Discover the sweet life on Caribbean isle Saint Lucia at luxury hotel Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. Admire the Piton mountains and sun-kissed shoreline from your private infinity pool, beach lounger, or while dining onhearty Creole cuisine in the Bayside Restaurant. Cleave through crystal-clear waters while scuba-diving past fish schools weaving through frilly coral reefs, or head out on the hotel’s yacht to marvel at the clear-blue skies above. Sample the island’s most sought-after rums at the Cane Bar; or for a different kind of heady fix, book a relaxing chocolate massage or rejuvenating coffee scrub at the rainforest-set spa.
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Daily breakfast buffet for two at the Terrace restaurant. GoldSmiths get $100 resort credit a stay
Ninety-six suites, including 28 standalone villas, cottages and residences.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. If a room is not available on arrival, guests can relax on the beach or have a drink in Bayside Bar.
Double rooms from £878.28 ($1,152), including tax at 20 per cent.
Breakfast is not included; Continental breakfast (pastries, fresh fruit and juices) is $28 an adult, $21 a child; a buffet of meats, cheeses, yoghurt and fruit is $35 an adult, $26 a child. Entry to the Sugar kids club and some refreshments are included.
Guests that like to give back will be happy to hear the hotel is involved in a number of outreach projects to support local kids at Bouton Combined School.
At the hotel
A private beach; a watersports centre (offering Snuba and scuba-diving, sailing and kayaking); two tennis courts; Sugar and Spice kids clubs; beach volleyball; fitness studio; free WiFi throughout the hotel. In rooms: plunge pool, personal butler service, TV with DVD player, iPod dock with Bose sound system, Egyptian-cotton bedlinen, Natura Bissé bath products, a Nespresso coffee machine and tea-making facilities, air-conditioning, minibar and free bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
The Two- to Four-Bedroom Ocean View Residences offer extra space for families and friends travelling together. Bedrooms lead straight out onto a decked terrace with a private infinity pool and lots of comfy sunloungers, from which you can gaze out over the aquamarine waters. The cosy, secluded One-Bedroom Residences are ideal for couples; each has a large, jungle-sheltered private pool.
You’ll never want for a serene swimming at Sugar Beach; there’s a large, heated outdoor pool for all guests by the main hotel, which has breathtaking views of the Piton mountains. Supervised children can splash about here, too. Each room also has either its own Jacuzzi, plunge pool or infinity pool, depending on the category.
From the wooden treehouse-style structures to the products used, the Rainforest Spa is all natural.The nine treatment rooms, temascal (a traditional, Amerindian, stone steam room warmed by volcanic spring water), and relaxation area with natural pools and streams are reached by walkways winding through the jungle; there’s also a fully-equipped gym. Both adults and children can indulge in the spa’s Caribbean-inspired treatments. Enjoy a chocolate scrub, a soothing honey-and-chamomile body treatment, or get your caffeine fix for the day with a Caribbean coffee scrub and massage. The spa has two couples treatment rooms with private outdoor heated pools and a number of specially-designed treatments; for the ultimate couple’s getaway try the Sulfur Seduction experience which includes a mud bath in nearby sulfuric springs, a trip to Piton waterfalls and a back massage.
Pack your treasure chests with cocktail attire for nightly Creole feasts at one of the two (three in high season) restaurants.
Children of all ages are welcome and there’s a wide variety of activities to keep them entertained, including two kids clubs.
Dine on the beach, sip champagne on the pier: the hotel’s your oyster. Once you’ve chosen the time and place, the hotel’s chef will devise a personalised menu to suit the setting.
Cocktail attire in Caribbean colours.
There’s no need to stray far from your sunlounger: take lunch at the Bayside Restaurant, which lies a mere few feet away from the crystal-clear waters of the Anse des Pitons bay. Secure a table under the straw roof and enjoy pizzas, salads, wraps and local classics like jerk chicken, coconut shrimp and conch stew. The dinner menu has decadent Creole delights, such as rum-flambéed crayfish, pasta tossed with fresh sea catches and Zarzuela (a Spanish-inflected fish stew). For more discerning diners, order one of the tasting menus served in the Great Room Restaurant, which is lit by candlelight. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, in high season, the Terrace becomes the pop-up restaurant Machou, where family-style French feasting kicks off at 7pm.
