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Romance in Paradise: 3 of St Lucia's Top Honeymoon Destinations

Romance in Paradise: 3 of St Lucia's Top Honeymoon Destinations

Though the island boasts a huge selection of honeymoon hotel and resort options to suit any budget, here we discuss three of the best.

East Winds Inn

Those who seek peace, quiet and space away from the tourist crowd during their honeymoon need look no further than East Winds Inn in Labrelotte Bay. Winner of TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award in the categories of Top Hotels, Best Service and Romance, the team here leave nothing to be desired in their quest to create your perfect honeymoon or romantic getaway.

26 open style cottages are nestled in 12 acres of lush tropical gardens on the gorgeous Caribbean beachfront on the northwest coast of the island, allowing you to open your bedroom doors right into paradise.

Particularly renowned for their outstanding cuisine at the 'Flamboyant' restaurant, including freshly-caught fish and pastries made daily on-site, East Winds Inn is one of the few Caribbean hotels to have their restaurant certified by the prestigious Chaine Des Rotisseurs guild.

East Winds Inn doesn't clutter up its experience with an abundance of watersports and activites, but aims to keep relaxation and quality time as the focus of its appeal. The Bamboo Lounge sets the stage for tranquil evenings with soft jazz, local folk groups and live performances on the Caribbean's first Steinway concert piano, specially shipped in from New York. The East Winds Inn's beach hosts a steel band once a week for a dose of local flavor.

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Top 10 things for kids to do in St Lucia

Top 10 things for kids to do in St Lucia

It was not all that long ago that Caribbean holidays were only accessible to the wealthy and required multiple flights and airport transfers. With the international travel market changing so drastically in the last few years, Caribbean breaks have become far more accessible, particularly for families. Prohibitively high flight costs have now dropped dramatically with the rise of budget providers such as Thomas Cook and the emergence of plenty of competition keeping the prices down.

Now that St Lucia has become affordable for those with children, other concerns come to the fore. Well established as a romantic honeymoon destination with three Sandals resorts and plenty of other adults-only hotels, parents may worry if St Lucia offers enough to keep their little ones occupied.

Here we run down 10 activities that families with kids can enjoy whilst soaking in the beauty of this tropical paradise.

1. Splash around at Coconut Bay's water park

Frequently thought of as the best hotel in Vieux Fort and just two minutes' drive from the airport, Coconut Bay Resort is great for families with young children. Their water park is particularly spectacular and the only one on the island. Kids (and brave parents!) will love zooming down the great selection of waterslides.

There are also lazy rivers and wading pools for chill-out time, and for the ultimate in relaxation, try the swim-up bar, where children can gulp down mocktails along side their cocktail-sipping parents.

2. Go whale watching

Try Hackshaw's Boat Charters or any other recommended provider for a whale tour. Your experienced tour operators will zip around the sea to track humpback and sperm whales, dolphins and even orcas, all for your viewing pleasure. Of course, there's no guarantee that the majestic creatures will be around when you are, but these experts have an excellent track record and will do everything they can to try and seek them out.

To avoid disappointment, make sure you book before you arrive on the island as these tours are popular and can get booked up very quickly.

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'Immersion' in St Lucia - Part 2

'Immersion' in St Lucia - Part 2

To continue on your St Lucian immersion journey, you could...

6. Go 'Square'

Assou Square, held on January 1nd and 2nd every year and affectionately called 'Square', is a celebration that all the family can enjoy. Traditionally celebrated in Walcott Square in Castries, it has been tried in different locations in recent years, though it returned to its city-centre home last year and looks like it will stay put for the next few Januaries.

A main stage is set up to host a huge variety of entertainers throughout the two days. Calypso singers, known as Calypsonians, strut their stuff to the frantically-paced beats and chant uplifting lyrics in an explosion of energy. St Lucians try their hand at Country and Western singing and dancing, and the most talented receive prizes and accolades.

Stalls abound with a huge variety of hot food, snacks, soft drinks and chilled alcoholic beverages, including the local 'Piton' beer. There's plenty to do for kids, with games, bouncy castles and face painting to keep them occupied.

