries mainly botanically based products designed specially by the


environmentally friendly Green Papaya® Lifestyle Products.
St Lucia has long been recognized as an idyllic wedding and honeymoon destination, but Stonefield Estate Villa Resort is something of a secret. The tranquil, rustic setting, stirring vistas and first rate amenities make Stonefield Estate Villa Resort the obvious choice for the discerning intendeds, honeymooners and anniversary celebrants.

Excursions There is no shortage of activities for the guests who might want to stir from their plantation chairs or hammocks on the airy verandas of Stonefield Estate’s villas. Jalousie Beach, the most coveted stretch of sand on the island is

minutes away. Soufriere itself offers much in the way of sightseeing and activities; in fact many visitors to the island based in the north make it a first stop on their itinerary. From rainforest hikes to coral reef dives, waterfall excursions, botanical garden tours and hot sulphur baths, there really is much to see and do. Nightlife Soufriere and its inhabitants are known as laid-back people who know how to truly unwind and as such the pace of the nightlife takes on the rhythm of the surrounding countryside. There are an array of bars and restaurants to choose from and Stonefield’s own The Mango Tree draws a following for sundowners at Happy Hour, live music and excellent food. For those wishing to go further afield, ferry services abound to take you up to Marigot Bay, Castries or Rodney Bay the hip and happening entertainment district of the island. Beaches Stonefield Estate Villa Resorts operates a shuttle service to arguably two of the nicest beaches on the island, Jalousie Beach and Malgretoute Bay. Snorkelling prospects are excellent, photographic moments in abundance. With looming Piton views and crystalline Caribbean Sea waters gently lapping quiet, palmfringed shores, guests wanting to get their feet wet need look no further. Shopping The local craft trade is thriving in the town of Soufriere and there are several small boutiques and roadside vendors from whom the perfect souvenir can be purchased, whether it is local jewellery, batik fabric, carvings and paintings by local artists or postcards. For duty free shopping, Marigot Bay, Pointe Seraphine and Place Carenage in Castries have excellent selections. Water and land taxi services to these northern hubs are easy enough to organise through the resort. Sports Tennis, golf, diving, fishing, biking, horse-riding and more are all available in the vicinity of Stonefield Estate Villa Resort and arrangements can be made through our concierge service.

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“Perfectly Relaxing Honeymoon in the Perfect Setting!” “Authentic St. Lucia Experience” “St. Lucian Friendly Resort You are Looking For” “Stay in Frangipani! Beautiful resort and perfect service”

Stonefield Estate Villa Resort May 22, 2009 | Trip type: Family Stayed here in April with my husband and two young children. We were in Lime Mill villa and thought it was beautiful. It was not artificially air conditioned, but was wonderfully open air and thus cool and natural feeling. Open air showers were bliss. Rooms were very spacious and tastefully decorated and the exterior terraces and pool area could not have been more appealing. The views were magnificent. All this without the usual commercialism and without hordes of other people. We could hardly believe our luck. The restaurant was very good indeed and all staff were helpful and friendly.

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Ladera is a resort that travelers dream about a small, lush, tropical gem that is world acclaimed yet still relatively unknown. Located in south western Saint Lucia, Ladera is a paradise like no other to ignite your passions. Two miles from the port town of Soufriere, on a lush hillside of mango trees, lay the lure of Ladera. With only 6 villas and 26 suites and a dedicated, attentive staff, Ladera offers an intimate experience and the ability to cater to your preference. Ladera was once part of Rabot Estate, one of Soufrière’s oldest cocoa plantations. In 1982 it was transformed into a unique resort. Built of Caribbean timbers, local stone and terracotta tiles, it is unique in design. All rooms are "missing" a fourth wall, with no windowpanes or sliding doors to obscure the views or dull the natural sounds of the nearby rainforest. Guests can slip into their beautifully landscaped private plunge pool and enjoy the rhythmic trill of the tree frogs.

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Shower only Hair dryer (on request) Makeup/shaving mirror In-room safe Desk Smoking rooms only Iron/Ironing Board Outdoor pool

Dasheene, Ladera's award-winning restaurant, is known throughout the world for its eclectic, innovative cuisine. The restaurant welcomes guests from all over the island, who often come here for lunch and dinner to enjoy Dasheene's unbelievable panoramic view firsthand, to sip cocktails at the Tcholit Bar, enjoy live music most evenings, and indulge in the delicacies - both local and international - that make Dasheene one of the Caribbean's finest dining experiences. Renowned Chef Orlando Satchell has created a world -class menu along with St. Lucian Head Chef Nigel Mitchel. Featuring what is perhaps the freshest food in the Caribbean, Dasheene's daily menu provides an excitingly delicious combination of fresh caught fish, locally grown and freshly picked produce and other entrées and indulgences, all presented in a style of casual elegance.

Taking full advantage of its spectacular natural surroundings, Ladera offers a unique design in guest accommodations. Each of the 6 villa suites and 26 suites has an 'open wall' inviting one of the world's most breathtaking views into your suite yet each suite offers complete privacy and safety. Every accommodation features its own private plunge pool or villa pool.

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Swimming pool - outdoor Full-service health spa Concierge services Bar/lounge Restaurant(s) in hotel Room service (limited hours) Parking (free) Self parking Business services Internet access in public areas - high speed Internet access in public areas - surcharge Porter/bellhop Security guard Safe-deposit box - front desk Front desk (limited hours) Number of rooms: 25 Number of floors: 1 Gift shops or newsstand Currency exchange Beauty services Tour assistance Medical assistance available Dry cleaning/laundry service Umbrella Wedding services

Ladera is a place for guests seeking a life changing travel experience, and not just a quick getaway. It is the ideal choice for one who is ready and willing to experience an unedited version of Utopia. Simply put, you get the real Caribbean and all the luxurious trimmings that make Ladera's Endemic setting a lifetime memory. You can quietly bask in the panoramic views from your open-air Suite and private pool, meander through Ladera's gardens or you can fill your days with activities ranging from scuba diving and horseback riding to Rainforest hikes and market tours. Ladera's staff is happy to accommodate every request.

