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12 Top-Rated Resorts in St. Lucia

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Oct 9, 2019

A dream resort vacation destination, especially for honeymooners (you can even stay in an overwater bungalow a la French Polynesia here), St. Lucia is one of the most scenically dramatic islands in the Caribbean, with two towering volcanic peaks known as the Pitons creating its skyline.

The island is home to more adults-only properties than many other parts of the Caribbean, and as such is really known for its romance factor. But families traveling with kids will also find St. Lucia ideal.

St. Lucia is an adventurous destination with activity options beyond just sitting on a white-sand beach offered from its numerous hotels and resorts. Here, you'll find hiking up volcanic peaks, including the Pitons; ziplining through the rainforest; and horseback riding along the sand all readily available. There are even mud baths and hot springs to check out.

When it comes to where to stay, resorts come in all shapes, sizes, and budget options, from five-star all-inclusive to laid-back, barefoot boutique luxury. Plan your trip with our list of the best resorts in St. Lucia.

1. Sandals Grande St. Lucian

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The adults-only, five-star Sandals Grande St. Lucian is marketed squarely at couples. Home to some of the only overwater bungalows outside of French Polynesia, the property sits on a peninsula with Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean views. It is also near Pigeon Island, which is a national landmark boasting hiking trails across volcanic terrain.

Beyond the swanky glass-bottom bungalows, the St. Lucian offers a range of rooms and suites, including a Club and Butler Level to meet a diverse number of budgets.

One of the best parts about a Sandals stay is how truly all-inclusive the property is. Not only is food and beverage included, but so are all water sports, including scuba diving-and St. Lucia is home to some amazing dive sites. The property also features four different pools, each with a unique atmosphere, and 12 different restaurants, so you never get bored dining here. The food is fresh and creative.

Address: Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Accommodation: Sandals Grande St. Lucian

2. Jade Mountain Resort

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One of the most romantic, ultra luxe resorts in St Lucia, the adults-only Jade Mountain has a stunning location atop a hill with views of the jungle, ocean, and the island's landmark Pitons. The design is postmodern futuristic, and there are just 29 suites. These are amazing and have just three walls (they do have a roof) so there is a distinct indoor-outdoor vibe.

Most of the suites come with private infinity swimming pools, and those that don't have double Jacuzzi baths. Note, if a swimming pool is important, you will want to book one of the suites with a pool, as there is no communal pool option here.

Your every whim is attended to by butlers, and if you'd like to eat all your meals in your room, that is easy to arrange. If not, most of the amenities are found down the hillside at Jade Mountain's sister property Anse Chastanet Resort, which has a restaurant, a large spa, water sports, and a dive center. There is also yoga and even a mountain biking trail. There is also access to the beach.

Address: 100 Anse Chastanet Road, Soufriere, St. Lucia

Accommodation: Jade Mountain Resort

3. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

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Named for the beautiful white-sand beach on which it sits, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort also has a stunning location, framed on either side by the Pitons. Sugar Beach has just under 80 rooms, and these are all super luxe, with their own private plunge pools, butler service, and a minimalist design that doesn't detract from the beauty outside. For families, there are larger villas and cottages.

Away from the rooms there is a large swimming pool, a second beach reserved for adults-only, and a wonderful spa in a tree house all on-site. There are also a few dining choices, including a beachfront dining space cooking up pizza and sushi and a more formal French-Caribbean restaurant.

Address: Sugar Beach, Val des Pitons, Soufriere, St. Lucia

Accommodation: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

4. Serenity at Coconut Bay

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Part of the larger Coconut Bay Resort & Spa, Serenity is an adults-only resort within a resort that ups the privacy, romance, and luxury ante. For guests on a honeymoon or anniversary trip, this is a special place. The all-inclusive property comes with five-star features like personal butler service and suites that feature private plunge pools and al fresco showers.

Serenity has its own exclusive restaurant, The Greathouse, which has a creative menu. Or you can dine at any of Coconut Bay's nine restaurants. You can also use their amenities, which include a water park.

Address: Eau Piquant, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia

Accommodation: Serenity at Coconut Bay

5. East Winds

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East Winds is set on beautiful tropical grounds that are filled with fragrant fruit trees, hibiscus flowers, and other colorful plants, as well as prolific birdlife. It is a classy, boutique, all-inclusive property that attracts an older crowd, many of whom are repeat guests. And while children nine years and up are welcome to stay with their families, the resort is not a great fit for a kid-friendly vacation.

Accommodation is in cottages scattered about the gardens. All are elegant and comfy with a floral motif and hand-painted sinks in the bathroom. There is just one restaurant, but the menu changes daily. Dinner is a four-course affair, while lunch is usually a buffet or barbecue. Amenities include a swimming pool, an al fresco yoga pavilion with classes, a small spa with two open-air treatment rooms, and a gym. On the beach, you can take out kayaks, Hobie Cats, and paddleboards.

