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.
One of the most exclusive hotels on the island, Jade Mountain sits majestically on the hillside overlooking Anse Chastanet, in Soufriere, with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. The luxurious three-walled Sanctuaries, each with their own jacuzzi or infinity pool, create a perfect setting for romance.
This hotel is built around serenity, swapping televisions for the natural ambience of the rainforest. The Jade Mountain Club will serve you a six course menu with wine pairing in the privacy of your Sanctuary, with an optional serenade by an acoustic guitarist, or can offer a private wine or champagne sunset service with exotic canapes. Other romantic dining options include a private tent on Anse Chastanet beach or the exclusive secluded beach, Anse Mamin.
For chocolate lovers, there is nothing more romantic and tantalizing than the Chocolate Alchemy package. This includes Chocolate Lovers' Breakfast in Bed, a chocolate-inspired spa treatment session, an excursion to the Emerald Cocoa Estate, a chocolate sensory tasting and a chocolate and fudge making class.
Also on offer is the Alchemy of Two, a romantic spa ritual that allows lovers to enjoy elixir aromatherapy, poetry, sweet treats and synchronized Tantra massage to strengthen their bond and revitalize their relationship.
Owned by the same family since it opened in 1966, the Rendezvous Resort in the Castries district styles itself as the 'boutique hotel for couples' and prides itself on creating a truly personalized and intimate experience for those seeking romance.
A lazy river swimming pool with private nooks and romantic hideaways wends its way through the resort. All guests can enjoy the benefits of the brand new spa, wading pools and exotic tropical gardens.
Rendezvous offers three different honeymoon packages, all of which include Private airport transfers, an upgraded room scattered with flower petals, breakfast in bed, private morning massages and a private dinner in the water garden or on the beach.
The Exotic Honeymoon Escapade and Honeymoon in Bloom packages also include an in-room retreat on the last night of your stay, with candles, scents, bubbles, champagne, chocolate truffles, tropical flowers and soft music to set the scene. The Exotic Honeymoon Escapade includes a trip to the Sulphur Spring with Lunch, as well as airport VIP departure lounge access. The Island Honeymoon Romance package has features such as an aerial helicopter tour and a romantic sunset cruise, for that extra special touch.
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