Ladera Resort's four-room, air-conditioned Ti Kaí Posé Spa not only does treatments on site but also offers a trip to Sulphur Springs—3.25 km (2 miles) from the resort—for a Sulphur Mud Wrap. The spa also provides nail care. A computer in the reception building supplies high-speed Internet access (surcharge).

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“Great for Couples” Ladera Resort, St. Lucia
Aug 21, 2009 | Trip type: Family My daughter, my son and I stayed there for my daughter’s birthday. We have a wonderful time. The kids enjoyed the private pool in our villa. Breath taking view for breakfast, most relaxing with a hammock on the patio. Highly recommended for couples looking to get away.

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“Simply Beautiful. Best Place for Intimacy and Romance”
Ladera Resort

My husband and I married and honeymooned at the Ladera Resort in June 2009. The entire staff was amazing. Their motto "Above and Beyond" is an understatement. The plan was to have a small ceremony for two, no frills. The Ladera accommodated us with a wedding package that fit our budget but exceeded our expectations. The restaurant Dasheene's was awesome! The food was excellent everyday. I awoke every morning thinking ... this must be heaven! My husband and I will return annually!!

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Date of stay June 2009 Visit was for Leisure Traveled with With Spouse/Partner Age group 35_49 Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

“absolute bliss” “The Best Hotel Room Ever” “Romantic Adventure!” “A must stay location for everyone at least once in your life” “Most romantic, stunning, private place on earth!” “Ladera is Above & Beyond in every way imaginable”

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.St. Lucia Pitons, Dare to Climb. Dream it, Plan it, Do it… Gear Up for your next ADVENTURE right here… Islelander Travel St. Lucia
Traveler’s Description: The two Pitons are of course the most photographed landmark on the island. The Gross Piton is easier climbed with well established tours that provide transportation to the "Interpretive centre"( a small welcome center of sorts with descriptions and models of the local geography, geology and plant life). The park service mandates that guides be used when climbing this peak. The guides are park service employees that are professional, informative and fun to hike with. The climb averages 2 hours to the summit and rewards those that make it with spectacular views of the island and the Petit Piton. This is a hike, not a climb and although strenuous does not require any special skills or present much exposure or danger. The Petit is quite different in that there is no welcome center or even a marked trailhead for that matter. Although no guide is mandatory on this peak, you would be well served finding a local that knows the route. The climb does have some primitive fixed ropes and does present some exposure. The summit is a much smaller area, but has even better views.

A Closer Look at the Renowned World Heritage Twin Peaks

Petit Piton

Gros Piton

Gros Piton Climbers
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 OUT OF 5: 3 DESCRIPTION: Towering 2,640 feet above sea level, Gros Piton is the tallest of the two pitons and second highest peak in St. Lucia. Located just south of Soufriere in the community of Fond Gens Libre, or “Valley of the Free People,” the mountain is sanctioned by the Government of St. Lucia and requires a guide and fee. The trail and community lay decently far from the main road, so private transport is your best bet. There are no public buses that take you any closer than the gap along the main road with a sign pointing in the direction of the mountain. The ascent to the top of Gros takes approximately 2 hours. The trail is very well traveled and maintained. Your guide will help you when needed, but there are no portions of the trail that require much, if any, assistance. Be prepared for a constant and very steady hike to the top. There are several benches along the path that provide great views and a place for rest and relaxation. Be sure to stop at both lookout points at the top, as guides normally stop at the main lookout but skip the secondary lookout, allowing you a wonderful view of Petit Piton. Cell phone coverage throughout the hike. ALWAYS hike with at least one partner, preferably two.

“awe inspiring views” Pitons UK, Aug 27, 2009 It was totally the most amazing experience ever. The climb is by no means easy, but it was worth every sweating second and would do it again as the views are spectacular. It was a really hard climb up and I was a bit naive to think it would be a walk in the park (so to speak) for someone as short as me it was hard t get up some parts as the rock can be steep while others are nice and low. You have to keep your eyes down at all parts of the climb up and down as you may do yourself an injury if u don’t. Make sure u have a rucksack as well as u will b given 2litres of water to carry which u will need but if u can carry more I would do so. As soon as u get up to the top there are no other words to describe the view except WOW, and you get to see views from both North and South side, with the south being more picturesque. Coming down was a lot harder than we imagined and we ached for days after so if you’re not in anyway fit this is not for u! This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. © All Rights Reserved – Islelander St. Lucia


Petit Piton Climbers
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 to 5: 5 DESCRIPTION: At 2,461 feet above sea level, Petit Piton is the shortest but most difficult of the two pitons, taking anywhere from 1 hour 45 minutes to 3 hours each way. The unmarked trailhead is about a 30 minute walk from Soufriere’s pier. Follow the road from Soufriere that leads south along the water towards the piton. The beginning of the trail is to the right of the road apx. 100 yards before the entrance to the Natural Springs (look for a small pasture and shanty to the right of the road. There is a trail that leads along a chain fence at the back of the field. At the beginning of this trail is an area of the fence that is pinned to the ground with a large rock. This is the beginning of your journey). Be cautious along the trail as there are several times where you can find yourself off the trail if you’re not careful. Or you can cut off all this trouble and book your climb with Islelander St. Lucia, they will arrange a guide for the climb and will pick you up and drop you off. The trail is very, very steep. Hand holds in the rocks and tree roots will often assist in pulling yourself up. Be advised that there are some very tricky rope sections about 3/4th of the way to the top. Use extreme caution and know your limits. Having a spotter is very important on this difficult stretch. There are no water sources along the trail so take plenty. The trail is well covered keeping you out of direct sunlight until reaching the top. Cell phone coverage throughout the hike. ALWAYS hike with at least one partner, preferably two.