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'Immersion' in St Lucia Part 1

'Immersion' in St Lucia Part 1

'Immersion' is the new buzzword in travel circles. It shuns cookie-cutter beach all-inclusives and characterless package holidays in favor of seeking out experiences that reflect the genuine feel of the country.

Immersion traveling says sun, sea and sand can be found in thousands of places all over the world, but what is it about your destination that makes it different? What makes it unique? It is pretty difficult to capture the real spirit of a place if you're cooped up in a resort.

This is where 'tourist' ends and 'traveler' begins. Perfect for those who crave adventure and culture, approaching holidays from this revolutionary perspective  will create unique memories that last a lifetime.

Here we run down 10 immersion experience ideas to get you started:

1. Join in Independence Day Celebrations

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St Lucia - Battle of the Beaches

St Lucia - Battle of the Beaches

It doesn't take a lot of research to realize that St Lucia is a pretty special place. With its unusual mix of French, English, African and Amerindian cultures, beautiful beaches and undulating tropical scenery, it makes for breathtaking exploring. Add to that the excellent range of accommodations, from exclusive, adults-only luxury, to quality family resorts, and there is something to cater for everyone.

The hotels and resorts in the north of the island are spread around Castries, Rodney Bay, Cap Estate and Gros Islet, which are all within close proximity to each other. In the south, the main cluster of hotels is to be found in southwesterly Soufriere, though Vieux Fort at the most southerly tip is home to the popular Coconut Bay. The north and south offer vastly different atmospheres and experiences at their beaches.

For many people, a good quality beach is a holiday staple. Though St Lucia is relatively small at just over 600km², the road between Soufriere and Castries can take up to 80 minutes to travel, so choosing the right location for your stay could save you a lot of time and expense.

For the North

- Reduit Beach Excellent for swimming and has a huge amount of watersports available at decent prices. Popular with visitors and locals alike, the weekends see it play host to numerous beach parties and picnics, music pumping out of beach bars and food and drink plentiful at Spinnakers.

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Luxury in Soufriere, St Lucia

Luxury in Soufriere, St Lucia

If you are looking for a luxury break overlooking the Caribbean Sea, look no further than Soufriere, St Lucia. A quiet area on the island's west coast with beautiful beaches and panoramic views, Soufriere is home to more than ten outstanding hotels.

Here we compare three of the finest luxury hotels situated in Soufriere - Jade Mountain, Ladera Resort and Sugar Beach.

Jade Mountain, owned and designed by architect Nick Troubetzkoy, places bold design on the highest hills of Soufriere and is the only resort boasting a view of both the Piton mountains that jut out of the Caribbean Sea. In among Forbes magazine's Top 10 Luxury Boutique Resorts and voted top Caribbean Resort in both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines, the hotel has worldwide recognition but remains exclusive and private.

Ladera Resort didn't come far behind, voted 6th in Conde Nast and 7th in Travel & Leisure. Situated in the former Rabot Estate, one of Soufriere's oldest cocoa plantations, it offers rainforest and beach surroundings for adults only.

Sugar Beach is much larger and accommodates families as well as couples and individuals. With a huge range of activities on offer, luxury relaxation and recreation is accessible for all the family. One of the best beach settings on the island, it is ideal for those who enjoy watersports.

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Explore St Lucia on the water

Explore St Lucia on the water

With the Caribbean Sea on its west side and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, St Lucia is the perfect destination if you enjoy spending time on, and in, the water! Most towns and attractions are located on the sea to take advantage of the beautiful natural beaches and outstanding views. This makes traveling around by boat rather than by road an exciting opportunity which leaves the island's possibilities wide open to you. With vast stretches of idyllic blue waters and a pictureque tropical coastline, St Lucia is ideal for exploring by water.

If the sea is important to you, the Bay Gardens Hotel would be a good choice for accommodation. It is situated at Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay, which is often called the best beach in St Lucia. Check out Saluna by the beachfront, a provider of water sports, activities and equipment. Catering for serious watersports aficianados, unsure beginners and those just looking for a bit of fun, they offer waterskiing, sailing, wake-boarding and jetskiing. You can choose whether to just hire equipment, or pay very reasonable rates for instruction and supervision until you find your feet.