Address: La Brellotte Bay, Gros Islet, St. Lucia

Accommodation: East Winds

6. Tet Rouge Resort

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If you are visiting St. Lucia for its wonderful natural adventures away from the ocean-like hiking up the Gros Piton, experiencing the mud baths and sulphur springs, or ziplining through its jungle - and don't care about being beachfront, you will love Tet Rouge Resort. It has a fantastic location atop a hill at the base of the Gros Piton and is accessible only via a dirt track. It is a 20-minute walk to a locally popular beach.

The resort itself features tropical fruit, cinnamon, and coffee trees. Exotic flowers add to the delicious scent in the air. There are just six rooms, and these are each uniquely decorated. They all come with kitchenettes and decks with hammocks among the seating options. The restaurant serves local dishes that are quite healthy and flavor packed.

Address: La Pointe, St. Lucia

Accommodation: Tet Rouge Resort

7. Sandals Regency La Toc

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Another couples-only resort, Sandals Regency La Toc is the sister property to the Grande Lucian. On stunning Half-Mile Beach, this is the resort to book if you want a golf experience on your St. Lucia holiday. It sits on a 220-acre estate with its own golf course and the green fees are included for guests.

The rooms and suites are modern and very comfortable and come in a number of different price points. Some of the upgraded suites feature private swimming pools and personal butler service.

The all-inclusive resort also features nine restaurants whipping up creative fare from around the world, including an excellent French option. Guests also have access to restaurants at the other two Sandals properties on the island for a total of 27 restaurant choices.

More than food and beverages are included when you stay at Sandals. The property also includes PADI-certified scuba and all equipment, which is an up-charge at most resorts. Other water sports are also gratis, and there is live entertainment at night.

Address: La Toc Road, Castries, St. Lucia

Accommodation: Sandals Regency La Toc

8. Ladera Resort

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Perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Ladera Resort is an adults-only property with a romantic vibe, and it's another great choice if you don't need to stay directly on the beach. The eco-friendly Ladera offers luxe accommodation in the form of 32 suites that are built with a missing wall, so that you can fall asleep listening to the sounds of the jungle. Suites also feature plunge pools and outdoor showers. In-room massages can also be arranged.

Away from the rooms, you'll find an excellent restaurant with locally sourced fare and a number of updated versions of staple St. Lucian dishes. There is also a wonderfully placed infinity pool on the edge of the volcanic cliff the resort occupies.

Address: Rabot Estate, Soufriere LC09 101, St. Lucia

Accommodation: Ladera Resort

9. Marigot Bay Resort and Marina

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Marigot Bay Resort and Marina has a pretty hillside locale and caters to families with a number of kid-focused amenities. There is the Zando's Kids Program for children ages 4 through 12, which runs age-specific activities, as well as a family-friendly activity program that includes everything from sailing lessons to rainforest hikes.

Accommodation is in deluxe one-, two-, or three-bedroom suites that come with full kitchens and laundry service.

If you don't want to cook for yourself, book an all-inclusive rate and grab your meals at one of the resort's three restaurants. While there is no direct beach access, there is a ferry to a nearby beach six days a week. There are also two swimming pools including one designed with kids in mind.

Address: Marigot Bay Road, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

Accommodation: Marigot Bay Resort and Marina

10. The Landings Resort & Spa

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This began as a private residential yacht community, and today The Landings is a luxe boutique resort that caters to families and couples with one-, two-, or three-bedroom villas. Each villa is privately owned but managed through the resort, so decor can vary, but expect spacious digs with nice furnishings and comfy beds. All come with full kitchens and laundry facilities.

The Landings sits on a beautiful, white sandy beach with lounge chairs and a beach club where guests can order food. There is also an on-site restaurant with panoramic views. Other amenities include three swimming pools, two hot tubs, and tennis courts. There is even a pro on-site for lessons, and equipment is free to borrow.

Address: Pigeon Island Causeway, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet CP5984, St. Lucia

Accommodation: The Landings Resort & Spa

11. Calabash Cove Resort and Spa

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On a hill looking down on Bonaire Bay with direct access to gorgeous Mosaic Beach, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa is a four-star boutique resort. It has just 26 rooms and suites in a few different categories, including some with swim-up pool access. All are done up in bright, contemporary styling with tile floors and dark wood furniture. There are also a number of cottages with wraparound porches and private plunge pools. They also have a romantic vibe thanks to outdoor rainfall showers and four-poster beds.

Amenities here include Windsong, which serves delicious food and stunning views. An all-inclusive meal plan is an option here. There is also a wonderful infinity-edged swimming pool and a spa with a number of treatment options. In-room massages can also be arranged.

Address: Bonaire Estate, Marisule, Gros Islet, St. Lucia

Accommodation: Calabash Cove Resort and Spa

12. Villa Beach Cottages

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For a laid-back mid-range hotel that is also kid-friendly, check out Villa Beach Cottages. The three-star resort on Choc Bay Beach has just 20 suites that come with full kitchens, which is a serious perk for families. There is a convenience store on-site, but no formal restaurant. However, a meal service can be arranged with advance notice.

The property is also within walking distance to some restaurants and shops. On-site amenities include two swimming pools. The beach here is also beautiful.

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