“Challenge Piton” Pitons, Aug 9, 2009 Excellent morning (4hrs roundtrip) hike - quite a challenge in parts and I consider myself to be quite fit. We paid a guide (Aaron / Erin? which was well worth it, he kept us on sometimes hard to find the trail and guided the weaker ones up the series of ropes up the rocks towards the final ascent to the top. Good foot wear is essential, take lots of water and snacks. I would not recommend poles - you need your hands for traversing the rocks and branches! The bugs only bothered us if we stopped for too long. The views at the top were amazing, it was raining when we arrived but didn't last long, thank goodness because the track was getting slippery. The fruit stall at the end yielded fantastic mangoes - partly as we were so exhausted! A swim at the beach at the foot of the pitons set us right. Great day, would highly recommend. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC © All Rights Reserved – Islelander St. Lucia


“The PERFECT St Lucian destination”

The luxuriant tropical vegetation, the distant roll of the ocean waves, the intriguing sounds of the forest - I was beguiled by them all at this exceptional hotel in its remarkable location on a hillside a few miles outside laid-back Soufrière. So much so that I've now made 4 visits and I can't wait to make that 5.”

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Anse Chastanet Resort DESCRIPTION
Anse Chastanet - a St Lucia Resort in Soufriere, voted "Most Romantic Caribbean Resort" by Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine, in the Eastern Caribbean, considered by many to be the ultimate Caribbean wedding and honeymoon destination. The Resort, offers romantic getaway vacations, honeymoon vacations, scuba vacations, catering to all those seeking a unique Caribbean or St. Lucia honeymoon vacation, scuba diving or snorkeling vacation, biking or hiking adventures and excursions. Fine Caribbean cuisine and fine St. Lucian restaurant dining and also offering weddings on request. The resort has wedding planners on the team and also offer marriage vow renewals. Anse Chastanet offers spa vacations with yoga and Pilates classes and birdwatching experiences right on property.

 Meeting rooms (small groups)  Spa services on site

ANSE CHASTANET offers 49 individually designed rooms, 37 of which are scattered about a lush hillside, and 12 which are nestled within a tropical garden at beach level. ANSE CHASTANET emphasizes the use of local woods and other local products in the room decor and furnishings. Cushions and bedspreads are made from colorful cotton fabrics called madras, the island's "national cloth." Even the resort bathrobes are locally made and have become a popular souvenir item! Rooms feature terra-cotta tile or hardwood floors; furniture constructed locally of island woods such as mahogany, teak, breadfruit, greenheart, and purpleheart; and cushioned seating covered in plaid West Indian madras cloth. Original artworks, many created by internationally known artists who stay at the resort, and locally made woven-straw area rugs, pottery, and carved-wood decorations, contribute color and visual interest. Yellow light bulbs hang from ceilings under woven-wicker shades, suffusing rooms with soft light.

Facilities at the resort include 2 restaurants and bars, an excursions and car rental desk, 2 beachside boutiques, the Kai Belte Spa, Scuba St.Lucia, watersports center, art gallery, library, Bike St. Lucia and now also Kayak St. Lucia. Please note that there are approximately 100 stairs leading from beach level to mid-hillside level, thus making the property unsuitable for those with walking difficulties or cardiac problems. This is never a question of age. A complimentary shuttle service from beachside to hillside level is provided any time it is requested.

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Full-service health spa Concierge services Bar/lounge Restaurant(s) in hotel Parking (free) Self parking Multilingual staff Number of rooms: 49 Porter/bellhop Security guard Number of floors: 1, 2 Hair salon Gift shops or newsstand Shopping on site Currency exchange Medical assistance available Beauty services Dry cleaning/laundry service 24-hour front desk Wedding services Audio-visual equipment Event catering Body treatments Facial treatments Designated smoking areas Half board rates available Full board rates available Tours/ticket assistance Wireless (high-speed) Internet access - complimentary Wired (high-speed) Internet access - complimentary Library Massage - treatment room(s)

Ceiling fan Refrigerator Coffee/tea maker Bottled water in room (complimentary) Housekeeping (daily) Turndown service Bathrobes Hair dryer Shower only Welcome amenities In-room safe Window opens Iron/ironing board (on request)