For those who prefer a more relaxing experience, try hiring some snorkeling equipment to explore the tropical sealife and coral. Or if you want to stay above the water, Saluna offer pedaloes, paddle canoes and paddle boards at competitive rates.

When you've had your fill of your resort and the surrounding Rodney Bay area, catch a water taxi to take you to one of St Lucia's many attractions. They can pick you up from the shoreline and whisk you away to Pigeon Island's historical exhibits, the Gros Islet Friday street party or Soufriere's volcanic mud baths, to name just a few. They will wait while you enjoy new experiences, delicious meals or refreshing drinks and take you back when you're ready.

For a truly unforgettable experience, book a bespoke boat tour excursion. For half a day, a full day or to fit your schedule, the Saluna team will take you down the Caribbean Sea coast to destinations of your choice. With a wide range of refreshments and snorkeling equipment included, from just 100 USD it represents very good value for money. A full day on the water with a knowledgeable and friendly team, exploring all that St Lucia's coast has to offer will surely be the highlight of your trip and a memory that will last a lifetime.

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Authentic St Lucian luxury at Fond Doux

Authentic St Lucian luxury at Fond Doux

St Lucia is known for its lush vegetation, authentic Creole culture and its reputation for romance. If you are looking for a unique experience far away from the tourist hotspots, Fond Doux Plantation & Resort is a choice sure to satisfy your need for peace and tranquility. Visited by Prince Charles and Camilla in 2008 and rated number 2 Plantation Hotel worldwide by The Guardian newspaper, the Resort has attracted worldwide praise but still remains a private and serene hideaway.

Fond Doux is a 250-acre working plantation that primarily produces cocoa. Nestled within its flourishing greenery are fifteen private cottages that offer the best in St Lucian luxury. Crafted from wood by expert local artisans, they have been designed to enhance the beauty of the natural surroundings and create a romantic and intimate feel. With choices of 1 bedroom cottages, honeymoon suites with private plunge pools, and 2 bedroom cottages, there are plenty of options for every budget and preference. They have names like African Tulip, Cinnamon Cottage, and Hilltop Guava, which perfectly reflect the rich agricultural heritage and local produce of St Lucia.

Fond Doux Plantation has two restaurants. The Cocoa Pod is a more casual restaurant open for breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner. The Jardin Cacao offers a la carte lunch and dinner. Both restaurants serve chef-prepared Caribbean and International cuisine, using locally-grown foods from certified organic farms. Understanding the importance of atmospheric dining, Fond Doux have placed their restaurants to benefit from optimum light, shade and tropical breezes. Dining among the lush gardens surrounded by flowers and fruit trees, you will feel worlds away from the busy pace of everyday life.

For further relaxation, Fond Doux have created a boutique spa experience for you to unwind while immersed in nature. Designed to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit, Mamma La Terre spa offers a wide range of treatments including a full range of massages, scrubs and wraps. The spa's name means 'Mother Earth' and Fond Doux show their eco credentials by using all-natural, organically grown ingredients for their treatments. The proximity to the volcanic sulphur springs in Soufriere allows the spa to make use of its healing mud in its treatments, said to improve both the quality of the skin and peace of mind.

There are a variety of beautifully-designed outdoor swimming pools set in tropical scenery and equipped with comfortable seating areas, with both shaded and direct-sun options. Some accommodations come with plunge pools and veranda areas, so you can unwind right in the heart of St Lucia's natural paradise.

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Top 10 things to do in St Lucia

Top 10 things to do in St Lucia

1. Drive in a volcano

La Soufriere, St Lucia's sulphur springs, offer the world's only Drive-In Volcano! Find a tour guide to drive you in to see the fumaroles, steam, bubbling lava and boiling mud, and explore this powerful force of nature.

