Caribbean

Swing into St. Lucia

written by | Posted on May 1st, 2010

Though the Sandals Golf Club is located at Sandals Regency La Toc, guests at Sandals Halcyon Beach and Sandals Grande St. Lucian can also take advantage of the course. The suites at Sandals Halcyon Beach echo the architecture and colors of the island, with brightly painted walls and intricately carved furniture. Grand Luxe Beachfront Walkout Rooms are a worthy upgrade, giving clients their own private pathway down to the ocean. At Sandals Grande St. Lucian, meanwhile, clients swim up to the private terraces of their suites, or tuck themselves away in a “rondoval” villa suite with private outdoor shower, plunge pool, jacuzzi and hammock.

The greens: Access to the golf course at the Sandals Golf Club is complimentary for all Sandals guests in St. Lucia, but that’s not the only reason to play. The narrow fairways and now-you-feel-them, now-you-don’t breezes of this 9-hole, 3,141-yard layout challenge golfers of all levels. Clients who miss their shot could soon find themselves in a jungle-like environment of bamboo, bougainvillea and flamboyant flowers. Caddies are mandatory on the course.

The amenities: If you’re bored at any Sandals property, you’re just not trying hard enough. Watersports galore—snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, kayaking and more—plus pool games and live entertainment keep clients entertained day and night. The resorts’ signature Red Lane Spas soothe clients’ stresses with a variety of body treatments inspired by Caribbean ingredients. And Sandals’ Stay at One, Play at Three deal ensures that clients can sample the best of each property, particularly when it comes to dining. Best bets: Sandals Halcyon’s Pier Restaurant, set on a 150-ft. pier; the French country cuisine at Josephine’s at Sandals Grande St. Lucian; and Kimonos, serving up Asian cuisine inside a Japanese-inspired building built right on the edge of a seaside cliff.

The scene: Castries, the Creole city closest to the golf course, showcases some of St. Lucia’s most dramatic scenery, including the Piton Mountains (a 90-minute drive south). Thanks to its mountainous terrain, St. Lucia’s top outdoor activity is hiking. Whether it’s the strenuous, 2.5-mile climb to the waterfalls along the Enbas Saut trail in the Central Forest Reserve, or a leisurely stroll to see the St. Lucia Parrot and St. Lucia Iguana along the Union Nature Trail, no trip to the island is complete without getting immersed in its jungle-like natural environment.

The rates: Rates at Sandals Halcyon Beach start at $458 pp; rates at Sandals Regency La Toc start at $488 pp; and rates at Sandals Grande St. Lucian start at $493 pp.