There are 3 restaurants and 2 bars at ANSE CHASTANET offering an enticing selection of menus to ensure that guests can enjoy many different culinary experiences during their stay. TREEHOUSE RESTAURANT - CARIBBEAN FINE DINING Dine in the two open air treehouses overlooking lush tropical foliage and the Caribbean Sea. Celebrating award winning Tropical World Cuisine, a blend of the Caribbean with other tropical world cuisine experiences. The dinner menu changes daily and is served in a romantic candlelit ambiance, surrounded by beautiful original artwork. EMERALD'S - VEGETARIAN CUISINE ANSE CHASTANET’s menus always include vegetarian options and the culinary team is also happy to meet any other dietary requirements at any time. In the Piton lounge near the Treehouses, an entirely vegetarian menu is featured known as Emerald’s dinner menu, showcasing the organic produce grown on the resort farm Emerald Estate in the Soufriere hills. Menu selections offer new tastes and combinations: Appetizers such as Goat's Cheese Fondant, Balsamic Caramel, Apple Curry and Crispy Rain Forest Calabza Gnocchi; Entrees such as Tofu, Smoked Paprika, Sour Cream, Cilantro, Cumin and Sweet Potato and Plantain Satay. ANSE CHASTANET is very actively involved with the island's local farmers to assist them in understanding which produce is essential to the culinary style. Together with ANSE CHASTANET'S horticultural team, they have recently been further expanding ANSE CHASTANET'S own gardens, cultivating fresh herbs and fresh fruits which are grown amidst the historical ruins of the Anse Mamin plantation, part of ANSE CHASTANET'S 600 acre estate. Fruits gown on the estate include banana, passion fruit, tamarind, mango, avocado, oranges, tangerines, guavas, papaya, coconut to name just a few." We grow our own organic produce on our Emerald farm about 20 minutes from the Resort. ANSE CHASTANET only use certified organic seeds. TROU AU DIABLE RESTAURANT The Trou au Diable Restaurant is located right on the Anse Chastanet beach. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. The lunch menu offers a wide and varied choice of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers and Caribbean and Creole specialties. On Tuesday evenings, all guests enjoy a special Caribbean culinary evening in the Trou au Diable restaurant, which commences with a cocktail reception at 6 30 p.m. The atmosphere is festive with the entire stretch of beach in front of the restaurant lit up by flambeau candles. PITI PITON LOUNGE Lunch can also be enjoyed at mid hillside level in the Piton lounge, away from the beach and overlooking the Anse Chastanet bay and coral reefs. APSARA The Trou au Diable restaurant offers a special Indian theme menu titled APSARA on all evenings except Tuesday. APSARA is an innovative fusion of modern East Indian and Caribbean cooking, a celebration of St.Lucia historical and cultural ties with East India.

BEACH GRILL On all evenings except Tuesdays, a beach grill menu is served in the beach bar giving guests the option to enjoy light grilled fare near the water's edge in a casual setting.


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Fringed by a 229-m (250-yd) beach curving between two rocky headlands, the bay fronting the resort features one of the Caribbean Sea's most notable and accessible snorkeling/diving sites, with fish (some 150 species), coral, and other marine life visible off the beach. The reef plateaus for about 45.75 m (50 yds) and then steeply slopes down to 46.75 m (140 ft). Snorkeling and diving are also available on Anse Chastanet Resort's second beach, a 5-minute complimentary boat ride away. Guests have complimentary use of snorkeling gear, windsurfers, kayaks, sailboats, and a tennis court. The resort's diving center offers beginner lessons, certification courses, and reef, wreck, wall, and night dives off the beach (surcharges for lessons, dives). The Chastanet's second beach fronts a 152.5-mwide (500-ft), three-kmdeep (two-mi) canyon that in the 17th century was a sugar plantation and later was planted with cocoa. The former plantation, Anse Mamin, serves as the resort's adventure-sports center. In addition to snorkeling and diving, the site offers 19.25 km (12 mi) of groomed mountain-biking trails and separate hiking trails through jungle among mango, coconut, banana, guava, cocoa, and citrus. Trails pass a river, a stone-walled reservoir that once powered the sugar mill, and ruins of working buildings and residences. Mountain bikes are provided for daily trail-use fees. Hiking and guided nature walks are complimentary. Other recreational activities available include sunset cruises on the resort's 11.25-m (37-ft) yacht and deep-sea fishing. Tours of nearby attractions such as Soufrière's "drive-in" volcano, sulphur springs, and mineral baths are also available. Complimentary classes are offered five times weekly in a yoga hut. The recreational activities listed below are available at or near the Chastanet Resort; fees may be charged.           Swimming on site Sailing on site Scuba diving on site Snorkeling on site Windsurfing on site Yoga classes/instruction on site Hiking/biking trails on site Helicopter/airplane sightseeing nearby Bird watching on site Fishing on site

ANSE CHASTANET's spectacular scenic location, its unique setting and special ambiance, has firmly ensconced the Resort as one of St. Lucia's foremost honeymoon vacation spots. This position has been further cemented by the many romance awards ANSE CHASTANET has been proud to receive. Readers of Caribbean Travel and Life magazine have repeatedly voted ANSE CHASTANET to be one of the Caribbean's Most Romantic Resorts and A&E television voted ANSE CHASTANET to be ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP TEN MOST ROMANTIC RESORTS based on a vote by travel industry leaders and journalists. The resort's intimate size ensures that your honeymoon will not be a mass market statistic on our arrival list but that there will be a genuine endeavor by management and staff to provide YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE with the holiday of a lifetime.

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“Location, Location, Location”
Anse Chastanet Lancaster, PA Jun 1, 2009 | Trip type: Couples

Let's face it this is in the most beautiful part of the island! What a view of the Pitons. If you're into photography, than this is the place to be! We had no problem sleeping with no AC. We stayed in room 8C PETREA with a great forest and ocean view. Now about the steps. 101 from reception to the beach. 220 from reception to our room 8C. I'm 61 and only got the shuttle once after we did the Zip Line tour. The steps should only be a problem if you have special needs e.g. heart or lung problems. The staff is fantastic! 3 to 1 staff to guest ratio. We didn't do the all inclusive or meal plan. We spent less than $1,000 on food and drink for our 6 night stay. We've been all over the Caribbean and Saint Lucia is still our favorite. We stayed at Sandals La Toc 1998. Anse Chastanet is a very special place. The only problem we had was leaving because we had to attend a wedding at Sandals Antigua. Toured Jade Mountain our last morning - Spectacular!