Drinks all around! The hotel has three bars and you can order chilled cocktails, refreshing smoothies and other soft drinks to your sunlounger on the beach. Take tea at the Palm Court Lounge and return in the early evening for a pre-dinner pinot noir or beer. Sip cocktails and ‘mocktails’ on the seashore at Bayside Bar, or for a more stylish setting, head to Cane Bar and ask the ‘rummelier’ for his pick of Saint Lucia’s finest.
Breakfast is served at the Terrace from 7am–10.30am. Bayside Restaurant serves lunch from 12.30pm–3pm and dinner from 6pm–10pm. Dinner in the Great Room is from 6.30pm–10.30pm. Bayside Bar pours drinks till 11pm, Cane Bar till 1am.
A menu of juicy burgers, crispy pizzas and sweet treats is available 24/7. You can dine in-room for breakfast (7am-11am) and dinner (5pm-10pm) on a menu of flank-steak skewers, home-made pappardelle pasta and fresh sushi and sashimi.
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort
Val des Pitons
P.O. Box 251
La Baie de Silence, Soufriere Saint Lucia
On the south west coast of Saint Lucia, Sugar Beach's colonial-style villas are surrounded by tropical rainforest and golden-sand beaches; the resort is less than a 15-minute drive from the town of Soufrière.
The closest international hub is Hewanorra Airport, roughly a 45-minute drive from the resort. If jetting in from one of the Caribbean islands, fly into George F L Charles Airport, which is just under a 90-minute drive away. Give our helpful Smith24 Team a call (03300 376 712) to book your flights and organise transfers: one-way transfers from Hewanorra cost from US$75 to $230, depending on the vehicle; transfers from George FL Charles cost from US$90 to $260.
A car will come in handy if you want to explore the island, but you'll need to obtain a temporary permit for a small charge. The hotel offers free valet parking. Those happy to fly and flop can rely on easily arranged transfers and taxis. Our Smith24 Team can help arrange car hire.
Whether you’re sailing through the Windward Isles or just want to pop over to a neighbouring island for a day, there are marinas all over Saint Lucia; the closest port is in Soufrière, a 20-minute drive north of the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
As well as a wide variety of on-site activities, such as volleyball, tennis, scuba-diving, kayaking and other water-y fun, the hotel offers day trips around the island. Hike Gros Piton mountain or follow a nature trail through the rainforest, pausing for a refreshing dip in Superman Falls at the end. For history fans and those with a sweet tooth, a tour of an 18th-century chocolate-and-sugar plantation is a must. Thrill-seekers can zip-line through Banyan trees, drive ATVs along the coast and mountain bike in the jungle, or ride horses through banana plantations. For the seafaring, Smith24 can organise whale- and dolphin-watching, or hire of the hotel’s boat for a day, so you can explore Saint Lucia’s shoreline at your own speed.
Explore the world’s only ‘drive-in’ volcano at the Sulphur Springs near Soufrière, and end a walk around the 45-hectare site – filled with bubbling hot springs and shooting steam – with a refreshing and purifying mud bath, and a soak in a sulphur spring. You can also try a sulphuric dip in the nearby Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens; this site is also home one of the island's prettiest waterfalls.
Plantation-to-plate is the philosophy behind Fond Doux hotel’s Bamboo Restaurant. Set into the side of the jungle, the open-air restaurant is surrounded by lush exotic plants; stop for lunch to truly appreciate its tropical setting. Chocolate-lovers can eat their fill at chic Willy Wonka factory, Hotel Chocolat’s Boucan restaurant, less than a 15-minute drive away from the resort in the foothills of Jalousle. Perched on the side of the hill, Boucan overlooks the Piton mountains and the bay beyond. The menu features all kinds of savoury and sweet treats made with the hotel’s own cacao beans and herbs, locally-sourced fruit and veggies, and caught-that-morning fish. Try cacao gin-cured mahi mahi for starters, followed by cacao beer-jerked pork tenderloin and a three-part, chocolate ice-cream dessert, all washed down with a cacao-infused martini or a banana-chocolate daiquiri. For laid-back dining, head to Orlando’s Restaurant and Bar in Soufrière. Take a seat in the cool courtyard garden and enjoy ti manje (the local term for small plates) packing big flavours. Chef Orlando is on a mission to get Caribbean cuisine internationally recognised; and, after a few bites of his saltfish cakes or spicy grilled lamb, you’ll be singing his praises back home.