2. Take a mudbath

After driving in the volcano, take a mudbath in the hot sulphur mud in the communal pool. Well-praised for its health benefits, it will improve the skin and overall health. Come earlier in the morning when the mud is cooler for longer bathing times, and brink a dark colored swimsuit!

3. Swing through the trees

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Relaxation, Health and Wellness in St Lucia

Relaxation, Health and Wellness in St Lucia

Everyone comes to the Caribbean for the weather, some come for adventure and excitement, but most come for relaxation and wellbeing. After a spa holiday in St Lucia, your feelings of health and wellness will last long after you leave the island. A truly refreshing and memorable experience awaits in this island with its breathtaking tropical scenery, beautiful beaches, luxury accommodation and qualified wellness experts.

The BodyHoliday in Cap Estate is the holistic health solution if you are looking for rejuvenation and relaxation from your holiday.

You can select a personal program, depending on your therapeutic needs while you are in St Lucia. Examples of programs on offer include healthy aging, stress buster, detox and rejuvenate, weight loss and smoking cessation, as well as an all-around health package. With therapists specializing in Ayurvedic techniques and reflexology, you can be assured of the variety and quality of alternative treatments. If massage is what you enjoy, you can enjoy the Marma, Thai, Balinese, Deep Tissue, Bamboo, Aromatherapy and Deep Barefoot techniques. If you attend with your partner, you can have a joint lesson to bond and destress together, learning Swedish massage techniques to use back at home. There are also yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes to participate in, and private tuition is available if you prefer to learn by yourself.

Other treatments on offer include hot stone experiences for the face and body, a range of exotic wraps, the coconut milk wrap being a popular choice, body sculpting and hopi ear candles.

With a huge team of well-qualified spa professionals, the BodyHoliday also offers a full range of beauty services including waxing, manicures, pedicures and a range of specialized facials. You can relax in the luxury hair salon and take advantage of their caviar hair treatments, or, if you prefer, enjoy a full makeover that will improve your makeup, style and confidence.

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Experience the authentic St Lucia

Experience the authentic St Lucia

Staying in self catering accommodation can be the best way to get an authentic St Lucian experience when you holiday here. Though all-inclusive resorts can be enjoyable and relaxing, many people prefer to stay among the locals and get a first hand feel of the island's personality. It is easy to drive around St Lucia, but each area offers different benefits and attractions. Knowing exactly what every locale has to offer makes booking your ideal holiday much more simple.

If you want luxury, golf and exclusivity, come to...

Cap Estate

Cap Estate is the most exclusive neighborhood in the whole of St Lucia, with its beautiful mansions and quiet streets. There are a variety of golf courses and luxury self-catering accommodations at very competitive prices. You can also get day passes to the four hotels in Cap Estate (Smugglers Cove, Akasha, LeSport Body Holiday, Cap Maison) to take advantage of their facilities, such as beaches, spas and pools.

If you want shopping malls, nightlife and a marina, come to...

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Gros Islet

Gros Islet

If you want a real taste of authentic Caribbean culture, within easy reach of tourist hotspots and all amenities, look no further than Gros Islet, St Lucia. Brightly coloured wooden houses line the streets of this charming fishing village. A tranquil beach stretches along the whole length of the town and beyond up to the very top of the island. As the waves of the Caribbean Sea caress the shore, lapping the creamy sands, it isn't hard to understand why some of the most exclusive hotels have put down roots further up the shoreline. But however busy the resorts might be, a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere reigns on Gros Islet's little share of paradise.

That is, until Friday night! Gros Islet is famous for its Friday night 'jump up' parties. Every Friday of the year except Good Friday, the streets are closed to traffic and are set up with an array of stalls and soundsystems. Get ready to party your night away with plenty of drinks, the latest Caribbean and American music hits as well as the classics, and delicious local food on sale. The fresh fish grill is one of the most popular options. For a new experience, try lobster just one street away from the sea!

Locals and visitors of all ages mingle and 'jump up' and dance on the sea-front til the early hours of the morning. Restaurants and bars stay open til late and a party vibe is always guaranteed. Travel with a recommended St Lucian guide to negotiate the best prices and show you around, and make sure to pay with XCD to get the best value for your money.