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Date of stay May 2009 Visit was for Leisure Traveled with With Spouse/Partner Age group 50-64 Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

“One amazing vacation spot”
Anse Chastanet New Orleans, La
Apr 28, 2009 | Trip type: Friends getaway

Anse Chastanet has to be one of the most amazing places I have ever been. The resort is beautiful. The staff were extremely friendly and incredibly accommodating. I brought a wedding group of 20 people to this small resort, hoping for a romantic and fun getaway. I got just that. Every wish was granted on our 8 day, 7 night vacation. Yes, this is an open air resort. But it was never an issue for us. We did get hot when dancing to the local entertainment that was provided every night in the Piton Bar. But nothing a frozen Pina Colada wouldn't help. Yes, there are several steps at the resort (from the beach to the main level over 100). But again not an issue for us. We loved the workout that it provided every day. If you are looking for a quiet romantic getaway, I would highly recommend looking into Anse Chastanet.

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Date of stay April 2009 Visit was for Leisure Traveled with With Friends Age group 25-34 Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes
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Other Reviews
“The most amazing version of all inclusive in a secluded and romantic location” “The perfect St Lucian destination” “One of the most enjoyable trips ever -- staff, location, activities---outstanding”
“...If you are looking for an unusual dive destination with strong components of romance, creature comforts, adventure and dive professionalism, Anse Chastanet Resort should definitely be on your wish list. By the way, while you are there, make time to visit the terrestrial delights of the island, including nearby wonders such as the Sulphur Springs, Diamond Waterfall and Mineral Baths, the Rain Forest and, of course, a closer view of the twin volcanic spikes known as the Pitons..." - Stephen Frink

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Crystals has a unique setting in a lush tropical garden nestled away into the hillside with the most spectacular views of the pitons and ocean and the picturesque town of Soufriere, yet only minutes away from the waterfront. This exquisite property is a remote hideout for those who would truly desire a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

At Crystals all trips and tours are arranged from a sunset sail to a rain forest walk, jeep rentals, restaurant reservations and Airport transfers. for more information.

“The most beautiful place in the world”
Crystals My wife and I went here for our honeymoon. I can honestly say it was beautiful. You have your own personal pool, which in sugar cane and mango overlooks the piton mountains. A very spacious apartment at very competitive prices. Martin and Monica were wonderful hosts. They regularly sat and had a drink with us in the bar giving us special rum punch and my wife who does not drink specially made mango juice! When we were billed they did not make any charge for this. Indeed they also did some washing at no cost. They were your personal tour guides for the week telling you where to eat cheaply, nicest restaurants etc! Also Soufriere area is the place to visit. The second week we stayed in a hotel near Castries and it did not compare. Oh and make sure you hire a jeep! it was brilliant for anyone, but particularly if you’re a couple on honeymoon or wanting a romantic week away, this is the place for you!

Crystals is a cluster of 10 unique cottages located in Colombette, just a five minute drive from the town of Soufriere on the south west coast of St Lucia. Amenities include:

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Babysitting/Child Services Bar/Lounge Concierge Continental Breakfast Laundry/Valet Services Meeting/Banquet Facilities Pets Allowed Outdoor Pool Restaurant 24-hour Security Parking Garage In House Bar Wake-up Service Kitchen Breakfast Included

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Date of stay July 2009 Visit was for Leisure Traveled with With Spouse/Partner Age group 18_24 Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes
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“Beautiful Resort!”
Crystals New York Great value as each villa is actually a small house with a private pool and views of the pitons! Each villa is very different from the next so go to their website so you can request your favorite one. They all are great so you can't go wrong. Monica and Martin are wonderful hosts and do what they can to make your stay enjoyable. We had many cocktails at the tree house and they never charged us anything! They arranged for private massages in our villa, jeep rentals, breakfast cooked in our kitchen, dinner suggestions, airport pickups, tours through the rain forest.... My husband stayed here for 5 nights exploring the island and then stayed at Ladera for 2 nights - also a great choice in St. Lucia. Enjoy your trip!

All cottages have great ocean and piton views, private garden and sun deck complete with hammock. Artistically decorated, these onebedroom accommodations include a fully-equipped kitchen lounge, and a four-poster bed. Five of the units have private swimming pools, all have private sun decks and BBQ

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Coffee Maker in Room Desk in Room Hairdryers Available Iron/Ironing Board Room Service Air Conditioning

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Date of stay December 2007 Visit was for Leisure Traveled with With Spouse/Partner Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes
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The unique Tree Top Restaurant offers a private and magical setting.

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“Perfect hide away”
Crystals We rented the Cottage Mango and Papaya for our family of 6. We received a warm welcome from the staff at Crystals. The apartments are very large and give lots of room. But above all the location is beautiful, a great view and the interior of the rooms is unique and very special. Breakfast is brought to the room every morning and in the evening Chris prepares an excellent 4 course meal from local materials. We had a very special time at Crystals. Our children also enjoyed this special place. We hope to come again

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Find the World’s Only Drive-in Volcano at Sulphur Springs
Traveler's Description: From a mile away you can smell the wonderful scent of rotten eggs and onions, or the hydrogen sulfide emitted from the open volcano. La Soufriere remains active today, which in the event of a major eruption St. Lucia would be decimated instantly. The last minor eruption was in the late 1700s. The volcano itself is some 8 miles in diameter, including all of Soufriere. Guides take you to viewing platforms that overlook parts of the crater, including seven acres of bubbling sulphur-water pools. Visitors were allowed to walk around the crater ten years ago, but after a guide fell through a fissure no one has been allowed across. He survived but opted to work as a fisherman. Many still live near the craters.

