Imagine a four-poster bed with crisp white linens and dreamy voile draping, your own plunge pool and a private walled garden. Oh, and did we mention personalized butler service? All this luxurious goodness awaits you in a basic (yes, basic) room at the newly renovated Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort on St. Lucia. The $100 million upgrade took place over three years, transforming the iconic Jalousie Plantation resort once popular among British aristocracy into a modern and picturesque Caribbean respite.
Among the changes at the luxury resort — which sits among the Piton volcanic plugs and offers breathtaking views of calypso-blue seas and emerald vegetation — is the revamping of its two restaurants and four bars. The Great Room is the resort’s most elegant dining experience; its new menu features fresh, Caribbean-inspired dishes like chilled watermelon gazpacho and sautéed mahi-mahi prepared with a local carrot purée. Cane Bar is the resort’s chic, whitewashed lounge in which you can sample St. Lucia specialty rums, assisted by the house “rummelier.” There’s even a Late Night Bar — all charcoal walls and sleek, oversized white day beds, with an outdoor terrace for enjoying your libations under the stars. Still to come is The Terrace, a new breakfast spot that overlooks the resort’s lily pond and 18th-century sugar mill ruins.
Other updates include a new Kids Club, with a theater and stage for karaoke, and seven tree-house treatment cabanas at the resort’s Rainforest Spa, where you can detoxify with the help of an Amerindian steam dome known as a temascal.
For the ultimate in luxury travel, book your stay in one of The Residences. These posh homes-away-from-home feature multiple bedrooms, chic and fully equipped kitchens and, of course, sun terraces to take in clear skies and stunning sand and sea views.
Photos Courtesy of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort