Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort – St Lucia
Hotel Type: Five star beach front luxury, formally a working sugar plantation.
Location: The best spot on the island, on the south west coast between the world famous Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is 15 minutes from the historic town of Soufriere and 45 minutes from the airport.
Style: Colonial beach chic.
Rooms: 96 delightfully private rooms, cottages and villas with gardens & pools.
Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is the multi-bedroom beachfront residences due to the elegant styling, space, the incredible location, looking directly out over the Caribbean Sea and St. Lucia’s two beautiful Pitons as well as the outside living and infinity pool. It just seems too good to be true!
Ideal For: Romance, dreaming and losing yourself in pure Caribbean luxury.
Swimming: In the hotel pool, the turquoise ocean or your own private villa pool.
Dining: Casual to fine dining and everything in between. At Bayside Restaurant, Caribbean delicacies are served at the water’s edge. The Great Room evokes Old World colonial charm while serving up Caribbean-influenced delicacies in candlelit, air-conditioned surroundings. The Terrace Restaurant serves breakfast favourites. Head to Boopa’s for a grab ‘n go. For sunset Jalousie Bar is the place to be. If you like rum go to the Cane Bar where the rumologist will help you select the perfect rum and decadent dish pairing. In Room Dining and Beach Service are also available.
Children: A family haven.
Activities: There is plenty to enjoy this stunning location. On the water go windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, or on the Hobie Cat. There is also a PADI Certificated Dive Centre. On the land why not play tennis, pool table, beach volleyball, or table tennis. Or go on a beautifully scenic jog or walk. For a sky high experience try the canopy zip line adventure! Head to the fitness centre and take part in one of the many complimentary fitness classes or go on an island excursion.
Spa: A Rainforest Spa featuring 6 tree house treatment gazebos and 3 double treatment rooms with hydrotherapy facility. There is also a beauty room, facial treatment room and a hairdressing salon. The spa uses organic ingredients.
Accessibility: As the resort is located on a mountain side, with the rooms spread across 100 acres, all guestsrely on shuttle services when in resort. The beachfront bungalows offer the best location from an accessibility perspective as they are located right on Glenconnor Beach and there is a path that leads up to the Great House where guests enjoy breakfast on the Terrace (ground floor). Do be aware that there are quite a lot of stairs throughout the resort which might make it more challenging for those with accessibility limitations.
Low Season Price From: £688 per night in a Luxury Sugar Mill Room including breakfast.
High Season Price From: £884 per night in a Luxury Sugar Mill Room including breakfast.
Open From: All year round.
It’s not hard to argue that Sugar Beach has one of the most spectacular settings anywhere in the Caribbean. Rambling over 100 acres of lush vegetation between the soaring Pitons, with its long stretch of powdery white private beach, it is intimate and glamorous. The colonial architecture stands magnificently amongst the palms, with high ceilinged interiors and the whitest of walls adorned with Warhol and Hirst. It’s a place to kick off your shoes and be pampered. Your private butler takes care of your every need, and a eco friendly mini van will ferry you to and fro. Given its location and achingly beautiful 360 degree views, this is truly a memorable place to come.
Supremely private, with a garden, butler service, king size four-poster beds, private plunge pool or swimming pool, and views of the Pitons or the beach and bay, all the rooms, cottages and villas are light and airy. High ceilings, dark wood floors and white walls and furnishings, they are simply and elegantly styled. The generously sized Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms look out over Gros Piton, complete with their own walled garden, terrace and plunge pool and similarly large bathrooms. Your very own roof terrace with views to die for come with the Superior Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms, together with a plunge pool, garden and terrace. We love the feeling of privacy that you get with the Luxury Cottages. Tucked away in their own gardens, they look over the sea and the Pitons. The Superior Luxury Cottages are even more spacious, and feature a separate living area with sofa beds. These can also interconnect to make up a Two Bedroom Superior Luxury Cottage, which works perfectly for families. For colonial comfort and elegance, the Luxury Villas tick every single box. Open plan living, oversized plunge pools and French doors onto wide terraces – you’ll settle in very quickly. The Superior Luxury Villas have their own dressing rooms and separate living rooms with large pull-out sofa beds, and have views of the Caribbean or the Pitons. The seclusion of the Grand Luxury Villas is a big plus – and their spaciousness makes them ideal for families. They feature a good-sized plunge pool and separate living area with a pull-out sofa bed. For larger families, the Two Bedroom Grand Villas have everything you could possibly want. Needless to say, the Ocean View Grand Luxury Villas are truly wonderful. Your private terrace looks out over the bay, and comes with an infinity plunge pool. These are for romantics. If stepping straight out onto the beach is what you want, then book the Luxury Beachfront Bungalow, with an outdoor shower, hammock and private courtyard. Nothing beats waking up to the gentle sound of water lapping on the sand. The One Bedroom Residences have fully fitted kitchens and a large private pool and walled garden, giving guests their independence. The Three and Four Bedroom Residences give you Caribbean private villa living, with a beach front location, or set back with views out across the bay, and a large terrace and pool. The Two Bedroom Ocean View Villa Residence is a beautifully styled family haven with a private garden and large pool. For a bit more independence, the Two Bedroom Ocean View Residences have a full kitchen, and the most gorgeous views. Now all you have to do is choose!
We’d say that pretty much all tastes are catered for here – as well as getting a taste of delicious local creole dishes, there’s cuisine from around the world. The casual Bayside Restaurant serves favourites all day, while the elegant and colonial style Great Room Restaurant has an exceptional fine dining menu. And being in the Caribbean, you can’t miss a sundowner. The Jalousie Bar, right on the beach, does a very good cocktail. Your butler will bring dishes straight to your lounger and there’s an in-room dining service, if you’re after a quieter evening.
We love the wonderful range of accommodation choices for families at Sugar Beach – especially as they all come with a plunge pool or bigger. There are two clubs for children, with a programme of supervised activities, including adventures in the sprawling grounds and on the beach. There’s a good choice of sport too during the day, and after dark, there are regular movie nights.
It may be hard to move from your lounger, but if you do, you’re not short of choice when it comes to activities. Being surrounded by the emerald waters of the Caribbean, you can’t fail to spend time in it and on it. The pristine dive sites around Sugar Beach are exceptionally well preserved and the resort has a PADI recognized scuba centre that caters for beginners up to experienced divers. Snorkelers can borrow equipment from the water sports cabana. Book yourselves on the night snorkeling tour in the National Marine Reserve for a truly dazzling rainbow display. Or go for the glamour option and take a cruise on one of the resort’s speedboats – fabulously named Sugar Rush and Sugar Daddy!
From the beach you can paddle board, windsurf, kayak or take out a hobie cat, with instruction available. The resort also has a huge range of motorized watersports, from wakeboarding to waterskiing and tubing. Discover the charms of Soufriere or trek through the rainforest, teaming with beautiful birdlife, to the peak of Gros Piton. It’s steep, but the views from the top are definitely worth the effort. We definitely recommend renting a car and exploring this incredibly scenic island. And of course, we will always endorse a therapy or two in the Rainforest Spa. Found in treehouse cabanas, there’s no finer place for a massage.
As part of the Viceroy Group, Sugar Beach has taken steps towards a sustainable future. Across the hotel, air conditioning units have been converted to inverter units controlled by an automated system to reduce the energy use. LED lighting has been installed throughout, with photocell and low voltage lightning used outside. A desalination plant has been installed to conserve water, whilst a kitchen garden helps grow organic ingredients used in their delicious meals, reducing the distance it has to travel before reaching your plate.