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Description LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 to 5: 1 St. Lucia's Soufriere volcano is a seven-acre crater, the world's only drive-in volcanic crater. It is close to the Pitons which are extinct volcanoes. A walk through the crater takes you past pools of bubbling hot springs which emit sulphur-laden steam.

Tourist & Locals Having Fun at Sulphur Spring’s Park

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Discover Diamond Mineral Bath and Botanical Garden Step into a world where WATERFALLS gush from the MOUTH OF A VOLCANO.
Traveler's Description: A row of hot tubs whose steaming; mineral waters are reputed to possess curative powers. The privately-owned Diamond Falls and Mineral Baths, less than a mile east of Soufriere, are part of the Soufriere Estate dating from 1713. The Baths, originally built in 1784, were restored by Mrs. Joan Devaux in the 1980s, with some of the original 18th century baths still in use. At the entrance, a narrow path edged with tropical flowers and shaded by stately palms leads to the bathhouse and a series of pools, each a different temperature. Beyond are the falls roaring out of a mineral-streaked gorge and spilling through the gardens into the pools

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Garden, Mineral Waterfall, Nature Trail, & Old Mill
Level of Difficulty, 1 to 5: 1 Description As soon as you enter the front gates of Diamond Botanical Gardens you are met with the feeling of being in a very special place. You have just stepped into a world where waterfalls gush from the mouth of a volcano, hot mineral springs fill the baths with age old medicinal waters and flora and fauna abounds. The natural beauty of this historical site gives one a true nature heritage experience not to be duplicated anywhere within the Caribbean. These gardens, lovingly planted by Mrs. Joan Devaux some 19 years ago are a tribute to her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Andre' DuBoulay. The DuBoulay family owned and resided on Soufriere and Diamond estates. During that time the estates produced agriculturally as they had throughout history. Growing crops of sugar cane originally and later limes for lime oil, cocoa for chocolate, coconuts for copra, raising pigs for hams, and chickens for eggs the estate was a bustling hive of activity. The waterwheel of the estates old factory was used not only to crush the sugar cane and limes, but generating the very first electricity to the village of Soufriere. Today this can all still be seen as you tour the gardens, nature trail and estate. Going further back in time to 1713 you will find that Soufriere Estate being a portion of the original 2000 acres granted to three Devaux brothers for their services to Crown and Country by King Louis XIV of France was strategically located for the development of the village of Soufriere. A base for the French Troops in 1784 led to the discovery of the volcanic mineral springs that was later contained and used in the baths built for the troops by King Louis XVI. These same warm, soothing waters can still be enjoyed today in the restored baths deep within the gardens. Come and step back into history, surround yourself with the tropical flora and fauna of the gardens and nature trail, submerge yourself into the warm medicinal waters of the mineral baths and sample the delicious "Caribbean" fare within the Old Mill & Waterwheel. Join the Diamond team during your visit to St. Lucia for an all-inclusive guided tour.

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“So pretty!” Diamond Botanical Gardens Lovely, tranquil, tropical gardens, with interesting colored waterfall and steaming mineral baths. The gardens are fairly extensive and include educational exhibits, lists of birds seen in the area, etc. Well worth a visit. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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The Val Des Piton

Where Heaven Meets Earth
The Jalousie Plantation: winner - "St Lucia's Leading Hotel Award" - World Travel Awards 2007.

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The Jalousie Plantation Resort & Spa
Welcome to The Jalousie Plantation, a first-class Caribbean West Indies resort. Nestled in 192 acres of magnificent rainforest and sweeping majestically down to sea, this resort hotel is without question located in one of the most awe-inspiring locations in the world, the majestic valley of The Pitons, on the western coast of the St. Lucia Island. Once you have visited The Jalousie Plantation you will realize why UNESCO has listed this area as a World Heritage Site. The first-class villa accommodations are each placed uniquely and privately amongst the lush green foliage and soaring trees to give you the feeling of being at one with nature and with that, the feeling of complete serenity as you unwind on your St. Lucia vacation. The views will simply take your breath away. The Jalousie Plantation is pleased to announce that the first of its new villas and suites are ready! Among their defining features is butler service. This hotel experience caters for all, from romantic getaways, to relaxing Caribbean beach and spa vacations, or family vacations in St Lucia. As well as all land and watersports including unsurpassed SCUBA diving, you can pamper yourself in The Jalousie Spa and experience the local foods and delicacies in the fine restaurants and bars. All children are welcome and there is a wide range of activities that will keep them occupied and ensure that they, and you, have the holiday experience of a lifetime.

There is a separate salon specializing in manicures, pedicures, bridal make-up and hair services. Property Amenities include:

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Swimming pool - outdoor Spa tub Full-service health spa Sauna Concierge desk Health club Fitness equipment Bar/lounge Restaurant(s) in hotel Room service (24 hours) Parking (free) Self parking Banquet facilities Conference room(s) Meeting rooms (small groups) Internet access in public areas - high speed Audio-visual equipment Cell phone/mobile rental Business services Internet access in public areas - surcharge 24-hour front desk Porter/bellhop Security guard Number of rooms: 112 Hair salon Gift shops or newsstand Shopping on site Medical assistance available Beauty services Tour assistance Currency exchange Dry cleaning/laundry service Video library Airport transportation (complimentary) Supervised child care/activities Wedding services

Guestroom furnishings at The Jalousie Plantation include white-tile floors, pottery, white furniture with colored trim, and cushioned dark-rattan chairs. Violet netting is draped above headboards. Makeup alcoves have mirrors, counters, and benches. Marble bathrooms include bidets, bathrobes, and telephones. TVs include videocassette players, with videos available for rent.