Trying the locally mixed rum punch and browsing the artistic creations of the Islanders is sure to give you a taste of local Caribbean life. Art is popular in St Lucia, and you will find skilful wood carvings and vibrant oil-on-canvas paintings sold by their original artists.

Gros Islet also hosts the Cultural Explosion as part of the St Lucia Jazz festival, so is well established as a host to colorful celebrations.

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Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island National Park

The Pigeon Island National Park is located on the most northwesterly part of the island of St Lucia. In the 44 acres of beautiful tropical surroundings, expect relaxation, enjoyment and a healthy dose of history.

Pigeon Island, despite its name, is actually no longer an island! It is joined to mainland St Lucia by a man-made causeway that now houses Sandals Grande Hotel. Though it may be a place of tranquillity now, it wasn’t always this way.

Before Europe first made contact with the Caribbean islands, they were inhabited by two groups of Amerindians, the Caribs and the Arawaks. The Caribs were known to be more war-like and the Arawaks more peaceful. The Caribs inhabited Pigeon Island until the arrival of Norman Captain ‘Jambe de Bois’ (Wooden Leg) and his band of pirates.

The French took over in the 18th Century. When the French declared war on the British in 1778, the British decided to attack St Lucia, France's stronghold, and managed to seize control. Since then, St Lucia was fought over tooth and nail by these two nations, changing ownership no less than 14 times! The British were the final victors and remained in control of the country until Independence in 1979. This continual fight is reflected in that St Lucia’s official language is English, but that most of the country also speaks a French Kweyol and many of the place names in St Lucia are French.

The French and English both used Pigeon Island as a military base and many of the original ruins still remain here. The large hills offered excellent views of any incoming threats from both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Walk to the top of Pigeon Point to see the view these military strategists once saw. Thankfully now we can enjoy them in peace. Ensure that you wear suitable walking shoes and begin your walk before the heat of the midday sun, as there is no shade at the top of the hills or on the walk up. There are plenty of places on the path to stop, sit down and take in the view that only becomes more breathtaking as you make your ascent. Information placards along the way teach you the history of this many-faceted place. When you reach the top, stay for a while to fully appreciate the mesmerising views. On a clear day, Martinique can be seen in the distance.

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What is there to do in Castries?

What is there to do in Castries?

Castries is the capital of St Lucia, located in the northwest of the island and home to approximately 11,000 people. It has excellent transport links, with air, land and sea access. Those who come to St Lucia via other Caribbean islands will have a birds eye view of Castries as they descend into the George F. L. Charles airport. International flights land at Vieux Fort, and the main East-coast road leads directly from there to Castries, with no shortage of public or private-hire minivans to make the scenic one and a half hour trip.

Castries also boasts a deep harbour, which allows the city to play host to international quality cruiseships. Some of the major liners stopping at Castries include Aida and Celebrity X cruises, and it is not uncommon to see three cruiseliners in the harbour at any one time.

If your ship docks on the city-side of the harbour, the first place you will meet when you step off the ship is La Place Carenage, a duty free mall selling fine jewelry, Rolex watches, tobacco, alcohol and more tax free products. Upstairs it has two restaurants that overlook the harbour. Try Pirates for an open air dining veranda, an array of exotic cocktails and a mix of classic Caribbean cuisine amongst some familiar favourites.

Other ships dock at the far side of the harbour, near a white pyramid building and fishing boat moorings. Though La Place Carenage is only a ten minute walk from here, you may prefer to try Pointe Seraphine, another duty-free shopping haven. When you've had your fill of shopping, take a short walk past the sports complex and discover Vigie Beach, a welcoming stretch of white sand lapped by the gentle waves of the Caribbean Sea.