About a 15-minute drive away on Jalousie Road, Martha’s Tables is a laid-back, low-key café at the foot of Saint Lucia’s jungle-covered mountains. Take a seat by the lime-green-and-orange bar and enjoy Martha’s classic Creole cuisine of crispy breadfruit balls, huge servings of chicken and beans, and shrimp with fried bananas. On the Soufrière shoreline, Le Petit Peak is a relaxed seafront restaurant that’s popular with tourists and locals alike. It’s open for lunch and dinner, but to catch the bay at its best, take a seat by the window at noon or have an early dinner as the sun sets. The menu is full of simple Caribbean dishes with a selection of rotis, salads, wraps and sea-fresh fish.
There are lots of local bars in Soufrière for a chilled bottle of beer or rum cocktail. For a drink with bay views and a show, head to Mango Tree at Stonefield Villa Resort. Stop by on a Sunday for lazy drinks while a live steel-pan band plays. On Thursdays the party kicks up a notch, with a live DJ, limbo-dancing and fire-eaters. On the other side of Soufrière, fellow Smith stay Jade Mountain runs a number of exclusive dining experiences and themed cocktail parties throughout the year; try a perfectly seasoned drink during their Spices of the Caribbean week or join a mango mixology class as part of their summertime mango festival.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this by-the-beach hotel in Soufrière and unpacked their scuba gear and tropical togs, a full account of their stay at this lavish resort in Saint Lucia will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort in the Caribbean…
Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort, on sun-blessed Caribbean hotspot Saint Lucia, is the kind of laid-back, easygoing islander that gets along with everyone, whether they’re tiny tots or teenagers, the most discerning diners and divers, or serious sunbathers. This inclusive attitude extends to its array of rooms, villas and residences, too; the sea-view stays can fit twosomes, families of four or even one man and his dog.
Hit the beach, bar or watersports centre to start your Saint Lucian stay with a splash (of water and rum). The kids will be alright learning to sail, Snuba diving, treasure hunting, tye-dying and cookie-decorating in the hotel's duo of kids clubs, Sugar and Spice. Meanwhile, you can unfurl on a beach towel by the sea or your private pool. A small jaunt away, through jungly terrain, is the Rainforest Spa. If Jane convinced Tarzan to surprise her with a spa break, we imagine she’d end up somewhere like this: stone walkways connect woven-wood treehouse treatment rooms, where you can enjoy coconut massages, papaya and pineapple polishes and chocolate scrubs – so, you'll leave smelling like the bloom- and palm-packed surrounds…
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort’s Guestbook below.
Marvelous, we found it amazing.
Stayed on 4 Aug 2018
Super luxurious rooms and facilities, amazingly friendly staff, most beautiful beach! Definitely take a boat ride up to Marigot Bay to watch the sunset
Stayed on 25 May 2018
I spent half hour writing a detailed review and then your website erased it. Mr & Mrs Smith is great – Patrick was terrific: really knowledgeable, friendly, smart and was able to get answers to all our nitpicky questions. We got a three category room upgrade without asking. Better than AMEX Platinum; better than many of the Virtuoso reservationists I used. Will try them again. Place is beautiful. Big difference among the room categories in size and view – but all provide the exceptional Sugar Beach experience. And all are crisp and well maintained. The service is outstanding –everyone is super nice and helpful. Better than a Four Seasons. Viceroy really knows how to hire and train. Made the stay even more fun and enjoyable. The food was delicious, on par with the best restaurants in NY. We thought we'd go outside the resort regularly, but there was no need. Huge variety here, super fresh, perfectly seasoned, huge variety of settings. One part of the beach can get crowded with tourists, but most of it is private and beautiful. Staff comes around offering free pops, cloths. Lots of watersports. My one suggestion: the roped off ocean area for swimming could be made bigger: boats all around the swimming area compete for the space, and the water smells from gasoline. Unless you stay at a beach bungalow or the lowest category rooms, you need to take a shuttle to get you around (makes sense for a lushly spread out property on a mountain). Shuttle was usually, but not always, really quick. Rarely was the wait more than 5 or 10 minutes. Fitness center was really good – yoga on the mountain top was well taught. On the whole, truly outstanding. Worth the money. I'd rather have a shorter trip here, than longer stay most other places.
Stayed on 24 Jan 2018
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