The Jalousie Plantation features six Villa categories and the tropical style Sugar Mill Rooms which are spacious rooms located close to the heart of the resort with great views of the main gardens. French doors open onto a patio while some have roof top decks. The room interior is decorated with cool Caribbean colours in elegant contrast to the vibrant rainforest surroundings. This all-inclusive resort host three(3) upscale restaurants which offer only the freshest, most delicious gourmet food that will be available for you at The Jalousie Plantation. From casual waterside buffets to more formal gourmet dining on St Lucia, you can enjoy all your favourite taste sensations in the most beautiful of settings. The Rainforest Oasis is a Heavenly St Lucia Spa at The Jalousie Plantation Resort. The spa offers guests a heavenly experience of holistic treatments both indoors and outdoors with breathtaking views overlooking the Pitons in a pure and soothing environment. The Jalousie Plantation encourages you to linger and shed your stress during your St Lucia vacation. Dedicated artisans perform a variety of offerings and natural treatments in a serene and tropical environment. Signature treatments include Cabana massages, hotrocks, facials, body wraps, Indian head massage, salt scrubs, polishes, ayurvedic and holistic treatments.

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Cable/satellite TV VCR Ceiling fan Air conditioning Climate control Blackout drapes/curtains Voice mail Internet access - dial-up Refrigerator Coffee/tea maker Wake-up calls Housekeeping (daily) Turndown service Bathroom telephone Bathrobes Complimentary toiletries Hair dryer Bidet Bathroom scale

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 Makeup/shaving mirror Slippers Child care (in room, surcharge) Iron/ironing board In-room safe (accommodates laptop) Television Window opens Clock radio Rollaway beds Cribs (infant beds) available Smoking rooms only DINING
Guests may book either an All-Inclusive plan or a Room-Only (No Meals) plan. The All-Inclusive plan includes meals and beverages plus gratuities, at the following restaurants, snack spots, and bars. The Room-Only (No Meals) plan does NOT include meals, drinks, and gratuities. Bayside Bar and Grill - Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; located on the beach The Great Room - Serves Caribbean-influenced fare in candlelit, air-conditioned surroundings. Dress code is casual elegance. Shorts, jeans, caps, and T-shirts are not allowed. Open for dinner. Last seating at 9:30 PM.

An open-air fitness center offers yoga, Pilates, tai chi, kung fu, and other classes for a surcharge. Guided nature walks are complimentary, and guided walks to a waterfall are available for a surcharge. Helicopters land at the resort's helipad for sightseeing tours. Independent water taxis transport guests to Anse Chastanet, notable for snorkeling and diving, and to Anse Mamin, a former plantation with groomed mountain-biking trails and separate hiking trails through jungle and among mango, coconut, banana, guava, cocoa, and citrus trees. Mountain-bike rentals are available. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near this St. Lucia resort; fees may apply.

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Swimming on site Snorkeling on site Windsurfing on site Sailing on site Scuba diving on site Water skiing on site Volleyball on site Aerobics on site Basketball on site Pilates classes/instruction on site Yoga classes/instruction on site Hiking/biking trails on site Mountain biking nearby Helicopter/airplane sightseeing on site Horse riding/rental nearby Fishing on site

Palm Court Bar - Bar/lounge with pool table in Great House (main building) overlooking bay. Afternoon tea and light snacks. Open midafternoon to late night. The Cane Bar - Specialty rum bar, featuring cutting-edge style, a glowing white bar, and comfortable over-sized furniture in a palette of white and soft charcoal, offering a wide selection of rum and a “rummelier” to help guide guests through their choices. Features a range of dishes to provide the perfect accompaniment to chosen libation, from sashimi or sushi platters featuring the freshest catch of the day, mini-burger trios with fish, chicken and beef topped with caramelized onions and organic arugula, to freshly grilled chicken, beef or vegetarian satay served with traditional satay sauce and bok choy kimchi. Dish selections may change according to market availability. Located behind the large rustic wooden door in the main Great House atrium, near the Palm Court Terrace. Open from 6 PM to midnight, 7 days a week. Guests must be 18 years and over. The bar is also included in the all-inclusive meal plan.

“Would we go again? - in an instant!”
Jalousie Plantation Aug 21, 2009 | Trip type: Family We have just returned from a 12 night family holiday at the Jalousie. We are a family of 4, with boys aged 11 and 13. If you like jaw-droppingly quiet, beautiful settings, fantastic service and feel the need to relax, and then The Jalousie Plantation fits the bill. It is exceedingly quiet. There is no organized entertainment. Go 'all inclusive'. This is a must. Date of stay August 2009 Visit was for Leisure Traveled with Family with Teenagers Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

The Jalousie Plantation faces 1.75-km-wide (1-mi-wide) Jalousie Bay between St. Lucia's signature twin peaks, Petit Piton and Gros Piton. The bay remains calm in most weather. A 137-m (150-yd) beach of imported light-colored sand fronts the resort's portion of the rockyshore bay. Floats designate a snorkeling/scuba-diving area beside Petit Piton’s sheer wall. A 45.75 x 15.25 m (150 x 50 ft) oblong pool is surrounded by a sundeck with lounge chairs and umbrellas. This St. Lucia resort provides complimentary snorkeling gear, sailboats, kayaks, and windsurfers. (Surcharges for instruction, kayaking and snorkeling excursions). A dive center offers scubadiving instruction/certification and reef, wreck, wall, and night dives off the beach and nearby (surcharges). Independent operators sometimes offer water skiing on the bay. Complimentary shuttles transport guests up the hillside to four artificial-grass tennis courts (three lighted). Play is complimentary. Tennis racquets can be rented. Private tennis lessons are available for a surcharge.