Another popular option is to head down to the food market, where local farmers sell their produce through a network of friendly lady stallholders. If you strike up conversation, you will also find that some of the stallholders grow their own produce in their gardens. If you are staying in self-catering accommodation, you can pick up tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, pumpkin, chives, cabbage and bananas, to name but a few. Why not try some tropical fruit and vegetables? Depending on the season you might find golden apples, sugar apples or love apples (none of which are much like regular apples!), an abundance of mangoes, or creamy avocados. If you're feeling adventurous try a breadfruit, a large green food shaped a little like a football that has a beige centre. Boiled, chopped and deep fried, it makes an excellent alternative to french fries or potato wedges. Fried plantain is another delicious choice.

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Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in St Lucia, and you don't have to look too far to find the reasons why.

Marigot Bay is not a centre of busy activity and glittering nightlife like Rodney Bay. It is a tranquil and relaxing place that you can enjoy as the perfect place to stay and unwind, or as a base to come home to after a busy day exploring the many attractions St Lucia has to offer. Marigot Bay is a serene, small community based around a natural harbour. You will find stalls selling jewelry, St Lucian hand carved ornaments and all other kinds of attractive souvenirs. A full spectrum of boats, from tiny fishing boats to large yachts, call in here, and there is a friendly sense of community and hospitality that reaches everyone, St Lucians and tourists alike.

There are many options for accommodation, Marigot Bay having an excellent assortment of hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, and self-catering villas. Choosing where you want to stay may be difficult, as all of these options are of an excellent standard and have received outstanding feedback on TripAdvisor. A major factor in this decision will be whether you would like to cook for yourself at times, or would prefer to eat out during your stay. If you prefer to eat in, the supermarket in Marigot Bay has a very good variety but is more exclusively priced than other local supermarkets. Other accommodations may include whether you require Air Conditioning, a swimming pool, a spa, water sports or other facilities. It is advised to get accommodation with a good balcony or veranda to make the most of the idyllic view over the Caribbean sea.

Marigot Bay is about an hour and a quarter from the main airport in Vieux Fort (UVF). Before you arrive you can consider whether you would prefer to hire a car for the duration of your stay or rely on taxis. If you plan to use Marigot as a base to tour around the island, a hire car would definitely be advisable as taxis around the island can be expensive. A 4-wheel drive car is recommended, particularly for the road between Marigot and Soufriere. If you prefer to stay within Marigot Bay for your holiday, it might be better value for money to arrange for a taxi from the airport to your accommodation. As the taxis are usually minibuses, you could join up with another couple or group going to Marigot Bay and split the fare. If you do choose this option and are staying in self-catering accommodation, you might want to ask the taxi driver to stop at a supermarket to stock up on essentials at a cheaper price than you would be able to within Marigot Bay. The major supermarket chain in St Lucia is called Super J, and you can often find a pharmaceutical section and an ATM at their stores.

Another option for getting around the island is using the local minibuses. They are very cheap at about 1 USD a journey, though you must have local currency (Eastern Caribbean Dollars - XCD) to ride. They are generally not suited to luggage as they can be quite packed. These buses pass along the main road, which is about a ten minute walk from Marigot Bay.

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RELAXATION AT DIAMOND FALLS

RELAXATION AT DIAMOND FALLS

In St Lucia, Soufriere is well known as a must-visit tourist destination, but still manages to feel authentically Lucian. This small town is surrounded by rainforest trails, towering hills covered in lush vegetation, and Petit and Gros Piton, two huge hills jutting out of the Caribbean sea, that are a UNESCO heritage site and the namesake of St Lucia's local beer brand.

The atmosphere of Soufriere is a world away from the urban bustle of Castries and the sheen of Rodney Bay. A casual friendliness enhances the relaxed atmosphere.

And there is nowhere more relaxing to visit than the Diamond Falls Estate. On the site of a former plantation, it now holds sulphur rivers, extensive botanical gardens, a restaurant, and of course, the falls that give this outstanding place of natural beauty its name.

The sulphur springs are caused by volcanic activity tens of thousands of years ago that have caused the water to have high sulphur content and be naturally warm. The waters are said to have therapeutic powers, being helpful in easing rheumatism, respiratory problems and especially stress. King Louis XVI took advantage of this and erected twelve stone baths in the 1700s. These were later destroyed and remained in ruins until restored by Andre du Boulay in the 1930s.

