US Dollar and East Caribbean Dollar
St Lucia’s undeniable beauty has made this Caribbean gem the subject of much passion and protection over the years. Having changed ownership between France and Britain no fewer than fourteen times, the island is now a member of the British Commonwealth, but retains a rarefied French charm and traditional elegance. Nestled peacefully between the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, the stretching Atlantic Ocean and her island siblings, St Lucia is a destination of distinction. Elegant Resorts offers a range of luxury accommodation with something to suit everyone, whether you’re looking to spend time in St Lucia at a family resort, an exclusive hotel or a luxury villa.
Stunning St Lucia offers a wealth of excursions and attractions. Plantation tours, nature hikes, horse-riding, bird or turtle-watching, and Champagne catamaran cruises are just some of the ways St Lucia’s many riches can be revealed. Topping the list of ‘must-sees’ is, of course, the island’s iconic Pitons; an imposing pair of volcanic spires rising regally from the sea. Often described as one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world, the Pitons are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are truly awe-inspiring. Home of the Caribbean’s most cordial locals, St Lucia is perfect for anyone in search of a beautiful and serene luxury beach escape.
Featured on the national flag, the Pitons are breathtaking mountains of rock that loom over St Lucia like guardians over the island. Covered in luscious vegetation, these iconic landmarks are best observed with a trip to the Pitons National Park, offering visitors astounding views from every angle. For those seeking an active pursuit, it is possible to take a tour to one of the peaks for a panoramic view of stunning St Lucia as well as many of her neighbouring islands.
The Diamond Waterfall
The Diamond Waterfall is one of St Lucia’s many natural treasures, located in a sheltered gorge at the base of the mighty Pitons. The mineral-rich nature of the land fortifies the stream’s rainwater with volcanic properties, showcasing various colour tones and hues as the water cascades over the rock face.
The Sulphur Springs
The Sulphur Springs and so-called ‘drive-in volcano’ are amongst some of St Lucia’s most popular attractions. The volcanic, sulphurous spectacle can be accessed by a scenic hike or by car, should you prefer to conserve energy for the mineral baths. King Louis XVI of France believed that St Lucia’s natural beauty and enriched environment had many healing properties and, as a result, built twelve stone baths for his troops occupying the island in the 18th century. Today, many natives still advocate the bath’s wondrous, restorative abilities. Experiencing the mineral and mud baths for yourself is the ideal way to become literally immersed in St Lucian culture and age-old aesthetic practices: the original spa bath experience.
The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens are akin to a natural art gallery, so vibrant and captivating are the colours of these exotic blooms. For families, the option of a guided turtle-watching tour is an ideal and unforgettable way to spend quality holiday time.
Feel the thrill on an island adventure: dive at some of the Caribbean’s premier sites, explore the Pitons (with or without a guide), take a Jeep safari, or enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over St Lucia for breathtaking views - Rainforest Canopy Tours offers a bird-eye view of the entire island and beyond. Of course, being surrounded in crystal-clear Caribbean waters, St Lucia offers a plethora of watersports activities.
St Lucia is perfect for lazy days. Unwind beside the pool at a luxurious hideaway hotel or on a palm-fringed beach. For the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation, charter a yacht or catamaran to cruise the island’s crystalline coastline and its many stunning bays. Cap Maison motor yacht is available for private island sailing excursions. Cap Maison also boasts one of the Caribbean's best restaurants – The Cliff at Cap, which is perfect for enjoying contemporary cuisine with a French-West Indian influence, on your return. If you really need to wind down, The BodyHoliday offers a completely relaxing experience with emphasis on spa rejuvenation, exercise and diet in the most picturesque and inspiring surroundings.
If you’d like to discover more about the island’s heritage, there are many interactive tours available including the plantation Tour at Fond dOr Nature Historic Park where you can learn about the St Lucia’s sugar age, whilst a tour of Fond Latisab Park showcases local Creole traditions. If culinary culture is more to your taste, take a trip to a Creole show house to see how traditional local dishes are made. Alternatively, there are many fantastic Creole-inspired restaurants in the vibrant capital of Castries which can cater to every palate and plate.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
To see St Lucia at one of its most exciting times, coincide your visit with a festival. Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, which is an annual event, usually takes place in May and has become a fantastic, world-renowned celebration of music from established and up-and-coming artists, as well as local bands, while the Food & Rum Festival, usually held in November, is a real treat for the tastebuds.
St Lucia’s national day coincides with their festival of light, honouring St Lucy; the island’s patron saint, namesake and symbol of light. On December 13th dazzling displays of Christmas lights, candles and decorative lanterns are displayed around the island and make the evening a particularly beautiful, illuminated sight to behold.
St Lucia enjoys a hot, sub tropical climate tempered by the cooling tradewinds most of the year which makes it a pleasant temperature most of the year. From June to November there can be sporadic tropical showers, while the driest period, from December to May is the most popular time to visit. Some of the best beaches to enjoy the sun and cool off with a swim include Jalousie Beach, Anse Chastanet and La Brelotte Bay.
There is a ‘hurricane season’ in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Central Mexico and South Eastern seaboard of America between June and November, the months of August and September being particularly susceptible.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for St Lucia.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic direct from London Gatwick. Private charter flights available on request.
From London Gatwick to St Lucia: 8 hours, 50 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in St Lucia. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
View the travel advice in full here: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-lucia