“One of the most stunning locations in the world”
Jalousie Plantation Sep 5, 2009 | Trip type: Couples Location Location Location!! We were fortunate enough to be upgraded to one of the bungalows nearest the sea (the Princess Margaret one!) This class of bungalows were absolutely faultless one of those rooms that you continually have to pinch yourself. We were aware that some of the other rooms were in need of some TLC but the hotel was in the process of being

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upgraded when we were there - the new rooms at the top looked very plush. We didn't go all inclusive and regretted All in all the only tips are go all-inclusive and try to get a good room reserved by email prior as quality may vary. Visit was for Leisure Traveled with With Spouse/Partner Would you recommend this hotel to a friend? Yes This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

it as prices were very high.


Daily Radar: 03.31.09
By Jeannette Kimmel On March 31, 2009 8:00 A.M. Greening for Birdie: Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia just introduced hybrid solar-powered golf carts to its 192-acre resort, becoming one of the first resorts in the Caribbean to do so.

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WELCOME TO SUGAR BEACH VILLAS, A UNIQUE RESORT IN ST. LUCIA'S VAL DES PITONS AND A ONCE-INA-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A LUXURY PROPERTY IN A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Set in an awe-inspiring location on the South West Coast of St Lucia is a unique opportunity like no other; 85 luxury villas scattered through 192 acres of lush tropical rainforest and white sand beach. When the spectacular new The Tides Sugar Beach opens in 2011, it will be a truly five-star, world-class resort, and the epitome of barefoot luxury and island chic. With long days relaxing by the pool in the Caribbean sun and warm nights dining al-fresco under the stars, The Tides Sugar Beach will offer a truly five star experience that places the resort as one of the best in the world. Be a part of it…

SUGAR BEACH IS UNDERTAKING A US$100 MILLION TRANSFORMATION OF ST. LUCIA’S ACCLAIMED JALOUSIE PLANTATION, PARTNERING WITH KOR HOTEL GROUP’S INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED RESORT BRAND THE TIDES TO MANAGE WHAT WILL BECOME THE TIDES SUGAR BEACH. An elite brand with resorts in the world’s most desirable locations, The Tides will bring a uniquely innovative edge to the management of this deluxe development. Property owners and hotel guests will experience outstanding levels of comfort and service throughout The Tides Sugar Beach, where casual-yet-chic is the order of the day. Diners in this vibrant Caribbean resort will be able to choose from several superb restaurants, ranging from a table at the dine-in wine cellar or an informal, al fresco beachside experience with views of Gros Piton to fine dining, colonial-style, at the Great House, while the resort’s laid-back bars are perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Just a splash from Sugar Beach itself, the protected waters of St. Lucia’s Marine National Reserve offer some of the Caribbean’s most rewarding snorkeling and diving, and the resort has its own PADI certified scuba centre. Children will love the supervised Kid’s Club and games room; and for adults, the full-service Rainforest Spa offers exquisite, island-inspired treatments in secluded cabanas among the jungle. With 152 lavishly-appointed rooms offering five-star luxury and Caribbean influences, The Tides Sugar Beach will be a resort in a class of its own, on a par with the world’s very best hotels.


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24 hour Concierge services/Reception area Beach club lounge and restaurant World class Rainforest Spa Restaurants: Great Room – fine dining restaurant and wine bar, situated on the mid floor of the Great House Great House buffet – casual dining on the lower floor of the Great House, guests can dine inside or in the outside pavilion Barbeque and Sushi bar – relaxed dining situated on the beach Bars: The Cane Bar – lively bar to be located where current Plantation Room is. Late Night Bar – an intimate bar and club positioned next to The Cane Bar, features an outdoor terrace area Palm Court Bar – cocktail bar on the mid floor of the great house

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Lobby Bar – small, relaxed bar situated in the lounge next to the reception area Children’s play centre Great House games room Waters Sports Centre Marine Reserve for snorkeling A butler service for each cluster of villas A chauffeured golf cart service Beauty Salon Boutique Wedding Chapel The Tides Sugar Beach Rainforest Spa will be a focal point of the resort. Developed in line with The Tides signature spa approach, it will offer holistic wellness programmes using sustainable, marine-based spa products and treatments reflecting the island’s spirit and identity. Construction of this world-class spa has already begun with a spectacular walk-way through the rainforest, connecting secluded cabanas built at different heights along the paths. Guests will enjoy treatments within this tranquil setting, admiring the sublime vistas of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and soothed by the calming sounds of natural waterfalls. The main entrance to the spa is a magnificent Sugar Mill building, with a water feature running from the ceiling through the centre and down to collect in the lily pond outside. A second entrance will lead directly from the beach, while the third is a covered path leading down from the reception. Treatment rooms are spread across three floors, with a beauty salon, manicure and pedicure area on the ground floor, treatment rooms on the first floor, and a yoga platform on the rooftop. Local produce will be used to create ocean-inspired cuisine, and guests will be able to relax in tropical surroundings at the juice bar situated in the heart of the rainforest.

The Tides hotels and resorts have won many awards, including:

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Conde Nast Traveler: “Top 100 best in the world 2008” Conde Nast Traveler Gold List: “World’s Best 700 Hotels and Resorts” Fortune Magazine: “Best New Business Hotels” Travel and Leisure: “One of the World’s Top 500 Best Hotels”

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