There are now two indoor baths for private use. Each bath can hold two people and would be suitable for a family with young children to share. There are also a series of outdoor pools for communal use - remember to pack a bathing suit and towel! The slots to enjoy the baths are generally around half an hour, but if you arrive early (the Estate opens at 10am every day) you may be able to avoid the rush of tourists on day tours and have a little longer to enjoy the warm healing waters. At just 7 USD for the private baths and 6 USD for the public, it won't hurt your pocket to indulge.

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St Lucia All Inclusive Experience at the Rex Resort St Lucian.

St Lucia All Inclusive Experience at the Rex Resort St Lucian.

The main image here is not of Reduit Beach this is the view on the other side of what you can see looking left from reduit beach, various trails lead up this way to a fish pond believe it or not and some good views can be had. Also the segue tours run up here.

Location : Reduit Beach St Lucia. Close to Rodney Bay.

We stayed at Rodney Bay reduit Beach and the Rex Resort there called the St Lucian during the month of November. It’s hard to fault the beach here and the resort also has a great variety of watersports  on offer. Cruise ship day we felt a little relegated to one side as the resort welcome the cruise shippers to come and stay on the beach. The resort has no less than 3 pools but the third and largest pool is somewhat hidden away. Considering that it has a pool bar its strange that they don’t advertise it more. Facing the ocean this part of the resort is on your left side. Via the beach just walk up and notice the pavilion style building from the beach and cut in. It is your resort don’t worry ! To the right is a slightly more upmarket rex resort the Royal that is out of bounds apart from a paying restaurant you can frequent, virgin staff get to stay over here, but it seems a little quiet to me and the beach is no better. Back to the left hand side of the resort facing the sea you can walk through the resort to get to the dilapidated but functional tennis courts. They look rougher than they are in reality the surface is passable for any game you might have, though it adds to the overall feeling that the resort needs a makeover also some kit is needed like a proper volleyball for the pool as there is shockingly NO beach volleyball a big disappointment for me. The gym is decent enough and pernile I think his name was who also do the activities friendly fun and helpful. The room we had was not poolside and was perfectly fine but nothing luxurious either.

Being all inclusive here and eating in the same place for all the meals would get very tiring indeed past a week. We stayed for just the week and it was ok. The food was to a decent standard and varied enough to help me bulk up – on purpose of course. I did feel there was no one place that encouraged meeting so easily.

We both felt that it was a mixed reception from some of the staff members who seemed at times to be almost unhappy – clearly a fault of the management but it must be noted that mostly they were very happy to serve chat and not allow the management lacking’s to be passed on to us. I met Richard  whom I had encountered at the Rex in Antigua and if anyone can get a resort better it will be him. It needs some investment and some managerial attitude change. For example the Jacuzzi which is cold was left with leaves from the trees and it looked so uninviting as to be unused but it was left like this because no one uses it we were told…well heat a little the water with black coiled pipes or a heater and keep it leaf free  then people will use it.

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St Lucia Scuba Diving Resource

http://www.scubamom.com/st-lucia/ansechastanet.htm

There are some really good informations on scuba diving st lucia here - just thought I would share.

in fact there are good resources on other islands in the caribbean as well.

http://www.scubamom.com/caribbean/

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Soufriere - suffering the transfer

Went diving today from my resort in reduit beach, long trip to the boat called dive fair helen via castries. But all good from then on excellent service and care though there was no dive shop as such the boat had all we needed - everything was done on board then off southwards to the marine park and soufriere. Two dive sites keyhole peaks and before that site was superman's flight normally a drift dive but today not much current to speak of. If you are looking to dive a lot in St Lucia you should make sure you get closer to the dive shop or find a closer one which may be another solution. The transfer was really killing it for me so for 1 hour 45 minutes of time in the water it took from 8.30 to past 4. So this isn't a workable solution for me staying in the st lucian by rex resorts. I hope I can do more diving and I would do this again but not more. Lee concurred with me who was staying even further north in smugglers cove, its a torrid minibus ride - I hate those things. Come on guys where is the water transport ?

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