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Special Place to stay in St Lucia - Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

A rainforest retreat in the Caribbean - luxury villas with private pool in mountainous St Lucia rainforest setting

If, like me, you are captivated by the sounds of the tropics and love everything about rainforests then Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort (formerly The Jalousie Plantatio) in St Lucia might just possibly be your perfect chill-out hotspot.

Sophisticated accommodation in St Lucia
Perched on a steep hillside on the mountainous Caribbean island of St Lucia, is where you will find Sugar Beach (previously the Jalousie Plantatio)n surrounded by a dense rainforest. Nestling in a World Heritage Site, the setting is stunning as the intimate plantation resort sits between St Lucia's famous Pitons: two dramatic and scenic volcanic plugs (Gros Piton is 771 metres high and Petit Piton is 743 metres high).

Ultra chic bars and great recipes for Caribbean cocktails
In this very tropical natural 'down to earth' rainforest setting, the air-conditioned funky contemporary Cane Bar comes as a surprise: it’s very chic London/New York style. Cocktails have a kick... try the lemon drop martini, irrisistible and refreshing.

Caribbean luxury hotel in the rainforest
The resort has recently completed a massive rebuild and refurbishment and the new villas dotted around the hillside are gorgeous with dark wooden floors and all-white chic interiors, with outside wooden decks, comfortable terrace furniture, and a private plunge pool to each villa.

It would be easy to spend your whole vacation in the villa - just the sights and the sounds of the rainforest within touching distance, coupled with your own pool and terrace(s) is absolute bliss. Plenty of books and a good supply of champagne, that's all you need. Oh... and the services of your villa butler. Perfect.

Trekking in the rainforest
Most of the villas are located away from the beach area, restaurants and bars, but there is a constant mini-bus service so that's not a problem. Unless you are very fit you'll need to use the mini-bus as the road to the accommodation is extremely steep and it's a long trek. BUT as the food is pretty good here, look on the positive side... you can burn off tons of calories tackling the slopes. We did, and enjoyed the daily exercise. Crampons might prove useful though.

Jalousie Plantation rainforest spa Image copyright Linda JacksonUnique rainforest spa
A stunning Spa has been built in the Rainforest: the elevated treatment rooms, reached via wooden walkways, feature thatched roofs and outside bamboo showers.

Insider’s advice on accommodation
Choose one of the new hillside villas if you want to be away from it all - idyllic for honeymooners.

If your budget won’t stretch that far, the new Sugar Mill rooms are lovely - they are at the bottom of the hill near the small beach, within yards of the cocktail bars and restaurants.

All categories of accommodation enjoy butler service.

The cool white villas in this luxuriously stylish intimate resort of Sugar Beach are architecturally individual, many enjoying lovely views, and each having a private plunge pool is absolute bliss on a hot steamy day.

Now this luxury resort has been rebuilt it is likely to appeal to VIPs and celebrities and in the near future be a much sought after exclusive rainforest hideaway - I can imagine celebs loving Sugar Beach (previously Jalousie Plantation) because of the privacy many villas afford and the gorgeous plunge pools each has.

The rainforest spa is amazing - thatched 'cabins' on stilts in the rainforest... back to nature, yet so stylish. How cool is that?



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